Post Tagged with: "country updates 2018"

Riding out the trade war in Vietnam on a new wave of FDI

Riding out the trade war in Vietnam on a new wave of FDI

Author: Tran Van Tho, Waseda University Vietnam?s economy is highly dependent on foreign trade. In recent years, the sum of its exports and imports increased to as much as 185 per cent of GDP. The United States and China are Vietnam?s largest export markets, accounting for 20 per cent and […]

Pakistan charts a new course under the PTI

Pakistan charts a new course under the PTI

Author: Sajjad Ashraf, Islamabad Pakistan?s politics remained typically bumpy during 2018. The year centred initially on former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified from holding public office for life and sentenced to a 10-year prison term for possessing undeclared wealth. Sharif?s daughter, his chosen political heir, was sentenced to […]

Signs of transition and renewal in Singapore

Signs of transition and renewal in Singapore

Authors: Chang Yee Kwan, Xiamen University Malaysia and Mukul G Asher, Singapore Singapore reported a credible economic performance in 2018 amid an increasingly uncertain global environment, exemplified by the . Economic growth for the year is expected to lie between and overall inflation at . These compare well with of […]

Singapore?s PAP managing uncertainty

Singapore?s PAP managing uncertainty

Author: Bridget Welsh, John Cabot University Singapore?s 2018 was eventful. Key developments had less to do with the city-state?s ASEAN chairmanship and more to do with the governing People?s Action Party?s (PAP) responses to growing uncertainty related to domestic pressures and regional developments. In keeping with the norms of the […]

Taiwan?s year of reversal

Taiwan?s year of reversal

Author: Roy C Lee, CIER In December each year, Taiwanese vote for a Chinese character that best reflects the past year. The 2018 Word of the Year is fan, which has multiple meanings depending on the context. Its direct translation is ?reversal?. This is precisely how many Taiwanese felt in […]

New Zealand?s unusual coalition survives in a febrile world

New Zealand?s unusual coalition survives in a febrile world

Author: Robert Ayson, Victoria University of Wellington As 2018 began New Zealand did not have an answer to its leading political question: would the coalition government between Jacinda Ardern?s Labour and Winston Peters? New Zealand First, bracketed by support from the Greens, go the distance? As the year ends we […]

Taiwanese democracy powers on

Taiwanese democracy powers on

Author: Sheryn Lee, Macquarie University The confluence of Taiwan?s domestic politics and cross-Strait relations remains complex. Local with President Tsai Ing-wen?s administration resulted in low popularity and major for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the November 2018 ?9 in 1? local elections. But the continued strength of Taiwanese civil […]

Vietnam?s economic ebbs and flows

Vietnam?s economic ebbs and flows

Author: Suiwah Leung, ANU With world GDP growth initially predicted to peak at 3.1 per cent in 2018, the year looked to hold much economic promise for Vietnam. This held true initially, with first quarter real GDP expanding by almost 7.4 per cent, boosted by strong export growth in manufacturing […]

Harnessing technology for equality

Harnessing technology for equality

Author: Jose Ramon G Albert, PIDS Despite the Philippines recording an impressive average annual GDP rate of 5.3 per cent during 2003?15, this growth has not benefitted all Filipinos equally. Income poverty was estimated at a quarter of the population from 2003?12. This only reduced to 21.6 per cent in […]

Negotiating political uncertainties in Japan

Negotiating political uncertainties in Japan

Author: Corey Wallace, Free University Berlin Japan began 2018 well-positioned to enjoy broad-based policy and political continuity. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had just seen off an initially strong challenge from Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike in the October 2017 general election, guaranteeing the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) a lower house […]