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Fixing the global tech split
Strategic rivalry between the US and China risks sparking a fight over technology and dividing the world into technological camps. Economists Hoe Ee Khor and Suan Yong Foo argue that to avoid this economic reversal the world needs to re-embrace globalisation and launch ambitious multilateral efforts to boost global technological cooperation.
How will the digital renminbi change China?
China's planned rollout of a national digital currency will not aid in the internationalisation of the renminbi, but will instead, as former Chief Economist at the Asian Development Bank Shang-Jin Wei argues, shift the power imbalance between the banks and Big Tech.
Facing the ire of 1.4 billion Chinese consumers: cottoning on to supply chain risks
Chinese consumers’ boycott of Western fashion brands for their position on cotton sourced from Xinjiang is a sequel to a long-running series of actions against foreign companies. Xiaojun Li argues firms in the China market should take note.
Northern exposure: could Darwin be a key to post-COVID recovery?
Faced with the twin economic challenges of COVID and Chinese trade sanctions, Australia needs to be investing in big ticket infrastructure to enhance competitiveness, writes Ross Muir. One such opportunity is in northern Australia.
ASEAN’s Productive Year
Faced with growing strategic rivalry in the Indo-Pacific, and unprecedented health and economic crises this year, ASEAN might have struggled to retain its ability to bring the region together. But strategic analyst Huong Le Thu argues Vietnam’s artful chairmanship has ensured ASEAN has, for now, retained its ability to effectively channel regional cooperation.