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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.

As China’s Communist Party turns 100, economic challenges loom

Michael Standaert, Al Jazeera – 28 June 2021 According to this article on Al Jazeera, Chinese officials should be wary of the “middle-income trap” if the government fails to address issues such as income inequality and the urban-rural divide of opportunities. The author states “what is at stake in the failure to address these systemic…

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.

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…

India’s new mining reforms explained

Matthew Hall, Mining Technology – 17 March 2021 The Modi Government claims that reforming the mining industry is a vital part in India’s ambitious plan of becoming a $5tn economy by 2025. This article in Mining Technology explains the importance of the sector, what changes are being made and why these vast legislative changes are…

Reskilling China: Transforming the world’s largest workforce into lifelong learners

Jonathan Woetzel, Jeongmin Seong, Nick Leung, Joe Ngai, Li-Kai Chen, Vera Tang, Shivin Agarwal, and Bo Wang, McKinsey Global Institute Report – 12 January 2021 Three decades of educational reform in China have churned out a dedicated and hardworking workforce suited for an industrial economy, however now the country needs to educate its citizens to work towards a…

The World China Wants

How Power Will—and Won’t—Reshape Chinese Ambitions Rana Mitter, Foreign Affairs – January/February 2021 China’s ambitious plans on the global stage and prime position in world affairs can without doubt be attributed to their leaders’ recognition of the states’ history and reflects the new lens through which the country wishes to be understood. Their soft power…

How Asia can boost growth through technological leapfrogging

McKinsey Global Institute discussion paper – 2 December 2020 The initial speedy and successful response to Covid-19 of many countries within Asia can be correlated with the region’s technological advancements and infrastructure development prior to the outbreak. The last decade of growth in these areas provided the foundation for successful pandemic relief: South Korea’s blending…