Perspectives

Foreign companies have been fined for antitrust violations and a number are still being investigated in China. © AP

Evrard, Zeng: China's antitrust push not as 'antiforeign' as it looks

Chinese antitrust authorities have been particularly active in the past few months, orchestrating highly publicized "dawn raids" on international companies including Microsoft, Accenture and Dimler's Mercedes-Benz. Other foreign companies have be...

  • World leaders must take climate action now

    East Asia is on the front lines of climate change. Hundreds of millions of people in the region live in and outside cities in low-lying areas, facing increasing risks from rising seas, heat waves, droughts, salinity intrusion and water scarcity. We h...

  • Bruce Stokes: Japanese, Americans most skeptical of TPP's benefits

    American and Japanese negotiators are pressing to resolve bilateral differences over trade and investment as a necessary pre-condition for completion of broader negotiations to create the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an unprecedented free trade agreeme...

  • Gi-Wook Shin: Why Japan cannot ignore Beijing's 'charm offensive' toward Seoul

    With tensions between Japan and South Korea continuing over historical and territorial issues, Beijing is more than willing to use the history card to woo Seoul. In a recent visit to South Korea, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that "in the first h...

  • Peter Martin: Xi marks China's shifting priorities with India visit

    Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive for talks in New Delhi this week, with India prominent on China's diplomatic radar for the first time in decades. In the context of Sino-Indian relations, this is quite a feat for Narendra Modi, India's prime ...

  • Humphrey Hawksley: China's choice over Hong Kong is contagion or compromise

    Beijing has delivered a dose of reality to its citizens in Hong Kong with its recent announcement on how the territory's next leader, known as the chief executive, will be appointed. Its restrictive new rules allow the electorate a choice, but only b...

  • Peter Tasker: Abe road is the only path for Japan

    Is Abenomics a busted flush? You might think so from the surge of negativity in the Japanese and foreign media. Tabloid headlines blast Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a daily basis, while overseas commentators announce the death of his "voodoo...

  • Daniel Twining: Japan's 'democracy diplomacy' counterbalances China

    A quiet revolution is transforming Japanese diplomacy. For more than a decade, Tokyo has worked to diversify its democratic partnerships beyond the anchor of the U.S.-Japan alliance, forging closer relations with like-minded governments in the Indo-P...

  • Angela Huyue Zhang: Who is guarding China's trust busters?

    The National Development and Reform Commission, China's forceful economic planner and industrial regulator, has recently grabbed headlines at home and abroad as an aggressive antitrust enforcer. In February 2013, two of the commission's provincia...

  • Gi-Wook Shin: Can we use skilled foreign labor as social capital?

    I left South Korea in the summer of 1983 to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. At the time I had every intention of returning to South Korea with an advanced degree. After three decades, I am still in the U.S., teaching at an American, not a Korean,...

  • Chit Win: Miss Myanmar helps shape a society in transition

    When 18-year-old Khin Wai Phyo Han was crowned Miss Myanmar International at a gala ceremony in Yangon on Aug. 17 to represent her country at the Miss International 2014 contest in November in Japan, it generated far more attention than a beauty page...

  • Peter Tasker: Japan's politicians should listen to voice of heaven

    In late September, the people of Scotland may vote to break their 300-year-old union with England and become an independent nation again. If British Prime Minister David Cameron wins the next general election, there will soon be another referendum --...

  • Pavida Pananond: Thai coup's short-term gains mask long-term pains

    In the aftermath of Thailand's May 22 military coup, business and politics appear to have converged. Domestic and foreign businesses of all stripes heaved a collective sigh of relief when the military seized power, halting six months of debilitating ...

  • Hiroshi Yakame: Why corporate Japan sticks with Thailand

    The recent political upheaval in Thailand might make some wonder why Japan, through thick and thin, has remained the Southeast Asian country's top source of foreign direct investment. The answer lies partly in the reasons that attracted Japanese indu...

  • Ai Ohara: More businesses are doing the right thing

    Private companies are tying up with a United Nations organization to improve the lives of the Cambodians who work in their garment factories and who supply cotton to the industry. The arrangement is helping female factory workers earn diplomas by stu...

  • Frank-Jurgen Richter: Infrastructure -- the invisible hand in full view

    We all use the infrastructure around us without usually noticing it, just as we ignore our skeleton unless we suffer a strain. Recently in Asia, I have read calls for greater support for local industries to mimic the German Mittelstand model of relyi...

  • Ana Swanson: Expired meat scandal shows 'X factors' still abound in China

    It can take a lot to shock those who follow China's seemingly never-ending food scandals. Yet even the most jaded China watchers were disgusted by the recent episode involving Shanghai Husi Food, in which secretly recorded video appeared to show work...

  • Simon Smiles: How to avoid Olympic white elephants

    The soccer World Cup is over, and most Brazilians would rather forget the host nation's performances. But the country will be faced with a daily reminder of the summer of 2014, because many of the specially constructed stadiums and associated infrast...

  • China pushes to build Singapore-style economy

    China has set out to reform its economic structure by introducing more market principles into corporate management. Beijing's reform blueprint is designed to support growth of private-sector companies while injecting private capital into state-ru...

  • Greg Foran: Private sector must back Abe's 'Womenomics'

    There has been substantial discussion about the role of women in Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's strategy for driving economic recovery. Indeed, the prime minister even placed a commentary in the Wall Street Journal last September on "Unleas...