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Asia Pacific Economics

Three domestic challenges of China’s One Belt, One Road initiative

China’s One Belt, One Road policy is a major policy plan but the Chinese government must not neglect domestic challenges that could undermine its efforts.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

UK enters Brexit talks as government coalition talks continue. Special election spotlight in U.S. state of Georgia as Trump’s Russia investigation builds. China stocks may enter broader global market. All in The

Asia Pacific Economics

China’s debt situation: The next possible financial crisis?

China’s debt situation is not only growing in size, but also at a rate that economists and policy analysts feel is difficult to sustain.

North America Security

Trump’s nuclear modernization dilemma

The Trump administration’s ambition to expand US nuclear capabilities marks a radical shift away from the prevailing rationale during the Obama era. This change of paradigm could give rise to

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure Under The Radar

Under the Radar: How WannaCry boosts China’s social credit system

WannaCry’s laid bare China’s addiction to pirated software and motivates Beijing to use its social credit system to penalize citizens using fake goods.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

UK digests the impact of a new coalition arrangement. South Korea hosts second AIIB summit. Federal Reserve discusses 2017 rate hike. All in The Week Ahead.  UK digests the impact of a

North America Politics

The unions’ dilemma in the US: Membership vs leadership

America’s unions and its leadership have been divided for some time and it has resulted in the election of a president who has furthered the division.

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

What China’s Aircraft Carrier Means for its Naval Defence Capabilities

On April 26 at the Dalian Shipyard, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier.

Economics South and Central Asia Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Switching alphabets to SMEs, Kazakhstan’s plans for 2017 and beyond

A cross-the-board look at Kazakhstan’s economic turnaround in 2017 and beyond as the country powers ahead with its ambitious reform agenda.

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

China’s expansion of OBOR leaves Africa caught in a dilemma

While OBOR has increased Beijing’s presence in Africa, a fiery debate has thrown a spotlight on China’s future role on the continent.