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Xi Jinping shakes hands with Chinese construction workers at a Belt and Road Initiative site in Trinidad and Tobago in June 2023. Frederic Dubray/AFP via Getty Images

Growth of autocracies will expand Chinese global influence via Belt and Road Initiative as it enters second decade

More autocratic governments, growing urbanization and emerging technologies will bolster the spread of Chinese influence around the world, an expert on emerging economies explains.
The first specimen of Bipalium admarginatum was found by George Verdon in the jungle of a tropical island. George Verdon

Last seen 90 years ago, strange worm species is found crawling in Malaysia

A strange worm found in the jungle, then harvested and preserved in… gin, provides a better understanding of the evolution and genetics of flatworms.
Workers working on the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Train project at Halim Station, East Jakarta, Indonesia. Galih Pradipta/Antara Foto

Indonesia should reject China’s request to put state budget as collateral for Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train project

Using the state budget as collateral it is too risky a move when it comes to dealing with Beijing.
Habitat loss has driven Asian elephants, like these foraging at a garbage dump in Sri Lanka, into human areas. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP via Getty Images

Human activities in Asia have reduced elephant habitat by nearly two-thirds since 1700, dividing what remains into ever-smaller patches

A new study looks back into history to assess human impacts on the range of Asian elephants and finds sharp decline starting several centuries ago.
The growth of Islamic banks provides Muslims living in North America with options that reflect their beliefs. (Shutterstock)

Islamic finance provides an alternative to debt-based systems

Shariah law informs financial contracts and credit systems, and the growth of Islamic financing options provides an alternative to current debt-based banking systems.
Indonesia’s first and only female president Megawati Sukarnoputri at a campaign rally in 1999. Jonathan Perugia/AP

3 reasons why women leaders actually matter for women

Four different female presidents led three Asian nations in recent decades. What does their legislative record tell us about the impact women leaders can have on women’s lives?
A farmer holds kernels of oil palm fruits in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 17, 2022. Indonesia, one of the world’s top palm oil exporters has banned exports of cooking oil and its raw materials to reduce domestic shortages and hold down skyrocketing prices since late last month. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

The impact of Indonesia’s ban on palm oil exports reverberated across the globe

Over the past two years, labour restrictions, climate change and violent conflict have contributed to the record-breaking high prices of vegetable oil around the world.

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