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Asia Pacific Economics

Will Abe finally lead Japan towards labour reform?

During an interview with the Financial Times last week, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned that labour reforms in Japan might be delayed due to fears of strong opposition

Asia Pacific Security

Will South China Sea exacerbate Asia’s slowdown?

With rising regional tensions, speculation is rampant as to whether the situation in the South China Sea will hasten Asia’s economic slowdown. The global community has recently been confronted by

Asia Pacific

Amid Myanmar’s Reforms, Unresolved Issues Remain

In reaction to political reforms, Myanmar’s once-hefty sanctions have been lifted by both the EU and US, and investors from around the world have stampeded into the market. Often being

Asia Pacific Economics

Shanghai’s Free-Trade Zone Unclear on Key Details

Last Sunday, China’s newest free-trade zone was officially launched in Shanghai. This development demonstrates the government’s willingness to open up the financial system, internationalize its currency and ease restrictions to

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Is PetroChina’s Lack of Performance Simply Bad Business?

PetroChina is one of the globe’s foremost producers of crude oil and China’s largest company. Following its establishment in 1999, the oil giant has experienced a number of ‘ups’, but

Asia Pacific Economics

China’s North Korea Investments Safe Despite Export Ban

Investing in a place like North Korea is always fraught with danger, yet China’s assets in the hermit kingdom remain safe despite the export ban. Political risks are the major

Asia Pacific Economics

Is China’s Housing Bubble About to Burst?

In the past few months, the debate surrounding China’s housing bubble has become increasingly controversial. Many fear that the housing bubble is about to burst, and some argue that this

Asia Pacific Economics

The US is Winning the Asia PTA Race

With political instability in the Middle East and North Africa, and uncertainties in South America, it seems that among developing regions, only Pacific Asia continues to boast strong growth and

Asia Pacific Politics

Is Abbott’s Australia Choosing Beijing over Washington?

The recent election of Tony Abbott as the new Prime Minister of Australia has again raised the issue of Australia’s strategic importance for both Beijing and Washington. Abbott, a conservative