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Asia Pacific Economics

Modi’s consolidation of power comes with opportunities for reform

Since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in 2014 the BJP has rapidly consolidated power, giving him the ability to enact substantial reforms.

Asia Pacific Security

India’s Aadhaar programme and the future of biometrics

India’s biometric identification programme, Aadhaar, has gone from an optional program to a mandatory one and is collecting more data than ever expected.

Asia Pacific Finance

The impact of Chinese investments in Malaysia

For countries like Malaysia, chinese investments in infrastructure offer clear benefits but also come with costs, both economic and strategic.

Economics International

Automation will make countries with a youth bulge more volatile

Automation is on track to disrupt the status quo everywhere, but nations with a youth bulge will be more affected than others.

Asia Pacific Economics

Significant Barriers Remain for Asia’s RCEP deal

India’s commerce secretary claims “enough political will [exists] to expedite the conclusion” of RCEP. Yet many barriers, both economic & political remain.

Asia Pacific Politics

Corruption allegations take center stage in Malaysian general election campaign

The return of Mahathir Mohamad may be a key factor in uniting the opposition and reviving allegations of corruption against current PM Najib Razak.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Vietnam and the Philippines dive back into contested waters

Both Vietnam and the Philippines restarted drilling and exploring for oil in contested waters in the South China Sea – risking the ire of China.

Asia Pacific Economics

The Japan-EU Trade Agreement: Pushing back against protectionism

Japan and the EU have agreed to a trade deal that will eliminate the vast majority of both tariff and non-tariff barriers.