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Yu Fei, Quan Xiaoshu and Hu Zhe January 3, 2019
China opened up a new frontier in space by successfully landing its Chang’e-4 lunar probe on the side of the Moon not seen from Earth. Previous missions by the United States and the Soviet Union photographed the far side. Because the Moon offers a shield against multiple radio signals from Earth, Chinese scientists anticipate the quiet place to allow improved monitoring of signals from other...
John A. Mathews January 2, 2019
China’s Belt and Road global investment strategy is financing more than $1 trillion in infrastructure development in more than 70 nations. The initiative, global in scope, is a response to the US “pivot to Asia” announced under the Obama administration, “carefully and astutely crafted to take advantage of moves by the US as the current hegemon,” explains John A. Matthews for the Asia-Pacific...
Tom Wright December 18, 2018
The Malaysia Development Berhad, known as 1MDB, was set up by Malaysia’s former prime minister in 2009 to improve the country through strategic investing. Reports soon emerged of missing finance payments and funds diverted into personal accounts. “Goldman arranged $6.5 billion in bonds for 1MDB in 2012 and 2013, of which $2.7 billion was allegedly stolen,” reports Tom Wright for the Wall Street...
December 17, 2018
Civil society organizations from nine ASEAN member states are trying to fast-tract the UN Convention Against Corruption: Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. Corruption wastes funding and weakens governments, and Transparency International reports that corruption is entrenched throughout Asia. Ending a culture of cheating and fraud...
Nayan Chanda November 27, 2018
Intellectual property theft is the heart of the trade war between the United States and China. “While ramping up tariffs on products gets headlines, the US has quietly stepped up its counter-intelligence and law-enforcement machinery to foil Beijing’s multi-directional espionage efforts aimed at challenging US hegemony,” explains Nayan Chanda, founding editor of YaleGlobal Online, in his column...
Tom Westbrook and Charlotte Greenfield November 19, 2018
The 21 members attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit failed to produce a final statement on future areas of cooperation. China and the United States, APEC’s two largest economies, continue to escalate trade battles and compete over security investments in countries like Papua New Guinea, the summit’s host nation. “Rather than cooperation, the theme seemed to be conflict and...
Noelle Mateer and Charlotte Yang November 18, 2018
Societies admire their greatest innovators who emerge after a series of failures. The Chinese revere Jack Ma, the founder of the e-commerce site Alibaba, for both his charisma and billionaire status. Despite early failures – including many school exams, an application as Kentucky Fried Chicken manager and inability early on to secure venture capital – he did not give up. “The fandom surrounding...