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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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Is Kazakhstan's new financial centre for real?

The Astana International Financial Centre is about to come to life, backed by international big names like Nasdaq and the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Kazakh authorities have high ambitions, but past failures call for prudence. 

Australia takes global lead for renewable electricity projects

For the first eight months of 2017, Australia was the leading country in the world for number of renewable energy electricity projects, according to fDi Markets.

Australia rises to second most popular Asia-Pacific HQ destination

Singapore has been the most popular Asia-Pacific headquarters location from 2014 onwards, according to fDi Markets, but Australia is closing the gap.

New Zealand First’s Peters likely kingmaker in hung parliament

New Zealand’s inconclusive general election in September leaves the New Zealand First party as a credible coalition partner for Labour or the National party. Lucia Dore reports.

View from Asia: Local disagreements threaten regional achievements

Three of the top five global financial centres are from Asia but if tension from the Korean Peninsula and China escalates, all the progress they have made could unravel, says Lawrence Yeo.

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