Perspectives

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 28. © Reuters

Richard Ghiasy: Afghanistan president paves the way for Chinese investors

This week China became the second foreign destination for new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who had previously visited King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia. The trip is tied to the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, which involves meetings between China and 1...

  • Cedric Vanhaver: Strong guidelines needed for native advertising in Asia

    In late August, China's state legislature announced it would tighten rules on advertising in the mainland to provide added consumer protection. According to a draft revision of the advertising law, celebrities would no longer be allowed to promote pr...

  • Anita Inder Singh: India must ditch 'anything goes' attitude

    India's international credentials and its ability to play a greater security role in Asia hinge on its economic progress. That progress, in turn, will require a change of mindset on the part of the state, its citizens and its foreign investors. U...

  • Keith B. Richburg: Why the US midterm elections won't do Asia any favors

    U.S. voters will go to the polls for midterm elections Nov. 4, and no matter what the final tally turns out to be, the result will be more of the same paralysis and political dysfunction we have seen over the last six years. The bad news is that ...

  • Seeking sustainable social security in an aging Asia

    What does the future of social security hold for Asia? Answers to this difficult question are increasingly important as the region's population ages quickly. The sustainability of such systems remains insecure in most countries regardless of the diff...

  • Jordi Martin: Innovation is changing how the world works, be ready

    Flying into Tianjin, China's fourth-largest city, I could see from the air just how big China's major cities are. This was early September and I was in this metropolis of 14 million for the World Economic Forum's "Annual Meeting of the New Champi...

  • Nehru, Tang: Democratic despair masks hope in Southeast Asia

    Under pressure from elites and other interest groups in Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand, democracy appears to be in retreat in Southeast Asia. These setbacks should be seen as temporary. Over the long term, democratic forces will prove too strong to ...

  • Gi-Wook Shin: Is engaging North Korea still useful?

    Two weeks ago, North Korea surprised the world by sending three of its top leaders to the South to attend the closing ceremony of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon. The visit occurred in the midst of growing speculation that North Korea's young leader,...

  • ASEM's 10th summit most important yet

    Asia matters -- for Europe. And Europe matters -- for Asia. That is why the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was created in 1996. That is why it has become the key forum for dialogue and cooperation between Europe and Asia. And that is why on Oct. 16 and 1...

  • Ana Swanson: Watch out for Chinese property developers' hidden debt

    As China's economy has decelerated in the past few years, the real estate market has been a persistent source of worry. Observers fear that as housing purchases slow and property developers are forced to lower their prices to attract new customers, s...

  • Trey McArver: Chinese economy's 'new normal' is not that bad

    Views on China tend toward the extreme. In 2009, when the country's gross domestic product grew at more than 9% while the U.S. and the European Union languished in recession, analysts and pundits trumpeted the inevitable ascendance of China as the le...

  • Matthew Goodman: Japan's moment to lead on TPP

    In the late 1940s, the United States chose to make a strategic investment in the international economic order, which had been reduced to rubble over the previous three decades. By helping create new institutions like the World Bank and the Internatio...

  • Nicholas Borroz: How Japanese companies can edge out China in Myanmar

    Myanmar has opened its doors for business, and foreign investors are flocking to take part in this new frontier market. The latest flurry of activity revolved around banking: On Wednesday, Myanmar announced that it had awarded banking licenses to nin...

  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak: Thai junta's roadmap will lead to uncertainty

    Since it seized power on May 22, Thailand's military junta, led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, has plowed ahead methodically with its declared intention of suspending Thai democracy to repair it while "returning happiness" to the people. But as politi...

  • Sara Hsu: Chinese local bonds? Buyer beware

    At the end of August, the standing committee of China's National People's Congress abolished a ban on the sale of bonds by local governments, clearing the way for debt sales aimed at funding infrastructure projects. For the first time since 1994, sal...

  • Peter Tasker: Virgin's departure doesn't mean Tokyo has lost its luster

    The bearded man behind the check-in counter at London's Heathrow Airport looked tense. He was dealing with a long line of Japanese tourists returning to Tokyo laden with shopping bags from Harrods, Burberry and Fortnum & Mason. I was the only person ...

  • David I. Steinberg: On power, morality and elections in Myanmar

    Sometimes, the interpretation of language -- or, specifically, of individual words -- can tell us more about a society than pages of analysis. Consider two vital words in the language of Myanmar. In contrast with English, in which we distinguish ...

  • Kushida, Kenney: Positioning 'Galapagos Japan' in the cloud world

    Japan's "Galapagos syndrome," under which its technological leadership and innovation is limited to the domestic market in a wide variety of industrial sectors, is common knowledge. We have called this characterization "leading without followers." Bu...

  • William Overholt: The four arrows of Abenomics

    The whole world hopes that Japan's economy will be revived by Abenomics, both for the sake of Japan and the global economy. So far, the record of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reform plans is ambiguous and its prospects controversial. Abenomics com...

  • Lex Rieffel: What Myanmar does not need

    As if U.S. President Barak Obama does not have enough to worry about, the politics of traveling to Myanmar in early November for the East Asia Summit only becomes more complicated. Myanmar's transition to democratic governance got off to a good s...