The challenge for both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Gross National Happiness (GNH) is how to translate such ambitious goals into practical development plans and implement them – how to ensure theory turns into practice.
President of China Xi Jinping is making state visits to three European countries this week. Special attention is being paid to discussions concerning the controversial “Belt and Road Initiative” with the Italian government, as well as a possible visit to the Vatican. Taiwan is especially nervous about Xi meeting the Pope in the Holy See.
Taiwan’s fertility medicine has long enjoyed international acclaim, with many anxious parents from China, Japan, and Southeast Asia coming to Taiwan in hopes of fulfilling their dream of having children. However, as the market has become saturated, fertility clinics have begun to actively seek ways to sustain their businesses, adopting the electronics industry’s division of labor model via new modes of international cooperation.
TIMTOS, the Taipei International Machine Tool Show, was held in Taipei on March 4th to 9th. An interesting development is India is now the overseas market with the most potential for Taiwanese machine tools.
There are more bicycles than people in the Netherlands and they account for almost half of all journeys between home and work in the city of Amsterdam alone. It’s small wonder the country proudly calls itself the “unrivalled number one bicycling nation” in the world.
The elections for India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, are the biggest exercise in democracy in the world. As India’s population has boomed, organising the vote has become a vast logistical operation, costing tens of trillions of rupees (hundreds of millions of dollars).
Demand for electric vehicles in China is soaring. Nearly 1.3 million new energy vehicles (plug-in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids) were sold there last year – a 62% rise on 2017. To put that number into context, it’s estimated that as of September 2018, there were only around 4 million electric vehicles in use across the whole world.
The United States and China are jabbing and parrying at each other in the start of a “new Cold War” that shows no signs of abating over the short term. Meanwhile, regardless of how future negotiations turn out, competition between the two powers will surely set the tone going forward. Given this environment, how can Asian nations find ways to survive and thrive?
In July of 2018, Singapore’s largest health care group was hacked and the records of 1.5 million patients stolen. When a shocked Singapore took steps to address the problem, one of the key players it called for help was a Taiwanese company.
Tourism is one of New Zealand’s biggest economic sectors and its biggest export earner. In the 12 months to March 2018, international visitors generated NZ$16.2 billion (around $11 billion) for the antipodean archipelago. But while an overwhelming 95% of New Zealanders agree international tourism is a good thing, there are concerns that, if left unchecked, it could lead to problems.
As entrepreneurs weigh their options for relocating production lines and local supply chains, Vietnam seems quite attractive. “In the eyes of many entrepreneurs the trade war has turned Vietnam into the new China.”
Major electronics makers are desperately seeking new production bases as the U.S.-China trade war shows no signs of abating. For many, Vietnam is the top choice, with a powerful electronics cluster taking shape in the northern part of the country. We went there to find how what’s happening.
For almost 10 years, Beijing’s China Agricultural University has been running the Science & Technology Backyard (STB) project in villages across the country, allowing students to apply their academic knowledge to maximise crop yields.
Elderly crime is on the rise in South Korea. The number of crimes committed by senior citizens increased by 45% in the past five years, according to police and government statistics reported by the South Korean media.
How should Asian countries respond to Beijing’s burgeoning economic and political influence? CommonWealth Magazine spoke to India’s former ambassador to China, Ashok K. Kantha, to get his insight on how to deal with this rising superpower.
The fate of Taiwan’s tourism sector has been closely tied to the ebb and flow of Chinese visitors. But a closer look at visitor numbers reveals that future growth in Taiwan will likely come from other sources.
What China touts as the largest individual income tax reform in two decades seems to lessen taxpayers’ burden. However, the reform also closes loopholes and threatens draconian measures against tax evasion, making sure that Taiwanese expats don’t avoid a single penny in income tax.
China’s bullet train network is fast expanding, and it will soon extend under the sea. Officials in Beijing have approved construction of a 77km high-speed rail link between Ningbo, a port city south of Shanghai, to Zhoushan, an archipelago off the east coast.
Humanity is faced with more natural disasters, which last longer and impact more people than ten years ago. Climate change, population growth and urbanization are contributing to an increase in both the number and severity of disasters, with the Asia Pacific region particularly badly hit.
Would you move to a new city for $10,000? That’s the hope of an organisation that wants to lure workers to Tulsa in Oklahoma, as it aims to bridge a widening gulf between large metropolitan centers and smaller ones at risk of being left behind.
South Asia has the potential to become a hub of innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR): with its young population well connected to new global technological developments; opportunities created by the growth of 4IR technologies; and a large, educated labour market.
As the aviation industry continues to expand rapidly over the next two decades, growing demand for airline seats will outstrip the supply of qualified pilots. The biggest shortage will be in Asia where airlines have more new planes on order than anywhere else.
In Ethiopia, where just over half of adults are still illiterate, the chances are that many young children will never be exposed to books before they start school. Bruktawit Tigabu, a former primary school teacher and now the CEO of Whiz Kids Workshop, is determined to close the gap...with a puppet giraffe.
Every year 8 million tonnes of discarded plastic ends up in the ocean, and the situation is getting worse. According to a World Economic Forum report, under the current mode and growth of plastic usage, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean (by weight) by 2050.
Being accused of giving lower personality ratings to Asian-American applicants, Harvard University has been questioned for its commitment to defending diversity. Finding this revelation alarming, Jun-Han Su, PhD Candidate at Harvard and columnist at Crossing, calls for emphasis on 'true inclusion.'