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France’s Total Backs Sanctions on Myanmar Oil and Gas Revenues
January 21, 2022

France’s Total Backs Sanctions on Myanmar Oil and Gas Revenues

By Sebastian Strangio
The shift is a major breakthrough for activists seeking to strangle the military government's main source of revenue.

ILO Report Says Afghan Crisis Causing Massive Job Losses
January 19, 2022

ILO Report Says Afghan Crisis Causing Massive Job Losses

By Elaine Kurtenback
Many companies are hard pressed to stay afloat, as thousands of Afghans flee the country  each day.
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.

Will South Korea Join the US Effort to Insulate Supply Chains From China?
January 19, 2022

Will South Korea Join the US Effort to Insulate Supply Chains From China?

By Jin Kai
Pressure from Washington to align with the U.S. decoupling effort is growing, but it's a tall order for South Korea.

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.

Pondering Anew RCEP’s Political Ramifications
January 15, 2022

Pondering Anew RCEP’s Political Ramifications

By Jean-Marc F. Blanchard and Wei Liang
There are numerous shortcomings with the view that RCEP constitutes an incontrovertible geopolitical victory for China, much less a big win. 

What’s Behind China’s New National Standardization Outline Document?
January 14, 2022

What’s Behind China’s New National Standardization Outline Document?

By Arjun Gargeyas and Megha Pardhi
To become a global leader in standard-setting, China first needs to focus on domestic standards.
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.

Central Asia Continues to Supply Electricity to Afghanistan
January 13, 2022

Central Asia Continues to Supply Electricity to Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
In recent weeks, both Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have signed agreements with Afghanistan on energy supplies in 2022, despite unplanned outages.

Solving Japan’s Wage Stagnation Syndrome
January 13, 2022

Solving Japan’s Wage Stagnation Syndrome

By Richard Katz
Hint: Urging companies to hike wages won’t do the job.

Betel Nut Smuggling From Myanmar to India Booming: Report
January 12, 2022

Betel Nut Smuggling From Myanmar to India Booming: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
The central government has ordered authorities in Mizoram and Manipur to clamp down on the surge of illicit trade.
Myanmar Teak Exports to US Continuing Despite Sanctions: Watchdog
January 12, 2022

Myanmar Teak Exports to US Continuing Despite Sanctions: Watchdog

By Sebastian Strangio
According to Justice for Myanmar, U.S. companies imported nearly 1,600 metric tons of teak between February and December of last year.

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