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China Cautiously Opens to Privately Held Banks

The China Banking Regulatory Commission’s recent announcement that it would allow the creation of three to five private banks in 2014 is a positive yet cautious step toward financial reform. It is positive b... Read More...
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China Expands its Regional Reach

There is little more graphic evidence of the tightening hold of China on a hinterland well beyond its borders than the takeover in 2013 of Pakistan’s Gwadar Port, which they assumed control over last year to se... Read More...
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Natural Building: Community Game Changer

Even though many buildings constructed of natural materials, particularly earth, have stood the test of time, the use of these materials almost completely disappeared during the 20th Century. This occurred due to the development of commercial building material... Read More...
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China and the future of Asia Pacific trade

The backbone of stability and amity in Asia and the Pacific is an open economic system, which has encouraged deep trade and investment interdependence within the region, and the United States security umbrella that provides reassurance to US allies and partner... Read More...
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Americans Still Positive on Global Trade

Despite five years of economic battering from the global economic downturn that began in 2008, most Americans continue to see benefit in greater global integration, according to the latest Pew Research poll. ... Read More...
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Development of Asean Bond Market Picks Up

Southeast Asia appears on the fast track by any microeconomic measure. According to figures released in October by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, gross domestic product grew by 5.7 percen... Read More...