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February 20, 2018

Southeast Asia
Pence_Widodo_4.20.2017 Shifting U.S.-Indonesia Relations to a Transactional Approach

The U.S.-Indonesia relationship has often disappointed. It’s time to rethink U.S.-Indonesia ties and try to achieve real security goals, rather than make bold plans for cooperation that never come to…

August 21, 2017

China: Quarterly Outflow Measures Asia is Adding to its FX Reserves in 2017 (China Included?)

Perceptions often lag economic shifts. President Trump for example campaigned against China’s currency manipulation at a time when China was selling foreign exchange in the market, and thus didn’t…

May 8, 2017

Southeast Asia
Thirtieth ASEAN Summit Southeast Asia: Heading Backwards on Freedoms

The thirtieth ASEAN Summit, held two weekends ago, and this year’s fiftieth anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, offer opportunities to reflect on ASEAN’s progress—and the might…

April 20, 2017

pence-indonesia tour Vice President Mike Pence in Indonesia

On his current visit to Indonesia, Vice President Mike Pence appears likely to play a role he is quickly becoming accustomed to---the low-key, reassuring, figure who provides continuity in U.S. forei…

April 19, 2017

Jakarta Election Signals Erosion of Religious Tolerance

The rise of hard-line identity politics at the center of Jakarta’s gubernatorial election raises questions about Indonesia’s reputation for tolerance.

September 8, 2016

Emerging Markets
KRW The Most Interesting FX Story in Asia is Now Korea, Not China

China released its end-August reserves, and there isn’t all that much to see. Valuation changes from currency moves do not seem to have been a big factor in August, the headline fall of around $15 bi…

August 29, 2016

Monetary Policy
USDKRW-last-60days Is The Dirty Little Secret of FX Intervention That It Works?

Foreign exchange intervention has long been one of those things that works better in practice than in theory.* Emerging markets worried about currency appreciation certainly seem to believe it wor…

January 12, 2006

Asian central banks back in the fx market

Pretty much all of them.   It is 2004 all over again. From Dow Jones: Foreign-exchange traders said the central banks of South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore bought U.S. dollars Thursday, pu…

October 14, 2007

Why did China only add $100b to its fx reserves in the third quarter?

Chinese reserve growth, on the surface, seems to be slowing.   The q3 headline increase was “only” $101b – down from $135b in q1 and $130b in q2.   The actual slowdown is even more dramatic.    If Ch…

October 18, 2012

ban_ki_moon_rio_millennium_development_goal_what_comes_next Question of the Week: The Millennium Development Goals Part II

How should the next set of global development goals be chosen? Question of the Week posts review important questions and controversies in global development by providing background information and …