Throughout China’s 19th Communist Party Congress, party members have been reciting the phrase: ‘Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era.’ State media, such as Xinhua, are also referring to ‘Xi Jinping Thought’, which points to the establishment of a new personal political ideology. According to the BBC’s Carrie Gracie, ‘when... View Article

US president Donald Trump announced on Friday that he will not certify the Iran nuclear deal, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), creating further uncertainty for the future of investment in Iran. A number of foreign companies have entered Iran since the easing of international sanctions in 2016 after it agreed... View Article

Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, has used her maiden Policy Address to outline a suite of measures aimed at boosting business and investment in the city. The Chief Executive’s speech included reference to tax breaks for small and medium enterprises and a HK$3 billion investment pot for student research and innovation.... View Article

Vietnam’s National Financial Supervisory Committee has anticipated that its gross economic growth in 2017 will be higher than the official target of 6.7 per cent. Export turnover enjoyed an increase of 19.8 per cent in the first nine months of this year. The Ministry of Industry and Trade said that the improvement of the country’s... View Article

“Thailand has the creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit to be a digital hub in Southeast Asia, particularly for businesses that require high levels of creative inputs,” said Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society Minister, at the Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017, South East Asia’s largest digital summit. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj said that the... View Article

Indonesia, ASEAN’s largest economy in terms of nominal GDP, is under increasing pressure from the business community to sign more free trade agreements (FTAs). Currently it has only two agreements, with Japan and Pakistan, falling behind Malaysia which has additional agreements with New Zealand, India, Chile Australia and Turkey, as well as Thailand and Vietnam.... View Article

The 14th EU-India Summit will take place in New Delhi on 6 October 2017. The EU will be represented by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and by Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will also be present. India will be represented... View Article

“The British government is lacking a clear concept despite talking a lot,” said Joachim Lang, Managing Director of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Following UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, Germany’s biggest business association with more than 100,000 member companies urged German companies in Britain and Northern Ireland to... View Article

US President Donald Trump will meet Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today. Prayut will be the fifth ASEAN leader to meet Trump, after Vietnam’s Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Malaysia’s Najib Abdul Razak, Indonesia’s Joko Widodo, and Singapore’s Lee Hsing Loong. The Obama administration sought to distance itself from the Thai military which took over following a... View Article

Hong Kong has jumped three places in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018, rising to sixth in the world. The Index, published annually, ranks 137 countries based on their prospects for growth. Twelve factors, including infrastructure, labour market efficiency and business sophistication, are considered to compile the rankings. Hong Kong is the biggest... View Article