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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%

Asia Pacific Economics

Big Questions Loom with China’s Trade Liberalisation

Trade negotiators are working long hours these days. The United States’ initiatives in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have attracted broad attention, especially as the

Asia Pacific Economics

Chinese Economic Slowdown Reverberates Globally

For three decades the world witnessed China’s super-charged economic growth rate triple its GDP. Numerous industries and states worldwide benefited as a result, particularly as the health of the world

Asia Pacific Economics

Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Boost Abenomics

Today’s global economy is increasingly focused on Asia, and rightfully so. According to the IMF, in 2013 Asia will lead the world in economic growth by expanding 5.7 percent overall

Asia Pacific Economics

China’s Space Launch Signals Commercial Desires

The recent news that the People’s Republic of China has launched its fifth manned space mission – during which three astronauts will spend fifteen days in space, including twelve days

Asia Pacific Politics

LGBT Issues Challenge Singapore’s Political System

In April 2012, the High Court of Singapore ruled against a Singaporean couple who had challenged the legality of Article 377(A) of the Singaporean penal code, which criminalises homosexual sex.

Asia Pacific Security

Keep calm as U.S.-Japan military exercises carry on

With Asian regional security unstable in recent days, some have speculated that fiscal woes will eventually lead to declining defense budgets and a decrease in the U.S.’ presence in Asia.

Asia Pacific Economics

Chinese Lessons for Myanmar’s Gold Rush

China’s long-standing relationship with Myanmar offers lessons for newer investors seeking to capitalize on the country’s nascent opening. The United States has shifted its policy toward Myanmar over the past

Asia Pacific Economics

Chinese Liberalisation 2.0 Shifts Back to the Free Market

The People’s Republic of China appears set to begin a new economic policy that will place less emphasis on state planning and development of industry and more emphasis on the