Asia-Pacific

  • CHINA: Growing workers’ unrest increases operating risk

    March 28, 2017

    On 23 February, more than 500 temporary workers from German carmaker Volkswagen rallied in the north-eastern city of Changchun to protest what they saw as unfair wages and unpaid compensation. While such protests are illegal in China, incidents of labour unrest have been on the rise in recent years. This trend is likely to continue in 2017, posing significant operational risks to construction, logistics, manufacturing and retail businesses.

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  • Rags to rags: The impact of automation on Asia’s textile, clothing and footwear industries

    March 16, 2017

    This report, reflecting an International Labour Organization (ILO) study published in July 2016 and A2’s own research, will consider security and political stability issues relating to a number of Asian countries that have become major sources of textiles, clothing and footwear (TCF) production, and where the loss of these industries is certain to have a profound impact on governments, commerce and individuals.

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  • China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ hits road bump in Hungary

    March 16, 2017

    The rise in protectionism and strategic concerns has heightened scrutiny of major Chinese investments in Europe. As a result, European businesses exposed to Chinese interests and deals should expect the E.U. to employ its regulatory leverage more frequently in the future, which could lead to counter-actions by Beijing.

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  • Toshiba’s departure from nuclear power industry further reduces competition

    March 9, 2017

    On 14 February, Japanese technology firm Toshiba Corporation announced a USD6.3 billion write-down on its U.S. nuclear business. Such massive losses threatened to bankrupt the 141-year-old company and are emblematic of the problems faced by the global civil nuclear industry.

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  • Philippine mining industry stalled due to domestic opposition, weak demand

    March 1, 2017

    The Spanish seamen, priests and soldiers who arrived in the Philippines following in the wake of Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage to the archipelago in 1521 were amazed at the quantity and quality of gold the inhabitants possessed, and to the Europeans, valued so lightly.

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