Opinion

China Briefing | In China, breaking the law is about to get a whole lot costlier

In the past, inadequate punishments often meant committing crimes made more financial sense than compliance. But now the Chinese leadership looks to be getting serious about punitive damages.

6 hours ago
Ceritalah | Like the profit margins on a lassi, Modi’s magic has evaporated

The chattering classes see the polls as a struggle between the BJP’s Hindutva agenda on one hand and Gandhi’s socialist dreams on the other. But for most people it’s all about jobs, prices, and basic government services.

16 Apr 2019 - 10:25AM
Abacus | In Europe, China’s economic cold war with the West is over before it’s begun

The much-reported strain between the EU and China is exaggerated – Europe has too much to lose to present an effectively assertive front to China over bilateral economic affairs.

15 Apr 2019 - 1:29AM
Sino File | Hu Yaobang: an icon of China’s reform – and of how little has changed

A passionate liberaliser in the 1980s, Hu sought to overturn the remnants of the Maoist era. His death in 1989 triggered widespread public mourning, which snowballed into weeks of student-led pro-democracy protests

14 Apr 2019 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | If US, China sign ‘grandaddy’ of trade deals, here’s what comes next

A pact could help Beijing transform its economy and take the reins on the world stage. And then? Reforming the WTO, joining the new TPP, negotiating free-trade with Japan, Korea and schmoozing Europe should be priorities

16 Apr 2019 - 8:14PM
The real Darkest Hour: Churchill’s role in murdering 3 million Bengalis

But last year, a Churchill biopic glorifying the former British PM was nominated for top honours at the Oscars

12 Apr 2019 - 8:05PM
Opinion | Vietnam wants a South China Sea dispute resolution pact with teeth, not more politics

Asean member states and China are a step closer to forming a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea after years of operating a toothless diplomatic pact that has failed to reduce tensions.

9 Apr 2019 - 12:30PM
Ceritalah | Why did Thailand’s junta bother with its farcical election?

Prayuth Chan-ocha has turned these polls into an exercise in thwarting the Shinawatras, begging the question: why did he carry out the vote if he wasn’t committed to the underlying principles?

9 Apr 2019 - 10:48AM
Abacus | Beijing’s ‘Made in China 2025’ plan isn’t dead, it’s out of control

China’s silence on its plan to become technologically self-sufficient belies the aggressive moves taken by the central and local governments to develop new industries.

9 Apr 2019 - 2:42AM