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Asia Pacific Economics

ASEAN faces banking union problems

While the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework (ABIF) shows great promise, the insistence on sticking to the so-called “ASEAN Way” threatens to undermine it.

Asia Pacific Politics

Donald Trump’s presidential victory signals an end to America’s engagement in Southeast Asia

Trump’s unexpected victory could change how America interacts with Southeast Asia on issues concerning security, human rights and trade.

Asia Pacific Economics

Prospects for unrest in Thailand’s rice bowl

Collapsing agricultural prices have forced the junta to offer loans to rice farmers. Rice subsidisation in Thailand has historically proven ill-fated.

Asia Pacific Economics

Rakhine state violence threatens Myanmar’s reform

Renewed conflict in Rakhine state highlights important structural risks to Myanmar’s reform project. Military influence over politics in Rakhine could ensure that the Rohingya dilemma remains a burden for many

Asia Pacific Politics

Not just a corruption case: the South Korean Presidential Scandal

South Koreans were swept off their feet with tidings of possibly the worst political corruption scandal in recent history. Initial reports of Sun-sil Choi, a businesswoman unaffiliated with the government,

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Green dreams: Duterte and the Philippine mining industry

Throughout its history, the Philippine mining industry has been defined by its diverse set of political risks relating to governance, inequality, elitism, foreign export and absent contribution towards the country’s

Asia Pacific Politics

Preparing the XIX CCP party congress

The next big Party Congress – and the beginning of Xi Jinping’s second term – is still a year away, so the decisions taken now will show how strong Xi’s

Asia Pacific Security

Mr. Duterte’s Asia

Rodrigo Duterte, the Filipino firebrand president who has been known for his trademark public insults, has surprisingly announced an end to the US-Filipino military alliance.

Asia Pacific Economics

Chinese debt risks financial collapse

Chinese debt poses great risks, require an overhaul of the financial sector, and demonstrate the need for a new growth model. The quarterly report of the Bank for International Settlements paints

Asia Pacific Economics

Political risks rock China’s tourism industry

From South Korea to Thailand, political risks will continue to significantly impact China’s tourism sector in the coming weeks.