China’s policies leave the world reeling

The sense of panic is exacerbated by mixed messages — take the exchange rate

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Najib is too powerful for Malaysia’s good

Once a model of development, the country’s reputation is sinking and so is that of the PM

Modi must fire up ‘Make in India’ dream

A goal to increase manufacturing is overdue but the obstacles are formidable

Pragmatic Singapore can afford a little poetry

Renewal will mean developing a society where the cultural and political realms flourish

The ripple effects of China’s market woes

Clumsy intervention has had a chilling influence on global sentiment

Abe’s Japan inches away from pacifism

Conservatives still regard the alliance with US as the bedrock of security and prosperity

Beijing meets its match in the markets

Official attempts to stop the recent rout look reactive at best and ham-fisted at worst

Hong Kong and Taiwan’s electoral volcano

In the former, the magma is below the surface; in the latter, it is in active flow

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Upstarts that challenge power in Beijing

Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are three internet groups that have turned much of China upside down

US v China: is this the new cold war?

The Chinese programme of island reclamation is testing America’s reach

Euphoria grips China’s stock market

There is a fin de siècle feeling and today’s stresses are the most serious since the end of the 1990s

A development bank made in China

It is possible that the AIIB will even exceed the standards of existing development lenders

Rohingya people are the Jews of Asia

In the past few weeks, at least 6,000 refugees have been cut adrift in the ocean

India should carve its tax code in stone

A company thinks it has settled its bill, next minute it is being hit for billions in retroactive levies

Unforeseen effects of Chinese medicine

China’s new diplomacy is starting to look like soft power

Hong Kong’s umbrella evolution

China’s Communist party was never going to let a bunch of street protesters back it into a corner

An unsinkable Pacific alliance

The closeness between America and Japan, forged in the ashes of war, goes beyond the ideological

Malaysia is drifting dangerously

Najib must resist the temptation to clamp down on freedoms for narrow political interests

Japan needs a working hours overhaul

The corporate culture the country is stuck with is unsuited to the challenges companies face

Round two in US bid for Asian influence

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is just as likely to annoy America’s allies in region as reassure them


David Pilling David Pilling is the Asia editor of the Financial Times. He was previously Tokyo Bureau Chief for the FT from January 2002 to August 2008. His column ranges over business, investment, politics and economics.

He joined the FT in 1990. He has worked in London as an editor, in Chile and Argentina as a correspondent and covered the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.

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