China’s model of governance is both powered and restricted by its apparent immunity to the attractions of democracy, and is a source of anxiety to friend and foe alike.
As Covid-19 grips the world, the Filipino workforce looks increasingly vulnerable, despite strong growth in recent years.
Vietnam will have to improve in a number of areas – including sustainability and infrastructure – to maintain any kind of post-pandemic economic momentum.
The country’s deeply rooted corruption and fragile political institutions should be a source of continuing concern to the international community.
The purpose of the Chiang Mai Initiative should be renewed and deploying it would be a step towards ASEAN regional financial integration.
Washington’s threats to end Hong Kong’s special trade status could call into question the city's presence as a separate customs entity and international trading hub.
Any accelerated decoupling of the US and Chinese economies is bound to have serious implications for the trading, technology and financial partners of both nations.
Graham Allison’s “Thucydides trap” is not a trigger for war, but only the pre-condition for hegemonic conflict.
There is an opportunity to redesign health policies with the same broad goals for everyone but with a country or area-specific methodology of planning and execution.
Such interventions only serve to worsen wealth inequality and, as a result, could fuel anti-globalization sentiment.
Central Asia has become an important arena of collaboration for Russia and China, with Moscow focusing on the region's security and Beijing promoting trade and commerce
While the US president may want to forge an agreement soon to boost his re-election hopes, Xi Jinping is in no rush.
Domestic politics trumps diplomacy: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken a strong line on Korea to boost his approval ratings
Leaders on both sides need to see the advantages of long-term close relations over fractious bickering
The Trump administration has turned away from the multilateralism that the United States itself created, leaving the rules-based international order under severe stress. Alejandro Reyes of the Asia Global Institute argues that attempts by some G7 countries and "like-minded" allies to strengthen the global system will have limited impact if their aim is to assert liberal values rather than shape a new order by working with China, India and other players who prefer pragmatism over preaching.
The rapid expansion of China-Africa economic ties led to questions about a new colonialist dependency. While concerns about debt and oversight persist, the relationship has evolved. Johannesburg-based African business expert Dianna Games argues that it is up to African countries to build the capacity to deal effectively with Beijing.