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Asia Pacific Finance

Vietnam increases foreign bank ownership

Vietnam looks to attract more foreign investment to sustain growth trajectories. The government hopes that changing regulations of foreign ownership of its banks will attract more capital. To boost growth

Asia Pacific Economics

For soft landing, China must tackle debt-to-GDP ratio

China passed multiple economic hurdles in 2013, but there are more challenges to come. A sustainable debt-to-growth ratio will be the key issue to tackle in 2014. China showed the

Asia Pacific Politics

Cambodia protests highlight deeper corruption issues

Recent surveys have ranked Cambodia highly on the corruption index and low on investor attractiveness within the ASEAN region. The recent spate of protests are reinforcing the obstacles that Cambodia

Asia Pacific Politics

Abe’s Yasakuni trip was a successful political gamble

The visit of Japanese prime minister Abe to the Yasakuni Shrine fueled tensions between Japan and its neighbors, drawing harsh rebuke for the glorification of militarism and a lack of

Asia Pacific Politics

Is 60 years of civil war coming to an end in Myanmar?

Myanmar President Thein Sein aims to silence the guns of the civil war that devastates the country’s economic potential. However, until the military is under government control, such hopes seem

Asia Pacific Security

Expect the unexpected from North Korea

News coming from North Korea, including domestic purges and nuclear development, is once again causing concern in the region. The world has, for better or for worse, grown rather accustomed

Asia Pacific Politics

Has Thailand lost faith in its democracy?

Thailand has experienced a surge of anti-government protests that could ultimately threaten the country’s democratic system. In a region characterized by autocratic and repressive governments, Thailand has been a rare

Asia Pacific Finance

China expands its OTC market allowing SMEs to raise capital

China’s latest financial regulation has made it easier for small-medium enterprises to list on its over-the-counter market and raise capital. Seven years after the establishment of its over-the-counter (OTC) market,

Asia Pacific Economics

Tokyo is passing its first TPP test with agricultural reform

The recent break by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party from the traditional partner, the agricultural lobby, and following announcements of a new agricultural policy heighten hope for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and

Asia Pacific Politics

Will demographics cause China to slow down?

Since the Third Plenum, China has been preoccupied with ongoing changes to its demographics. As much of Asia’s miracle growth has been attributed to demographics, changes to the composition of