While East Asia has recorded high economic growth and pulled many people out of poverty, inequality has widened. To create a more equitable society, countries are now looking at introducing minimum wages or tax reform. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford and Program Director Janet Pau.
One common tradition of how people celebrate the new year, whether in the east or in the west, is to reflect on the lessons of the past, with an eye towards improving things in the future. It is reassuring to see how bright and well-informed Asia’s tiger cubs are. By Thomas D. Gorman, Fortune China’s editor.
When trying to discern Asia’s future, perhaps the viewpoints we should seek most are those of Asia’s young, the people who will, after all, be living that future. Book reviewed by Nicholas Gordon, Asian Review of Books. This article also appeared in the Jakarta Globe.
A new generation of Asians that takes the rise of Asia for granted is coming of age, but they also worry about challenges facing the region and are eager to put forward their own solutions. By Asia Business Council Program Director Janet Pau.
As the world's economic focus is shifting to Asia in what's been called the Pacific Era, the region has nurtured a younger generation who possess broader vision and a global outlook. By Siu Sai Wo, Chief Editor of Sing Tao Daily.
Perhaps the best people to answer the question of what Asia’s biggest problems are members of the younger generation—the ones who will, after all, have to come up with the solutions the region will need. By Bernard Chan, former member of the Hong Kong executive and legislative councils.
Whether or not one supports the Occupy movements, what’s unmistakable is the fact that it is not just the bottom rungs of our society who are dissatisfied with the status quo. It is also those who are in their prime years, having received decent education and grown up as Asia’s tiger economies were taking off. By Asia Business Council Program Director Janet Pau.
The watch trade plays a crucial role in China’s system of corruption and crony capitalism. If Beijing hopes to clean-up its act it will mean fewer Swiss-made timepieces on the wrists of Chinese officials. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford.
Dead pigs found floating in a Shanghai river are only the tip of China's massive water problem, which the government is already desperate to tackle. A combination of water scarcity and water pollution is moving China ever closer to environmental reckoning. By Princeton in Asia Fellow Matt Garland.
Responses to the Asia Business Council's annual survey show the lowest level of business optimism among executives since the onset of the 2008 financial crisis. Uncertainty has increased, and so has a lack of confidence in global political leadership. The region's business leaders are preparing for a long, grinding recovery. By Princeton in Asia Fellow Matthew Garland.
Hong Kong is overlooking a ready-made opportunity to improve air quality - it should catch up with the latest technology in electric buses being developed and produced over the border. By Princeton in Asia Fellow Thomas London.
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants Russia to look east, where countries like China have a huge appetite for resources, but problems such as corruption and government interference stand in the way. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.
The formerly reclusive Southeast Asian nation is undergoing an economic liberalization similar to what its northern neighbour embarked on in 1978. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.
Behind the largely symbolic tariffs imposed on Chinese solar panels by the Obama administration is a need to keep the renewable energy field open. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.
Now accounting for about half of the world's solar panel and module production, China looks set to lead the world toward using real fossil fuel alternatives. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.
A stultified innovation environment and increasingly stale labor market present some of the biggest challenges to China's economy in the coming decade. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.
Creating effective environmental policies will never be a cakewalk in any country – but a glance at current solutions being offered to address Hong Kong's filled-up landfills shows that there sure is a lot of gas to cook with. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.
How can China build a soft-power image? Contributing to the Green Climate Fund would go a long way in burnishing its public diplomacy campaign. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.
German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer’s postwar decade holds an important lesson for today’s China, namely – the decision to revalue its currency. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.
Steve Jobs has been unceasingly steadfast in his defense of Apple's operations in China – despite recent public uproar over factory conditions. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.
The rickety, ramshackle ways of the high-carbon economy are about to be replaced by the green economy, and South Korea, among other Asian nations, will be treading in success. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.
China, like much of the world, is breathing a sigh of relief that economic disaster has been averted. Better-than-expected macro-economic data are driving growing optimism. But government officials and businessmen should not delude themselves: going back to pre-crisis ways would be a serious mistake. By Asia Business Council Chairman Qin Xiao.
A survey by the Asia Business Council has found that its members–who are the chairmen and chief executives of leading Asian companies or multinational corporations – are significantly more optimistic about the economy.
Killer typhoons in Taiwan and on mainland China. A failed monsoon in India. The UN secretary general in the Arctic pleading for action on climate change as politicians bickerover the costs. By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark L. Clifford.
In this review, Doug Ogden writes: "Building Energy Efficiency: Why Green Buildings Are Key to Asia’s Future, an Asia Business Council book, is an excellent, comprehensive primer on Asia's green building trend."