Australia firing up East Asia gas security fears

With power prices at historically high levels, many eyes are on governments. Disruptions in energy supply chains due to the war in Ukraine have prompted countries to look toward power sources they had started to shift away from — China has grown its  coal  production and Japan will  return  to nuclear — to secure their energy supply. The Australian […]

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HK becomes a safe haven for US-listed Chinese firms

The Hong Kong stock market is expected to benefit from a pipeline of new dual primary entries as many Chinese businesses look for a safe destination in case they are required to delist from US markets. After nine companies completed their own dual-primary listings in Hong Kong this year, regarding 30 more including e-commerce giant Alibaba […]

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The dark side of Facebook, Google, TikTok ‘dark ads’

Once upon a time, most advertisements were public. If we wanted to see what advertisers were doing, we could easily find it – on TV, in newspapers and magazines, and on billboards around the city. This meant governments, civil society and citizens could keep advertisers in check, especially when they advertised products that might be […]

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Mongolia squandering its mining boom riches

Mongolia’s dependence on mining has intensified in recent decades. Following the discovery of major coal deposits and gold-copper ore in the early 2000s, mining’s economic significance surpassed that of the traditional livestock sector. In 2022, mining accounts for nearly a quarter of gross domestic product (GDP), up from a tenth in 2000. Since the advent […]

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China hopes ‘whole-nation’ scheme can close tech gap

China’s government says it will use the advantages of its “new-type whole-nation system” to catapult technological progress, an apparent expansion of the authoritarian state’s proven ability to mobilize market and academic resources for development purposes. On Tuesday, a meeting of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Central Comprehensively Deepening Reforms Commission, chaired by General Secretary Xi […]

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How to save the global free trade order

The world faces unprecedented and difficult challenges, including US-China rivalry, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and supply chain disruptions. One consequence of these challenges is the possible division of the world economy into two or more political blocs, not unlike the situation that prevailed before the Second World War. To […]

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US chip-export ban throws wrench into China AI works

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The development of China’ s artificial intelligence sector is anticipated to be slowed in the coming few years with the United States’ brand new ban on exports of several sophisticated chips made by -nvidia and AMD, say Chinese IT specialists. Nvidia said last Friday it had been informed from the US government that it must stop conveying […]

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Upsides, downsides to welcoming digital nomads

Should your community welcome digital nomads – individuals who work remotely, allowing them freedom to bounce from country to country? Our research has found that workers are eager to embrace the flexibility of not being tied to an office. And after experiencing economic losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic, cities and countries are concocting ways […]

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