Ukraine’s losses are China’s gains

The official Chinese position has remained consistent with the statement made by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in February 2022 at the outbreak of the war: China is concerned with the violence and wants it to stop. It maintains that the territorial integrity and security interests of all parties need to be respected.

Stronger ASEAN–US ties hinge on careful cooperation

The ever-changing US position towards Southeast Asia since the Vietnam War has been the subject of continued debate, especially regarding US consistency and reliability.

Hong Kong’s case for RCEP membership

At the moment, Hong Kong does not have bilateral trade agreements with Japan or South Korea. By joining RCEP, Hong Kong may be able to capitalise on significant new trade and investment opportunities with both these countries.

What ASEAN takes to Washington

Biden has made a point of stressing ASEAN centrality, and for the attending ASEAN leaders this is a chance to set out regional priorities to a superpower whose influence, if receding, is still substantial.

US–China rivalry intensifies in the Pacific

The US government released its Indo-Pacific Strategy in February 2022, which fleshes out its policy priorities in the region. This document is based on the ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ concept announced by previous president Donald Trump in 2017.

Rising oil prices throw Indonesia’s energy subsidies into question

Indonesia has subsidised its energy sector for years. This includes fuel, gas and electricity. In 2014, the government spent 19.2 per cent of its budget on subsidies to ensure ‘affordable’ energy prices

Obstacles and opportunities in China’s pursuit of economic openness

China is undoubtedly facing dramatic changes in the global arena. The United…

How South Korea surpassed Japan in real GDP per capita

What makes this event all the more important and illuminating is that South Korea shares so many of Japan’s structural flaws. South Korea’s ability to ameliorate those flaws provide lessons for Japan.