China’s GDP Growth Lowest for Nearly 30 Years

China GDP low, but consumers
China may not have been quite so negatively affected by US-China trade dispute as expected, however it is China’s lowest GDP growth figure for 29 years. Analysts are generally optimistic for China’s economy seeing several “green shoots.”

US China Trade Truce at Last

US China Sign Trade Deal
Over two years of trade tensions between the US and China have created both significant political and economic ricochets. Finally, a deal has been struck and signed between the leaders of the two massive economies.

China’s car manufacturers gain ground in Thailand and Indonesia

MG pushing into Thailand
China’s car manufacturers, experiencing strong competition in Southeast Asia, are looking for gains in international markets.

Tsai Ing-wen Wins Second Term in Taiwan’s Presidential Election

Presidential Office in Taipei City
Taiwan’s incumbent president Tsai Ing-wen has won a significant victory. Will she continue to be strong in dealings with Beijing?

South Korea-Japan Trade Agreement Nearer After Summit

Südkorea und Japan Handelskonflikt - Die Wurzeln in der Vergangenheit
The conflict between Korea and Japan has escalated in the recent past. But both sides have much to lose. Is the worst already over?

Asia’s Low-Cost Carriers: Fast Growth, Fierce Competition, and Diversification

Low Cost Carriers Asia
Low cost carriers in Asia have grown rapidly in two decades. AirAsia is a market leader, but competition is fierce leading LCCs into new markets.

Taiwan Election 2020: Change or continue as usual?

President Ing-wen Tsai b
President Ing-wen Tsai could win a landslide re-election in Taiwan in January 2020. Such a result is likely to see Taiwan’s delicate status quo continue.

Semiconductor Industry China – Taiwan Loses Chip Makers

Semiconductor industry china
Beijing’s “Made in China 2025” initiative to improve self-sufficiency in China’s high-tech industries is accelerating a potential “brain drain” of talent away from Taiwan’s chip manufacturing industry.

China-Japan Relations Could Improve After Planned April Meeting

Japan China Relation in focus of Shinzo Abe
Meeting earlier this month, senior Chinese and Japanese officials have indicated a significant state visit by China’s President Xi Jinping to Japan could happen in April of 2020.

Bangkok is experiencing an incredible real estate boom

Bangkok real estate market
Bangkok’s Central Business District is likely to see the value of local construction projects reach a total of $23 billion between 2018 and 2025. Some of these developments are megaprojects like the $1.6 billion Iconsiam mall.

China’s Plans for a Digital Yuan

China Plans the Digital Yuan
As Facebook’s Libra stablecoin cryptocurrency looms large on the global financial horizon, China appears to be moving quickly with its own virtual currency development – the digital yuan.

The US can’t isolate China

How will the trade conflict between the US and China affect the financial markets in 2020? Robert Horrocks, CIO of US Asia specialist Matthews Asia, in an interview with

Birth rate plummets in Japan

Geburtenrate Japan: die Überalterung beschleunigt sich
The population decline in Japan is accelerating despite hopes of the Reiwa baby boom. This presents the Japanese economy with significant challenges.

Emerging opportunities in the Asian bond market

Asian bond markets: Indonesia on the rise
The Asian bond market has grown to become one of the largest bond markets in the world and therefore present immense investment opportunities. An interview with Neal Capecci, Manulife Investment Management.

Asian-Pacific Free Trade Pact still distant prospect

Asian-Pacific Free Trade Pact coming 2020?
The ASEAN Summit in Bangkok did not produce a result on the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Pact. The so-called RCEP treaty will not be signed until 2020.

Insights into Singapore’s Economy

Singapore economy -
Singapore’s economy is ranked as the second most open economy in the world, with a nominal GDP of $346 billion in 2018. It also became the second-best country in the Ease of Doing Business index.

Investing in Vietnam Economy: Key Insights

Vietnam economy on the rise
Vietnam’s economy has shifted from a centrally-planned economy to a market economy with rapid growth over the last three decades. In 2018, Vietnam’s economy expanded at 6.5% rate. Its GDP reaches over $241 billion.

Asia-Pacific is the most competitive region in the world

Global Competitiveness Report
How are Asian countries performing globally in terms of economy? A look at the 2019 Global Competitiveness Report.

Investment opportunities in China

Investment Opportunities in China, boomtown Shanghai
China presents some compelling investment opportunities, especially in the onshore A-Share equity market. An interview with Ben Morris, Aberdeen Standard Investments.

China growth rate – weakest since 1992

China economic growth rate - weakest since 1992
China's economic growth fell to 6.0 percent in the third quarter of this year, its lowest level in 27 years. In the second quarter, the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate was at 6.2 percent.

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