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Keeping SMEs afloat during COVID-19: How are the PICs responding?

As a vulnerable group, SMEs are particularly at risk of failure from the prolonged consequences of COVID-19. Dr Lan Nguyen looks at Pacific Island Countries. Read More


Regional wrap | 59

In Regional Wrap with Aakriti Bacchawat- China's flexing of military muscle over Taiwan Wang-Jaishankar meeting fails to achieve peace at LAC Fresh political drama in Malaysia Read More

South East Asia Snapshot #3

A fortnightly snapshot of what’s making headlines in South East Asia. Pro-democracy movement gains momentum in Bangkok. Duterte defends drug war and the Philippine’s South China Sea claims in UN speech. Annual ASEAN foreign ministers convene online Read More

Yes government debt is cheap, but that doesn’t mean it comes risk-free

Professor Tony Makin says that while a strong response to the COVID19 pandemic has been necessary, it has come with costs. These have been huge budget deficits and sky-high government debt. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 23 September

Fallout in Samoa after Deputy Prime Minister resigns In Samoa, the Prime Minister, Tuialepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has said that he does not intend to… Read More

As US-China ties worsen, India and China must revisit the ‘Bandung spirit’ to avert a new cold war

While Beijing does not intend to get involved in an ideological battle with Washington, all of Asia risks getting caught up in their strategic competition China and India took part in the 1955 Bandung Conference. Now they must reignite that spirit and look towards peaceful coexistence among nations Read More

Why Asian nations should no longer play the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking game

The Doing Business Report (henceforth DBR) is a celebrated flagship publication of the World Bank. DBR grew out of a ‘project’ in 2002.  As the… Read More

Can we use the RAAF to bring home stranded Aussies overseas?

Amid mounting concern about Australians stranded overseas during COVID-19, Labor leader Anthony Albanese has offered a solution, using the Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) VIP aircraft to bring people home. Read More

COVID-19 and Asia’s resilience: A workhorse of the global economy

Rapid and focused recovery from recurrent economic crises have proven the resilience of East Asian economies. Historically, the trade-oriented growth strategies adopted by Asian economies… Read More

Perspectives:Asia | You can’t paint the Pacific with just one brush

An in-conversation, chaired by Andrew Fa’avale from MANA Pasifika as our engaged panel of Pasifika youth share their perspectives and experiences, the contributions they make to their communities while sharing the challenges they face, be it independence, remittances, climate change, retaining culture, employment amongst others. Read More

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