An e-publication in support of Asia's renaissance in the 21st century
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.
Shock therapy: why Australia needs a political jolt
Taking an honest look at a worst-case scenario isn’t scaremongering but could instead help avoid doing ourselves harm, writes John West.
Book Review: The Anarchy
John West reviews William Dalrymple's new book on the East India Company. This small trading company in London became a mighty army and conquered India.
Review of Asian Century...on a Knife-edge
Freya Crawshaw shared with us her review of John West's book, Asian Century...on a Knife-edge.
India after Gandhi — a book review
Ramachandra Guha’s “India after Gandhi” is a masterpiece of modern history, writes John West.
Democratic Accommodations — a book review
The recent book, Democratic Accommodations, makes a critical contribution to our understanding of social cohesion, inclusive development and multiculturalism, writes John West.
The Hong Kong Uprising and the consequences in Taiwan
Stefano Pelaggi analyses the conflict in the former British colony of Hong Kong, the challenge to China's national identity and the final loss of a Beijing projection in Taiwan.
China, a low-productivity superpower
China is a low-productivity superpower which must be balanced, argues John West.
Improving Japan’s corporate governance
Improving Japan’s corporate governance is critical for the country’s future prosperity, writes John West.