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Experts fear US-China BIT agreement will not materialise

As tensions between the US and China mount, experts at the recent World Forum on China Studies held in the US, agreed that the chances of the two countries finalising their bilateral investment treaty are deteriorating. 

Russian SEZs mixed success

Mixed success: why SEZs in Russia and CIS are not fulfilling their potential

Special economic zones are being developed across Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent states. Their success will rest on their ability to overcome bureaucracy and customs issues. Jason Mitchell reports on the effects across the region.

View from Asia: don't get trapped in the hinterlands

The economic potential of Asia's second- and third-tier cities has been much touted, but the challenges of operating in such underdeveloped locations is often overlooked.

can Thailand challenge Singapore in south-east Asia

The great HQ race: can Thailand challenge Singapore in south-east Asia?

Thailand's recently announced tax incentives for companies setting up headquarters could give a much-needed boost to the country's slowing economy. But in a region where there is already stiff competition attracting multinational corporations, succeeding in this new sector will not be easy. 

India keeps multi-retail FDI rule

Despite having cited opposition to it when it came to power, India’s National Democratic Alliance government has kept the rule allowing 51% FDI in multi-brand retail. 

India infrastructure

Will state funding alone be enough to unblock India's infrastructure bottlenecks?

India’s new business-friendly government is looking to tackle the country's infrastructure problems as part of its plans to boost economic growth. But will the planned spending be enough to support its expanding manufacturing and service industries, or will outside funding be needed?

Japan retail - Uniqlo

Japanese lessons: what the country can learn from Uniqlo's success

Fashion brand Uniqlo, part of Fast Retailing, the world's fourth largest retail holding company, has expanded rapidly in recent decades, both at home and abroad. It is a success story – with highs as well as lows – that CEO Tadashi Yanai is urging the Japanese government to learn from.  

Second tier cities

A second coming: where should investors look beyond the megacities?

With many of the big global cities struggling with infrastructure problems, rising wages and high office and land costs, investors are increasingly looking to smaller second- and third-tier cities in which to base themselves. But where are the emerging urban areas that are posing a threat to their larger counterparts?

China is leading investor in US in 2014

China emerged as the leading investor in the US in 2014.

India abolishes minimum alternate tax

Even as India's National Democratic Alliance government abolishes its minimum alternate tax, it faces criticism from foreign investors.

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