The nature of China’s social media environment lets Beijing turn South Korea-bashing into a viral trend and celebrities and companies are cashing in.China’s longstanding opposition to the installation of THAAD missile defence systems in South Korea boiled over this...
The new administration’s South China Sea policy is taking shape — and could send ripples through international markets.The sea is dotted with reefs and shoals claimed by neighboring states but occupied by China. Beijing uses these reefs to make...
Sri Lanka’s ongoing drought is not only a humanitarian crisis, but also an economic one, as the country’s economy suffers on multiple fronts.Sri Lanka has been experiencing rainfall shortages since last October, resulting in the worst drought in 40...
EM FX was mostly softer last week, though it ended the week firmer, buoyed by outsized MXN gains Friday.  The Fed is sending very strong signals for a March hike, which should keep EM FX on its back foot.  However,...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will be in Thailand on Sunday and Monday. It will be their first visit to the nation in 10 years, mainly to pay their last respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.Their visit to...
On April 16, Turkey’s citizens will vote on proposed changes to Turkey’s constitution, which would grant more powers to the president.Its proponents say that the changes to the constitution, which would introduce what is being called a ‘presidential system’...
From seemingly nowhere China has become one of the world’s leading wine producers; from sweet ice wines produced in northern Liaoning province, to cabernet sauvignons cultivated in Ningxia bordering the Gobi desert, or those from the remote foothills of...
Tangier shows promising growth prospects with the development of the Tanger Med Port, a revival of the old medina, and plans to boost tourism.The old cliché of Tangier, Morocco is its dated reputation as a bohemian haven with a...
Pakistan finds favor as an FDI destination “FDI to Pakistan also rose significantly (82% to an estimated US$1.6 billion) as a result of rising Chinese investment in infrastructure,” according to a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report.Pakistan FDI...
The plan to introduce value-added tax in Gulf Cooperation Council member states could create operational risks for companies and put pressure on EBITDA and cash flows in some industries as markets adjust, Fitch Ratings says. Collecting and remitting VAT...
Investing in Somalia might seem like a particularly crazy idea, after all the country is a byword for state failure and chaos. Civil war, piracy and terrorism have bedevilled the country for nearly 30 years and over time it...
EM FX ended last week on a soft note despite lower US rates.  The dollar regained some traction that it lost over the course of the week, when markets pushed out Fed tightening beyond March.  Treasury Secretary Mnuchin also...

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