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The Brexit “Kindergarten” – An Asian Opportunity?

The Brexit “Kindergarten” – An Asian Opportunity?

All this fuss is just bluster by Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson. His efforts for achieving Brexit are merely a charade, masking deeper agendas. He claims that he would rather be ‘dead in a ditch’ than ask for a Brexit delay and promises that he will take the UK out of the European Union

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2020 Taiwanese election: out with the old in with the new?

2020 Taiwanese election: out with the old in with the new?

Published on 9 September 2019 On 11 January 2020 Taiwan will hold its seventh Presidential election. The election is surrounded by a changing political landscape, while the two traditional parties are still dominated by the pro-unification versus pro-independence debate. Current President Tsai Ing-Wen, a pro-Washington candidate, has won the nomination for the Democratic Progressive Party

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Caught in the middle: Europe’s US-China dilemma

Caught in the middle: Europe’s US-China dilemma

27 August 2019 Image credit: OpenMarket On 5 August 2019, the value of the Chinese yuan (renminbi) weakened past seven against the dollar, breaking through a sensitive threshold. This happened for the first time since the global financial crisis. The news raised widespread anxieties in the markets and among decision-makers. The recent escalation of United States

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FinTech Solutions for Remittances in Landlocked Countries in Asia

FinTech Solutions for Remittances in Landlocked Countries in Asia

01 August 2019 EIAS has a strong focus with its partner organisations on developing FinTech solutions specifically for landlocked countries in Asia. A very interesting project of EIAS is the potential of FinTech solutions for improving the cost structure of Remittances for landlocked countries in Asia and especially in Central Asia and the region covered

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The new EU leadership and the future of EU-China relations

The new EU leadership and the future of EU-China relations

24 July 2019 Image credit: Central Banking The new roster of nominated leaders of the European Union (EU) was announced on 2 July 2019, immediately prompting speculation about the direction in which the proposed leadership might take the Union. The leadership change takes place against the backdrop of increasingly strained Sino-European relations, leaving some China

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The trade war, Huawei and Chinese strategy

The trade war, Huawei and Chinese strategy

Image credit: Financial Times As trade tensions with the U.S. intensify, Chinese President Xi Jinping is reverting back to the strategy of Mao Zedong. Initially concerned with accommodating U.S. demands, President Xi is now more worried about domestic critics and gearing up for a protracted struggle. Many see the U.S. as having the upper hand, but

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Facilitating ASEAN Financial Inclusion: A Regional FinTech Sandbox

Facilitating ASEAN Financial Inclusion: A Regional FinTech Sandbox

Image Credit: Thanate Tan The ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) was announced at the end of 2018 as a way to help integrate the region’s growing FinTech ecosystem. AFIN is an API exchange, essentially an organised market where Financial Institutions (FIs) can more easily discover and connect with FinTech start-ups (FinTechs) selling their services. It

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