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Japan, Australia to promote regional trade deals

Japan Today – 16 July 2021 In the recent third Japan-Australia Ministerial Economic Dialogue, both Tokyo and Canberra agreed the importance of both the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in economic recovery after Covid-19 restrictions and agreed on a commitment to promoting the two regional trade deals. Read the full article here.

China in Context EP20: The economic implications of Covid-19

Duncan Bartlett, SOAS China Institute – 22 June 2021 In this episode of the China in Context podcast, Duncan Bartlett talks with Tommy Wu, lead economist for the Asia-Pacific region at Oxford Economics, about the economic worries that remain for the country despite their impressive economical bounce-back. Listen to the full podcast here.

Heriot-Watt University Dubai Launches COVID-19 Relief Scholarship For India

India Education Diary – 10 May 2021 The pandemic has swept through India at a staggering pace, with the country now reporting over 250,000 deaths. Many prospective international students may now have their study plans suspended, however Heriot-Watt University Dubai have launched a Covid-19 Relief Scholarship for Indian students who have been hit financially by…

Virus blamed for rise in race attacks

Jeremy Watson, The Times – 4 May 2021 More than a year after Wei Sak was on the receiving end of a hate-induced attack in Edinburgh whilst she was pushing a pram, Asian-hate crime has sky-rocketed compared to figures before the outbreak. In this article on The Times, Asia Scotland Institute comments on the worrying…

Iran’s decade of protests: an interview with Firoozeh Farvardin and Nader Talebi

Gennaro Gervasio and Enrico De Angelis, openDemocracy – 22 March 2021 “Everyday life has become a constant gamble. A taxi driver once told us that ‘they turned the country into a huge casino’”. In this interview Farvardin and Talebi, both Iranian academic researchers at Berlin’s Humboldt University, specialising in Middle Eastern politics, nationalism, migration and gender…

Rethinking impact: Investing in the circular economy to fight climate change

Rob Kaplan, The Jakarta Post – 10 March 2021 Covid-19 has diverted our attention away from critical environmental issues such as climate change and pollution. However, as the world slowly recovers, we need to invest more in sustainable economic growth and the circular economy according to this article in The Jakarta Post. Read the full…

Back to the office? How Japan might work after COVID-19

Eri Sugiura & Akane Okutsu, Nikkei Asia – 19 March 2021 This article in Nikkei Asia explains why the impact of Covid-19 on workplaces may be largest felt in Japan compared to the rest of the world. The country has a reputation for imposing extreme working hours, and levels of stress caused by work are…

Nestle signs pilot deal with co-working firm IWG allowing 10,000 employees in China to work remotely, while DBS surrenders Hong Kong office space in nod to Covid-19

Cheryl Arcibal, South China Morning Post – 24 March 2021 To appreciate the sheer impact of Covid-19 on work practises as we know them, you only have to look at the world’s largest food company and a multinational banking and financial services company, Nestle and DBS. Both companies have adapted to Covid-19 by completely reforming…