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Asia Pacific Economics

One year in, is the honeymoon over for Abenomics?

Shinzo Abe celebrated his first year as Japanese Prime Minister in December, which also marked one year with Abenomics. For many, this will be a dismal anniversary, as the latest

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Has India lost the bid for Sri Lanka’s hydrocarbons?

There have been signs of natural gas and oil reserves off the coast of Sri Lanka since the 1970s. However, a prolonged, bloody civil war lead to a halt in

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

India moves on long-term plans for Arctic investment

This year, India experienced economic turmoil that highlighted several obstacles to long-term growth. The rupee crash and slowed economic growth have led some to question whether the world’s largest democracy can

Asia Pacific Politics

Japan’s electricity sector reform passed in wake of Fukushima

Shinzo Abe has overcome his first obstacle in liberalizing Japan’s electricity sector by securing passage of a key piece of legislation. Yet, whether this reform can reach its goals is

Asia Pacific Economics

4 reasons growth pains will replace growth gains in China

As China’s growth slows, investors need to be on the look-out for Beijing’s growth pains: GRI is here to help and looks at four areas of interest The recent trips

Asia Pacific Finance

Bitcoin offers free currency movement in China, for now

The digital currency could push China into making tough decisions about liberalizing its financial system. Although Bitcoin is designed to be a decentralized currency that can be used the world

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Laos’ Mekong dam construction threatens food security

With a reported 60 million people dependent on the Mekong River’s ecological environment, the Lao government’s decision to build a new dam in the Don Sahong area is ringing alarm bells throughout

Asia Pacific Security

China’s air-defense zone ratchets up risk for trade and investment

With the announcement of China’s Air-Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and the following rise in tensions in the East China Sea, economic—and global—catastrophe may be just a shot away. Beijing’s November

Asia Pacific Politics

Investors withdraw as protests in Thailand hurt growth

Thailand’s growth, business confidence and the baht suffer, as mass protests in Bangkok over an amnesty bill continue. Mass public protests have been a regular occurrence in Bangkok over the

Asia Pacific Politics

What you need to know about China’s 5 big reforms

Following this month’s Chinese Communist Party Plenary Session, held once every five years, China announced a number of economic policy changes. Here are five wide-reaching reforms to watch. The news coming