China today launched its first cargo rocket into orbit in a bid to bolster national security with space assets. Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft fired toward the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, on a Long March-7 Y2 rocket launched from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in Hainan, according to Reuters. The mission is to create a permanently... View Article

Standard Chartered, a founding stakeholder of Asia House, says that Asia’s ageing populations will get old before they get rich, creating a drag on growth, in a new report. Japan, Korea, Thailand and Singapore all have populations with a rising ageing demographic, with China having 131 million over 65s. By 2035, these societies will become... View Article

After her meeting with China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang on 19 April, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, issued a statement saying that in times of growing tensions and geopolitical unpredictability, the cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and the European Union has never... View Article

The South China Morning Post reports that China has taken a step to relax its controls over yuan outflows. In January this year, the People’s Bank of China required commercial banks to stop processing cross-border yuan payments unless the banks could show at the end of every month that the amount of outbound yuan matched... View Article

Jakarta polls closed this morning for the second and final round of governor elections. There has been a tense standoff between the incumbent, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama ‘Ahok’, the first Christian Governor of Jakarta and Jokowi backed, and opposition, Anies Baswedan, Subianto supported Muslim candidate. Over the past couple of weeks it has been a contentiously... View Article

In a press conference on Tuesday, Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister announced that 28 world leaders would be attending their Belt and Road summit in Beijing from May 14-15. Given the new proposed ‘Silk Road’, Southeast and Central Asia are unsurprisingly well represented within this 28. The leaders of Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines... View Article

The snap election slated for 8 June in the UK, announced by PM May yesterday, went largely unreported in mainstream Asian press Tuesday, but was picked up in international editions. Singapore’s Strait Times ran a feature in the European section on the rationale for the snap vote, citing May’s commanding lead in the opinion polls... View Article

Frederica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang this morning in Beijing. Li positively evaluated the development of China-EU relations, saying that as two global powers, China and the EU should work together to improve global governance system, and push for economic... View Article

British PM Theresa May has announced a general election to be held on 8 June two years ahead of the scheduled date in 2020.

Standard Chartered, a founding stakeholder of Asia House, has struck a 15 year deal to distribute Allianz insurance products through is extensive branch network in Asia. Asia’s non life insurance market is experiencing rapid growth and is forecast to hit US$280 billion by 2020. Standard Chartered will sell general insurance products both online and face-to-face... View Article