Wind energy in Asia on the rise

Wind energy Asia - turbines in Huashan, Jiangxi
In Asia, the spread of wind power has lagged behind Europe. This is likely to change soon with predictions that by 2050, Asia would account for more than 50% of global onshore wind power installations.

Chinese Consumer Growth Key Factor in Economic Success

Chinese Consumer Growth
China has faced fiscal challenges in recent months, but a Chinese consumer boom continues to fuel economic development in the world's most populated nation, even as economic growth slows.

China’s GDP Growth Lowest for Nearly 30 Years

China GDP low, but consumers positive (source: BassKwong /
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 targeting the Thai market.
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

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 ahead of the Taiwan Election 2020
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

Japan birth rate: ageing is accelerating
The population decline in Japan is accelerating despite hopes of the Reiwa baby boom. This presents the Japanese economy with significant challenges.

Asia-Pacific is the most competitive region in the world

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

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.

USA-China partial trade agreement: Deal really in sight?

USA-China partial trade agreement
U.S. President Trump speaks of a "substantial phase one deal”, while China is more cautious about the announced partial trade agreement.

Asia unicorns: A list to watch

Asia unicorn start-ups account for over one-third of unicorns in the world.
The digital boom is making Asia Pacific a leading region in the start-up scene. By the end of September 2019, Asia-Pacific counted 140 start-ups with a valuation of at least $1 billion – out of 403 worldwide.

Malaysia fast-tracks investments to win trade-war business

Malaysia fast-tracks investments to win trade-war business
Malaysia has set up a panel to encourage investment in Southeast Asia's third-biggest economy. In the first meeting it approved investments worth $526 million.