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March 11, 2014

IF Indonesia scaled up its infrastructure, annual GDP growth could increased by one or two per cent a year, says World Bank economist Ndiame Diop . . .




February 24, 2014

ATTRACTING inbound investment is part of the Third Arrow of Abenomics as Japan seeks to integrate into the global economy . . . 




February 24, 2014

TAIWAN wants to further diversify its sources of energy to secure supply and reduce risks.  Shale gas from the United State is one new source being considered as the Government ponders the future of its nuclear plants . . . 




February 24, 2014

BANKS are upgrading their ranking of liquidity management in today’s market. ANZ’s Philippe Jaccard says the trend by corporates to hold more cash in reserve is true around the world . . . 




February 24, 2014

CHINA is by far the largest investor in Sri Lanka (followed by India and Japan) with the Government saying it needs to fast-track development to rebuild the war-torn country . . . 




January 21, 2014

Robert Horn

ATI Correspondent

INVESTORS see Myanmar as perhaps the last ‘greenfield’ of Asia. But are they viewing the Golden Land through rose-coloured glasses? The probability of political and social unrest over the next decade is high . . .




January 21, 2014

IMPLEMENTATION of AFTA has not been easy for ASEAN. And monitoring will be essential if the step forward from AFTA, the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) is to be successful. RCEP (a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) covers an even more diverse community of interests, and may prove to be one step too far . . .




January 21, 2014

SENIOR Minister Lee urged me to pick up the ball and run with it,” says Anand Panyarachun, twice Prime Minister of Thailand, as he recalls a meeting with Lee Kuan Yew that ultimately led to formation of the ASEAN Free Trade Area. Leaders of the time also had a hidden political agenda – to forge a closer political entity within the region . . . 




January 10, 2014

THE BENEVOLENT authoritarianism of Lee Kuan Yew led Singapore to the top of the tree in Asia – its per capita income is higher even than that of the United States.




January 10, 2014

A CLOSED financial services system and slow progress in transition to a services economy are stunting South Korea’s growth, says Kim




January 10, 2014

TAIWANESE identification and desire for independence has increased just as cross-strait exchanges have deepened and as the Ma Administration has emphasised the Chinese roots of Taiwanese society . . .




January 10, 2014

THE Chinese Communist Party can easily survive another 10 years, but beyond that, it will need to give some voice to the people, says Willy Lam, author and China expert.




December 20, 2013

Continuing HK’s fight for universal suffrage

ANSON CHAN was  Chief Secretary of Hong Kong at the Handover to China in 1997. Now she frets that Beijing’s Hong Kong Liaison Office is eroding what she calls “the whole foundation of Hong Kong”, separation of power between the Judiciary and the Legislature. Of Hong Kong post-2047? “Nobody knows,” she says . . .




December 20, 2013

Yuan has a way to go yet in global markets

THE renminbi, which currently accounts for less than one per cent of total world reserve currencies, is expected to reach four per cent in five years as it erodes the importance of the pound and the yen in the global basket . . .




December 20, 2013

False premise: Why Doha was doomed to fail . . .

THE Doha Round of global trade talks was doomed to fail because it was launched on two false premises, says Charlene Barshefsky, who as US Trade Representative shepherded China into the World Trade Organisation, opening the doors to enormous domestic growth. Now, she says, trade nationalism is on the rise in Asia, partly in response to a flow of ‘hot’ money . . .




December 20, 2013

Don’t write Europe off, but China must face up to political reform . . .

BUSINESS cycles always turn, says Chris Patten of the situation in
Europe. There comes a tipping point, where people start to think of the glass as half-full rather than half-empty, he says. In this exclusive interview, Patten, former British MP, Governor of Hong Kong and EU Commissioner, now Chairman of the BBC Trust and Chancellor of the University of Oxford, offers his assessment of the 21st century challenges facing Europe, China, the United States and the world . . .




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