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Party Corruption Plagues Nepal

According to the UK-based global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI), Nepal’s political parties rank among the most corrupt in the world.  TI’s ‘Global Corruption Barometer’, published earlier last week, based its results

Asia Pacific Politics

Japan’s Reform Opportunity Jeopardised by Militarism

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) won an impressive electoral victory on July 22nd, earning a decisive majority in the upper house of the Japanese Diet. Of the 121 seats

Asia Pacific Economics

In spite of challenges, Indonesia is booming

“Indonesia is the least-unattractive country in the world” -M. Chatib Basri, chairman of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board Things are going pretty well for Indonesia. Since surfacing virtually unscathed from

Asia Pacific Politics

Part 2 of 2: Chinese Xenophobia in Singapore Rises

Part 2 of 2 of GRI’s look into the apparent contradictions in a specific form of rising Chinese xenophobia in Singapore. As explained in the first post of this two-part

Asia Pacific Politics

Part 1 of 2: Chinese Xenophobia in Singapore Rises

This two-part post will explain the apparent contradictions that arise from the particular form of xenophobia in Singapore, beginning with a broad look at the Chinese and Singaporean identities. In

Asia Pacific Economics

G2 Summit Reveals Chinese Commitment to Economic Reform

An annual political show took place this July in Washington D.C. The phrase ‘G2’ has hardly any legitimate use today apart from describing this two-day summit between China and the

Asia Pacific Security

Water Under the Bridge on the Korean Peninsula

Earlier this year the Korean peninsula was anything but stable. The third North Korean nuclear test on February 12th sparked fresh rounds of bellicose rhetoric and actions on both sides

Asia Pacific Economics

New Data Points to Strong Philippine Economy

In recent months a trickle of news regarding a Chinese economic slowdown, continued weakness in Europe, and stalled growth in many emerging markets has raised fears of another global recession.

Asia Pacific Politics

Clashes in Xinjiang Reveal Continued Ethnic Tensions

In 2009, unrest in the Western Chinese province of Xinjiang resulted in the most violent protests in China since the iconic Tiananmen Square protests, and generated Western speculation regarding the

Asia Pacific Finance

China’s Tug of War Between Central and Commercial Banks

Chinese banks experienced an unexpected credit crunch in the past weeks. On June 20, the Shanghai Interbank Offered Rate (SHIBOR) and overnight repo rate reached, at certain points, 25% and 30%