Opinion

China's Risky Business Crackdown

Is there a larger purpose to the Chinese government’s recent actions against the country’s largest corporations, and does its clean-up of the financial sector fit into its economic strategy? China has sought for at least 15 years to rebalance its growth from exports and fixed-asset investment to greater domestic consumption – efforts that have assumed a new urgency, owing to conflicts with the United States (US) and other countries. As long as its domestic market expands, Ch

30 September 2021
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The Right War For The US And China

The planet is heating up – and so are global geopolitics. With less than two months until the crucial United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, the United States (US) and China must commit to cooperate on the existential challenge global warming represents. But bilateral relations remain burdened by mistrust, antagonism, and even warmongering. Technically, the US and China are both willing to cooperate on climate change.

27 September 2021
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Three Eyes Security Pact: AUKUS Or RUCKUS?

Just recently, Australia signed a new security pact with the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) called AUKUS and for the first time, the US will provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.

26 September 2021
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Economic Development Without Environmental Damage

Many people say that damage to the environment is a risk of development. Based on this belief, there is also the assumption that it is impossible that development without destroying the environment can be realized.

26 September 2021
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The Rise Of Southeast Asia’s Start-Up Scene

The Airbnb of luxury luggage, Uber for home massage, and blockchain for pets are just a few recent examples of start-up ideas that make you wonder if the world has run out of bigger dreams to pursue.

25 September 2021
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Why AUKUS Is Needed

The basic text making the case for an international-relations rulebook was provided by the ancient Greek historian Thucydides in his account of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta in the fifth century BCE.

25 September 2021
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Vaccine Producers Must Step Up

The world stands at a critical juncture of the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries that lack the first round of vaccine coverage are extraordinarily vulnerable to the highly infectious Delta variant, and are also seedbeds for new variants that could quickly spread worldwide. The Lancet COVID-19 Commission, which I chair, is working urgently with the United Nations (UN) system to strengthen the multilateral response.

23 September 2021
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Can Xi End China's Golden Age?

Within the span of a generation, a new super-rich class emerges from a society in which millions of rural migrants toiled away in factories for a pittance. Bribery becomes the most common mode of influence in politics. Opportunists speculate recklessly in land and real estate. Financial risks simmer as local governments borrow to finance railways and other large infrastructure projects.

22 September 2021
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How Pink Is Powering Green

The colour pink is commonly associated with females. It stands for all things typically feminine - love, kindness and compassion. This, anecdotally, may have evolved from hunter-gatherer times, when women needed to fetch edible pink leaves or berries from green foliage.

19 September 2021
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Green Energy: What ASEAN Can Learn From Vietnam

Like other regions around the world, Southeast Asia is no exception to decarbonising its energy sector, and improving its national energy security - perhaps simply because renewable energy (RE) has become cheaper. The ASEAN Member States (AMS) individually and collectively have set ambitious targets to incorporate RE in their energy system.In some cases, the deadline to achieve these RE targets is fast approaching.

18 September 2021
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Climate Plan: Indonesia Should Learn From Japan

Japan’s success story in implementing the carbon tax and emission trading scheme (ETS) all together can be the best lesson for Indonesia, which its carbon pricing is still up in the air.The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report illustrates that without immediate, rapid, and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, limiting warming to close to 1.5 degree Celsius (°C) or even 2°C will be beyond reach.

16 September 2021
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