Uneven Post-Pandemic Recovery Amongst China’s Mainland Economies

Despite the global economic decline that was experienced in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China saw positive overall economic growth. However, it is seen that there are uneven rates of recovery between sub-national economies, especially pertaining to the secondary and tertiary sectors. Like most countries, China too had resorted to pandemic control policy measures […]

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Chart of the Week September 10, 2021: Enabling the Digital Economy: – Leapfrogging in Asia’s Infocomm Infrastructure

Summary In Asia, where there is a clear recognition of the benefits of broad digital access, we see that there are signs of rapid technological leapfrogging in Infocomm infrastructure. The Service Penetration Rate of at least LTE/WiMAX mobile networks in Asia has ballooned rapidly in the brief period between 2015 – 2019. In most of […]

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Are SMEs the answer to boosting Singapore’s innovation output?

Singapore’s continuous efforts to position itself as an innovation-driven and knowledge-based economy has been a prime priority in recent years. Over the past two decades, the Singapore government has undertaken a structural approach towards investments in Research and Development (R&D), through Research, Innovation and Enterprise plans, which are established every five years to dynamically work […]

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Chart of the Week August 27, 2021: Disparity in the percentage of vaccinations administered across Indian states

Summary There is a stark disparity in the percentage of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across Indian states. At the aggregate level, around 513 million total vaccine doses have been administered. However, this week’s chart shows that percentage of doses calculated by dividing the total doses administered by the latest estimated population available is more than 70% across […]

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Chart of the Week August 13, 2021: How does ASEAN view China’s economic influence?

Summary As souring relations between the United States and China continue to take center stage and grab all the geopolitical headlines, attention on ASEAN has increased. The region has become subject to a geopolitical tug of war, and despite its protestations, are being increasingly pressured to choose between the two superpowers. This situation makes research […]

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Book Launch: Annual Competitiveness Analysis and Impact of COVID-19 on 34 Greater China Economies

Despite being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, China’s economy expanded by 2.3 percent in 2020. The government effectively controlled the spread of the coronavirus through strict lockdowns and other social distancing measures. Fewer face-to-face activities also led to increased online activities and, therefore, a burgeoning digital economy. For the successes it achieved despite a health […]

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Chart of the Week August 2, 2021: Developed Countries Advocate More Liberalized Trade

Notes: Effective applied tariff is sourced from TRAINS Database through WITS and is UNCTAD adjusted. GDP per capita is computed using output-side real GDP at current PPPs (in mil. 2017US$) and Population (in millions) from PWT10.0. Summary This week’s chart displays the negative correlation between a country’s per capita income and the level of import […]

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Book Launch: Annual Competitiveness Analysis and Impact of COVID-19 on ASEAN

2020 has proven to be a tumultuous year for the world. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as a highly internationalized region, is naturally not spared from events. At the time of writing, vaccines for the virus have begun to be distributed worldwide in the hopes of containing the virus. Meanwhile, new and more […]

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Chart of the Week July 2, 2021: ASEAN Money Transfer Methods and Usage

Summary Payment behavior is heterogeneous across Southeast Asia, reflecting the region’s diverse and multifaceted population and levels of financial development. This week’s chart dives into payment behavior of individuals across select ASEAN member states. The data is sourced from the Global Findex Database (2017), which is the world’s most comprehensive data set on how adults save, borrow, […]

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