Thai property gains foreign popularity

Thailand’s real estate market has recently been characterised by an oversupply of flats. There were over 90 thousand unsold units of condominiums in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region (BMR) in Thailand as of 2020.

Reducing ASEAN’s food import dependency

While ASEAN’s staple food is rice, there has been increased demand for wheat, soybean and maize over the past decade — an increase that ASEAN production cannot meet.

The growing developing country debt burden and the special role of China

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) sounded alarm bells in December 2021, warning that 60 per cent of low-income countries are at high risk or already in debt distress, up from 30 per cent in 2015.

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.