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Asia Pacific Economics

China’s rough path towards consumption-led growth

To stimulate domestic consumption, China passed a major amendment to its consumer protection law on 25 October 2013. This move benefits consumers and some industries such as e-commerce. However, its

Asia Pacific Security

Does Tiananmen attack indicate political volatility?

On Sunday, October 27, a car crashed into a crowd and exploded at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, right underneath the symbolic portrait of Mao Zedong. The attack killed five people and

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

The shale gas revolution is about to hit China

Shale gas extraction shows promising signs in China. The current 5-year plan aims to produce 60-100 billion cubic meters by 2020, so look for a more cohesive Chinese approach to

Asia Pacific Finance

China’s central bank stands alone against inflation

Renminbi internationalization may work against the Chinese central bank’s effort to tighten liquidity and curb rising inflation. Commercial banks will also have bigger leverage over the central bank as more

Asia Pacific Politics

Fukushima amplifies Japanese energy import dependence

The Fukushima disaster demonstrates Japan’s reliance on energy imports as Tokyo shuts down its reactors and spends billions on stop-gap energy production. When Typhoon Wipha flooded Japan with heavy rains last

Asia Pacific Economics

China-Australia FTA blocked by industry fears

Australia now is growing impatient in cementing a free trade agreement (FTA) with China. In early October, new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott indicated his intention for securing a watered

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