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Bottlenecks to Development: Challenges in the Mekong Delta

Bottlenecks to Development: Challenges in the Mekong Delta


Last week, ExSE took a hard look at the environmental challenges facing the Mekong Delta region and found that the prospects are not good. Due to unenviable geography and global warming, rising sea levels, higher average temperatures and irregular precipitation ...

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China and South Asia: Contention and Cooperation Between Giant Neighbors

China and South Asia: Contention and Cooperation Between Giant Neighbors


Are China and India allies or enemies in the South Asian economy? Well, it seems they are both; working together in healthy and profitable partnerships while maintaining armies in the contested China-India borders. This article explains the paradoxical nature of ...

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Yunnan to Spend 70 Billion on Infrastructure Development

Yunnan to Spend 70 Billion on Infrastructure Development


Yunnan lawmakers were busy over the past seven days, earmarking billions of yuan for building projects across the province. The vast majority of the money will be used to fund the ongoing construction of 26 major highways. Other money has ...

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Regional Roundup for the week of 7.18.14

Regional Roundup for the week of 7.18.14


The top stories this week included the formation of a $100 billion BRICs development bank in a major play to reshape investment in Asia and challenge Western-dominated financial institutions like the World Bank. It will be based in Shanghai and ...

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Burmese Hardwoods Logged to the Brink of Extinction

Burmese Hardwoods Logged to the Brink of Extinction


While swaths of virgin rainforests have been cleared to feed China's growing appetite for luxury wood, there are some regions, like Myanmar's remote northern forests, that have remained heretofore intact. This is about to change, predicts a new study, as ...

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The Coming Downturn of China-Vietnam Trade Relations

The Coming Downturn of China-Vietnam Trade Relations


I recently had a conversation with a high ranking officer in Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade whose work responsibilities include promoting and facilitating border trade and investment between Vietnam and China.  We have been meeting for years and despite ...

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