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Why MSMEs Hold the Key to Asia’s Climate and Inclusion Challenges

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Economies across the region will have to rethink trade finance, and accelerate the use of technology to drive inclusivity.

China

The Roots of the China-US Financial Cold War

Thursday, December 9, 2021

A look at the sources of the severe and and still growing financial imbalances between the US and China and the geopolitical and geo-economic tensions they have caused.

China

The OECD Has Brokered a Global Tax Agreement – Should Asian Countries Care?

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Why did the announcement of the OECD's ground-breaking global minimum tax proposal have little effect on markets?

Global

Getting the WTO Back on Track: The Lengthening Global Trade To-Do List

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Another ministerial conference is approaching later this year and, with a new director-general at the helm, there are hopes for a revival in the global body’s fortunes.

Indonesia

Past is Prologue: Indonesia’s Foreign Debt and the Pandemic

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The concern should not be about the level of debt but about how the country deploys the financing and whether it is able to implement further structural reforms.

When the Mob Rallies: The GameStop Stock Rush and Complex Contagions

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

How and why do such complex contagions spread?

China

Philanthropy in Post-Pandemic China: Driving Sustainable Development

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

As the Chinese economy emerges from the pandemic, the philanthropy sector can build on its swift and effective responses to communities affected by Covid-19.

ASEAN

Two Decades On, ASEAN’s Fragile Safety Net is Untested

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The purpose of the Chiang Mai Initiative should be renewed and deploying it would be a step towards ASEAN regional financial integration.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s “Special Trading Status” with the United States: What is at Stake?

Thursday, June 4, 2020

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.

Global

The Hidden Public Procurement Costs of the Coronavirus

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Governments are preparing for huge Covid-19-related spending that could lead to vast wastage. That can be prevented, argues Bryane Michael of The University of Hong Kong.

Global

Interest Rate Cuts to Fight Coronavirus Impact Will Worsen Inequality

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Such interventions only serve to worsen wealth inequality and, as a result, could fuel anti-globalization sentiment.

China

The China-US Technological Competition and its Opportunity Costs

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The US-China trade dispute is much more than a battle over a US$420 billion deficit, what the tensions are really about is a race for “geo-technological” superiority.

Global

Regulating Cryptocurrencies: Five Challenges

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Although cryptocurrencies have been around for about a decade, it was no more than three or four years ago that regulators began to feel intense pressure to catch up. 

India

The Politics of FDI in Indian States

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The level of foreign direct investment across India varies widely by state, we look at the differing situations in Tamil Nadu and Odisha.

ASEAN

ASEAN’s Infrastructure Dilemma

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Japan-financed urban railway project in Ho Chi Minh City: ASEAN needs a collaborative and coordinated approach to infrastructure development

China

The Driving Forces Behind China’s Agri-Food FDI

Thursday, August 15, 2019

China’s international agriculture investments represent more than a quest for food security.

Asia Pacific

Lessons from Australia’s Financial Misconduct Shock

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Persistent and widespread misconduct has fueled distrust in the financial services sector. After an investigation lasting over a year, a commission of inquiry in Australia uncovered a shocking level of systemic malpractice and the culture of self-interest and lack of accountability that led to it. Asia-Pacific countries, where economies and services sectors are expanding rapidly, would be wise to learn from those mistakes, writes business ethics expert Eva Tsahuridu of RMIT University in Melbourne.

Asia Pacific

Is Asia Serious About Running the IMF?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

With the process for selecting a new managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) starting, Vasuki Shastry, who worked in senior communications and public affairs roles at the organization, argues that Asian countries should overcome their traditional reluctance and geopolitical impediments and differences to support a candidate from the region.