1H2017 Review: Taiwan

Taiwan’s gross domestic product is headed for its fastest clip since 2014, according to an economic think tank. GDP will probably exceed 2%, according to a forecast released in April by the Taiwan Institute of ... Read More...

The Unaffordable City

Thousands of stunning skyscrapers, a glittering sea view of Victoria Harbor and enticing night life in Lan Kwai Fong are not the whole of Hong Kong. Behind the glamorous facade of this first-world city ther... Read More...

Depression in China: Cries for Help Go Unanswered

The bottom of Chen Aiming’s life fell out standing on a Fuzhou rooftop last July 24. Recalling his 28 years of misery, there was little he could think of other than how unfairly life had treated him. He was born with a lisp in a poor rural family, ostracized b... Read More...

Reviving a Once-Raffish Shanghai Theme Park

Gangsters and secret society members once roamed the tiled corridors of Shanghai’s Great World, rubbing shoulders with European businessmen, prostitutes, fortune-tellers, magicians and gamblers. The indoor t... Read More...

Economic Outlook 2017: Taiwan

Taiwan’s economy is expected to continue its recovery in 2017 on the back of a pick-up in exports as the global economy improves. However, the upward trend is expected to remain gradual due to an uncertain international and domestic political environment. A... Read More...

Economic Outlook 2017: Philippines

A weakening currency was not enough to stop the Philippines posting gross domestic product growth of 7.1%, one of the fastest in the world. The peso fell 5%, hitting a seven-year low in September 2016. Howev... Read More...

Economic Outlook 2017: Korea

South Korea kicked off the new year under a political cloud with President Park Geung-hye suspended from office after her December 2016 impeachment over alleged corruption and influence peddling. The scandal... Read More...

Economic Outlook 2017: Japan

Fueled by fiscal stimulus measures and a depreciating yen following the U.S. presidential election, the Japanese economy is expected to grow moderately in 2017, albeit with downside pressure persisting in public debt and wage growth. The Organization for Ec... Read More...

Economic Outlook 2017: China

China’s economic challenges and risks are expected to mount this year as the country continues to pump in credit to keep growth from skidding to a halt. After last year’s gross domestic product growth of 6.7... Read More...