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India liberalises FDI regime

Policy amendments could mean a complete overhaul of India's climate for foreign investors.

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Vietnam privatisation gathers steam

Vietnam’s privatisation programme saw a notable success in 2017 with the sale of a 54% stake in the country's leading beer manufacturer. Peter Janssen investigates whether this move will open the floodgates.

More FDI could boost Bhutan’s happiness

Bhutan uses its own measure of “gross national happiness”, and is doing well by this standard. But if the country can diversify its economy and invest in ICT, it could attract FDI that would improve its fortunes still further. John West reports.

China leads world in patent applications

China led in patent applications in 2016, with 1.3 million, and accounted more than half of global industrial design filings. The country has also been given credit for improving its intellectual property regime, as Erika Morphy reports.

Google investment boosts China's AI aspirations

Google's first Asian AI centre highlights China's increasing prominence in machine learning.

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.

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