An e-publication in support of Asia's renaissance in the 21st century
Australian Corporate Tax To 2018
Glen Robinson rejects the claim that Australia needs to reduce the headline tax rate to remain “competitive”.
Haunted by Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping
By most accounts, China has behaved badly through the COVID-19 pandemic. Fascinating insights can be derived about China’s present behaviour by looking into its past, writes John West.
A disaster under-(re)insurance puzzle: Home bias in disaster risk-bearing
Hiro Ito and Robert N. McCauley find that individual economies share the cost of natural disasters to a surprisingly small extent.
United States Strategic Approach to The People's Republic of China
America's strategic approach to China reads like a declaration of a new Cold War, writes John West.
Could Coronavirus Help to Modernize the Japanese Economy?
The coronavirus could help stimulate the modernisation of the Japanese economy, writes John West.
Corruption in Southeast Asia
Corruption is an emotive word which can mean different things to different people, argues Glen Robinson..
Why does Beijing lie about Covid-19?
To understand why Beijing is lying so much about COVID-19, you have to understand the corrupt deal China’s Communist Party has struck with the country’s elites, a
Japan struggles with Covid-19
Japan's management of the Covid-19 pandemic has been much more troubled than Asian neighbours like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea, writes John West.
The Normal Economy is Never Coming Back
We are now in the midst of a very long and difficult transition from lockdown to a return to normal, according to Laurence Boone, Chief Economist at the Paris-based OECD.
Xi Jinping’s China: The Backlash
Richard McGregor's book of less than one year ago, “Xi Jinping: The Backlash”, may have rapidly grown in relevance thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, writes John West.
Australia, a Covid-19 “gold star” ... for the moment
Australia’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic has been excellent. But the country still faces enormous challenges in reviving the economy and society, writes John West.
The Indo-Pacific contest
A meditation on the region – the arena of Australia’s greatest strategic focus – puts China’s rise in historic context, writes John West.
The Covid-19 crisis has struck a divided and fragile world, whose divisions will only be exacerbated by the crisis, writes John West.
China must be held accountable
The Covid-19 crisis is the greatest disaster and blunder the world has seen since World War 2. China must be held accountable argues John West.
Time for China and the WHO to Fess Up
The Australian government’s proposal for an independent international enquiry on the COVID 19 crisis is a much-needed constructive initiative writes John West.
Advantage Asia: Social Cohesion as King in the COVID 19 Era
Social cohesion will be critical in this new world of the COVID 19 crisis. Asia’s case proves that social cohesion is Janus-faced, working in two opposite directions, writes John West.
Social Cohesion in Asia -- a book review
Fostering social cohesion will be critical in this new world of the Covid-19 crisis writes John West.
Japan and the New Silk Road -- Book Review
John West reviews “Japan and the New Silk Road: diplomacy, development, and connectivity" by Nikolay Murashkin.
The Shenzhen Experiment: a book review
John West reviews the Shenzhen Experiment by Juan Du.
The New Silk Roads: a book review
The New Silk Roads may well be a much more fragile region than author Peter Frankopan is willing to concede, writes John West.