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The End of China’s Onerous Hukou System

The announcement on July 30 that China will finally overhaul the hereditary household registration system, known as hukou, hopefully eases a system considered to be at the heart of China’s institutional and eco... Read More...
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Cambodia in Peril from Mekong Dams

The planned construction of 88 hydroelectric dams in the lower Mekong basin by 2030 means Cambodia will pay the region’s highest price for dam development, analysts say. The proliferating dams could affectg ... Read More...
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Bitcoin Grows on Asian Users

Horry Chan spends more time on internet communication than talking to real people. As the owner of the Hong Kong-based online application store easyapp.hk, his team designs and customizes applications for local and international clients. In the past year, a... Read More...
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Johor Sultan Narrows the Singapore Strait

Tunku Ismail Idris, the Sultan of Johor, who was batted back a few weeks ago in his bid to gain control of the regulation of land development in his home state, is now precipitating a diplomatic crisis via mass... Read More...
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Southeast Asia Steals Indian Pharma

Red tape, idiosyncratic laws and frustrating regulatory architecture are propelling Indian clinical trials and pharmaceutical companies to relocate to more conducive business environments in Southeast Asia. The beneficiaries, according to the Associated Cha... Read More...
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A China Veteran Looks to Africa

One of those who believes in China’s relationship with Africa is JX Paulin, a French Togolese who came to China for the first time in 1994 as a young entrepreneur. Now, 20 years later, he is the owner of a succ... Read More...
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Emerging Asia Should Brace for Higher Global Rates

The US Federal Reserve has been winding down its bond purchase program, widely known as “quantitative easing,” since December 2013. With the US economy appearing on the mend, the Fed suggested at its policy meeting in March that the program, started in 2008 to... Read More...
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MHealth Explodes in Developing Countries

The market for smartphone apps, which doctors can use to diagnose a wide range of patient illnesses and diseases long distance,, is set to explode from US$2.3 billion to USS$26 billion. More than 100,000 such a... Read More...