Indian Elections 2019

Stay up-to-date on the Indian General Election 2019, the largest democratic exercise in the world.

China’s second-highest official, Premier Li Keqiang, is in Europe this week for a five-day tour amid competing visions on the continent for future EU-China relations. The Premier’s visit follows last month’s European trip by President Xi Jinping, which saw Italy’s endorsement of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – the first endorsement of the project... View Article

With the Indonesian elections being held on 17 April, incumbent president Joko Widodo (Jokowi), and challenger Prabowo Subianto are ramping up their respective campaigns for the presidency of the world’s third largest democracy. The two presidential candidates discussed their competing visions for Indonesia, including governmental reform, the role of technology, international relations and defence, in... View Article

Officially in a recession after 18 years of growth, Turkey’s local elections became a vote of confidence in long-ruling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

Charlie Humphreys shares his thoughts on CDF 2019

Australia signed a free trade deal and an associated investment agreement with Hong Kong today, after negotiations were launched in May 2017.   The Hong Kong-Australia Free Trade Agreement ensures the continued implementation of Hong Kong’s zero-tariff regime, removes non-tariff barriers to trade is goods and covers 140 service sectors which will now see more favourable market access. Australia will also liberalise the full range of its... View Article

On 17 April, Indonesians will go to the polls to elect their next president.

Thailand elections

Asia House Advisory provide analysis on Thailand’s upcoming elections.    Thailand, the second biggest economy in South East Asia, is arguably the most politically volatile nation in the region. Since becoming a constitutional monarchy in 1932 there have been 20 iterations of the national constitution and the military has undertaken 12 successful coups, attempting a further... View Article

China has revised its GDP growth target and announced a major tax cut as policymakers grapple with a debt problem and the ongoing trade war with the US. The government announced a growth target range of 6 to 6.5 per cent for 2019 at the opening of the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Tuesday.... View Article

The US and China are in the “final stages” of trade negotiations, with a deal potentially being sealed as early this month, according to sources close to the talks. Reuters reports that a summit at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, is being scheduled for the end of March, at which President Trump and President Xi could sign off... View Article