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Asia Pacific Politics

A new direction for China-Taiwan relations

The rapprochement strategy strongly advocated by Taiwan’s President, Ma Ying-jeou, represents an important step in enhancing the dialogue with Beijing. However, concerns still remain that each step towards the Chinese

Finance International

2015 IMF meetings in Peru: Three takeaways for investors

The world’s finance ministers and central bankers met in Lima, Peru in October for the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group. Here are the takeaways.  This year’s

Asia Pacific Economics

China’s carbon trading market could net positive for investors

This week, China announced plans to launch what will become the world’s largest carbon market in 2017. While this signals long-term optimism surrounding a more environmentally responsible China, the development

Natural resources and energy North America

How long will the US oil export ban last?

As low oil prices continue to put pressure on US producers, the Obama Administration is in no hurry to abolish the 40 year-old oil export ban. Ever since the US

Economics International

European Commission: TTIP reforms still inadequate

The Commission proposal to drop ISDS in favour of an independent permanent court addresses a key concern about TTIP. However, major obstacles remain for the negotiating process and its acceptance

Economics South and Central Asia

Mongolia hit hard by China’s economic slowdown

Mongolia has been greatly affected by China’s economic slowdown. How have falling commodity prices and a devaluation of Mongolia’s currency affected the country? Surpassing the US as the world’s largest

Economics International

Is it safe to return to emerging market investments?

Emerging market investments across asset classes have suffered a brutal combination of collapsing commodity prices and a strong US dollar this year. Is the bottom near, and where might investors

Finance Latin America

South America joins the global currency war

Amid continued low commodity prices, a slow down in demand from Asian economies, and the Chinese devaluation of the Yuan, South America looks poised to jump into the global currency

Finance Latin America

Ecuador oil deal seeks to diversify finances

Ecuador’s state oil company, Petroecuador, recently signed a crude oil supply agreement with Thailand’s state-run PTT, in which the country will receive a $2.5 billion payment. Low oil prices have hit

Economics South and Central Asia

David Cameron Seeks Business Opportunities in Southeast Asia

Seeking to develop new business opportunities with a growing ASEAN market, David Cameron launched a trade delegation consisting of representatives from every region of the United Kingdom and is indicative