Race to finance Asia's infrastructure heats up
The competition between institutions to bridge Asia’s financing gap is both good news and bad. John West reports from the ADB’s annual meeting in Yokohama.
ADB meeting: investment in digital brings big dividends
Speakers at the Asian Development Bank’s annual meeting in Yokohama were keen to stress the transformative effect of technology investment. John West reports.
PECC calls for open trade
Open trade can work if supported by the public with social inclusion, says the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council.
Inequality holds back Asia's poverty reduction.
Income inequality has been holding back Asia's poverty reduction efforts, writes John West.
Asian trade and investment liberalisation in the Trump era
The prospects look bleak for Asian trade and investment liberalisation in the Trump era, writes John West.
COMPARATIVE OPERATING COSTS IN ASIA 2016
Business operating costs are lower in Asia than in Australia mainly due to regulatory impositions, according to Glen Robinson.
Implementing the human right to water
Asit K Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada take a look at what it will take to ensure everyone in the world has access to safe water.
Donald Trump’s potshots at Asia
Donald Trump has started badly his relationship with Asia, the world's most economically and politically important region, writes John West.
Obama’s pivot to Asia
US President Obama's well-intentioned pivot to Asia enjoyed only mixed results, writes John West.
Korea’s corrupt democracy
The impeachment of Korean President, Park Geun-hye, highlights Korea’s deep corruption. But it is also a testimony to the strength of Korea’s democratic institutions, writes John West.
Portfolio investment in Asia 2017
This paper explores the relative performance of 6 exchanges in Asia and as a benchmark, also explores “western” exchanges, including Australia, over a 10-year period.
Protectionism and globalization
Protectionism is not the answer, make globalization work, argues the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).
From TPP to TTP (Trump Trade Policy)
As many of us now fret over the demise of the TPP at the hands of Donald J. Trump, a new wave of trade liberalisation in Asia could be taking shape through “Trump Trade Policy”, argues John West.
Trumped by Trump
THE celebration of stupidity has surely reached its apogee in the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, writes Roger Coombs.
Thank God for Godwits
Roger Coombs reports on two children’s books focussing on the lives of the Bar-Tailed Godwit, one of the bird species most critically dependent on continuity of the East- Asian Australasian Flyway.
Asia's dearth of democracies
Not one Asian country would have a “full democracy”, writes John West.
Anti-Globalization Risks for Asia-Pacific
The Asia-Pacific faces risks from slowing trade and rising anti-globalization sentiments says the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).
Mongolia: after the bust
The collapse of commodity prices continues to drag down the Mongolian economy, though an IMF loan could provide a short-term solution, writes John West.
Connectivity in the Asia-Pacific
The Pacific Economic Cooperation Council has urged to find synergy among connectivity initiatives.
Korea's chaebol predicament
Korea must extricate itself from its chaebol predicament, argues John West.
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