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East Asia’s geopolitical future over the next 18 to 24 months will hinge on whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact is implemented as planned. Last year 12 countries – including Japan and the United States, but excluding South Korea and China – concluded talks on the text of the agreement. However, the deal still faces several hurdles, not least of w...
Dr. Stefan Lippert
Beijing is bolstering its One Belt, One Road (OBOR) programme through huge foreign direct investments and the creation of new financial institutions to fund its related projects. So far, China has launched the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, played a major role in the development of the New Development Bank and established a Silk Road Fund. But success will r...
Dr. Frank Umbach
While Western investors get jittery when there is bad news from Beijing, the big losers from China’s slowdown are in Africa. The continent is heavily dependent on Chinese investments and its huge appetite for raw materials. If the Chinese authorities decide that Africa is no longer a priority, many economies will suffer badly.
Professor Enrico Colombatto