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Peng Qinqin and Leng Cheng July 21, 2017
China’s outbound foreign investments are shrinking as the government tries to rein in debt and encourage “rational” investments, report Peng Qinqin and Leng Cheng for Caixin. For the first six months of this year, they note that China’s nonfinancial outbound investment plunged by nearly half from the previous year to $48.19 billion, adding that scrutiny is applied to “deals in real estate, hotels...
Guy Plopsky July 17, 2017
Russia, in developing precision-strike capabilities, replaces old missile systems with road-mobile Iskander-M missile systems. These have a range up to 500 kilometers and can be armed with nuclear warheads. Writing for the Diplomat, Guy Plopsky details the locations: The purpose of systems in western Russia is to deter US and allied forces in the Baltics and Poland while, in the east, missile...
Cai Tongxu July 11, 2017
The Chinese are eager for television shows about China, and development of new content – reality shows, game shows, gossip shows and more – attracts millions of yuan in investments. “After years of being accused of ripping off foreign television hits, Chinese variety show producers have started scripting their own templates to feed the hunger for homegrown content,” reports Cai Tongxu for Caixin...
Laurence Norman, Emre Peker and Alastair Gale July 7, 2017
Developed nations continue to organize trade deals and set new trade rules even as the United States is promoting “America first” policies. Japan and the European Union announced that they have agreed on terms of a new trade deal as the G20 summit was getting underway. “If approved, the pact would represent a significant opening of the once heavily-protected Japanese market,” reports the Wall...
Carlos H. Conde July 6, 2017
The Philippines is considering expansion of a program that issues mandatory ID cards for Muslims with the goal of identifying what one official calls “undesirable individuals and terrorists.” Muslims make up about 11 percent of the nation’s population of 10.7 million. The proposal is in response to ongoing fighting with ISIS-affiliated militants taking Christians hostage in Mindanao and forcing...
Jesse Johnson July 5, 2017
North Korea claims to have tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching up to 6500 kilometers, a range stretching as far as Alaska, Beijing, Hong Kong or even New Delhi. The test was conducted while the United States was celebrating a holiday celebrating the nation’s independence. North Korean leaders view development of such weapons, capable of carrying nuclear warheads, as...
Michelle Price July 4, 2017
The long-term sustainability of “two systems” for one country – China and Hong Kong – was always in question, especially as the two markets have increasingly integrated. A rout in small-cap stocks may signal concerns about financial regulatoin, explains Michelle Price for Reuters. “The sell-off has raised questions over Hong Kong's ability to enforce its rules, as the territory's...

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