Tehran, New Delhi agree to sign $2b railway deals

TEHRAN- Iran and India agreed to sign railway deals worth $2 billion, Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi announced   In an interview with IRNA in New Delhi, the minister who visited India in a three-day trip from January 10 to 12, said in his meetings with the Indian officials three important issues have been discussed … Continue reading Tehran, New Delhi agree to sign $2b railway deals

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Japan’s need for foreign labor to get dire as 2050 nears

by Reiji Yoshida As the nation struggles with a shortage of workers and an aging population, this is the first in a four-part New Year’s series examining Japan’s immigration policy. Tokyo-based Ips Inc. is a telecom firm specializing in business targeting Japan’s 250,000 Filipinos, the third-largest foreign community in the nation. Masako Uemori, one of … Continue reading Japan’s need for foreign labor to get dire as 2050 nears

Australia’s hard choice between China and US

Canberra has always deftly balanced between Beijing and Washington but it may soon need to choose one over the other By Lachlan Colquhoun   Australia has always believed that it doesn’t have to choose between its economic relationship with China and its defense alliance with the United States. But 2018 is already shaping up to … Continue reading Australia’s hard choice between China and US

Demonizing China will not deter its rise – or improve America’s

By Ken Moak America’s apparent policy failures and declining global influence could trigger more intense criticism against China, blaming it for everything under he sun. The first sign of this is US President Donald Trump accusing China of breaching United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions against North Korea with the flimsiest of evidence. Second, the … Continue reading Demonizing China will not deter its rise – or improve America’s

Global Shortage of Key Resource Could Doom Key Asian Infrastructure Projects

In the city of Kampot in southern Cambodia, the extraction of sand from an estuary on the Praek Tuek Chhu river is increasing and sand extraction is so common in Asia currently that the continent may deplete all of its sand in the not-too-distant future.   A 2016 investigation revealed that Singapore imported some $752 … Continue reading Global Shortage of Key Resource Could Doom Key Asian Infrastructure Projects