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Ardern

Has FDI fallen out of favour in New Zealand?

Observers fear New Zealand’s historic openness to foreign investors could be a thing of the past under new prime minister Jacinda Ardern, with property speculation coming under increased scrutiny. Lucia Dore reports.

Craig Smith, Marriott

View from the C-Suite: Marriott finds Marriott finds China's middle ground

Craig Smith, Marriott International managing director for Asia-Pacific, explains to Natasha Turak how the hotel chain is using local expertise – such as a link up with Alibaba – to make the most of the Chinese middle class's love of travel.

One Belt

How will China deliver on One Belt, One Road initiative?

China’s One Belt, One Road initiative aims to build links across Asia to Europe, and many companies are excited by the partnership opportunities it will open up. But others wonder whether traditional physical trade routes will be so essential in a hi-tech future. Erika Morphy reports.

Great Stone

China chows Belarus intentions with Great Stone investment

Belarus is forging relations with China to reduce its reliance on Russia, and a key project under construction is an industrial park near Minsk that has the approval of both heads of state. Courtney Fingar reports.

Blockchain Dubai

Cities bid for blockchain supremacy

Everyone wants to be a blockchain leader – but what does it take and which cities can make good on it? Erika Morphy reports.

Lawrence Yeo

View from Asia: World Bank upbeat on 2018 outlook

Prospects for east Asia in 2018 are mixed but generally positive, according the World Bank. Lawrence Yeo reports.

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fDi Tourism Locations of the Future 2017/18: Thailand triumphs in inaugural awards

Thailand has topped fDi’s inaugural ranking of global tourism locations with the best potential for investment. The balmy Maldives is second, while Asian business hub Hong Kong has placed third. Cathy Mullan explores the winning locations. 

Hong Kong now world’s most expensive office market

Demand from mainland companies has pushed up Hong Kong cost-per-desk prices while currency moves have affected London, enabling the Chinese territory to leapfrog the UK capital when it comes to office expenses.

Prayut Chan-o-cha

Thailand finds it’s third time lucky with Eastern Economic Corridor

After three attempts to attract investment for the Thailand 4.0 initiative, prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha appears finally to have found the right formula. Peter Janssen reports.

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East Asian instability and the North Korea question

North Korea’s nuclear arms testing has led to ramped-up sanctions against the country – but also unintended consequences in neighbouring China. It is a reminder to business and political leaders that risks are hard to assess but easy to spread, as Erika Morphy reports.

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