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Asia Pacific Economics

The Great Firewall takes on VPNs

China’s Security Council seems bent on expanding internet restrictions nationwide. Following new legislation in June this year, the crackdown has been swift: even major firms such as Apple and Whatsapp are on the chopping block. The recent banning of VPN services has huge implications for multinationals and the foreign employees that they hire.

Security South and Central Asia Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Doklam standoff highlights India and China’s ‘Great Game’ over Bhutan

There is far more at stake than 34 square kilometers of desolate, windswept rocks. Doklam shows that old habits die hard, and Bhutan is stuck in the middle.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

The domestic and global shocks of the growing water crisis in China

The reverberations of China’s water security crisis have already had global implications, notably encouraging the Arab Spring.

Asia Pacific Economics

Significant Barriers Remain for Asia’s RCEP deal

India’s commerce secretary claims “enough political will [exists] to expedite the conclusion” of RCEP. Yet many barriers, both economic & political remain.

North America Politics

Trump’s burn book: NAFTA negotiations will only extend Chinese influence in the Americas

Trump once labelled NAFTA, “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere”. This month, he unveiled the NAFTA negotiating agenda, providing a template for trade negotiations yet to occur with other countries – such as China, Germany, and Japan. With an emphasis on tackling tax systems and removing barriers to the US agriculture and manufacturing industries, Asian negotiators will be watching closely.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy North America

To the victor belong the spoils: The future of green energy

In recent years, China has pushed for the rapid development of renewable energy infrastructure, touting itself as the leader of innovative green energy.

Europe

The real game Macron is playing with Fincantieri and STX

A few days ago, Macron temporarily nationalised STX France’s shipyard to prevent the Italian company Fincantieri’s acquisition of STX.

Asia Pacific Politics

Will the South China Sea dispute mark the downfall of ASEAN?

The South China Sea dispute revolves around territorial claims, and could have a significant impact on the future of ASEAN.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Forget the South China Sea, this is Asia’s real water war

While tensions in the South China Sea have the potential for limited skirmishes far out to sea, the competition over the resources of the Mekong River is putting millions at risk of natural disasters, famine and regional instability.

Natural resources and energy

Mozambique and Rosneft’s hunt for foreign policy pull

Word that Rosneft will soon open an office in Mozambique belies the company and Igor Sechin’s growing influence over Russia’s policy in the Asia-Pacific.