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fDiIntelligence: Asia-Pacific

  • Afghanistan seeks pioneers to reap rewards of its risks
    Despite recurrent challenges, Afghanistan’s business environment is improving. Now the authorities are working to persuade investors the rewards are worth the risk through a series of economic and legal reforms. 
    - 4 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 7:01am -
  • View from Asia: why Asia needs to nurture its tourism offering
    Asia outstrips the world for tourist arrivals and is still experiencing growth. Constant maintenance and upgrade are essential to maintain this lead.
    - 4 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 7:01am -
  • Kazakhstan SWF makes international move
    Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund, Samruk-Kazyna, has approved a new 2018 to 2028 strategy that will eventually expand its investment activity beyond the domestic market.
    - 4 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 7:01am -
  • Industry minister seeks to put Afghanistan back in business
    Ajmal Ahmady, Afghanistan's minister of industries and commerce, outlines government efforts to make the country more conducive to business.
    - 4 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 7:01am -
  • Where now for Hong Kong?
    The social turmoil in Hong Kong has triggered an economic crisis, raising questions over the special administrative region’s future as a major financial hub on mainland China’s doorstep. 
    - 4 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 7:01am -
  • Gujarat targets financial services sector through Gift City
    Gujarat is one of India's top five states economically, with expertise in sectors such as pharma, life sciences, textiles and gems. Now it is ramping up financial services with a new special economic zone.
    - 20 days ago, 26 Nov 19, 10:30am -
  • Tamil Nadu adapts and accelerates
    The south-eastern state of Tamil Nadu is known as India’s Detroit for its automotive expertise. Now its engineering and science skills are being extended to IT and software facilities for the likes of Amazon. 
    - 21 days ago, 25 Nov 19, 8:02am -
  • Andhra Pradesh's port-powered success
    With an enviably strategic location and a wealth of highly educated workers, the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is planning a slew of new sea and airports to complement its smart cities and economic zones. 
    - 24 days ago, 22 Nov 19, 11:04am -
  • Developing nations dominate free zone investment flows
    Global free zones may be spurring development in less economically developed countries
    - 26 days ago, 20 Nov 19, 8:01am -
  • AstraZeneca expands further into China’s biotech sector
    AstraZeneca will set up a R&D centre and an AI innovation centre in Shanghai, as well as create a $1bn fund that would invest in healthcare start-ups.
    - 28 days ago, 18 Nov 19, 5:44am -

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  • Australia’s government plans to water down ferocious libel laws
    IT WAS THE sort of story that was bound to cause a sensation. In 2017 the Daily Telegraph, one of Australia’s best-selling newspapers, reported that Geoffrey Rush, an Oscar-winning actor, had harassed a female co-star. Mr Rush sued the tabloid’s…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 10:53am -
  • The Vietnamese football club that defies China
    IT IS JUST a practice match, but the footballers are wearing their full kit anyway. As the shadows stretch across the pitch in inner-city Hanoi, the words emblazoned on their bright yellow jerseys catch the eye. “No-U FC” is not so much a name as…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 10:53am -
  • Private tutors are illegal in North Korea, but thriving
    SOUTH KOREA’S overworked children are well-known for finishing the school day and heading straight to hagwon (cram-school) classes to become musical virtuosos or to gain an edge over their peers in mathematics or English. In North Korea, by contras…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 10:53am -
  • Japanese schools are struggling with foreign pupils
    WHEN HIROKO TSUKIHI instructs her pupils to write down “water” in kanji, the ideograms derived from Chinese that are used alongside Japan’s home-grown syllabic scripts, they groan. Even for native pupils steeped in the language, kanji take hour…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 10:53am -
  • India’s new citizenship law outrages Muslims
    WHEN AMIT SHAH, India’s home minister, proposed his bill in parliament on December 9th, he framed it as an act of mercy. Henceforth, he promised, people who have fled persecution in neighbouring countries and taken refuge in India would be granted…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 4:48am -
  • Aung San Suu Kyi has gone from hero to villain
    THE COMMITTEE that awarded the Nobel peace prize to Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991 described her as “an important symbol in the struggle against oppression” and an inspiration to those “striving to attain democracy, human rights and ethnic conciliat…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Dec 19, 4:48pm -
  • A vast smuggling ring is exposed in Kyrgyzstan, to popular outrage
    THE VICTIM was a Chinese citizen. He was shot in a gangland-style killing in Istanbul, the biggest city in Turkey. But the smuggling racket on which he had just blown the whistle was centred on Kyrgyzstan, a poor Central Asian country of 6m which has…
    - 11 days ago, 5 Dec 19, 11:16am -
  • India’s economy is growing at its slowest pace since 2013
    GLOBAL INVESTORS once fell in love with India’s growth “story” because of people like Shanmuga Subramanian. Educated in mechanical engineering, he became a computer programmer, working with Cognizant, an outsourcing firm, and Lennox, which make…
    - 11 days ago, 5 Dec 19, 11:16am -
  • Singapore strikes its first official blows against fake news
    “FACEBOOK IS LEGALLY required to tell you that the Singapore government says this post has false information,” reads the message, which links to a government website. It appeared on November 30th on a post published by the States Times Review, a…
    - 11 days ago, 5 Dec 19, 11:16am -
  • Food is a fulcrum in Indian politics
    IN SOUTH ASIA the ruling classes ignore the quotidian at their peril. Just ask them about onions. This autumn the humble bulb has challenged titans.The trouble began when unseasonably heavy rains followed drought across the onion-growing belt of nor…
    - 11 days ago, 5 Dec 19, 11:16am -

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