Asia-Pacific

  • Election Watch: New Maoist violence in Nepal

    November 29, 2017

    Most of Nepal’s Maoist ex-guerrillas have transitioned into peaceful democratic politics. Now, however, a splinter faction of hardliners is using violence to promote itself ahead of general elections. Their activities are likely to intensify should their former Maoist comrades win power.

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  • Guizhou: China’s pilot big data zone

    November 24, 2017

    The impoverished and mountainous south-western province of Guizhou has become a laboratory for China’s future socio-economic priorities. Yet the likely failure of such policies could well serve as another example of the substantial capital misallocation within the country’s planned economy.

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  • Pakistan, rudderless but resilient

    November 1, 2017

    The supreme court’s decision in July to disqualify from office the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has left a leadership vacuum. The supreme court’s decision in July to disqualify from office the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has left a leadership vacuum.

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  • Thailand’s year-long political hiatus ends with the late king’s funeral

    October 31, 2017

    Between 26-29 October millions of Thais had the opportunity to demonstrate their affection and sense of loss over the death more than one year ago of a monarch many viewed as their only real protection between an often self-serving and occasionally brutal military and a rapacious commercial class.

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  • Foreign business concerned by China’s new cyber-security regime

    October 12, 2017

    The partial implementation of China’s new cyber-security law has alarmed foreign businesses, already increasingly concerned over the state’s high level of control over the internet. This report assesses the new regulations and their implications for foreign commercial interests.

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