Perspectives

Ulrich Zachau

Myanmar, on the way to ending poverty

Myanmar's economy is projected to expand by more than 8% over the next year, the highest growth rate in Southeast Asia. As it rejoins the global economy after decades of isolation, Myanmar now has the opportunity to lift its poorest people out of pov...

  • Peter Tasker

    Abe seals the deal

    Fortune favors the brave. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's political gamble has come up trumps. His sweeping victory in Sunday's election allows him to extend his mandate to December 2018. If Abe does indeed stay in office until then, he will bec...

  • Sara Hsu

    Property slowdown makes China's shadow banking even more dangerous

    China's shadow banking sector is morphing, as a slowdown in the economy leads to a decline in financial activity, especially in the real estate sector. Major channels for nonbank financing have slowed, while new ways of conducting such business h...

  • Fred Gale

    China needs predictable policies for food security

    Chinese officials have promoted a "new" food security strategy in numerous speeches and articles over the past year. The strategy acknowledges that the country needs to improve its agricultural output while accepting that imported food is necessary t...

  • Kavi Chongkittavorn

    South Korea and ASEAN, in search of common ground

    Less than two decades ago, South Korea's only diplomatic interest in Southeast Asia was its position on the divisions in the Korean Peninsula. That is changing fast. Once a backwater in East Asia, South Korea is now the world's 12th largest economy o...

  • Japan-China relations

    Economic ties remain solid while diplomatic relations sour

    Diplomatic relations between Japan and China may have soured, but their economic relationship has developed its own trajectory. For the first time in two and a half years the two countries held a summit in Beijing in November during the Asia-Paci...

  • Willy Lam

    China corruption: The biggest tiger Zhou Yongkang now awaits his own trial

    The announcement that Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) of the Communist Party of China (CPC), is to face prosecution proves more than anything the overweening power of his nemesis, President Xi Jinping. But...

  • Damjan DeNoble

    Buying Chinese hospitals is a niche game

    The nascent private hospital sector in mainland China has seen a flurry of deals recently. In September, U.S.-based Chindex International was sold for $461 million to a consortium led by Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical(Group), a subsidiary of China's l...

  • Trey McArver

    China's push for rule of law may be double-edged sword

    China's fourth plenum, which focused on the rather broad concept of rule of law, has not received nearly as much attention or scrutiny as last year's economy-focused third plenum. Yet, the announcements that came out of the Chinese Communist Party's ...

  • Gary Schmitt

    A tale of two leaders and two elections

    Before the recent nationwide elections in Taiwan and the U.S. in November, Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou and U.S. President Barack Obama shared one overriding thing: low approval ratings. On the eve of the American mid-term elections, Obama's favor...

  • Alicia Ogawa

    After tax hike delay, Abe can no longer shy away from bold reforms

    WASHINGTON -- Now that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has put off the scheduled sales tax hike, he cannot back away from decisive actions to open up the economy and spur growth, a Columbia University expert on Japan said in a Nikkei interview. ...

  • Jane Jiang

    Reconsidering Shanghai's free trade zone

    You may think you have heard just about enough about the Shanghai free trade zone: the initial excitement, the growing doubts and, now after the first anniversary of its launch, clear criticism for a lack of "substantial breakthroughs." If so, then t...

  • Bob Herrera-Lim

    Riding high, Philippines needs to keep reforming

    Casual observers of news from the Philippines may have noticed in the past few months that domestic politics and media have been fixated on the congressional investigations into the supposed corruption of Vice President Jejomar Binay. The former city...

  • Peter Tasker

    Abe's big gamble on growth

    Who says Japan lacks risk-takers? By calling a snap election halfway through his term in office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is doubling down on Abenomics, his project to revive Japan's economy and global standing. Either he wins a fresh mandate and do...

  • David I. Steinberg

    Myanmar and the 'dignity of history'

    At a recent conference in Washington, Zaw Oo, a distinguished scholar and economics adviser to President Thein Sein of Myanmar, poignantly mentioned the need for his country's people to "reintroduce the dignity of history" into discussions on their f...

  • Gi-Wook Shin: Can Asia emulate Silicon Valley?

    The city of Cupertino, California, is only about 15km from Stanford University, where I teach and live. It is home to the headquarters of Apple, a global leader in the computer and smartphone industries. It is also home to many Indian and Chinese eng...

  • Takashi Kurosaki: In fighting child labor, education pays

    In awarding the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to children's rights advocates Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India, the Norwegian Nobel Committee cited "their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the ri...

  • Kavi Chongkittavorn: Can Malaysia's leadership rejuvenate Asean?

    When Myanmar passes the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to Malaysia after the group's Nov. 12 summit, Prime Minister Najib Razak will confront a raft of pressing regional challenges. Among the most prominent are the looming...

  • Nicholas Borroz: Sectarianism threatens Myanmar's growth

    Sectarian tensions that have plagued mainly Buddhist Myanmar in recent years may boost the appeal of Islamic jihadist groups, and could harm the country's potential for growth. In September, al-Qaida announced the establishment of a new South Asian b...

  • An Asian post-election checklist for Obama

    Just days after the Nov. 4 midterm election transformed the U.S. political landscape by handing control of Congress to Republicans, President Barack Obama will land in Asia for a series of summits with regional and world leaders. The timing is signif...