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Thursday, 24 May 2018

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  • A girl climbs ladder at a playground in Duolun county in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

    Asian Development Bank 2018: Growing up fast

    It is hard to think of a more appropriate setting for this year’s Asian Development Bank annual meetings. Manila, the Philippines capital, has long been a case study for under-investment in infrastructure, but the current administration is doing its best to shake off that reputation with an ambitious development plan.

  • President Takehiko Nakao officially opened ADB’s 50th Annual Meeting in Yokohama, Japan.

    Out of the shadows

    President Takehiko Nakao says the Asian Development Bank can play a bigger role than ever in promoting the region’s development.

  • U.S. President Donald Trump holds his signed memorandum on intellectual property tariffs on high-tech goods from China, at the White House in Washington, U.S.

    Trade tensions

    Tariffs and trade wars are not good news for Asia’s export-driven economies. Can intra-Asian links and China’s BRI save the day?

  • Asia-Pacific nations sign sweeping trade deal without US

    Eleven countries, including Japan and Canada, signed a landmark Asia-Pacific trade agreement without the United States in early March in what one minister called a powerful signal against protectionism and trade wars.

  • Use a scalpel, not a bludgeon

    Indiscriminate tariffs are not the answer to the current US-China trade imbalance, especially as China’s once overwhelming competitive advantage has dwindled, says Dilip Parameswaran

  • Solar panels installed to provide electricity in Sumba Island, Indonesia.

    Stimulating supply

    Asia has been a laggard in the global growth of sustainable investments, but interest in Green financing is growing fast. The ADB is backing steps to boost both supply and demand.

  • Local markets: Recipe for integration

    Asia’s emerging capital markets offer a case study in the hurdles to regional integration. While local bond markets are now far deeper than they were before the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98, moving capital across borders remains a challenge.

  • Master Xianfan looks at robot monk Xian’er as he demonstrates the robot’s conversation function during a photo opportunity in Longquan Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing.

    Don’t fear the disrupter

    The rapid growth of digital technologies is bringing with it both fear and opportunity for Asian economies. Productivity gains should outweigh any loss of jobs, but Asia still needs to be on guard.

  • FINTECH: Betting on blockchain

    Advancements in financial technology are opening up new opportunities for fast-growing Asian companies to finance trade and expansion, but pose new challenges for the region’s regulators. How can blockchain technology help power Asian development, and are Asia’s central banks ready to embrace virtual assets?

  • A construction worker stands over the newly dried concrete and secure linking steel bars of the 5.58 kilometre elevated highway in Caloocan City, metro Manila, Philippines.

    Building consent

    President Duterte’s ambitious infrastructure programme may be laying the foundations for stronger long-term growth, but the government’s funding strategy is not keeping everyone happy.

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