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Why did Chinese investment in the Philippines stagnate?


Author: Alvin Camba, John Hopkins University Pundits and international relations scholars have often argued that territorial disputes in the South China Sea have prevented increased Chinese investment in the Philippines. But while inter-state relations do matter, the political relations between Beijing and Manila do not solely shape the rise or fall of Chinese foreign direct […]

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Najib set to strengthen grip on power


Author: James Chin, University of Tasmania 2017 could not have been a better year politically for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. On the surface, Najib appeared to be in political trouble with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MBD) scandal hanging over his head and with his arch-rival former prime minister Mahathir Mohammad leading the new Pakatan […]

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Australia in an age of geopolitical transition


Author: Gareth Evans, ANU As the global centre of economic gravity shifts from the Euro-Atlantic to Asia, five accompanying geopolitical shifts demand particular attention: China’s rise, the United States’ comparative decline, India’s emergence as a major player, North Korea’s acquisition of nuclear weapons and ASEAN’s substantial loss of coherence. China wants strategic space in East […]

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The dimensions of Chinese influence


Author: Editorial Board, East Asia Forum One of the biggest questions in current global affairs is how a rising China shapes the world beyond its borders. The scale of China’s rise has had huge impact on the world. Size brings its own natural and inevitable influence: its economic dimension transforms nations from being ‘price-takers’ to […]

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Balancing US–China interests in the Trump–Xi era


Author: David M Lampton, Johns Hopkins University From 1945 to 2016 the United States used its economic, military and ideological power to build institutions, alliances and regimes that contributed to global economic growth and the avoidance of great power war. In doing so, it fostered the rise of a new constellation of powers, China notable […]

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Is the rising rupee ruining India’s exports?


Author: Pravakar Sahoo, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University Export-led growth accompanied by liberalisation and an open economy results in sustained productivity-led growth. One of the brightest examples of this is China, who was greatly helped by the renminbi’s under-valued exchange rate. China’s share of world exports increased from 1 per cent in 1980 to […]

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Fostering innovation in the Philippines


Authors: Jose R G Albert and Francis M A Quimba, PIDS Product innovations like Apple’s iPhoneX, the Fitbit watch and Bitcoin are contributing to the mainstreaming of innovation in the development policy landscape. Innovation is now viewed as key to finding enduring solutions to challenges such as job shortages and sustainable energy use. Across the […]

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The complexity behind India’s GST


Authors: Mandar Oak and Peter Mayer, University of Adelaide The distance between India’s mega-cities Kolkata and Mumbai is about the same as from Brisbane to Adelaide in Australia — roughly 2000 kilometres. Goods shipped by road from Brisbane usually reach Adelaide in three days. A few years ago, The Economist reported that goods covering that distance […]

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TPP a model for NAFTA digital trade rules


Author: Claude Barfield, AEI Early in 2018, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations will enter a final make-or-break phase. At this point, the chances that the United States, Canada and Mexico will reach agreement for an update of NAFTA are no more than 50–50 — not least as a result of a series […]

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Australia’s White Paper woes


Author: Hugh White, ANU Low expectations have triumphed in the responses to the Australian government’s recent Foreign Policy White Paper, which has been widely welcomed for providing both a convincing assessment of the international challenges that Australia faces and a credible response to them. This says a lot about how little Australians have come to expect […]

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