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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.

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Wage Hike Shows Abe Means Business for Labor
March 19, 2014

Wage Hike Shows Abe Means Business for Labor

Recent developments suggest that the Abe government means business in strengthening the position of labor.
China Doubles Currency Trading Band
March 17, 2014

China Doubles Currency Trading Band

By James Parker
The announcement is at least a partial explanation for a recent fall in the renminbi.

Panasonic Announces China Pollution Premium
March 16, 2014

Panasonic Announces China Pollution Premium

By James Parker
The company announces plans to pay expats in China a premium to compensate for pollution.

‘Korean Wave’ Just The Start For Asian Brands
March 15, 2014

‘Korean Wave’ Just The Start For Asian Brands

By Anthony Fensom
The Diplomat speaks with expert Martin Roll on the rise of Asian brands.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs New HTC One (M8)
March 14, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs New HTC One (M8)

By Vlad Andrici
The upcoming Android heavyweights go head-to-head.
China’s Interest Rate Liberalization Plans
March 12, 2014

China’s Interest Rate Liberalization Plans

By Sara Hsu
The central bank announcement points to an important institutional change.

HTC M8: The Latest Leaks and Rumors
March 12, 2014

HTC M8: The Latest Leaks and Rumors

By Vlad Andrici
Numerous leaks paint a relatively clear picture of what’s in store for HTC’s upcoming flagship.
Asia’s ‘Shocking’ Gender Gap
March 11, 2014

Asia’s ‘Shocking’ Gender Gap

By Anthony Fensom
There’s been talk in Asia of reforms on women’s rights, but progress has been slow.

An ASEAN Intra-Energy Market?
March 11, 2014

An ASEAN Intra-Energy Market?

By George Lerner
There are huge potential advantages for ASEAN if it can integrate its energy market.

The Chaori Corporate Bond Default and Financial Stability
March 10, 2014

The Chaori Corporate Bond Default and Financial Stability

By Sara Hsu
The Chaori default may improve risk signaling, but broader reforms are still needed.

China’s Mixed Economic Signals
March 09, 2014

China’s Mixed Economic Signals

By James Parker
With a bond default and a new GDP growth target, this was an interesting week for China economy watchers.
Australia’s Economic Luck: 21 Years and Counting
March 08, 2014

Australia’s Economic Luck: 21 Years and Counting

By Anthony Fensom
Stronger than expected growth figures suggests the economy still has some life in it.

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