August 23, 2020

Australian exports of food and agricultural products to China rose 8% in value terms in the 2019/20 season, reaching the highest level in the history of the China-Australia trading relationship.

August 18, 2020

In a video address to two US-based think tanks, the Hudson Institute and the Centre for American Progress (CAP), Taiwan's President, Tsai Ing-wen, has reiterated her four principles for management of cross-strait relations, mooted a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, and called on  the international community to speak out and act against the demise of Hong Kong's freedoms. This is an edited transcript . . .

TAIPEI - People say that the second term is supposed to be easier than the first. They must be people who have not experienced the year 2020 like we have.

We are gathered at a time when billions around the world are reeling from the unprecedented effects of COVID-19. When over half a million people have lost their lives and millions more have been sickened.

There is tremendous economic uncertainty around the world, with soaring unemployment and disruptions to global trade.

While Taiwan has fared relatively well in the current pandemic, we are not immune to its aftershocks. We are also worried about its broader political implications across the region.

When the rest of the world has been distracted in responding to one of the most significant crises in recent history, we have seen a growing effort to pose ever more challenging threats to free and democratic societies.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in Hong Kong.

January 23, 2020

The United States, now joined by others, wants to reform the WTO's appeal system to correct what have been termed 'egrarious errors'. Has there been over-reach?

January 23, 2020

The issue of trust may greatly impede any restoration of normalisation, perhaps for decades . . .

January 23, 2020

THAILAND is planning to spend US$43 billion over five years to embrace the new technologies inherent in Industry 4.0.

November 26, 2019

Regulatory compliance and institutional-grade security are being built into digital asset solutions developed jointly out of Singapore and Switzerland.

November 26, 2019

The long-awaited fourth industrial revolution, i4.0, has arrived. There are 16 "lighthouse" companies worldwide, implementing advanced manufacturing and AI-driven technology at scale -- and seeing significant gains.

November 26, 2019

Asia-to-Asia supply chains will emerge, driven by rising consumption, maturing domestic supply chains and uncertainties in global trade . . .

November 25, 2019

EXPECT the unexpected. It is the timing, the sheer suddenness of the violence and civil disobedience, that is spooking business in trouble-spots across the world today. Who, less than six months ago, could have foreseen the streets of flames, teargas, terror, bitterness and sorrow that epitomise Hong Kong today ...

September 25, 2019

HONG KONG - As the trade dispute between the United States and Mainland China continues and the world economy beings to slow, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has made a further downward revision to its forecast for Hong Kong's export performance in 2019, saying th

September 2, 2019

HERE is a flashback to the forgotten past of Southeast Asia, a confirmation that trade is what has always driven the inter-relationship of nations -- and that the shadow of China has always been there . . . 

February 25, 2019

BROWSING - Barry Whalen

He who controls the past controls the future.
He who controls the present controls the past.
 - George Orwell.

ALL the evidence is that the Party is fully committed to continuing the current line of 'socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era'. Within the foreseeable future, there will be no deviation from Deng Xiaoping's line that the Party's power has to be maintained for at least a hundred years . . .
GEORGE ORWELL's masterpiece "1984" is banned in China, and it's not hard to understand why. "Big Brother" and the classic quote "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" has an eerie resonance in Beijing's corridors of power.
Orwell holds up a mirror to China's reverence for its Communist past as a determinant of its future, and highlights not only the absurdities of the Marxist-Leninist class struggle, but the way it has been consigned to the dustbin of history.
History is an important tool for the Communist Party of China (CPC) to use in legitimising its hold on power.
To the Chinese, the past determines the present, and probably everything you want to know about  the "restored" China you can find in Dutch Sinologist Hendrik Schulte Nordholt's weighty analysis, China and the Barbarians : Resisting the Western World Order (Leiden University Press, 2018).

February 25, 2019

RAPID growth of Asia's stock markets is driving change in global financial markets - and in M&A. The OECD says integration of Asia's financial markets with the global market has begun . . .
ASIAN companies are now the world's largest users of public equity financing, raising US$81 billion in 2017. Almost twice as many initial public offerings as the annual average between 2000 and 2016 came to market in Asia in that single year. A record number of 1,074 companies listed in Asia in 2017.
In its annual analysis of the global financial market, the Paris-based OCED notes that, on an international scale, the most important development has been the rapid growth of Asian stock markets - both in absolute and in relative terms.
This has, in turn, led to a rise in the number of global pension funds and other institutions investing in Asian equities and Asian corporate bonds. There has also been an increase in mergers and acquisitions.
According to the OECD, integration of Asia's financial markets with the global market has begun. Among the most significant developments, it says, is the implementation of Stock Connect in Hong Kong, which paved the way for foreign investors to buy Chinese A-shares.

February 25, 2019

NOT all countries will converge to a Western diet, says McKinsey, with India the standout example. Successful producers will be those that monitor demand shifts . . .

February 1, 2019

Global businesses are prioritising quality products, partnerships and millennials as the key to driving sales in China . . .

February 1, 2019

The indirect impact of tariffs if particularly prevalent in the transport sector (including the car industry) because it involves a complex multinational production chain . . .