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Business Education: Competing With, Customising For, and Catering to Asia
As the COVID-19 pandemic places a spotlight on Australia's reliance on the international education sector, Asialink Business CEO Mukund Narayanamurti and Professor Philomena Leung argue that Australian universities could learn from their Asian counterparts.
Ant Group’s Long March
The Chinese fintech conglomerate Ant Group, known for its digital payments and other online financial services, has just been stopped in its tracks, after Chinese regulators suspended its simultaneous public listing, originally scheduled for November 5, on the Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Exchanges. Shang-Jin Wei, a former chief economist at the Asian Development Bank, argues that expansion of such Chinese companies hinge on geopolitical dynamics beyond their control.
The Making of Suganomics
Koichi Hamada, Professor Emeritus at Yale University, writes that with the departure of Japan's longest-serving prime minister Shinzo Abe, one of the biggest questions facing his successor, Yoshihide Suga, is what to do about Abe’s signature economic-policy plan.
Critical Minerals and the New Geopolitics
Australia is the world’s biggest producer of lithium – a key ingredient in the manufacture of the batteries that will power the fourth Industrial Revolution. It also has aspirations to be a battery maker. But, as Sophia Kalantzakos, an expert on the geopolitics of minerals writes, it is a field that promises to be both a strategic and commercial scramble as the great powers in the Indo-Pacific vie to secure vital, and scarce, supplies.
Thailand's Uncertain Future
With an economy battered by COVID and a government under pressure from both allies and critics, Annisa Natalegawa and Nattabhorn Juengsanguansit find Thailand risks falling behind regional competitors without deep reforms to its economy and politics.