2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism
Politics,Economy,Society

2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism

2016 was a breakthrough year for populism, highlighted by the victory of the “leave” campaign in the UK’s Brexit referendum in June, and Donald Trump’s win in the US general elections in November.
Correcting China’s Current Debt Levels
Economy,China

By Adorno Auguste - 23 Dec 2016

Correcting China’s Current Debt Levels

How Predatory Value Extraction Ruined the American Middle Class
Economy,Society

By Jang-Sup Shin - 21 Dec 2016

How Predatory Value Extraction Ruined the American Middle Class

The Potential of Chinese Investment in Malaysia's Johor Bahru
Economy,Southeast Asia

The Potential of Chinese Investment in Malaysia's Johor Bahru

Bloomberg reported in November 2016 that Chinese developers were spearheading the USD 100 billion Chinese-made city in Johor Bahru, a city at the southern tip of Malaysia and bordering Singapore, to turn it into the next Shenzhen.
Taming China’s Stock Markets: Is the Anti-Graft Drive Working?
Economy,China

Taming China’s Stock Markets: Is the Anti-Graft Drive Working?

An unprecedented stock rout in the summer of 2015 led to draconian anti-graft investigations into officials and executives in China’s financial sectors, with at least eight officials in the China Securities Regulatory Commission being detained.
By Gang Chen - 13 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Land Transfer and Rural Economic Reform in China
Economy,Society,China

Land Transfer and Rural Economic Reform in China

The National Development and Reform Commission of China released its five-year plan (2016-20) for rural economic development in November 2016. In this plan, rising costs in agricultural production have been highlighted as a major challenge.
By Jiwei Qian - 09 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Can Trump “Warm” to the One Belt One Road Initiative?
Politics,Economy

Can Trump “Warm” to the One Belt One Road Initiative?

There has been some indication that the Trump administration wishes to shift the US’ disposition toward Chinese initiatives such as the One Belt One Road initiative. Many negative American perceptions of Chinese economic leadership, particularly of the OBOR, must first be addressed.
By Alek Chance - 02 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Vietnam’s Strategic and Economic Wellbeing in Peril if TPP Fails
Economy,Southeast Asia

Vietnam’s Strategic and Economic Wellbeing in Peril if TPP Fails

A cancelation of or suspension of talks on the TPP means Vietnam will lose an important opportunity for international economic integration. And it is likely to result in a slow-down in Vietnamese reforms.
By Huong Le Thu - 01 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Southeast Asian Foreign and Economic Policies in the Trump Era
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian Foreign and Economic Policies in the Trump Era

Both Malaysia and the Philippines along with others in the original ASEAN-5 are already comfortable in terms of their partnerships with Japan, and they will find working with China to be a productive and possibly value-added new infrastructure construction partnership experience.
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Modi’s Demonetization of Rupee Banknotes: Bold Reform or Reckless Adventure?
Economy,South Asia

Modi’s Demonetization of Rupee Banknotes: Bold Reform or Reckless Adventure?

Modi explained that the demonetization was to stop counterfeiting of the current banknotes, as these had allegedly been used for funding terrorism. It was also designed to crack down on black money, a term which refers to income illegally obtained or undeclared for tax purposes.
Xi Heralds Age of China-led Globalization at APEC Summit
Politics,Economy,China

Xi Heralds Age of China-led Globalization at APEC Summit

While the US and its allies were reeling from the recent election of Donald Trump as US president and his pledge to scrap the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership once he comes into office, Chinese President Xi Jinping pushed APEC members to accelerate their negotiations towards the completion of two alternative regional trade agreements.
China Takes Over the Reins of Globalization from the West
Economy,China

China Takes Over the Reins of Globalization from the West

China is the world’s second largest economy; although its economic growth has dropped to a lower gear, the volume of its economy will overtake the US’ in the near future. A frail US economy sets the stage for China to ascend to the leader’s podium.
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