Here’s how India can become more integrated in global trade

Global commerce has been changing since the late 20th century. Rather than trade finished products, such as cars, countries now exchange parts and components that, together, produce a finished commodity.

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Belt and Road is not the only game in town

Belt and Road is not the only game in town for Myanmar. Without doubt, the scheme is important and relevant; nonetheless, it is just part of the opportunities Myanmar has access to. The government, businesses and other stakeholders should act decisively to seize the opportunities, within and beyond the Belt and Road.

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The rebirth of the Trans- Pacific trade deal

When Donald Trump, in one of his first acts as president, announced that the United States would not participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), many assumed that the mega-regional trade deal was dead.

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Thailand gears for Asia’s rising

Asia is on the rise. The region is fast becoming a global economic powerhouse. With more than one third of the world’s total population calling it home, Asia’s 4 billion strong is responsible for churning out roughly 30 percent of the total global economic output.

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ASEAN’s long road to protect migrant workers

Nearly seven million – or two-thirds – of approximately 10 million international migrants living and working in ASEAN come from within the region (World Bank, 2015).

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Mutual respect can solve rights problems

Human rights remain one of top global concerns in the era of globalisation. But given the different views of different countries on human rights protection, how can we effectively promote human rights worldwide?

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Dogs, diet, disease and decency

A major annual festival kicked off last Wednesday in a small Chinese city to celebrate the pleasure of eating.

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The underside of Uber

The car-hailing app Uber’s board members and investors have received an outpouring of praise in recent days for forcing CEO Travis Kalanick to resign.

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Microlending reduces extreme poverty

A small boost in microlending to the developing world could lift more than 10.5 million people out of extreme poverty.

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Respecting the spirit of democracy

The vast majority of Thais may not have been aware that Saturday marked the 85th anniversary of the day their country first tasted democracy.

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