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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.

Asia Pacific Finance

China and the AIIB on the Belt and Road: Power sans control

The multilateral development bank remains a key instrument of China’s foreign and development policy, even with its emancipation.

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.

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.

Politics South and Central Asia

Sino-Indian push and pull may hurt Nepal in the long term

Nepal’s policymakers are used to a delicate balancing act, but this might be keeping the country from forging stronger relationships.

Asia Pacific Economics Special Reports

Special Report: Can China overcome the Malacca Dilemma through OBOR and CPEC?

‘One Belt, One Road’, is the brainchild of Xi Jinping, aimed at investing USD $1 trillion across its Western heartlands and the entirety of Eurasia.

Asia Pacific Security

Trump wades into the South China Sea

Donald Trump appears disinclined to keep trade and security issues separate. The territorial dispute could send ripples through global markets.

Finance South and Central Asia

Chinese currency management in 2017

China has exercised control over Renminbi valuation, but currency management tools are under stress. China faces challenges to its long term growth targets.

Asia Pacific Outlook for 2017

2017 Preview: A new red star over China – Part 1: China at home

This is the first of a two-part analysis on what is in store for China in 2017. It explores China’s catch-22 — the fact that it is further integrating itself internationally and becoming a ‘responsible stakeholder’, while concomitantly showing signs of turning inwards and becoming isolationist.

Asia Pacific Politics

Is football finally making its way home to China?

The Chinese government is well aware of the benefits of football in promoting their own ideological agenda, nationalism and political unity.