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Analysis of economics, politics and public policy in East Asia and the Pacific.

Hong Kong Stalemate Still Firmly in Place

Date: 22 November 2014

After weeks of protests, the protracted stalemate in Hong Kong doesn’t appear to be over. While the Occupy Central movement has brought together civil society groups to protest for democratic change, the movement lacks active participation from the political side. Progress cannot be made unless the Occupy Central movement engages with the political community. 

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New Zealand Has a Great Opportunity with the AIIB

Date: 21 November 2014

The AIIB presents an opportunity for New Zealand to amplify its impact in the region. Though not a member of the AIIB, New Zealand is in a prime position to help manage future Pacific projects that attract AIIB backing. New Zealand’s small size and relative lack of geopolitical alignment allow it to pursue partnerships with both the US and China, while experience working in the Pacific makes its input on projects valuable. 

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Bangladesh Breaks from Tradition with Recent Election

Date: 21 November 2014

Recently Bangladesh was side-tracked from an electoral democracy. Earlier this year, the ruling party Awami League formed government after a one-sided election. Bangladesh’s major opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), boycotted the election on the grounds that it was not taking place under a neutral caretaker government and that elections held under partisan caretaker governments would not be fair. 

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A Cyberspace Lesson from South Korea

Date: 20 November 2014

Over 3 million South Koreans have downloaded a Germany-based smartphone messenger app, Telegram, while 400,000 users of Kakao Talk — the nation’s most widely used messenger app — terminated their account, in protest against government attempts to crackdown on dissenters. 

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Australia's Abbott Reaches out to Jinping - Twice

Date: 19 November 2014

Forget shirt-fronting Russian President Vladimir Putin. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s most challenging task in the summit season was breaking an uncomfortable silence with Chinese president Xi Jinping. And he had to do it twice: first at the APEC meeting in Beijing and again at the G20 in Brisbane. 

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Will Abe's Momentum Carry Over to the Next Japanese Leader

Date: 18 November 2014

On 17 December 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued Japan’s first National Security Strategy (NSS). The document declares that Japan will make a more ‘proactive contribution to peace’ based on the principle of international cooperation.

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Factors Explaining China's Engagement on Climate Change

Date: 17 November 2014

The joint Chinese–American announcement of emissions targets brings the world a big step closer to meaningful post-2020 action on climate change. Barack Obama in his Brisbane speech made it clear where the two superpowers see things going: ‘If China and the United States can agree on this, then the world can agree on this’. 

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The Successes of the G20 Summit

Date: 17 November 2014

Overall, the economies of Asia are a bull element in global recovery and long-term development. The advanced countries, although less so now the United States, remain a drag on the world economy with no sign that Europe is likely to emerge from stagnation any time soon. 

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2014 has been a Big Year for APEC

Date: 17 November 2014

The APEC summit has only just ended, but like the return of hazy skies over Beijing, clouds of uncertainty surrounding the regional forum have again drifted overhead. 

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A Proposed Framework Could Help Asia Deal with an Ebola Outbreak

Date: 17 November 2014

Southeast Asia is no stranger to epidemics and is a hotspot for emerging disease threats. There have been serious economic and health-sector impacts from zoonoses including Nipah virus infections, SARS and highly pathogenic avian influenza (commonly known as bird flu). 

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Spurring Cambodia's Growth

Date: 13 November 2014

After the global recession in 2009, Cambodia’s economy recovered steadily with its GDP growing at an average rate of 7 percent per year in 2010–13. It is expected to maintain its growth rate of 7 percent this year. 

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The Latest Step in Improving U.S.-Vietnam Relations

Date: 12 November 2014

The United States partially lifted its decades-old ban on weapons sales to Vietnam on 2 October 2014. This was one of the most significant steps in improving relations between the two former enemies since they normalised diplomatic ties nearly two decades ago. 

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India's Restrictive Labor Laws Challenge Investors

Date: 12 November 2014

Investors find labour laws in India restrictive. Although progress has been made since reforms began in 1991, the labour market is still subjected to around 250 labour rules at the central and state level. India, a democracy, has found it harder than China — where labour laws are more flexible and business friendly — to undertake important reforms. 

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China's Growth Rate Slowed, But Not Dramatically

Date: 11 November 2014

The global economy breathed a sigh of relief last month with the release of China’s third quarter growth numbers. The result of 7.3 percent was down from 7.5 percent in the previous quarter but came in a touch above consensus forecasts. The result was sufficiently robust for worries about a hard landing to retreat significantly. 

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