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Asia Pacific Finance

Money talks: China’s purse strings direct Pakistan’s war on terror

China is being lauded as Pakistan’s new partner, in the fight against regional terrorism, by offering soft loans in the interests of securing the China-Pakistan corridor.

South and Central Asia Technology and infrastructure

Kaladan woes reflect frustrated Indian vision for Myanmar and Southeast Asia

India’s ambitions to establish a foothold in Myanmar and strengthen ties with Southeast Asia risk being jeopardised by the ongoing Kaladan project.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Venezuela shifts exchange rate. Norway votes. Canada hosts climate summit. Juncker gives State of the European Union speech. All in The Week Ahead.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

China hosts BRICS. South Africa considers early election. Kenya markets react to nullified election. Baltic PMs meet in Poland. All in The Week Ahead.

Asia Pacific Economics

Are the “Asian Tigers” hamstrung by hidden flaws?

Despite years of high economic growth, Asia faces serious challenges, which will push many key Asian nations towards instability.

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil at a crossroads

Europe’s war against palm oil and overall western pressure risks pushing Indonesia and Malaysia closer to less regulated markets.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

India to host Nepalese Prime Minister as tensions continue over Doklam. UK releases more Brexit position papers. Jackson Hole Summit. All in The Week Ahead.

Politics South and Central Asia

The Cambodia 2018 election: Issues and implications

With the general election less than one year away, Cambodia is set for a rocky twelve months, defined by intense politicking and political unrest.

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.