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Asia Weekly: Couture Chinois
Just a few decades ago, a challenge to becoming a fashion designer in China was that most people equated that to being a seamstress. But in China’s burgeoning world of fashion, local designers now seek to replace the mantra of “Made in China” with “Designed in China.”
China’s plan to overhaul its power system is a comforting reminder that even in a slowing economy, it still seeks opportunities to make long-term reforms.
Newly elected Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has clinched a victory on a platform around a tough approach to crime and corruption. But is his presidency a tail risk to the market?
Thailand’s rapidly greying society discourages some investors. But while its population trend may necessitate a restructuring of its economy, some short- and long-term policies can improve the country’s basic infrastructure and more quickly foster the right environment to accommodate a more sustainable governance system.
Asia Weekly: Laos Powering Up
Listed among the United Nation’s least-developed countries, Laos has been making strides to expand economically. The small communist nation is now courting more neighboring energy importers for its hydro-generated electricity.
With President Park Geun-hye leading the way, South Korea has received the domestic investment boost it’s needed. This week, Portfolio Manager Michael Han explains what has led to the improvement of Korea’s corporate governance and why he’s optimistic about its future.
The annual “spring offensive,” or wage negotiations, are currently underway in Japan. Though base wage increases may be slowing from last year, the outlook for bonus payments is more positive. This week Portfolio Manager Kenichi Amaki takes a closer look at wage figures. 
Can joint North-South projects on the Korean peninsula, such as the Kaesong Industrial Complex, lead to further cooperation and economic development between the two sides? 
During the first decade of her political career, Taiwan’s President-elect Tsai Ing-wen essentially maintained bipartisanship between the pro-unification Kuomintang (KMT) party and its rival Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). But now her election win to Taiwan’s top post sends a strong message to Beijing that cross-strait affairs may not be as smooth as they have been under KMT rule.
Why is it tough to rely on the usual screening metrics when it comes to China’s A-share market? Research Analyst Hardy Zhu offers an in-depth analysis. 
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