An e-publication in support of Asia's renaissance in the 21st century
Social Cohesion in Asia -- a book review
Fostering social cohesion will be critical in this new world of the Covid-19 crisis writes John West.
Japan and the New Silk Road -- Book Review
John West reviews “Japan and the New Silk Road: diplomacy, development, and connectivity" by Nikolay Murashkin.
The Shenzhen Experiment: a book review
John West reviews the Shenzhen Experiment by Juan Du.
The New Silk Roads: a book review
The New Silk Roads may well be a much more fragile region than author Peter Frankopan is willing to concede, writes John West.
Whither the Australian Treasury?
The waning of the Australian Treasury’s partnership with the Treasurer raises many questions for the nation's future, writes John West.
Philippine Economy in the Asian Century
John West argues that the Philippines now has great potential to become one of the success stories of the Asian Century, especially if it draws some lessons from its neighbours.
Will India Ever Fulfill Its Economic Potential?
India's Narendra Modi may be rubbing shoulders with Donald Trump this week, but the Indian economy can't hold a candle to America's.
Australia, in search of great and powerful friends
For a people who like to think of themselves as a hardy lot,
Australians’ perseverance in diplomacy will be tested yet, writes John West.
India squanders its comparative advantage
India is squandering its comparative advantage in labour-intensive manufactures, writes John West.
Coronavirus highlights poverty of Asia's governance
The Chinese New Year is starting badly thanks to the Coronavirus, writes John West.
Reading Room: China and Japan: Facing History by Ezra F. Vogel
Vogel offers a holistic perspective on the relationship between China and Japan. This perspective forms a useful basis to examine the state of modern Sino-Japanese relations, writes John West.
Carlos Ghosn – from rock-star CEO to international fugitive
The tale of the former Nissan chief exposes the contradictions
of the man – and of corporate culture in Japan writes John West.
The China-Japan Economic Relationship Is Getting Stronger
John West, executive director of the Asian Century Institute, explains why the reorientation of Japan’s economy toward China represents a paradigm shift.
"Red Flag: Waking up to China's Challenge"
Peter Hartcher's Quarterly Essay provides an excellent, informative and insightful analysis of the challenges Australia faces in managing its deepening relationship with China writes John West.
Asia’s shameful gender discrimination
Japan is a standout for all the wrong reasons in a recent
assessment of the gender gap in leading economies.
India Has a Modi and a BJP Problem
Modi’s initiative is undermining the very idea of India as a secular and multicultural liberal society, writes John West.
Why Did India Suddenly Pull Out of the World’s Largest Trade Deal?
John West explains India's concerns about joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
Britain’s shameful colonisation of India
In “An Era of Darkness”, Shashi Tharoor demolishes many myths harboured by a Britain which still wallows in “imperial nostalgia”, as John West reviews.
For all the focus on Asia’s high achievers, the laggards are many.
China led the education rankings, but an ageing population and gap with Southeast Asia might mark down the whole region, wrote John West.
India leads on inclusive innovation
India is leading the way on inclusive innovation, according to a recent study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, writes John West.