Kishore Mahbubani, who spoke at Asia House last year, says that globalisation has not failed. In an interview with The WorldPost, Professor Mahbubani, of the Lee Kuan Yew School at the National University of Singapore, said that Western elites did not share the fruits of globalisation with the broader population and left them unprepared for... View Article

A region-to-region Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is the ultimate goal for both the European Union (EU) as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Negotiations for an EU-ASEAN FTA were launched in 2007 and paused in 2009 to give way to bilateral FTA negotiations. After the conclusion of FTAs with Singapore and Vietnam,... View Article

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated that Japan is interested in cooperating with China on their ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Abe was speaking today at a dinner which was part of Nikkei’s Future of Asia conference in Tokyo.  His comments follow the visit to Tokyo last week of Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi,... View Article

The Government of Thailand has approved a $US2.9 billion (100 billion baht) infrastructure fund to finance transportation and power projects in the Kingdom, reports the Infrastructure Journal. The Thailand Future Fund, which has finally launched after being delayed by the military government, aims to raise an initial $US1.2 billion in Q3, said Ekniti Nitithanprapas, director-general of the... View Article

A panel of infrastructure finance experts at the City of London Green Finance Summit this week said that a key barrier to European investment in emerging market infrastructure lay in EU Solvency II requirements. Speaking at panel on financing Smart Cities, HSBC’s Rongrong Huo, Co-Head of Sustainable Finance Unit, discussed how emerging market infrastructure and... View Article

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the European Union (EU) and China now have the responsibility to fight for globalisation. Juncker was speaking at the EU-China Business Summit in Brussels today. China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang stressed that the EU and China share the same philosophy on major international issues, including globalisation. Their speeches... View Article

US President Trump’s decision on Thursday to pull out of the Paris climate agreement has been met with dismay in Asia.

Daniel Pruce has been appointed the British Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines. He takes over from Asif Ahmad who will be transferring to Jamaica in August 2017. Daniel has previously been posted in Madrid and Bangkok as Deputy Head of Mission. The Philippines and ASEAN as a whole continues to be a strong focus of... View Article

Representatives from more than 25 Asian and European countries will be among the audience at today’s Asia House event on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Leading corporate figures will also attend the conference, at which Dr. Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, will give a speech. He will outline the infrastructure investment finance... View Article

‘Something deeply rotten is unfolding in our part of the world’ Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, wrote in an op-ed for the Huffington Post following US President Trump’s arms deal with the Saudi’s last week. US-Iran relations are back on the global agenda, with a strong and vocal response from Iran to the latest... View Article