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Australia should bet on digital engagement with Southeast Asia

Huong Le Thu, 29 June 2021 – ASPI Strategist Late last year, Australia committed to $500 million in development aid for the Southeast Asia region, providing immediate assistance in infrastructure, public health and maritime resources. However, this article argues that Australia should invest in the region’s future, particularly in the digital and tech industry, in…

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…

Will e-CNY spur the internationalisation of the RMB?

Pei Sai Fan, Think China – 15 June 2021 This article on Think China by academic Pei Sai Fan discusses whether or not the promotion of the e-CNY can spur the internationalisation of the RMB and its replacement of the US dollar as the international trade and reserve currency. However, he notes that “instead of…

China’s Census 2021: 5 Takeaways for Foreign Investors

Alexander Chipman Koty, China Briefing – 31 May 2021 China’s recent demographic trends have presented uncertainty for the country, however in this article on China Briefing, the author looks at how foreign investors can exploit the trends revealed in the country’s 2021 census data and what they mean for macroeconomic development and industry growth. Read…

Four ways China’s economy can rise to the population challenge

Aidan Yao, South China Morning Post – 16 June 2021 In this opinion article on SCMP, Aidan Yao examines how China can mitigate the effects of its demographic challenges on its economy by raising the retirement age, utilising the skills of its educated workers to their full advantage and continuing its drive into the robotic…

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.

Pakistan, Russia on track to develop strong relations

Muzaffar Rizvi, Khaleej Times – 5 June 2021 Experts analysing the recent visit of Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, to Islamabad say that there is strong potential for Russia and Pakistan to develop a closer political and economic relationship if they can overcome their long-standing rivalry. Read the full article here.