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  • BUSINESS

    Investing in change

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 26/02/2018

    » In a fast-changing world where demographic shifts and technology-led disruption have left millions fearful about their futures, governments alone can no longer be counted on to ride to the rescue. Businesses can and should be doing more to help create a sustainable future.

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    China's road to growth in Africa

    Asia focus, Nithi Kaveevivitchai, Published on 04/12/2017

    » While two of the biggest traditional investors in Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, are facing domestic uncertainty in light of Brexit and policy changes under President Donald Trump, China seems to be the new hope of this populous continent.

  • BUSINESS

    Mixed signals

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 13/11/2017

    » Trade and investment have been vital contributors to growth in the Asia Pacific region, where many developing economies were surging before the 2008-09 global financial crisis. Global and regional trade subsequently weakened, and while the outlook has brightened this year, clouds loom on the horizon.

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    Prosperity on the menu

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 23/10/2017

    » Food processing can be a mutually beneficial industry for Thailand and India where the former, as the Kitchen of the World, can support the latter's ambition to become the Market of the World, say Indian officials.

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    One currency to link them all: the rise of the renminbi

    Asia focus, Pathom Sangwongwanich, Published on 21/11/2016

    » International use of the Chinese renminbi is expected to surge in the next five to 10 years given the need for financing by the Chinese government of infrastructure projects under its One Belt One Road (OBOR) programme, a banking executive says.

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    Global economy more fragile with few growth drivers

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 03/10/2016

    » The prolonged global slowdown in overall growth and trade is expected to persist if all parties do not work toward a solution together, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) has warned.

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    Year in Review

    Asia focus, Published on 29/12/2014

    » Asia rose to new heights in 2014 despite the many challenges that beset the region. Headline-making developments ranged from China dethroning the United States as the world's largest economy, subject to vigorous debate as that may be, to the tragic mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

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    What's lurking in the shadows of China's banks?

    Asia focus, Published on 22/09/2014

    » "Shadow banking" is a surprisingly colourful term for our staid economics profession. Intended or not, it conjures up images of dark, sinister, and even shady transactions. With a name like "shadow banking" it must be bad. This is unfair. While the profession lacks a uniform definition, it involves financial intermediation that takes place outside of banks — and this can be good, bad, or otherwise.

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