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Asia Pacific Finance

China’s Nascent Stock Market in Trouble

Up until a couple of months ago the Chinese stock market was one of the most profitable in the world, rising up to 140% in just a year-and-a-half. However, the

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Russia and Ukraine announce a new round of gas talks as Ukraine feels financial strains. Argentine farming coalitions plan protests. Australia considers cutting interest rates. U.S. Congress debates the funding

Asia Pacific Finance

China’s Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect fails to deliver

At the start of 2015, the landmark Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect is entering an important phase. Still, investors have to temper their expectations when it comes to gaining more access

Asia Pacific Economics

Do Occupy protests hurt Hong Kong’s economy?

After almost 10 weeks of protests, Occupy Hong Kong is coming to an end. Having failed to halt the protests using other means, Beijing has sought to underline the economic

Asia Pacific Politics

Protests jeopardise Hong Kong’s leverage with Beijing

Hong Kong protestors demand that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying step down and for Beijing to allow free elections in 2017. Yet, volatile financial markets undermine some of the city’s leverage with Beijing.

Asia Pacific Politics

Unrest threatens Hong Kong’s status as Asia’s financial hub

Known for its capitalistic free economy advocating no barriers to trade and a low corporate tax rate, Hong Kong as entrepôt offers vital strategic importance to Beijing’s trade with the

Economics International

Why emerging market leaders should read Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty brought the debate over wealth inequality into the limelight in the US and Europe, but it could have an even larger impact on emerging and frontier markets. Six

Asia Pacific Politics

Hong Kong protests put financial business at risk

Are Hong Kong’s protests necessary to get China and the world to listen to demands for a freer economy and democracy, or will they cause more damage to the city

Asia Pacific Politics

Historic cross-strait talks signal a new step in relations

Unfortunately, improved cross-strait economic ties do little to resolve the status quo, as the final objectives of Beijing and Taipei remain fundamentally irreconcilable. At the first governmental meeting since they split apart

Asia Pacific Economics

Shanghai’s Free-Trade Zone Unclear on Key Details

Last Sunday, China’s newest free-trade zone was officially launched in Shanghai. This development demonstrates the government’s willingness to open up the financial system, internationalize its currency and ease restrictions to