Will the Sino-Myanmar Railway be Revived?
Economy,Security,Southeast Asia
By Nian Peng - 04 Dec 2018

Will the Sino-Myanmar Railway be Revived?

In October 2018, the MoU on the feasibility study of the Muse-Mandalay railway, a part of the USD 20 billion Sino-Myanmar railway, was signed. This led to the speculation that the canceled Sino-Myanmar railway might be resumed.
Sub-national Ties Strong Despite China-US Trade Tensions
Politics,Economy,China

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 30 Nov 2018

Sub-national Ties Strong Despite China-US Trade Tensions

Withdrawal of EU Trade Preferences: What Choices Does Cambodia Have?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

By Kimkong Heng - 07 Nov 2018

Withdrawal of EU Trade Preferences: What Choices Does Cambodia Have?

Sino-Japanese Relations: From Détente to Seeking a New Normal
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Sino-Japanese Relations: From Détente to Seeking a New Normal

It’s on everybody’s lips: the smoother relationship between China and Japan, the world’s second and third economies. The conventional explanation for this round of cozying up is that the common challenge of trade wars is uniting the two Northeast Asian rivals.
By Tai Wei Lim - 05 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Abe’s China Sojourn: The Emerging New Calculus between China and Japan
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Abe’s China Sojourn: The Emerging New Calculus between China and Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s landmark three-day visit to Beijing from October 25-27, 2018, exemplifies the changing undertone in the fragile relations that have been severely affected by territorial disputes and contentions over Japan’s past aggression.
By Amrita Jash - 02 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh
Politics,Economy,South Asia

“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh

On October 23, 2018, Saudi Arabia kicked off the “Future Investment Initiative” conference, showcasing the country’s progress and reforms. One of the high-profile guests at the conference was Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Will EU’s Sanctions Mean a Closer Embrace for China and Cambodia?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Will EU’s Sanctions Mean a Closer Embrace for China and Cambodia?

The EU has started the process to withdraw Cambodia’s trade benefits under the “Everything But Arms arrangement, or EBA, which guarantees completely tariff-free access to the European market for all exports except for weapons and ammunition.”
The “Debt Trap” is not Detrimental to the BRI
Politics,Economy,China

The “Debt Trap” is not Detrimental to the BRI

While the debt issue is definitely a major obstacle to some projects, it is not detrimental to the Belt and Road Initiative. In order to address this problem, China has strengthened cooperation and policy coordination with the BRI states and made some progress on it.
By Nian Peng - 19 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Consumption Tax Reform in America: Below the Radar but Underway
Politics,Economy

Consumption Tax Reform in America: Below the Radar but Underway

Thanks to Trump’s trade war on China, the US is about to experience a massive sample of just what a new, very large consumption tax will taste like. The result is sure to be a significant tax-based lifting of sticker prices across a huge range of goods.
US Dollar: The Unexpected Victim of Trump’s Iran Deal Exit?
Politics,Economy

US Dollar: The Unexpected Victim of Trump’s Iran Deal Exit?

The decision of other signatories to proceed with the JCPOA and the likelihood of a successful new trading arrangement sans US dollar could hurt the international position of the US dollar and the currency will be collateral damage to the current impasse.
The Eastern Economic Forum and Russia’s Look East Policy
Economy,East Asia

The Eastern Economic Forum and Russia’s Look East Policy

The Eastern Economic Forum, Russia’s economic outreach to the world, attracted participants from 60 countries. The most notable ones were China and Japan. The EEF was held for three years continuously in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 Oct 2018 | 89 comments Read more...
US-China Trade War: Lessons from US Trade Retaliations against Japan
Politics,Economy,East Asia

US-China Trade War: Lessons from US Trade Retaliations against Japan

The recent US trade retaliation against China is similar to that against Japan in the 1970s and 1980s. Japan’s economy was badly hit after the large appreciation of the Japanese yen as part of the measures to resolve the bilateral trade imbalance
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