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  • BUSINESS

    Congress comeback

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 04/03/2019

    » Rangnath Tiwari says he is seriously considering switching his vote back to the Congress party during India's general elections in May.

  • BUSINESS

    Layer by layer

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 04/03/2019

    » Most of us still think of 3D printing in terms of small units that can print simple three-dimensional solid objects from a digital computer file. But big industrial companies such as General Electric (GE) have taken this concept to extraordinary lengths and are applying it on a much larger scale to create highly complex machine parts made from metal.

  • BUSINESS

    Pakistan's quest for inclusive growth

    Asia focus, Published on 04/03/2019

    » Last year, Pakistan witnessed only the second successful democratic transition in its 71-year history, with Prime Minister Imran Khan taking office after his party won the general election on an anti-corruption campaign. Hopes are high for the new administration, which seems willing to work with both technocrats and opposition parties to address Pakistan's many urgent challenges.

  • BUSINESS

    Palm oil perseverance

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 04/03/2019

    » Palm oil producers in Indonesia are undeterred by the growing consumer backlash closer to home in Asia against the commodity, which has long had a negative image in Europe where it is seen as a major cause of environmental destruction and deforestation.

  • OPINION

    Keeping the bombs at bay

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 04/03/2019

    » Trump-Kim Summit 2.0 began in a climate of optimism, with some people saying a formal end to the Korean War and complete denuclearisation of the North was in sight, but it was not to be. Disappointment quickly turned to alarm when two other nuclear-armed states -- India and Pakistan -- started sparring.

  • OPINION

    Challenging times for Asean

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 25/02/2019

    » These are challenging times for Southeast Asian countries. On the economic front, China's slowdown is becoming more pronounced, which could have dire consequences since it is Asean's largest export market and a major source of foreign direct investment (FDI) to the region.

  • BUSINESS

    The coming China shock

    Asia focus, Published on 25/02/2019

    » In September 2018, we argued that China's economic and foreign policies were defying the "laws" of economics and geopolitics and warned that the situation could not last. Since then, our assessment has been borne out and our concerns have deepened.

  • BUSINESS

    What's in a name?

    Asia focus, Published on 25/02/2019

    » Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has never hidden his nostalgia for the iron-fisted rule of Ferdinand Marcos, and now he has revived one of the late dictator's favourite crusades.

  • BUSINESS

    Making musical waves

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 25/02/2019

    » Many people associate a cruise holiday with being in a floating hotel, with buffet lines and various forms of entertainment and recreation, plus the obligatory port calls for shopping. As for the passengers … well, grey is the dominant hair colour.

  • BUSINESS

    Duterte ponders his legacy

    Asia focus, Published on 25/02/2019

    » On May 13, Filipinos will head to the polls for midterm elections that many see as a referendum on the performance of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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