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    China is losing the new cold war

    Asia focus, Published on 17/09/2018

    » When the Soviet Union imploded in 1991, the Communist Party of China became obsessed with understanding why. Government think-tanks entrusted with the task heaped plenty of blame on Mikhail Gorbachev, the reformist leader who was simply not ruthless enough to hold the Soviet Union together. But Chinese policymakers also highlighted other important factors, not all of which the country's leaders seem to be heeding today.


    Big wheel

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 17/09/2018

    » Jeremy Clarkson, the outspoken former host of the hit BBC show Top Gear, once observed that a Lamborghini is for "people who want to move about in a big pantomime, massive West End musical full of colour and noise, and to hell with how fast you can go around the corner".


    Back in Beijing's orbit

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 17/09/2018

    » The Beijing-backed China Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) took a major step forward last week with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries. While it signals a commitment to strengthen economic cooperation and lay the foundation for greater interconnectivity, the devil is in the details.


    Pro-growth education needed for Japan

    Asia focus, Published on 10/09/2018

    » Since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe initiated his "Abenomics" reform programme in 2012, Japan's economy has received a remarkable boost. But the job is not yet finished.


    Bloomberg seeks perfect fit between AI and human depth

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 10/09/2018

    » The ability of countries and companies to harness technology will be the foundation for the next stage of global economic growth. In line with this new reality, Bloomberg Terminal is banking on artificial intelligence (AI) and big data as its core earners of the future.


    Value-based care

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 10/09/2018

    » Asia Pacific is on track to becoming one of the oldest regions in the world in the next few decades with an elderly population approaching 923 million. However, most governments are still underprepared for the social and economic consequences of this rapid demographic shift.


    New retail

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 10/09/2018

    » The relentless rise of e-commerce made last year the worst yet for traditional retailers. Shoppers around the world have made it clear that they want to do more browsing as well as buying online.


    B2B and beyond

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 10/09/2018

    » Big companies in all kinds of businesses are being disrupted as e-commerce gains ground, but even established online sellers are not safe unless they keep adapting to changing conditions. This phenomenon has created a perfect opportunity for technology and service providers to fill in the gaps, says Paul Srivorakul, the CEO of aCommerce.


    Fast track to Heaven

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 03/09/2018

    » As the annual haj season in Saudi Arabia for Muslims around the world came to an end late last month, pilgrims have begun their trips home, including some 200,000 from Indonesia, who can now use the honorific title "Hajj" for men or "Hajja" for women before their names.


    Special delivery

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 03/09/2018

    » Jim O'Gara's story is both inspirational and captivating. The protagonist is a humble and devoted man who went from driving a delivery truck for UPS in the United Kingdom to being the company's number one man in South Asia.

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