Asia-Pacific

  • The Panama Papers and political risk in Pakistan

    March 28, 2017

    Last year’s scandal surrounding the leak of the so-called ‘Panama Papers’ has blown over in most of the affected countries. Not so in Pakistan. The leak implicated the family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and has launched a legal battle that threatens his career and the country’s political stability.

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  • Thai government’s muted efforts to control Buddhist movement point toward further unrest

    March 28, 2017

    The origins of the present struggle between the military-led administration and the popular, even populist, Buddhist Dhammakaya movement, which in the West may be described as being between ‘church’ and ‘state’, are relatively recent. This reflects the Dhammakaya movement’s meteoric success in attracting huge numbers of local supporters, which paralleled the rapid and often highly destabilising changes Thai society and economy have undergone within little more than a generation.

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  • 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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