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2020: Year of the Rat

This year the Chinese New Year falls on 25 January, somewhat earlier than usual. This time it’s the year of the rat, which is the… Read More

Revisiting India’s growth slowdown: How bad is it?

Abhijit Banerjee, who, along with Esther Duflo (his partner) and Michael Kremer, won the latest Nobel prize in economics, has warned that the Indian economy… Read More

Regional wrap

The year 2020 has begun on a sobering note for Australia (and the world). While the world came close to facing the possibility of an… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

Autonomous Government of Bougainville proposes constitutional amendments The Autonomous Government of Bougainville has proposed making changes to the Constitution of the province. This will allow… Read More

Beyond the theatre: Backstage engagement at the G20

The Group of Twenty (G20), the premier international forum for global economic cooperation is most recognisable through the prism of its annual Leaders’ Summit. This… Read More

Indonesia’s “Pacific elevation”: Elevating what and who?

In July 2019, at the inaugural Indonesian Exposition held in Auckland, New Zealand, Indonesia launched its ‘Pacific Elevation’, laying claim to a Pacific islands identity… Read More

‘Like-minded states’ and the liberal international order

Allies and partners of the United States in Asia use ‘rules-based order’ rhetoric as shorthand for a US-led regional order. This has been a notable… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

Pacific nations offer support to Australia Pacific island countries and their peoples have offered support to Australia. As news and images of the bushfires… Read More

Determinants of private sector credit in Papua New Guinea

It is widely accepted that finance is sine qua non for start-up, establishment and expansion of a private sector enterprise; capital is indeed critical for… Read More

Pragmatism, politics and the rise of China

It was a lively evening recently at Hurricane’s, the new Australian ribs joint in Beijing, with pin-up snowboarder Scotty James charming a large crowd of… Read More

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