Emerging Asia

Indonesia’s election results could be good news for China, as it is expected that the government will focus on infrastructure and human development projects (1), however it is unclear if Indonesia will be welcoming to foreign investment (2) despite plans to support their digital economy (3). However their expansive plan to move the government could pave the way for a more welcoming environment (4).

The Philippines are expected to create incentives for startups (5) and implement a legal framework to regulate digital payments (6). However, disputed claims between China and the Philippines could lead to an escalation of tensions (7).

Vietnam (8) and Singapore (9) have come out as some of the main beneficiaries of the trade war however they have also been singled out by the US currency manipulator watchlist (10) while Pakistan’s currency hits record lows against the USD (11).

Brunei has taken a page directly out of the leftist play book by citing “diversity” and “tolerance” as reasons the EU should respect their right to apply Sharia punishments (12), the West responded by boycotting the Sultan’s (13) hotels and turning Brunei towards China (14)

Duterte continues to take the stage with politically questionable statements (15) that even manage to make Trump look like a serious statesman. The Philippines has joined forces with Japan against China (16) as a fishing feud (17) and a hit-and-run (18) causes relations to sink. The Philippines is pushing back against unwanted trash from Canada (19), joining a growing trend in Southeast Asia to push back against Western trash policies (20).

 

References

  1. Indonesian election: What to expect from Jokowi in the next five years

  2. POLL POSITIONS: Indonesia’s April 17 Election and what it might mean for Business

  3. Jokowi to feed Indonesia's unicorns with tax breaks - Nikkei Asian Review

  4. Indonesia Considers $33 Billion Plan to Move Government From Jakarta

  5. President of the Philippines expected to sign bill that provides startup incentives – KrASIA

  6. The Philippines introduces its first legal framework to regulate digital payments – KrASIA

  7. China tried to stop Philippines building military facilities ‘to block US’E

  8. Vietnam stands to gain from trade war

  9. Singapore: Safe port in a storm

  10. Vietnam and Singapore face pressure from US currency watchlist -Nikkei Asian Review

  11. Pakistan's Currency Hits Record Low Against Dollar

  12. Brunei Cites ‘Cultural Diversity’ as Reason it Should Be Allowed to Stone Gay People to Death

  13. Brunei Hotel Boycott Gathers Steam as Anti-Gay Law Goes Into Effect

  14. Western outrage over anti-gay laws fuels Brunei-China bromance

  15. Philippines' Duterte REVEALS How He 'Became a Man' by 'Curing' His HOMOSEXUALITY

  16. Duterte and Abe come together to stand up to China - Nikkei Asian Review

  17. Duterte backflips on Chinese fishing access to Philippine waters

  18. China Should Sanction `Barbaric' Fishing Crew, Philippines Says

  19. Duterte threatens to ‘declare war’ on Canada over long-running trash dispute

  20. Treated like trash: south-east Asia vows to return mountains of rubbish from west