Consumption Tax Reform in America: Below the Radar but Underway
Politics,Economy
By Richard Cullen - 08 Oct 2018

Consumption Tax Reform in America: Below the Radar but Underway

Thanks to Trump’s trade war on China, the US is about to experience a massive sample of just what a new, very large consumption tax will taste like. The result is sure to be a significant tax-based lifting of sticker prices across a huge range of goods.
US Dollar: The Unexpected Victim of Trump’s Iran Deal Exit?
Politics,Economy

By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 05 Oct 2018

US Dollar: The Unexpected Victim of Trump’s Iran Deal Exit?

US-China Trade War: Lessons from US Trade Retaliations against Japan
Politics,Economy,East Asia

By Min-Hua Chiang - 28 Sep 2018

US-China Trade War: Lessons from US Trade Retaliations against Japan

The Chongqing Connectivity Initiative: From Transition to Take-off?
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

The Chongqing Connectivity Initiative: From Transition to Take-off?

In April 2018, it was revealed that Singapore has invested SGD 27 billion into the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative since the project broke ground in 2015. The four priority sectors are financial services, aviation, transportation and logistics, and ICT.
By Tai Wei Lim - 25 Sep 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Need for a More Nuanced Approach towards the BRI
Politics,Economy,China

The Need for a More Nuanced Approach towards the BRI

While addressing the opening of the Forum of China Africa Cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to allay fears of not just African countries, but other countries which are part of the Belt and Road Initiative.
North Korea’s Economy in Retrospect and its Prospects
Economy,East Asia

North Korea’s Economy in Retrospect and its Prospects

North Korea’s economy suffered a negative growth of 3.5 percent in 2017, its worst setback in a decade. The disagreement with the US over its denuclearization process could delay the lifting of sanctions, while China-US competition in the Korean Peninsula may add additional uncertainty.
On the Fifth Year of the Belt and Road Initiative
Economy,China

On the Fifth Year of the Belt and Road Initiative

The incoming Imran Khan government of Pakistan will ask the IMF for a USD 12 billion bailout package, highlighting the new economic reality facing some Belt and Road Initiative participating countries and the need to formulate new rules governing the program.
The “Sputnik Moment” for the Chinese Semiconductor Industry
Economy,China

The “Sputnik Moment” for the Chinese Semiconductor Industry

China used more than 45 percent of global semiconductor production, and it only makes 15 percent of worldwide semiconductors locally. The country ran a trade deficit of USD 193 billion in 2017 on semiconductor trade.
Chinese and Japanese Investment in ASEAN: From Competition to Cooperation?
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Chinese and Japanese Investment in ASEAN: From Competition to Cooperation?

ASEAN’s plans to strengthen connectivity has prompted and heightened competition between the two Asian giants of China and Japan, particularly in the areas of infrastructure financing and high-speed rail construction.
By Hong Zhao - 16 Jul 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
US-China Trade War: Much-needed Recalibration or No-win Situation?
Politics,Economy,China

US-China Trade War: Much-needed Recalibration or No-win Situation?

The US is preparing for a new round of tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese products, following an earlier 25 percent tax on USD 34 billion in Chinese imports. The second wave of tariffs includes finished products sought after by the average US consumer.
By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Jul 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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