Asia trailing in Covid vaccines?

Asia Covid vaccines, drive thru in Indonesia
HSBC and ADB plan to support Asia's supply chains to resolve supply/demand discrepancies of Covid-19 vaccines. Meanwhile, China is shipping its vaccines worldwide.

Biden pushing for resilience of global chip supply chain

Global Chip Supply Chain resilience needed
US president Biden discussed the resilience of the global chip supply chain with executives from 19 companies from technology, chip and automotive. Will new plans bring a quick end to the current chip shortage?

US and Japan to consider BRI alternative

US and Japan to consider BRI alternative
The US and Japan plan to set a framework for collaboration on 5G, next-generation battery technology and hydrogen power in quest to counterweight China's BRI initiative.

The unique growth path of Indian unicorns

India unicorns on the rise
India's unicorn landscape is growing exponentially, backed by remarkable changes in funding, infrastructure, regulatory and business environment.

Appier IPO underlines Tokyo’s standing as technology exchange

Appier IPO, TSE
Which stock exchange will prevail in technology listings in Asia? Appier's IPO is likely to attract more tech start-ups to Japan.

Asia’s Covid cases surge to new record high 

Asia Covid-19 cases, vaccination programme
Some countries have managed to keep the outbreak under control, others are struggling with new waves. What is the status of the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccination in Asia?

Bank of Japan to buy fewer government bonds

Bank of Japan to buy fewer government bonds
Bank of Japan announced plans to reduce the total amount and frequency of its bond purchases. The move comes after the decision to allow bond yields to move in a more flexible range.

China unicorns resilient during Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has had little negative impact on China's so-called "unicorns", according to a study. On the contrary, some even saw positive momentum.

China-Australia trade clash: What is it all about?

Australia trade and relationship to China
Experts believe that the recent clash between the two countries would harm Australia more than China.

New Hong Kong election law threatening democracy

Hong Kong new election law
After the enactment of the controversial Hong Kong security law last year, new electoral reforms threaten Hong Kong's liberal system further.

eSports in Asia – intriguing investment possibilities

eSports players at a tournament, Asia
Asia has led global eSports trends and growth for over the past twenty years. The rise of the industry is presenting new, interesting investment opportunities.

New wave of digital yuan tests, including ATMs

China widens digital yuan tests
China is moving closer to its goal of having the digital yuan in use in time for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Latest test include conversion to cash at ATMs and cross-border transactions.

Myanmar coup weighs on battered economy

Myanmar protests
Myanmar's economy has already been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Will the coup be the straw that breaks the camel's back?

Biden’s step towards China-free supply chains

Biden's vision of 'China-free' supply chains
US President Joe Biden wants to review supply chains in core sectors - is this move further accelerating technological decoupling from China?

Will Southeast Asia’s super apps join forces?

Grab and Gojek popular in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia's apps explore inorganic growth options. Gojek is in talks about merger, Grab prepares for going public in the US.

Ant Financial becomes financial holding company

Ant Group, until recently Ant Financial (Source:
Jack Ma's fintech giant is becoming a financial holding company. In addition, Ant Financial continues to explore a possible IPO, but the timeline is unclear.

Nintendo is an obvious Covid-19 winner

Nintendo Switch - Nintendo Record profits
Nintendo posts record profit in 2020 - but also takes a hit from the coronavirus crisis.

Taiwan: bottleneck of global semiconductor shortage

Global chip shortage
Taiwan's leading chipmakers have promised to "do their best" to boost semiconductor production. However, production lines are already working at full capacity - improvement takes time.

Is China winning the trade war with the U.S.?

China trade surplus
China’s trade relationship with the United States became over the years even more imbalanced - what will Biden do?

Quo vadis, Vietnam?

Vietnam is showing resilience in the crisis, ending 2020 with 2.9% economic growth. Can the economic success be driven further by a new leadership?