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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.

Is Taiwan a Ticking Time Bomb in the Semiconductor Supply Chain?
February 27, 2021

Is Taiwan a Ticking Time Bomb in the Semiconductor Supply Chain?

By Kevin Curran
The overwhelming reliance on Taiwan for critical supply elements creates a combustible situation for the global economy.

Last Week Singapore Released Its 2021 Budget. What’s in It?
February 23, 2021

Last Week Singapore Released Its 2021 Budget. What’s in It?

By James Guild
In the aftermath of COVID-19, the city-state is characteristically looking to the private sector to get the economy moving again.
Are Japan and South Korea Serious About Ending Coal Financing in Southeast Asia?
February 16, 2021

Are Japan and South Korea Serious About Ending Coal Financing in Southeast Asia?

By James Guild
A pledge to curtail financing for coal projects has come amid a rash of new coal-fired power plant investments.

Indonesia Has Plans to Expand Its Money Market. Is That a Good Idea?
February 09, 2021

Indonesia Has Plans to Expand Its Money Market. Is That a Good Idea?

By James Guild
Money markets could bring great benefits to the country's economy, alongside an injection of systemic risk.

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Debt Crisis Could Get Critical in 2021
February 09, 2021

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Debt Crisis Could Get Critical in 2021

By Umesh Moramudali
Sri Lanka’s debt problem has deep roots. How bad things can get in 2021?

The Philippines’ COVID-19 Economic Rescue Plan: Bayanihan 1 and 2
February 03, 2021

The Philippines’ COVID-19 Economic Rescue Plan: Bayanihan 1 and 2

By James Guild
In addition to supporting healthcare and low-income households, Manila has focused on propping up its agricultural sector, which employs nearly a quarter of Filipinos.

Rising Shipping Costs in China Add Weight to Decoupling Calls
January 30, 2021

Rising Shipping Costs in China Add Weight to Decoupling Calls

By Bonnie Girard
The latest knock-on effect of the pandemic -- ballooning shipping costs for Chinese exports -- have laid bare the risks of current supply chain patterns.
Will the EU-China Investment Agreement Survive Parliament’s Scrutiny?
January 27, 2021

Will the EU-China Investment Agreement Survive Parliament’s Scrutiny?

By Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy
A look at the remaining process for the CAI and the crucial role of the European Parliament, which could still vote the deal down.

Will Financial Scandals Undermine Indonesia’s Model of Economic Development?
January 26, 2021

Will Financial Scandals Undermine Indonesia’s Model of Economic Development?

By James Guild
Corruption within state-run enterprises threatens to tarnish the country's mixed development model.

UN: Pandemic, Surging Food Prices Leave Many in Asia Hungry
January 21, 2021

UN: Pandemic, Surging Food Prices Leave Many in Asia Hungry

By Associated Press
Across Asia, high prices for fruits, vegetables, and dairy products have made it "nearly impossible" for low income families to have healthy diets.

North Korea’s New Economic Plan Looks a Lot Like the Old One
January 20, 2021

North Korea’s New Economic Plan Looks a Lot Like the Old One

By Jonathan Corrado
The five-year economic plan laid out at the Party Congress is no course correction for the country.
Low Rates Are Pushing US Capital Into Southeast Asia. What Happens When Rates Go Up?
January 19, 2021

Low Rates Are Pushing US Capital Into Southeast Asia. What Happens When Rates Go Up?

By James Guild
For emerging markets, foreign capital inflows can spur growth – but they are also a potential source of volatility.

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