Trade deal or no trade deal? It does not matter…

‘We, the Chinese nation, after fifty years of sanguinary revolutions and five and a half years of sacrifice in the War of Resistance, have finally transformed the history of a hundred years of the Unequal Treaties of sorrow into a glorious record of the termination of the Unequal Treaties’ ~ Chiang Kai-Shek, January 1943 Somewhere … More Trade deal or no trade deal? It does not matter…

We’re in an era of ‘Strong Men’: 4 things investors must take note of

Political experts use the phrase ‘strong men era’ to describe the current political landscape. Everywhere across the world, authoritarian leaders have swept into power (or simply seized it) since the start of the current decade. In the US, Republican President Donald Trump is widely considered as a populist politician who has an anti-establishment leaning. His … More We’re in an era of ‘Strong Men’: 4 things investors must take note of

Dr Jim Walker’s thoughts, & observations from Penang…

I recently attended a forum organised by the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and SmartKarma, where an interesting guest speaker was invited for a keynote address. Dr Jim Walker of Asianomics, a witty Scottish economist based in Hong Kong who speaks with a semi-thick Scot accent, delivered an insightful presentation regarding the future prospects of Southeast Asian … More Dr Jim Walker’s thoughts, & observations from Penang…

Playing China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’!

The Ancient Silk Road was known to be the stuff of legends, inspiring many of our ancestors back in those days enthralled by adventure and mystery. The famous Venetian merchant Marco Polo recorded his journey across Asia through this ancient travel and trade route, which for centuries, have allowed merchants, traders, travellers, missionaries and diplomats … More Playing China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’!

Is Defense a growth industry in Asia-Pacific?

When well-known talk show host Charlie Rose sat down with the late Lee Kuan Yew (the first Prime Minister of Singapore) back in early 2009, he asked Mr Lee what he would like to convey or ask the newly-elected US president Barrack Obama. Mr Lee’s question to President Obama was direct and surreptitiously grim: “How would you defend … More Is Defense a growth industry in Asia-Pacific?