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The growing pains of external debt in Asia

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BusinessLine The global crisis and subsequent slowdown in imports of advanced economies put a brake on the export-oriented growth of developing Asia, forcing many countries in the region to look for other sources of dynamism. The instabilities and vulnerabilit... More »

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Why is South Asia performing so badly on the SDGs?

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BusinessLine The SDGs were obviously incredibly ambitious – far more so than the Millennium Development Goals that they succeeded – and so it was indeed a remarkable achievement that governments of almost all countries signed up to them. There were no less tha... More »

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Back to the future in Asia?

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BusinessLine We are stepping very nervously into 2019. There are rumblings of trouble in all corners of the world. In the US President Donald Trump has shut down the government and will now have to face an intransigent, Democrat-controlled House of Representat... More »

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Democracy booster shot in South Asia

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BusinessLine A development that has received scant notice in global politics is the democratisation of South Asia, where elected governments rule all the regional countries. An alliance of Maoists and the Communist Party (UML) was voted to power in Nepal in No... More »

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Emerging balance of power in Asia

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BusinessLine Ever since the assumption of power in the US by President Donald Trump and his advocacy of a radically new American approach to global policies, chanceries across Europe, Africa and Asia have appeared bewildered about how to deal with America. Tru... More »

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Asia hungry for military bases in Africa

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BusinessLine During his state visit to India last month, President Danny Faure of Seychelles was given the red-carpet treatment. He took home major gains in defence for the tiny Indian Ocean nation: a second Dornier aircraft, a $100 million line of credit for ... More »