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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.

What’s Next for the Long-Awaited China-Japan-South Korea FTA?
January 28, 2022

What’s Next for the Long-Awaited China-Japan-South Korea FTA?

By Xirui Li
Will RCEP be able to accelerate the negotiation process for the China-Japan-South Korea free trade agreement?

The Message Behind Indonesia’s Coal Export Ban
January 25, 2022

The Message Behind Indonesia’s Coal Export Ban

By James Guild
The move was less about coal shortages than about reminding Indonesia's private sector who is in charge.
China’s Transportation Plan Will Boost Post-Pandemic Logistics
January 23, 2022

China’s Transportation Plan Will Boost Post-Pandemic Logistics

By Sara Hsu
As China’s infrastructure improves further, it’s going to be harder than ever for U.S. multinationals to move to underdeveloped countries like Vietnam and Indonesia.

Indonesia’s Railway Renaissance
January 19, 2022

Indonesia’s Railway Renaissance

By James Guild
The Indonesian rail operator KAI remains one of the country’s more well-run and capable state-owned companies.

In Numbers: The Changing Composition of Populations in China, India, and Japan
January 17, 2022

In Numbers: The Changing Composition of Populations in China, India, and Japan

By Diplomat Risk Intelligence
A new DRI Trendlines looks at demographics of three leading Asian powers, and how key variables paint a complicated and, in large parts, pessimistic picture.

Evergrande Still Looms Large Over Asian Markets’ 2022 Outlook
January 14, 2022

Evergrande Still Looms Large Over Asian Markets’ 2022 Outlook

By Dmytro Spilka
Analysts expect a slowdown in 2022, but some sectors will buck the overall trend.

Environmental Issues Take Precedence in ASEAN’s Sustainable Finance Taxonomy
January 12, 2022

Environmental Issues Take Precedence in ASEAN’s Sustainable Finance Taxonomy

By Alex Burdulia
The first version of the bloc’s classification system would facilitate investment in environmentally sustainable activities, but human rights are not yet on the table.
Indonesia Loosens Coal Export Ban Amid Calls From Trading Partners
January 11, 2022

Indonesia Loosens Coal Export Ban Amid Calls From Trading Partners

By Sebastian Strangio
The ban, imposed due to critically low stocks at domestic power plants, sent tremors through global coal markets.

Can VinFast Turn Vietnam Into an Electric Vehicle Powerhouse?
January 05, 2022

Can VinFast Turn Vietnam Into an Electric Vehicle Powerhouse?

By James Guild
The competition to become the main player in the production of EVs in Southeast Asia is starting to heat up.

Indonesia Bans Coal Exports to Head Off Blackouts
January 04, 2022

Indonesia Bans Coal Exports to Head Off Blackouts

By Sebastian Strangio
The move speaks to the political and economic importance of coal, and the difficulty Indonesia will have in organizing a transition to renewable energy.

China’s Core Economic Issues in 2022
January 03, 2022

China’s Core Economic Issues in 2022

By Sara Hsu
The real estate downturn and inflation will cause headaches in the new year, while the emphasis on common prosperity continues.
The Philippines Readies Public Services for 100 Percent Foreign Ownership
December 29, 2021

The Philippines Readies Public Services for 100 Percent Foreign Ownership

By James Guild
The Philippines has long led its Southeast Asian neighbors in the privatization of public services.

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