Withdrawal of EU Trade Preferences: What Choices Does Cambodia Have?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia
By Kimkong Heng - 07 Nov 2018

Withdrawal of EU Trade Preferences: What Choices Does Cambodia Have?

The EU warned that it would withdraw its trade preferences given to Cambodia, if Cambodia could not reverse the perceived deterioration of its human rights situation. The country should not underestimate the potential severe impact of the withdrawal on its garment industry.
Sino-Japanese Relations: From Détente to Seeking a New Normal
Politics,Economy,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 05 Nov 2018

Sino-Japanese Relations: From Détente to Seeking a New Normal

Abe’s China Sojourn: The Emerging New Calculus between China and Japan
Politics,Economy,East Asia

By Amrita Jash - 02 Nov 2018

Abe’s China Sojourn: The Emerging New Calculus between China and Japan

“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh
Politics,Economy,South Asia

“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh

On October 23, 2018, Saudi Arabia kicked off the “Future Investment Initiative” conference, showcasing the country’s progress and reforms. One of the high-profile guests at the conference was Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Will EU’s Sanctions Mean a Closer Embrace for China and Cambodia?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Will EU’s Sanctions Mean a Closer Embrace for China and Cambodia?

The EU has started the process to withdraw Cambodia’s trade benefits under the “Everything But Arms arrangement, or EBA, which guarantees completely tariff-free access to the European market for all exports except for weapons and ammunition.”
The “Debt Trap” is not Detrimental to the BRI
Politics,Economy,China

The “Debt Trap” is not Detrimental to the BRI

While the debt issue is definitely a major obstacle to some projects, it is not detrimental to the Belt and Road Initiative. In order to address this problem, China has strengthened cooperation and policy coordination with the BRI states and made some progress on it.
By Nian Peng - 19 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Consumption Tax Reform in America: Below the Radar but Underway
Politics,Economy

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

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

The decision of other signatories to proceed with the JCPOA and the likelihood of a successful new trading arrangement sans US dollar could hurt the international position of the US dollar and the currency will be collateral damage to the current impasse.
The Eastern Economic Forum and Russia’s Look East Policy
Economy,East Asia

The Eastern Economic Forum and Russia’s Look East Policy

The Eastern Economic Forum, Russia’s economic outreach to the world, attracted participants from 60 countries. The most notable ones were China and Japan. The EEF was held for three years continuously in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 Oct 2018 | 16 comments Read more...
US-China Trade War: Lessons from US Trade Retaliations against Japan
Politics,Economy,East Asia

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

The recent US trade retaliation against China is similar to that against Japan in the 1970s and 1980s. Japan’s economy was badly hit after the large appreciation of the Japanese yen as part of the measures to resolve the bilateral trade imbalance
“Trade Wars Are Good and Easy to Win”: US July Trade Data Says Otherwise
Politics,Economy,China

“Trade Wars Are Good and Easy to Win”: US July Trade Data Says Otherwise

Many analysts are looking at the disaggregated July US imports from China because changes in the July importation figure of the affected items are the first tangible data points of how the Chinese exports to the US have been affected.
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...
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