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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.

Singapore Eyes SG$90 Billion in Infrastructure Bonds
April 14, 2021

Singapore Eyes SG$90 Billion in Infrastructure Bonds

By James Guild
For the first time in 40 years, the state is seeking to borrow money to fund long-term infrastructure improvements.

China’s Exports Rise as Global Demand Revives
April 14, 2021

China’s Exports Rise as Global Demand Revives

By Joe McDonald
Chinese exports to the United States jumped 53.6 percent in March to $38.7 billion despite tariff hikes still in place on Chinese goods.
Sacred Sustainability: Singapore, Greening, and Biophilic Design
April 12, 2021

Sacred Sustainability: Singapore, Greening, and Biophilic Design

By Abhinav Seetharaman
Singapore's sustainable development strategies have played an important but unheralded role in the country's economic success.

How Independent Should Bank Indonesia (or any Central Bank) Be?
April 06, 2021

How Independent Should Bank Indonesia (or any Central Bank) Be?

By James Guild
It is worth questioning the dictum that central banks should occupy their own autonomous policy space.

How Will China’s Sovereign Digital Currency Affect Fintech?
April 05, 2021

How Will China’s Sovereign Digital Currency Affect Fintech?

By Sara Hsu
China’s sovereign digital currency is likely to have a mainly positive impact on the fintech sector.

The COVID-19 Endgame: Does Southeast Asia Need More Than Resilience?
March 31, 2021

The COVID-19 Endgame: Does Southeast Asia Need More Than Resilience?

By Manoj Harjani and Tan Ming Hui
Ideally, the pandemic should prompt a long-term mindset shift toward anticipating – and growing from – future crises.

Is Another Taper Tantrum on the Way in Southeast Asia?
March 30, 2021

Is Another Taper Tantrum on the Way in Southeast Asia?

By James Guild
Rising U.S. bond yields have prompted fears of capital flight from Southeast Asian economies. How serious is the threat?
Asia-Pacific Nations Face Uneven Economic Recovery From COVID-19
March 26, 2021

Asia-Pacific Nations Face Uneven Economic Recovery From COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
The World Bank's projections suggest that the region will bear the scars of COVID-19 for many years to come.

The COVID-19 Overseas Remittance Crisis That Wasn’t
March 24, 2021

The COVID-19 Overseas Remittance Crisis That Wasn’t

By James Guild
Overseas remittances generally proved to be more resilient than other types of capital flows into Southeast Asia.

COVID-19 Made China’s Debt Problem Worse
March 18, 2021

COVID-19 Made China’s Debt Problem Worse

By Sara Hsu
With debt soaring amid the pandemic, the government’s deleveraging struggle slogs on.

Australia’s Big Plans for Clean Energy Exports
March 17, 2021

Australia’s Big Plans for Clean Energy Exports

By James Guild
A plan to export solar power to Southeast Asia via underwater cable have attracted media attention, but have a lot of obstacles to overcome.
Taiwan Prays for Rain as Drought Threatens Chip Production
March 12, 2021

Taiwan Prays for Rain as Drought Threatens Chip Production

By Nick Aspinwall
The country is facing its most severe water shortage in 56 years, but officials say water supplies will likely be sufficient until monsoon rains in late May.

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