Investigating the players, institutions and narratives driving Asian political and economic dynamics
Mainland China’s capital markets are not entirely akin to their Western counterparts: the regulator of the two stock exchanges (the Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission, or CSRC) is directly affiliated with the government; the main players are state-owned enterprises (SOEs) rather than private corporations; and political and economic stability are prioritized over the liberalization of market forces. Recently, the connection between politics and financial markets has been under global scrutiny due to the blockage of the IPO of Ant Group, magnate Jack Ma’s fintech giant, by Chinese elites fearing an excessive risk of volatility.
If one takeaway of the Myanmar election of 2020 is the unquestioned adoration of the country for its icon Aung San Suu Kyi, another is surely the West’s poor understanding of this country, its ethos and its complex history. From August, while international journalists, consultants and political analysts were busy forecasting chaotic scenarios of a weakened NLD (the National League for Democracy, the party of Aung San Suu Kyi), and speculating about unlikely coalitions with ethnic and military-backed parties, a red river of NLD flags, T-shirts and stickers (including red face masks) was flooding every corner of Myanmar, with flocks of young supporters celebrating Suu Kyi’s success weeks before the election day.
Giovanni B. Andornino and Giuseppe Gabusi took part to the online seminar “50th Anniversary of Sino-Italian Relations”, jointly organized by the Center for Mediterranean Area Studies, directed by Enrico Fardella, and the Institute of Area Studies of Peking University. The event was mentioned in a report by Chinese Social Sciences Net (CSSN).
[IT] Il Sud-Est asiatico è un’area geografica di grande importanza per il Giappone. Dal punto di vista economico, l’ASEAN è il principale partner commerciale di Tokyo dopo la Cina e gli Stati Uniti, nonché uno dei centri nevralgici delle catene globali del valore per fornitori e reti di imprese giapponesi. Negli ultimi anni, come ha dimostrato il recente summit bilaterale tra il Giappone e l’ASEAN, l’attenzione nipponica verso la regione è suscitata dalla volontà di controbilanciare la presenza cinese nelle reti infrastrutturali e dalla necessità di incrementare le relazioni politiche e culturali.
Ma Ma Lwin is a talented Myanmar entrepreneur. With her gentle manners and her ‘light version’ of Myanmar dishes, intercepting the Western tastes of a growing group of expats willing to experience the local food, she has transformed an abandoned rooftop in a Muslim district near downtown Yangon into a successful restaurant. In early 2020, it was time for her to scale up. With the money she had earned, she opened a new restaurant in the heart of the old city, paying advance rent for the whole year. But as Yangon enters its ninth month of lockdown, and expats have left the country en masse, Ma Ma Lwin is now nearly broke.
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Quarterly journal investigating the extended concept of security and the human dimension of conflict
The TOChina Spring Seminars are held, in English or Italian, every year in the context of the graduate courses in “International Relations of East Asia” (Prof. Giovanni B.... Read More
Stefano Ruzza (T.wai & Università di Torino) illustra i recenti sviluppi della crisi in Myanmar e presenta il proprio ultimo lavoro sulle vicende birmane.... Read More