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Indonesia, Malaysia Step Up Palm Oil Lobbying: Report
January 20, 2021

Indonesia, Malaysia Step Up Palm Oil Lobbying: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
The increased lobbying effort reflects the increasingly negative perceptions of the industry.
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.

US Won’t Penalize Vietnam, Despite ‘Unreasonable’ Currency Practices
January 19, 2021

US Won’t Penalize Vietnam, Despite ‘Unreasonable’ Currency Practices

By Sebastian Strangio
In a short statement, the U.S. Trade Representative bats the trade dispute into the Biden administration’s court.

China Economy Grows in 2020 As Rebound From Virus Gains
January 18, 2021

China Economy Grows in 2020 As Rebound From Virus Gains

By Associated Press
While most major economies struggle to recover from the pandemic, the Chinese economy shows signs of growth across sectors.

Chatbot Gone Awry Starts Conversations About AI Ethics in South Korea
January 16, 2021

Chatbot Gone Awry Starts Conversations About AI Ethics in South Korea

By Dongwoo Kim
The “Luda” AI chatbot sparked a necessary debate about AI ethics as South Korea places new emphasis on the technology.
Despite COVID-19 Crunch, China-Mekong Integration Continues
January 15, 2021

Despite COVID-19 Crunch, China-Mekong Integration Continues

By Sebastian Strangio
Beijing continues to focus on deepening its physical integration with the Southeast Asian nations to its south.

South Korea’s Moon Lays Out Agenda for the Remainder of His Term
January 14, 2021

South Korea’s Moon Lays Out Agenda for the Remainder of His Term

By Troy Stangarone
President Moon Jae-in’s New Year’s Address reveals the focus for his last full year in office. Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 recovery tops the list.
China Won’t Rush to Join CPTPP. Neither Should the US.
January 14, 2021

China Won’t Rush to Join CPTPP. Neither Should the US.

By Alex Yu-Ting Lin and Saori N. Katada
Patience – and careful attention to laying the domestic groundwork – would benefit both countries more than a race to join the trade pact.

What’s Driving Vietnam’s Renewable Energy Boom?
January 12, 2021

What’s Driving Vietnam’s Renewable Energy Boom?

By James Guild
As elsewhere, Vietnam's increasing reliance on energy imports has driven its green energy push.

Should Australia Buy Papua New Guinea’s Largest Telecom Firm?
January 12, 2021

Should Australia Buy Papua New Guinea’s Largest Telecom Firm?

By Robert Potter and John Young
Yes, the potential sale of Digicel to China is concerning. But Australia should think twice before swooping in on the troubled company.

What Does the EU-China Investment Deal Mean for US-EU Relations?
January 12, 2021

What Does the EU-China Investment Deal Mean for US-EU Relations?

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Alexander Vuving.
Can We Trust the Cambodia Microfinance Association?
January 08, 2021

Can We Trust the Cambodia Microfinance Association?

By David Hutt
The CMA is an awkward amalgam of industry lobby group and regulatory watchdog.

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