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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.

Why Indonesia Should Abandon its Natural Gas Pricing Regulation
June 17, 2021

Why Indonesia Should Abandon its Natural Gas Pricing Regulation

By Massita Ayu Cindy and Inka B. Yusgiantoro
The costs required to keep domestic natural gas prices low could outweigh the long-term benefits.

What Is the Indonesia Battery Corporation?
June 15, 2021

What Is the Indonesia Battery Corporation?

By James Guild
Blessed with abundant nickel deposits, the nation hopes to position itself as a global hub of electric vehicle production.
Which Asian Nations Can Benefit From the ‘China Plus One’ Strategy?
June 11, 2021

Which Asian Nations Can Benefit From the ‘China Plus One’ Strategy?

By Sara Hsu
As supply chain diversification becomes the name of the game, some of China’s neighbors are looking to provide attractive alternatives.

World Bank: Uncertainty in Post-COVID Recovery in Central Asia
June 09, 2021

World Bank: Uncertainty in Post-COVID Recovery in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Although forecasts have improved slightly, the World Bank warns of considerable uncertainty when it comes to post-COVID recovery in the Europe and Central Asia region.

WTO to Review Malaysia-EU Palm Oil Spat. What Happens Next?
June 08, 2021

WTO to Review Malaysia-EU Palm Oil Spat. What Happens Next?

By James Guild
The EU is making efforts to leverage its market power to ensure that products entering the trading bloc are more environmentally sustainable.

A European FTA With India Is Not a Counterweight to China
June 01, 2021

A European FTA With India Is Not a Counterweight to China

By Krzysztof Iwanek
There is currently no way for India to take China’s place in the European Union’s economic relations.

Who Is Winning Southeast Asia’s Car Wars?
June 01, 2021

Who Is Winning Southeast Asia’s Car Wars?

By James Guild
Thailand has made the early running, but Indonesia's automotive industry is growing steadily.
Why China Is Not on Track For Financial Superpower Status
May 28, 2021

Why China Is Not on Track For Financial Superpower Status

By Sandra Heep
The Chinese Communist Party’s prioritizing of political control over economic efficiency stands in the way of China’s rise in global finance.

What Han Dynasty China’s Financial Relations With Rome Can Teach Us Today
May 28, 2021

What Han Dynasty China’s Financial Relations With Rome Can Teach Us Today

By Robert Farley
Systems of credit and debt are enormously consequential for trade, making the looming financial conflict between Beijing and Washington particularly worrisome. 

How Will China Respond to Rising Inflation?
May 26, 2021

How Will China Respond to Rising Inflation?

By Sara Hsu
China’s central bank will be keeping a close eye on trends, but for now expect it to stay the course.

Rising Inflation Threatens to Swamp Cambodian Households
May 26, 2021

Rising Inflation Threatens to Swamp Cambodian Households

By Nith Kosal
Many Cambodian households were in a precarious position even before COVID-19 hit.
Can Indonesia Really Quit Coal After 2023?
May 25, 2021

Can Indonesia Really Quit Coal After 2023?

By James Guild
Any move to jettison coal power will likely face opposition from the country's powerful domestic coal lobby.

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