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Asia Pacific Security

Trade to Benefit from Japan-India Strategic Alliance

The trend towards a growing alliance between Japan and India has gained momentum for some time, due to ongoing developments in the region involving China. Much focus in the international

Asia Pacific Economics

IMF urges Japan to address debt and reform economy

Recently, there has even been hope that Japan might move away from its persistent deflation, yet the IMF continues to urge Tokyo to do more. The International Monetary Fund urged

Asia Pacific Politics

Party convention changes Indonesia’s Election

With the Indonesian presidential elections less than a year away, rumours surrounding prospective candidates have already begun. Of the three big parties – Partai Demokrat (PD), Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan

Asia Pacific Finance

China to Audit Local Governments and Reduce Financial Risk

On July 28th, China’s National Audit Office (NAO) announced that it will conduct a nationwide audit of government debt as Beijing tries to ascertain the financial risks to China’s continued

Asia Pacific Politics

Party Corruption Plagues Nepal

According to the UK-based global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI), Nepal’s political parties rank among the most corrupt in the world.  TI’s ‘Global Corruption Barometer’, published earlier last week, based its results

Asia Pacific Politics

Japan’s Reform Opportunity Jeopardised by Militarism

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) won an impressive electoral victory on July 22nd, earning a decisive majority in the upper house of the Japanese Diet. Of the 121 seats

Asia Pacific Economics

In spite of challenges, Indonesia is booming

“Indonesia is the least-unattractive country in the world” -M. Chatib Basri, chairman of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board Things are going pretty well for Indonesia. Since surfacing virtually unscathed from

Asia Pacific Politics

Part 2 of 2: Chinese Xenophobia in Singapore Rises

Part 2 of 2 of GRI’s look into the apparent contradictions in a specific form of rising Chinese xenophobia in Singapore. As explained in the first post of this two-part

Asia Pacific Politics

Part 1 of 2: Chinese Xenophobia in Singapore Rises

This two-part post will explain the apparent contradictions that arise from the particular form of xenophobia in Singapore, beginning with a broad look at the Chinese and Singaporean identities. In

Asia Pacific Economics

G2 Summit Reveals Chinese Commitment to Economic Reform

An annual political show took place this July in Washington D.C. The phrase ‘G2’ has hardly any legitimate use today apart from describing this two-day summit between China and the