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Economics, Politics and Public Policy in East Asia and the Pacific
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While the identity of Hong Kong's next leader remains an open question, the Electoral Committee's choice could yet be just another facade.

Author: Steven Yet, University of Toronto On 26 March 2017, Hong Kong will choose its next chief executive. In December 2016, the city’s current but unpopular leader CY Leung announced that he would not seek re-election just two days ahead of polls for…

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The forced resignation of Cambodia’s leader of the opposition party by Prime Minister Hun Sen shows Cambodia’s ties with China are as strong as ever.

Author: Andrew Shearer, University of Exeter Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has forced Sam Rainsy to resign from the leadership of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). Hun Sen’s new law would dissolve any political party that’s leader is convicted of…

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With the BJP's sweeping electoral victories, Modi has a strong capacity to push through reforms for India's development.

Author: Rajiv Kumar, Pahle India Foundation Even diehard optimists did not expect the electoral verdict of the recent elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won an incredible 406 of the 690 seats on offer (or 59 per cent of the total). Its footprint…

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President Trump's proposal for a ‘historic’ rise in military spending sounds dramatic but is frankly underwhelming, writes Hugh White.

Author: Hugh White, ANU To America’s anxious allies, President Donald Trump’s plans for a big boost to the US defence budget might appear to be welcome news. Despite the strong strand of ‘America first’ isolationism in his campaign, the new president…

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The growing partnership between China and Saudi Arabia signals a consequential shift in the Middle East–Asia security architecture.

Author: Micha’el Tanchum, Truman Institute Like a weathervane, the recent visit to China by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman points to changing strategic directions in the Middle East–Asia security architecture. The significance of the Saudi monarch’s meetings…

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Indonesia's push towards economic nationalism may result in an international arbitration case with the mining giant Freeport.

Author: Matthew Busch, University of Melbourne Freeport McMoRan, the largest mining company operating in Indonesia, may soon be exiting after fifty years of doing business in the country. Hanging in the balance is the fate of Grasberg, a copper and gold…

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While reports about the G20 abandoning its opposition to protectionism are grossly exaggerated, there still may be trouble on the horizon for the G20's free trade agenda.

Author: Adam Triggs, ANU Some worrying headlines have come out of the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Germany over the weekend. The headlines warn that the G20 has been ‘steamrolled’ by the new Trump administration into…

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Prime Minister Turnbull's need to engage with Premier Li, by the EAF Editorial Group.

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Australia this week comes at a time of unique change in the international economic policy environment. The visit underscores the joint interests that Australia and China have developed…

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Australia and China must step up to protect their bilateral economic relationship and further the cause of globalisation.

Author: He Fan, Peking University On the surface, all seems well in the Australia–China relationship. China is growing rapidly and Australia continues to benefit heavily from China’s rise. China is already Australia’s largest trade partner. Australia is…

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The novelty of Chinese foreign investment into Cambodia and Sri Lanka is starting to wear very thin.

Authors: Veasna Var, UNSW Canberra and Sovinda Po, ECNU The influx of Chinese economic assistance into Sri Lanka and Cambodia has raised questions regarding the intentions behind these massive loans. While China may still be considered a developing…
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