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The 21st century is commonly referred to as the 'Pacific Century.' For such a prediction to materialize, the economies of the Asia-Pacific must lead the globe. What challenges will the region face? What nations stand to benefit most? The Diplomat's economics and business blog, Pacific Money, will try to tackle these questions and more.

How Indonesia and Singapore Can Deepen Their Renewable Energy Cooperation
December 03, 2021

How Indonesia and Singapore Can Deepen Their Renewable Energy Cooperation

By Dedi Dinarto and Gerardus Yosari
In many ways, the two nations are natural partners in the development of green energy sources.

Thai Telcos Dtac and True Are Planning a Merger
November 30, 2021

Thai Telcos Dtac and True Are Planning a Merger

By James Guild
If approved, the merger between the two firms will create the country's largest telecommunications firm.
The Idiosyncrasies of China’s Bond Market
November 25, 2021

The Idiosyncrasies of China’s Bond Market

By Kate Jaquet
China’s bond market appears hampered by unpredictable default mechanisms, non-standardized bond covenants, and unreliable bond ratings.

Thailand’s PTT Makes Its Electric Vehicle Play
November 23, 2021

Thailand’s PTT Makes Its Electric Vehicle Play

By James Guild
PTT is a multi-billion-dollar behemoth entirely structured around the exploration, processing, and trading of fossil fuels. So why is it leaning hard into the EV sector?

China’s Risky Investments: Wealth Management Products and Corporate Bonds
November 23, 2021

China’s Risky Investments: Wealth Management Products and Corporate Bonds

By Sara Hsu
Recent missed payments show why these are some of the riskiest assets in China.

In Light of Evergrande, It’s Time to Talk About the ‘Big Four’
November 08, 2021

In Light of Evergrande, It’s Time to Talk About the ‘Big Four’

By James Borton
Evergrande’s crisis once again calls into question the role of international auditing firms – and raises doubts over what other secrets their seal of approval may be hiding.

Why Solar Power Could Take Off in Indonesia Soon
November 03, 2021

Why Solar Power Could Take Off in Indonesia Soon

By James Guild
A new solar farm project could avoid the political economy hurdle that has prevented renewable energy from making headway in the country.
China’s Supply Chain Bottlenecks: Winners and Losers
November 02, 2021

China’s Supply Chain Bottlenecks: Winners and Losers

By Sara Hsu
While manufacturers are losing out, logistics companies are making record profits.

The Asia-Pacific’s Free Trade Disagreements
October 29, 2021

The Asia-Pacific’s Free Trade Disagreements

By Joseph Cash
It’s not just the different agreements, per se – the distinctly different models of FTAs are complicating trade regimes in the region.

With Tech-Driven Rebound, Asian Markets Turn Corner on Evergrande Crisis
October 27, 2021

With Tech-Driven Rebound, Asian Markets Turn Corner on Evergrande Crisis

By Dmytro Spilka
After a tumultuous third quarter, Asian markets appear to be embarking on recovery following fears of an Evergrande default.

Vietnam’s Metro Rail Lines Lumber Toward Completion
October 26, 2021

Vietnam’s Metro Rail Lines Lumber Toward Completion

By James Guild
The travails of the planned metro lines in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City offer useful perspective on the role of Chinese development financing.
Breaking Down Indonesia’s 2022 State Budget
October 19, 2021

Breaking Down Indonesia’s 2022 State Budget

By James Guild
In 2022, the state intends to continue its robust spending on the areas most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic: health and social assistance.

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