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December 11, 2013

CHINA’s position on its territorial claims in the South China Sea is not credible, and it needs to rethink its strategy, says Gareth Evans, who watches world events as President Emeritus of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group. Of all potential major conflicts, he says, the India-Pakistan situation remains the most volatile . . .




December 11, 2013

A DEFINING moment? It was with great unease that Japan – and Asia as a whole – in 2012 recorded for the very first time higher sales of diapers for adults than those for babies. The reality of that much-anticipated ‘silver tsunami’ is well and truly here . . .




December 11, 2013

TECHNOLOGY, especially mobile technology and social media, is reshaping travel and tourism, which will generate US$10.5 trillion in revenue by 2023, accounting for 10 per cent of the global economy.  But infrastructure is struggling to cope, with a number of national leaders seemingly ignorant of the industry’s economic dividends . . .




December 11, 2013

FOOD SECURITY is not about increasing production, says Werner Bauer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Nestlé Deutscheland AG. “We do not have to produce more,” he says. “In reality, we have to use what we already produce more efficiently. This is the biggest battle for the years to come” . . . 




November 21, 2013

INNOVATION is moving from West to East in the shift from tangibles to intangibles, says Francis Gurry, who heads the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Competition has a soft and a dark side, he says – the soft side to attract investment and skills, the dark side involving espionage and patent war . . .




November 21, 2013

MEET 3D in a different guise. If the job is Dangerous, Dirty or Demanding, it will in future more than likely be handed by a robot, says Shinsuke Sakakibara, President of the International Federation of Robotics. Rapid advancement in technology, including artificial intelligence, will see a lot of 3D tasks handled by an army of droids, moving beyond factories into restaurants, into customer relations, and even to the field of elderly care . . .




November 21, 2013

THE 3D printer has gone commercial. Global toys retailer Toys ‘R’ Us ran off hundreds of 3D printed rubber ducks as (expensive) souvenirs for youngsters enjoying the appearance of a giant duck in Hong Kong Harbour in August. Developers are now looking to the next frontier – 3D printed food.




November 21, 2013

THE mobile Internet, the ‘Internet of Things’, automation of knowledge work, cloud technology, advanced robotics and 3D printing are among the elements that will shape tomorrow’s world, and could have an annual global economic impact by 2025 of between US$14 trillion and US$33 trillion, according to the McKinsey Global Institute . . . 




September 25, 2013

CHINA is grappling with rising unemployment among its university graduates. They learn by rote, which lends itself to plagiarism, says former investment banker Timothy Beardson in a book which lifts a veil on real challenges facing the emerging giant . . .




September 25, 2013

ONGOING globalisation, led in part by new technologies which create new supply chains, will see continuing growth in the air cargo industry, says the man who built Emirates into the world’s largest air cargo carrier . . .




October 28, 2013

135 million middle-class consumers spending US$1.8 trillion by 2030




October 28, 2013

APINDO’s Sofjan Wanandi on Indonesia’s weaknesses




October 28, 2013

INDONESIA is looking outside ASEAN for future markets, but will push to restrict exports of some agricultural products when it hosts the WTO meeting in Bali in December . . .




September 9, 2013

CHINA is becoming the largest market for everything, says Morgan Stanley equity strategist Jonathan Garner. He believes China’s domestic consumption is already at 46 per cent of GDP, not 35 per cent as claimed in official statistics . . . 




September 9, 2013

CREATIVE economy has been defined as creating economic value from existing knowledge and/or technology, says Mari Pangestu, who has added this new responsibility to her Ministry of Tourism portfolio,  to nurture future growth . . .  




September 9, 2013

WESTPAC, which recently opened a full Branch in Mumbai, says it is customer-led, and future expansion will follow Australia’s trade flows into Asia. Westpac is also moving into new areas of trade finance . . . 




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