China's Third Revolution
Elizabeth Economy’s recent book, “The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State”, carefully documents the dramatic changes underway under President Xi, writes John West.
Book review: Three Decades of Cooperation between the Asian Development Bank and China
The Lowy Institute just published John West's review of "Partnership Transformed: Three Decades of Cooperation between Asian Development Bank and the People's Republic of China" by Robert Wihtol.
The Asian Century – perhaps no longer a certainty
Roger Coombs reviews John West's book, "Asian Century – On a Knife Edge".
Indonesia in the Asian Century
Indonesia has great potential, but it is burdened by an oligarchic democracy, and other political and social hurdles, which makes it very difficult to realize this potential writes John West.
Indonesians -- where do they live?
Indonesia's enormous population of 262 million people is mainly concentrated in Java, and today is increasingly clustered in cities and towns, writes John West.
Indonesia’s tourism -- hooked on Bali!
John West discusses Indonesia’s ambitious plans for international tourism.
Indonesia needs structural and taxation reforms
Indonesia is in desperate need of deep structural and taxation reforms for its continued economic development, writes John West.
Peace and poverty
Dr. Reetu Verma makes her argument for peace and fighting poverty.
In defense of Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew’s book “From Third World to First” provides a credible defense of Lee’s strategy for Singapore. But its future could be more problematic than it seemed 50 years ago, writes John West.
What made Singapore tick: Soft options and hard rules
To go from Third World to the top of the world, Singapore went for 'soft' options - like changing mindsets—and hard rules, such as the Land Acquisition Act, write Cecilia Tortajada and Asit K. Biswas.
Inequality holds back Asia's poverty reduction.
Income inequality has been holding back Asia's poverty reduction efforts, writes John West.
Planters and Uprooters
It is time to get rid of the age-old federal structures, such as the provincial councils in Sri Lanka, to consolidate fiscal positions, argues Jayasri Priyalal.
India -- a slow burner
India now has the world’s fastest-growing large economy, and the prospects for continued development may well be very good, writes John West.
The Chinese economy of today is riddled with conundrums, writes John West.
Asia’s mythical middle class society
Despite the widespread hype, Asia's "middle class" society remains a myth. Only 15% of Asians could claim to be living middle class lives, writes John West.
Working for Apple in China
Working conditions for employees of Apple's China-based subcontractors may be improving. But they are still a long way from the objective of "decent work", writes John West.
Asian poverty, and India's toilet crisis
As the world celebrates Asia's dramatic reduction in "income poverty", it is too often overlooked that there has been much less progress in tackling other dimensions of Asian poverty, writes John West
Can India follow East Asia's industrialisation path? John West reports on discussions at the Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting in 2016.
Myanmar -- from dictatorship to democracy?
Myanmar's transition from a corrupt military dictatorship to a full-fledged democracy and open market economy has only just begun, writes John West.
Indonesia’s infrastructure crisis
Indonesia’s infrastructure crisis is inhibiting poverty reduction and economic growth, and is breeding dangerous slums in its major cities, writes John West.
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