High hopes among Scandinavian backers of ‘Ice-Silk Road’ west

Report submitted on vital 'Arctic railroad' link that could be part of a 'maritime silk route in the north' By Doug Tsuruoka Editor at Large Supporters of an ambitious plan to build a railway between Rovaniemi in Finland and Kirkenes in Norway that would serve as an Arctic gateway for China’s Belt and Road project … Continue reading High hopes among Scandinavian backers of ‘Ice-Silk Road’ west

Australia wins big under revised TPP deal

By Giovanni Di Lieto   The revived trade agreement now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has finally made it across the finish line. It’s a considerable win for Australian farmers and service providers, in a trading area worth about A$90 billion (US$72 billion). The 11 remaining countries from the … Continue reading Australia wins big under revised TPP deal

What Prevents Japanese Investors From Boosting Ties With Russian Far East

Russia's Far East is seeking to attract foreign investment from the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. While China and South Korea have jumped at the opportunity to boost business ties with Russia, Japan is seemingly demonstrating hesitance. Russian and Japanese commentators shared their views on how to cope with the dilemma. While the business environment … Continue reading What Prevents Japanese Investors From Boosting Ties With Russian Far East

EU With Japan against China

TOKYO/BRUSSELS/BERLIN(Own report) - With the conclusion of their free trade agreement, the EU and Japan are about to establish the world’s largest free trade zone. As was reported, the agreement between the two highly export oriented economic blocks, generating nearly 30 percent of the global economic output, could already take effect in early 2019. According … Continue reading EU With Japan against China

Nikkei’s 2017 rally papers over missing link: wage growth

Little is afoot in Tokyo to create the sustainable domestic demand-led growth that has eluded the Japanese economy for two-plus decades By William Pesek   If we can discern a “Trump Doctrine” one year in, it’s that a surging stock market absolves all manner of sins. As Russia probes heat up, indictments fly and Donald … Continue reading Nikkei’s 2017 rally papers over missing link: wage growth