SE Asia

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The Case For Indonesia

By Charles Mautz, Chinus Asset Management During a recent visit to Jakarta, it was evident that Indonesians are optimistic. Investment managers, business leaders and taxi drivers all voiced their opinion that things are getting better and that the future is bright. Up to now, Indonesia has generally punched below its weight. It is often lumped together with … Continue reading

South China Sea Tensions Set To Rise As China Adapts New ‘Deep Sea Exploration Law’

The stage is set for further tensions in the South China Sea as Beijing announced on Friday that it has adopted its first law on deep sea exploration, in the nation’s latest move to assert itself as a maritime power. On Friday, China’s top legislature passed the country’s first law on deep seafloor resource exploration to “protect the maritime environment” and “ensure … Continue reading

Three Goals The Thai Junta Hopes To Achieve Before It Exits

By Qingzhen Chen The Thai junta government is prolonging its stay. The new draft constitution empowers the military at the expense of weakening the executive branch and political parties. In the main time, growth in the long term looks gloomy. After the 2014 bloodless military coup, the self-appointed Thai military government has been in power … Continue reading

Russia’s ASEAN Pivot: A Geo-Economic Shift Towards Southeast Asia

By Andrew Korybko Russia is in the midst of a transformational geo-economic pivot, whereby its previous Western-prioritized economic relations are rapidly moving towards Asia. As part of this historic shift, Russia seeks to spearhead three North-South vectors of trade, with the subject of this article being the one directed towards ASEAN. The Asian Sea Arc, as … Continue reading

What Can China’s New Silk Road Do For Global Trade?

By Wolfgang Lehmacher and Victor Padilla-Taylor In October 2012, Wang Jisi – professor at Beijing University – urged China to re-open its ancient commercial trade routes with the West. In 2013, China’s President, Xi Jinping proposed to its neighbors the “One Road, One Belt” initiative. China’s aim? To achieve $2.5tn in additional annual trade with … Continue reading

Indonesia’s Policy Package Met With Skepticism

By Alexander Scherpf, Global Risk Insights Indonesian President Joko Widodo has rolled out the first of three policy packages aimed at deregulating the economy. The policies have been met with skepticism, however, as Widodo’s administration has thus far proven unable to deliver on promised changes. In a short address to the public, Indonesian president Joko Widodo … Continue reading

The Asian NATO-Like Project Against China: How To Offset Obama’s “Pivot To Asia” – OpEd

By Andrew Korybko *Part I The US’ Pivot to Asia (P2A) is obviously aimed against China, and Washington’s ultimate plan has always been to assemble a coalition of countries that can contain the global supergiant. As the Pivot enters into its fourth year soon, the contours of the Chinese Containment Coalition (CCC) are beginning to take … Continue reading

Gridlocked Vietnam Looks To Subways To Ease Motorbike Dependence​

By Lien Hoang With every new skyscraper and supermarket, Vietnam inches closer to its official goal of becoming a modern nation. But it still lacks one type of transportation that many countries of the world take for granted: a subway system. After years of delays and debates, Vietnam now seems committed to a subway, with construction … Continue reading

Indonesia: Jokowi’s Cabinet Shake-Up Offers Hope, But Little Growth Impact

By Qingzhen Chen Jokowi’s revamped cabinet features experienced technocrats appointed to boost the largest economy in Southeast Asia. Domestic business insiders welcomed the cabinet reshuffle, but remain cautious as they wait for better policy coherence and direction. Just ten months into his first term, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo replaced six ministers in a 34-official cabinet on Wednesday. … Continue reading

China’s Ongoing Game Of Chess In Southeast Asia

By Eliza King As China continues to expand into a superpower large enough to one day rival the United States, the support and cooperation of Southeast Asian countries is imperative. Since 2000 China’s trade with the 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries rose from $32 billion to $350 billion in 2014, with estimates … Continue reading

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