Chinese Coal Investments Firing Up the Indonesian Economy
Economy,China,Southeast Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 22 Mar 2018

Chinese Coal Investments Firing Up the Indonesian Economy

China is embarking on several mega-projects to supply coal and build new power plants in Indonesia to boost the economy, which has been held back by electricity shortages. China may use these projects as references and applications for its BRI projects.
Russia’s Latest Moves in the Eurasian Economic Union
Economy,Central Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Mar 2018

Russia’s Latest Moves in the Eurasian Economic Union

US-China Trade Spat Unlikely to Worsen Despite Deficit
Politics,Economy,China

By John F. Copper - 01 Mar 2018

US-China Trade Spat Unlikely to Worsen Despite Deficit

What is “Development” in the South Asian Context?
Politics,Economy,South Asia

What is “Development” in the South Asian Context?

Bhutan and Nepal, categorized as Least Developed Countries, rank second and third best among South Asian countries in the 2017 edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards Report. This points to differences in the way “development” is defined.
Wakanda and the Mirror of History
Politics,Economy,Society

Wakanda and the Mirror of History

The Marvel Studios production Black Panther has opened internationally to great acclaim, largely in part to its presentation of the fictional kingdom of Wakanda as an Afrofuturist utopia, an “African country that was never colonized and is the most advanced nation in the world.”
Maritime Security in Southeast Asia
Economy,Security,Southeast Asia

Maritime Security in Southeast Asia

Facilitated by under-the-radar low-tech boats, collusion with local corrupt officials, and integration with legal trade and activities, piracy in Southeast Asia remains a challenging problem. Multinational agencies are cooperating to counteract.
By Tai Wei Lim - 22 Feb 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s Need to Build the “Polar Silk Road”
Economy,China

China’s Need to Build the “Polar Silk Road”

The Chinese agenda is to build the “Polar Silk Road” through developing the Arctic shipping routes. What makes it an essential need is the strategic significance of the Northern Sea Route, a potential key trading route between the eastern, western and northern hemispheres.
By Amrita Jash - 12 Feb 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Singapore: South Asia’s Bridge to ASEAN
Economy,South Asia,Southeast Asia

Singapore: South Asia’s Bridge to ASEAN

Singapore has played an important role in connecting South Asia with East Asia. It would be fair to say, that in addition to the economic reforms of 1991, and the efforts of successive governments, Singapore deserves credit for helping India strengthen ties with ASEAN.
India’s Act East Policy: Can West Bengal Benefit?
Economy,South Asia

India’s Act East Policy: Can West Bengal Benefit?

The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee has been pro-active in her outreach to both domestic and foreign investors. She has led delegations to a number of countries including the UK and Singapore.
How is Art like Bitcoin?
Economy,Society,Cyberspace

How is Art like Bitcoin?

Given that speculative bubbles have long affected markets around the world, bitcoin is hardly the first object to have this gulf between its intrinsic value and market value. Indeed, the world of art is ripe with objects presenting this same phenomenon.
China’s Continuing Regional Efforts in 2018
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

China’s Continuing Regional Efforts in 2018

China’s activities in Southeast Asia indicate that the region remains an important one. The leadership of some countries in Southeast Asia are aligned with the Belt and Road Initiative’s vision of infrastructural connectivity.
By Tai Wei Lim - 22 Jan 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Abe’s New Year Address Prioritizes Economic Revival
Economy,East Asia

Abe’s New Year Address Prioritizes Economic Revival

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs the cooperation of Keidanren for persuading Japan’s large MNCs to raise their wages to stimulate consumer spending. These are all necessary ingredients for Abenomics to work and run its full course.
By Tai Wei Lim - 15 Jan 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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