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The standoff on the Doklam Plateau makes it difficult for either Narendra Modi or Xi Jinping to back down. Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

China-India border dispute a grim sign for stability in Asia

Conflict was almost baked into Asia’s post-1945 international order. Taiwan’s contested status following the communist victory in China’s civil war, and the division of the Korean Peninsula are only the…
Inflation has been doggedly low, so it’s not clear that the 2.5% expectation for inflation is going to turn out to be right. Dan Peled/AAP

Vital Signs: the RBA’s still longing for Goldilocks growth

This week's strong growth in full-time employment shows a robust labour market. This only deepens the puzzle of why inflation is so low at the same time.
Is America’s digital economy facing a stormy future? Filipe Frazao/Shutterstock.com

Is America’s digital leadership on the wane?

The digital economy in the US is already on the verge of stalling; failing to protect an open internet would further erode the United States’ digital competitiveness.
A massive protest against the Gorrano Dam on January 26 2017 in Islamkot, Tharparkar. Bheem Raj /Thar Voice Forum

For Pakistan, China’s huge energy investments may have serious political costs

China is sinking billions into energy development in rural Pakistan, much of it earmarked for renewables. That may be good for the climate and the national economy, but what about the locals?
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Asia’s dangerous new geopolitics

The first week of July is not normally one that brings great events in world politics. Around that time, the northern hemisphere normally shifts into summer holiday mode. Recently, this has become less…
Kim Jong-un and scientists applaud after the successful test of intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14. KCNA/Reuters

Why did sanctions against North Korea’s missile program fail?

The international community has been trying to stop North Korea from developing long-range missiles for decades. So how did North Korea get one?

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