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China’s Bullet Trains: Back on Track

On a single day, Dec. 28, 2013, China opened an unprecedented six new high-speed railway links spanning nearly 2,000 kilometers, pushing its total high-speed track to more than 12,000 km. That has vaulted th... Read More...
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China’s Bid to Fill an Afghan Vacuum

With the imminent withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan and the presumed shift to full Afghan sovereignty, US influence is inevitably going to decrease -- and it looks increasingly like China will fill the vacuum, given the amount of natural wealth that A... Read More...
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Monopoly Takes Hong Kong’s Economic Heights

Monopoly marches on in supposedly competitive Hong Kong as a few families entrench themselves ever deeper into the sinews of the economy. The telecoms sector, once a beacon of competition, is about to become... Read More...
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Vietnamese Workers on the Run in Taiwan

US Secretary of State John Kerry during his current Far East swing is certain to raise human rights concerns with his Vietnamese hosts, who are feverishly working to make Vietnam worthy of Trans-Pacific Partnership accession. It is doubtful, however, that t... Read More...
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Beijing’s Ambitious Urbanization Plans

Beijing’s top leaders, over the weekend met for the first time to set the formal road map for Premier Li Keqiang’s ambitious plan to move millions of people from rural areas into cities. Li and his planners bel... Read More...
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Global Experts Still Need Local Knowledge

For quite some time the economic development profession has gone global in a rather grandiose way. Those quick with pronouncements on global development issues get the maximum attention, rise to the top of the ... Read More...

Closing the Pacific’s Tuna Highway

They are often called the Ferraris of the sea, sleek blue fish that can weigh up to 700 kg and cruise through the oceans at up to 70 km per hour, covering vast distances. They are under increasing threat as fishing techniques grow more sophisticated. Despit... Read More...

How Deep Will Korea’s Samsung Scandal Go?

The fact that Korea’s behemoth Samsung Group is embroiled in one of the biggest slush fund scandals in the country’s history hasn’t deterred new President Lee Myung-bak from appointing people to his administrat... Read More...