Tackling capital misallocation in China

Author: Guiying Laura Wu, Nanyang Technological University Why was real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in China 40 times smaller than that in the United States 40 years ago? It has been argued that differences in aggregate total factor productivity (TFP) are the dominant source of differences in GDP per capita. It has been […]

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Cementing a future for India–Nepal ties

Author: Rakesh Kumar Meena, Indian Council of World Affairs The India–Nepal relationship is founded on strong historical, civilisational, cultural, religious, social, trade and economic linkages. The two countries also share an open border built as a result of the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1950. Amidst Nepal’s shifting political climate over the last few decades […]

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Australia should join DEPA negotiations

Author: Giridharan Ramasubramanian, ANU On 16 May 2019, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore announced negotiations on a Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) that would establish new trade rules and best practices for the digital era. Australia should join and actively participate in these negotiations. In recent years, Australia has been a pioneer in digital rule-making […]

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ASEAN joins the Indo-Pacific conversation

Author: Nazia Hussain, RSIS After months of deliberation and hesitation, ASEAN finally contributed to the discussion on the evolving Indo-Pacific concept. The ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) was officially released at the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok at the end of June 2019. The much-anticipated document provides an ASEAN narrative of the various versions of the […]

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US institutions will keep Trump’s currency war at bay, but for how long?

Author: Adam Triggs, ANU ‘China has always used currency manipulation to steal our businesses and factories, hurt our jobs, depress our workers’ wages and harm our farmers’ prices’ tweeted the President of the United States. ‘Not anymore!’ Mr Trump’s assertions on currencies range from overblown to completely baseless. But this has not stopped his actions […]

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Expanding ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific role

Author: Prapat Thepchatree, Thammasat University The 34th ASEAN summit in Bangkok last June took place in a global economic environment that is in a state of uncertainty. While the summit identified some key issues of reform and made progress on its Indo-Pacific policy, ASEAN needs to take bolder action to promote regional cooperation and integration. […]

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