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The Northern Mariana Islands: US Territory, China-Dependent
September 25, 2021

The Northern Mariana Islands: US Territory, China-Dependent

By Yuan Zhi (Owen) Ou
The United States’ Pacific territories, like all the Pacific Islands, face a challenge to diversify their economies away from reliance on China.

South Korea Takes First Step to Regulate Virtual Asset Service Providers
September 24, 2021

South Korea Takes First Step to Regulate Virtual Asset Service Providers

By Euihyun Bae
The tight deadline to register may lead to a monopolization of the South Korean virtual asset industry.
Does Sri Lanka Really Have a Food Crisis?
September 24, 2021

Does Sri Lanka Really Have a Food Crisis?

By Kalani Kumarasinghe
The problem isn’t the availability of food items or essential goods, but skyrocketing prices of essentials due to stockpiling.

The Price of Gold: Kyrgyzstan’s Showdown With Western Investors
September 24, 2021

The Price of Gold: Kyrgyzstan’s Showdown With Western Investors

By Gabriel Gavin
A row over the Kumtor mine, featuring corruption and environmental catastrophe, threaten Kyrgyzstan’s ability to attract investment.

What Will Japan’s New Prime Minister Mean for the Economy?
September 23, 2021

What Will Japan’s New Prime Minister Mean for the Economy?

By Anthony Fensom
The markets are backing the maverick Kono to prevail as the LDP presidential race heats up.

Can ‘Good’ Economics Coexist with ‘Bad’ Politics?
September 23, 2021

Can ‘Good’ Economics Coexist with ‘Bad’ Politics?

By Simon Commander
Across the former Soviet Union, improved rankings for selective governance indicators tend to give a misleading view of governments' ability to reform themselves.

Taiwan Applies for CPTPP Membership
September 23, 2021

Taiwan Applies for CPTPP Membership

By Shannon Tiezzi
Taiwan is a natural fit for the CPTPP in economic terms, but its bid will likely face intense opposition from China.
Don’t Count China Out of the CPTPP
September 22, 2021

Don’t Count China Out of the CPTPP

By Joseph Cash
The now-frozen trade deal with the EU shows China can be willing to push the boundaries of reform into areas that might surprise observers.

Low Vaccination Rates are Hurting Southeast Asia’s Economy: ADB
September 22, 2021

Low Vaccination Rates are Hurting Southeast Asia’s Economy: ADB

By Sebastian Strangio
According to the bank, the uneven progress of vaccinations is "contributing to the divergence of growth paths in developing Asia."

China Keeps Virus at Bay at High Cost Ahead of Olympics
September 22, 2021

China Keeps Virus at Bay at High Cost Ahead of Olympics

By Joe McDonald and Huizhong Wu
China’s “zero tolerance” strategy of trying to isolate every case and stop transmission has succeeded in keeping COVID-19 at bay – but at a steep price.

Does Guinea’s Coup Matter to China?
September 21, 2021

Does Guinea’s Coup Matter to China?

By Ovigwe Eguegu
While its bauxite and iron ore deposits make Guinea important to China, context is everything.
Carbon Capture is the Key to Indonesia’s Net-Zero Emissions Future
September 21, 2021

Carbon Capture is the Key to Indonesia’s Net-Zero Emissions Future

By Haryanto and Filda C. Yusgiantoro
While obstacles remain, the technology could help transform Indonesia into a regional leader in renewable energy.

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