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What lessons have we learned from investing in China, and what are the implications for the region?
Matthews Asia Senior Research Analyst Jeremy Sutch offers his views from on the ground in Jakarta.
China recently concluded its fifth plenary session—a four-day meeting to set policy and communicate government priorities. While there were no surprises in China’s latest blueprint for its upcoming economic and development initiatives, Matthews Asia’s CIO Robert Horrocks explains the plans’ relevance in the context of understanding how the lives of the Asian household are changing—how opportunities, desires and spending patterns are changing—and whether these changes are implemented by individuals or by their representatives in government.
Foreign exchange concerns were once an afterthought for equity investors. But the recent slowdown in emerging markets, and the potential for the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, makes it even more critical for investors to examine currency exposure throughout corporate financial statements.
During Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Silicon Valley, he promoted his “Digital India” project, which aspires to provide easy access to a digital infrastructure for all of India. This is no small feat considering about 40% of the population still lacks access to proper sanitation. How feasible are these goals?
Asia’s countries tend to fare better on measures of economic freedom than they do on measures of social and democratic freedoms. How has the political atmosphere in Asia developed and what are the differences in its emphasis from the West?
Despite all the lip service Indian authorities give to policy reform, some smaller textile manufacturers in India still find the country’s business challenges not worth the effort. Lured by the speed and ease of setting up business abroad in countries like Bangladesh and Vietnam, their incentive to stay has diminished.
First came Hollywood, then India’s Bollywood. Now, China’s Jiangsu province is hoping Huallywood will be the next film production site to make international waves. As a prime example of the China’s steady migration toward services-led growth, Wuxi Studio—developed on the site of a former iron and steel factory—is trying to attract college students and independent artists.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the U.S. with the intention of driving engines of growth for his country’s ever-growing population.
With its approximately 220 million rural poor, India struggles with its food security. Indian authorities have been driving some initiatives to benefit the poor and unemployed long term, the most notable of which has been the issuance of a system akin to the United States’ social security program. But the focus needs to be on execution and, obviously, results. Asia Weekly examines these issues and possible resolutions.