Indonesian Economy Brightens Up

There has been much fussing over the past year about whether or not Indonesian President Joko Widodo has the determination and backing to get a grip on the nation’s politics and rule effectively. The balance of... Read More...
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China’s Faustian Bargain: First of two Parts

China’s 135 percent corporate-debt-to-GDP ratio is the highest among the world’s major economies. Together with the country’s pro-cyclical fiscal structure and 30 percent overcapacity across the board in manufacturing, the country’s GDP could slow to below 4 p... Read More...
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Taiwanese Investors Bear Brunt of Viet Riots

Taiwanese businesses in Vietnam have borne the brunt of rampaging mobs protesting China’s recent installation of an oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea. The mobs ransacked and torched hundreds of ... Read More...
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Li Keqiang’s Dilemma

During last week’s National People’s Congress meeting in Beijing, Wang Juguang, a Chongqing municipal official, warned that Beijing faces a seemingly insoluble dilemma over the government’s need to keep the eco... Read More...
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Fixing Vietnam’s Economy

Vietnam has been facing a debt crisis since 2006 although its difficulties began before that when the rapidly changing economy exposed a number of key weaknesses such as inflation, a skyrocketing state budget deficit and the inefficient use of SOEs as economic... Read More...
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Will Abe’s fiscal consolidation work?

When Shinzo Abe was first elected to be prime minister of Japan, he promised to end deflation and kick-start growth. His methods, in the short-term, involved fiscal and monetary stimulus. Now a daunting dema... Read More...