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Analysis of economics, politics and public policy in East Asia and the Pacific.

The Economic Side of the Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests

Date: 10 October 2014

For years, Beijing has feared colour revolutions. Now, it has one on Chinese soil. The Occupy Central movement has morphed into the Umbrella Revolution. Tens of thousands of Hong Kong citizens, including students as young as 13, have taken to the streets to protest against the Chinese central government’s electoral reform package. 

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Can China and the U.S. reach a climate-change deal?

Date: 8 October 2014

For many years China and the United States have faced off over climate change. Now, climate change action is one of the few things the two powers can agree on. A new view on the benefits of climate action goes some way to explain this shift. 

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Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Spirit Alive and Well

Date: 7 October 2014

Just before midnight on 2 October, CY Leung, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, agreed to negotiations with student protest leaders on the issue of political reform. The protesters, as well as the people of Hong Kong, can be very proud of what they have achieved so far. 

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Mongolia's Ties to China and the West are Deepening

Date: 7 October 2014

Economic ties with China are deepening and political and military linkages with the West are growing. This diversity of interaction is at the heart of Mongolia’s Third Neighbour approach and is a clear indication the strategy is alive and well. 

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Will Australia Chair a G20 Summit with a Meaningful Outcome?

Date: 6 October 2014

The genesis of the G20 is a tale of two crises. The first — the Asian financial crisis — led to the creation of the G20 as a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors from 19 of the world’s largest economies plus the EU. The second — the global financial crisis — led then-US president George W. Bush to elevate the G20 to a leaders’ level meeting. 

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India's path to a low-carbon economy includes raising the coal tax

Date: 6 October 2014

India’s 2014–15 budget doubled the rate of tax on coal from 50 rupees (US$0.82) to 100 rupees (US$1.64) per metric tonne. Though the additional revenue could accelerate the deployment of renewable energy technologies in India, the increase in coal tax is not an unambiguous step in the ‘right’ direction of lowering the carbon intensity of the Indian economy. 

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Stronger India-China Trade Undermined by Border Issues

Date: 3 October 2014

India’s modern relationship with China, beginning in the 1950s when India was the first non-socialist bloc country to rekindle relations, has been volatile — underscored by border disputes, post-colonial bonhomie and Asian solidarity. 

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'Smart Cities' in India also need to be Livable

Date: 2 October 2014

India is embracing this push for smart cities. By most estimates the level of urbanisation will reach 50 per cent in India by 2039. To manage this change, India would have to spend US$1.2 trillion in its urban areas over the next 20 years. 

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The American Dream From Modi's View

Date: 29 September 2014

As curtain-raisers to this week’s events in New York and Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel visited Delhi last month, proclaiming India as an ‘indispensable partner for the 21st century’ and the visit as a ‘transformative moment’ in the relationship. 

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India's potential nuclear deal with Japan likely won't be easy

Date: 26 September 2014

In recent weeks we have seen the ‘bromance’ between India and Japan reach new heights. Earlier this month, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tokyo amid media hype of a special relationship, and even a de facto alliance, between the two countries. 

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Hong Kong wrestling with the increasing influence of Beijing

Date: 25 September 2014

On 31 August, when Beijing’s offer of universal suffrage to Hong Kong came with an extremely restrictive framework allowing for only two to three establishment candidates, it was just another sign of the Chinese government taking greater control over its special administrative region. 

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Can India's Manufacturing Sector Grow Under the Current Government?

Date: 24 September 2014

To make progress on manufacturing, India must seize the opportunity provided by international production sharing networks, which have propelled other emerging economies of Asia forward. Today, the share of manufacturing in the GDPs of China, Thailand and Malaysia is in the range of 25–35 per cent, while in India it is 15 per cent. 

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Surprisingly Optimistic Japanese Youth Face a Bleak Future

Date: 17 September 2014

The youth of Japan appear to face a bleak future — a catastrophic budget deficit, ageing population and collapsing social security system. Despite this, according to data released last year, Japan’s youth are astonishingly positive in their outlook. 

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