The request marked a small but potentially significant move toward China's engagement with the National Unity Government.
The move was less about coal shortages than about reminding Indonesia's private sector who is in charge.
Sri Lanka has a lot to learn about entering agreements with international companies – and the repercussions of violating them.
The move could suggest the impending imposition of economic sanctions on the country's state oil and gas enterprise.
As China’s infrastructure improves further, it’s going to be harder than ever for U.S. multinationals to move to underdeveloped countries like Vietnam and Indonesia.
The shift is a major breakthrough for activists seeking to strangle the military government's main source of revenue.
Many companies are hard pressed to stay afloat, as thousands of Afghans flee the country each day.
The Indonesian rail operator KAI remains one of the country’s more well-run and capable state-owned companies.
Pressure from Washington to align with the U.S. decoupling effort is growing, but it's a tall order for South Korea.
A new DRI Trendlines looks at demographics of three leading Asian powers, and how key variables paint a complicated and, in large parts, pessimistic picture.
There are numerous shortcomings with the view that RCEP constitutes an incontrovertible geopolitical victory for China, much less a big win.
To become a global leader in standard-setting, China first needs to focus on domestic standards.
Analysts expect a slowdown in 2022, but some sectors will buck the overall trend.
In recent weeks, both Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have signed agreements with Afghanistan on energy supplies in 2022, despite unplanned outages.
Hint: Urging companies to hike wages won’t do the job.
The central government has ordered authorities in Mizoram and Manipur to clamp down on the surge of illicit trade.
According to Justice for Myanmar, U.S. companies imported nearly 1,600 metric tons of teak between February and December of last year.
The first version of the bloc’s classification system would facilitate investment in environmentally sustainable activities, but human rights are not yet on the table.
Unresolved disputes have prompted the region to look to Seoul to acquire stronger maritime deterrents.
The ban, imposed due to critically low stocks at domestic power plants, sent tremors through global coal markets.
Protests over gas prices have quickly spiraled into nationwide unrest, resulting in the first-ever intervention by the CSTO in one of its member states.
The inauguration of the long-promised rail line offers Beijing a chance to burnish its image in mainland Southeast Asia.
Tighter customs clearance procedures have led producers to dump truckloads of fruit by the roadside.
The terminal is located near the strategic Trincomalee port, one of the world’s finest natural harbors.
The fast-spreading coronavirus variant is clouding the region's economic recovery.
Dismal trade figures for 2021 attest to the toll the North’s border closures are taking on its food supply.
The Canadian mining firm confirmed that it is in discussions with Bishkek over the fate of the mine.
Europe must resist Chinese economic coercion with one voice.
Parsing the biggest economic challenges for China, Japan, and India.
The competition to become the main player in the production of EVs in Southeast Asia is starting to heat up.
The country's reputation as a global black spot for forced labor could soon begin to affect its bottom line.
Health authorities have recommended that the suspension of a quarantine-free travel scheme be extended until January 31.
The move speaks to the political and economic importance of coal, and the difficulty Indonesia will have in organizing a transition to renewable energy.
The real estate downturn and inflation will cause headaches in the new year, while the emphasis on common prosperity continues.
The Taiwanese government has not paid sufficient consideration to migrant workers.
The pearl is a symbol of all of China’s economic factors combined.
The Philippines has long led its Southeast Asian neighbors in the privatization of public services.
The Himalayan country needs Chinese investment and the Indian market to tap the full potential of its hydropower sector. Can Nepal walk the fine line?
One key effort must be developing a robust financial sector that can facilitate access to affordable finance for the SME sector.
India is not completely dependent on Chinese technologies in its power plants, but New Delhi wants to further decrease what reliance does exist.
Suspended financing has put a joint project to build dams in Patagonia on hold. The two sides need to act quickly to resolve the issue.
Its government is playing an unusually active role in setting up the country's next-gen telecom networks. But will it succeed?
The move came a day after the country's health authorities identified the first local transmission of the new variant.
Relations between Beijing and China’s tech giants have been complex and in flux for many years. But recently the government has taken a much clearer approach.
The Thai Transport Minister says the design for the second phase of the line is now complete.
The Lagos-Ibadan train line joins a list of disjointed infrastructure projects taken up on the African continent by Chinese firms.
The budget largely is to fund COVID-19 measures, including booster shot vaccines and cash payouts.
Kumtor update: revenues are down, Kyrgyzstan is suing Centerra, and Akayev is off the hook.
China is the most willing to deploy the widest range of economic tools in response to a geopolitical conflict. What can the U.S. do?
The limited opening ends an 18-month shutdown that has had serious impacts on the country's economy.
Aid channeled through the Islamic Development Bank would provide a cover for countries to donate without dealing directly with the Taliban regime.
What were the major developments and events that drove geopolitical trends in Asia in 2021?
The election results will determine South Korea's approach to cutting-edge technology like AI, Internet of Things, and the metaverse.
The character for stability (稳) appeared 25 times in the summary notes for the 2021 Central Economic Work Conference, which outlines the government’s economic goals for the coming year.
On January 1, 2022, RCEP will take effect and should serve as a key engine of trade and economic recovery for the entire region.
The Kishida administration has emphasized economic security, but what does it mean?
Xi Jinping has been clear that China’s old economic model is a thing of the past. The new one, however, is only starting to take shape.
Unlike the U.S. and Europe, the nation is much less directly integrated into global supply chains.
How green can the steppe become?
Beijing is taking a legal sledgehammer to the AI industry – at the expense of its own tech companies.
The shift to a post-pandemic era is at the center of Kishida’s new economic stimulus package, but the spread of Omicron threatens to derail Japan’s recovery.
As COVID-19 restrictions ease in Southeast Asia, illegal wildlife traders are poised to make a comeback.
Both domestically and internationally, class struggle prevents North Korea from integrating into the world economy.
A trip on the maiden journey of the $5.9 billion Laos-China Railway.
North Korea is stepping up health surveillance as well as tightening already severe restrictions on cross-border trade.
Parsing Ecuador’s $50 million project and the future of the China-led development bank in Latin America.
Australia's development engagement with Cambodia and Myanmar offers an object lesson in how not to do aid.
Liquid natural gas could help Vietnam wean itself off coal while satisfying its growing demand for electricity.
Enforcing the deal could ironically prove to be its undoing. What options does Washington have?
The success of North Korean renewable energy projects will depend on the willingness of key allies, such as China, to facilitate.
The listing sends the message that the government is willing to make room for the safe investment of private capital in Indonesia.
Since its IPO on the NYSE, Didi has been the target of investigations and penalties from China’s Cyberspace Administration.
The Quad may still be a mist-covered structure but Indo-Japanese cooperation against China is becoming more concrete.
Seoul’s approach to pandemic relief is colored by the formative experience of the 1997-98 crisis.
The $5.9 billion railway, an impressive feat of Chinese engineering, is set to tie Laos ever closer to its northern neighbor.
In many ways, the two nations are natural partners in the development of green energy sources.
Analyzing Chinese dams in Laos provides insight into the local origins and drivers of the BRI, particularly along China’s borderland regions.
Though often overshadowed by China’s advances in technology, the state-directed strategy to set technological standards will have a lasting impact.
Accession to the Eurasian Economic Union provided some relief to Kyrgyz migrant workers, but difficulties remain.
If approved, the merger between the two firms will create the country's largest telecommunications firm.
Insights from Brad Parks.
The case of Africa’s agricultural exports to China highlights the progress made through FOCAC agreements -- and the road still left to travel.
Increased conflict between Kyrgyz citizens and Chinese mining companies highlights the necessity of more careful cooperation.
China’s bond market appears hampered by unpredictable default mechanisms, non-standardized bond covenants, and unreliable bond ratings.
Pakistan’s opening of the overland trade route to Indian humanitarian aid to Afghanistan came on the Taliban’s nudging.
Since North Korea slammed its borders shut in the initial stage of the pandemic, it has made several motions toward resuming normal trade. None has panned out.
Diversifying the economy, which is massively dependent on oil and gas, is the biggest task facing Timor-Leste. The time is now, and every second counts.
PTT is a multi-billion-dollar behemoth entirely structured around the exploration, processing, and trading of fossil fuels. So why is it leaning hard into the EV sector?
Recent missed payments show why these are some of the riskiest assets in China.
While loans take the lion’s share of the focus, Chinese FDI in Africa has also been growing at a rapid clip.
Food prices have soared as a result of the Pakistani government implementing IMF conditions.
Data centers caused a spike in electricity demand, while the country is still dependent on coal.
The unprecedented misery of Pakistani citizens is aggravated by the lack of sympathy from the government as it refuses to accept its contribution to record inflation.
Quarantine, confusion, and red tape dash hopes of tourism reboot in Bali.
The agricultural sector’s struggles with water scarcity presage wider troubles in Kyrgyzstan if infrastructure and policies cannot be fixed.
A new DRI report situates the marquee Belt and Road Initiative project within the overall state of Pakistan’s economy.