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Asia Pacific Finance

China’s Tug of War Between Central and Commercial Banks

Chinese banks experienced an unexpected credit crunch in the past weeks. On June 20, the Shanghai Interbank Offered Rate (SHIBOR) and overnight repo rate reached, at certain points, 25% and 30%

Asia Pacific Economics

Big Questions Loom with China’s Trade Liberalisation

Trade negotiators are working long hours these days. The United States’ initiatives in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have attracted broad attention, especially as the

Asia Pacific Economics

Chinese Economic Slowdown Reverberates Globally

For three decades the world witnessed China’s super-charged economic growth rate triple its GDP. Numerous industries and states worldwide benefited as a result, particularly as the health of the world

Asia Pacific Economics

China’s Space Launch Signals Commercial Desires

The recent news that the People’s Republic of China has launched its fifth manned space mission – during which three astronauts will spend fifteen days in space, including twelve days

Asia Pacific Security

Keep calm as U.S.-Japan military exercises carry on

With Asian regional security unstable in recent days, some have speculated that fiscal woes will eventually lead to declining defense budgets and a decrease in the U.S.’ presence in Asia.

Asia Pacific Economics

Chinese Lessons for Myanmar’s Gold Rush

China’s long-standing relationship with Myanmar offers lessons for newer investors seeking to capitalize on the country’s nascent opening. The United States has shifted its policy toward Myanmar over the past

Economics South and Central Asia

India’s Trade Diplomacy

India is implementing an aggressive style of trade diplomacy, as the government acts on the need for investment in the run-up to elections. On May 28th Indian Commerce Secretary S.

Finance South and Central Asia

Lack of regulation limits Afghan gem mining

The lack of clear industry rules is hampering the growth of Afghanistan’s mining sector. Blessed with mineral wealth, Kabul remains unable to utilize it. Afghanistan lacks the major gas and

Economics South and Central Asia

Uzbekistan’s Search for Trade Partners

Uzbekistan’s increasing diversity in trading partners points to a decline in traditional Central Asian economic reliance on Russia and indicates the possibility of increased interdependence between the countries of Central