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Established in 1999, Asia Briefing is dedicated to providing individuals and enterprises with the latest business and regulatory news, as well as expert commentary relating to conducting business in emerging Asia. Their products include news websites, magazines, business guides, regional guides and multimedia. Asia Briefing’s portfolio includes China Briefing, India Briefing, Vietnam Briefing, ASEAN Briefing and 2point6billion.com. All of Asia Briefing’s publications are available on the Asia Briefing Bookstore. Knowledge, expertise and commentary are provided by Dezan Shira & Associates, a specialty foreign direct investment consulting firm with offices in China, Hong Kong, India, Vietnam and Singapore, and liaison offices in Italy and the United States.

Lay Your Cards Down: China's New Silk Road

The Great Game takes another twist in Central Asia. By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Chinese President Xi Jinping has recently been busy in Central Asia, on a trip that coincided with a meeting in Kyrgyzstan to attend the 13th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). While many China observers concentrate on the nation’s political and trade dynamics with the United States and Europe,... Continue Reading

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Managing Your Business Through a Chinese Banking Crisis

In times of uncertainty, financial prudence is the best route. By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  There has been much talk recently of a potential crisis in China’s banking system, and several financial ratings agencies and analysts have suggested all is not well. However, the Chinese system is so opaque, it remains difficult to get a clear picture. Much of the talk and debate remains... Continue Reading

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Why India is Winning the Entrepreneurial Battle with China

Indian entrepreneurs are selling more cars in China than the Chinese. By Chris Devonshire-Ellis As China and India continue to show some of the world’s fastest GDP growth rates, both are also undergoing huge demographic changes. In some ways, there are similarities between the two, yet in others, completely opposite positions exist. Understanding these subtleties is key to working out... Continue Reading

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Restricting Capabilities: P2P Microfinance in China and India

P2P Microfinance platforms have the ability to bring prosperity to millions in China and India, but the ability of these organizations to create change is dependent upon the regulatory policies implemented by both the Chinese and Indian governments. Opinion/Commentary: Keith Hilden, with assistance from Dylan Waller   Microfinance is one pillar of the economy that Beijing and... Continue Reading

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Economic Costs of China’s Anti-Japanese Sentiment

As disputes over the Diaoyu-Senkaku Islands persist both China and Japan face huge economic costs. The Chinese government is aware of the need to avoid violent backlash and further breakdown in economic ties with one of its biggest trading partners, but the situation lies in the hands of the general public.  By Nicholas Clement During the recent outbreak of anti-Japanese sentiment... Continue Reading

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