Asia-Pacific

  • A U.S. probe into China’s intellectual infringement raises trade risk

    December 19, 2017

    The U.S. government continues to depict China as a practitioner of unfair trade practices. Its growing threats to impose countermeasures pose a direct threat to companies with trans-Pacific supply chains.

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  • Election Watch: New Maoist violence in Nepal

    November 29, 2017

    Most of Nepal’s Maoist ex-guerrillas have transitioned into peaceful democratic politics. Now, however, a splinter faction of hardliners is using violence to promote itself ahead of general elections. Their activities are likely to intensify should their former Maoist comrades win power.

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  • Guizhou: China’s pilot big data zone

    November 24, 2017

    The impoverished and mountainous south-western province of Guizhou has become a laboratory for China’s future socio-economic priorities. Yet the likely failure of such policies could well serve as another example of the substantial capital misallocation within the country’s planned economy.

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  • Pakistan, rudderless but resilient

    November 1, 2017

    The supreme court’s decision in July to disqualify from office the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has left a leadership vacuum. The supreme court’s decision in July to disqualify from office the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has left a leadership vacuum.

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  • Thailand’s year-long political hiatus ends with the late king’s funeral

    October 31, 2017

    Between 26-29 October millions of Thais had the opportunity to demonstrate their affection and sense of loss over the death more than one year ago of a monarch many viewed as their only real protection between an often self-serving and occasionally brutal military and a rapacious commercial class.

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