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Lu Ping:

Beijing’s 'Safest' Candidate Least Trusted in Hong Kong

Taiwanese writer Lu Ping, who served for seven years as director of the Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Center, Taiwan's cultural window in Hong Kong, comments on the former British colony’s first female chief executive.

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Fil-Canadian singer and Internet celebrity Mikey Bustos

Key to Viral Success: "Never give up."

Fil-Canadian singer and Internet celebrity Mikey Bustos shared his keys to viral success: "Never give up."

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Video

Nobuyuki Idei: How Technology is Changing Society

As the real economy erects trade walls, the digital economy is forging a world without national borders and upending the economic system that has gradually taken shape in the 250 years since the start of the Industrial Revolution. How technology is changing society?How artificial intelligence and robots can be integrated into daily living? How countries should respond to the challenges brought by technology? Nobuyuki Idei, Founder and CEO of Quantum Leaps and former Chairman of Sony Corporation, gives an opening speech in 2017 CommonWealth Economic Forum (CWEF).

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Singapore’s Low-Profile Diplomacy

The Superpower Balancing Act

China and the United States are battling for influence in Southeast Asia and the South China Sea. Sandwiched between the two, Singapore has kept its distance from both superpowers while fighting to stay competitive amid external threats.

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Singapore Sociologist Daniel Goh

Political Liberalization the Right Track

Singapore’s strong economy and social stability have fuel the city-state’s rise as ASEAN’s most advanced country. But as activist and sociologist Daniel Goh explains, political liberalization is now needed to deliver the innovation economy Singapore wants.

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People Tree

Slow Shopping Means More Joy

Fair trade starts at the source. That’s why the Japan-born fair trade label People Tree set out to transform the fashion supply chain, making Japanese society realize that buying organic, fairly traded garments brings more joy than pursuing the latest fashion craze.

Everyday Fashion

After four centuries, the fashion realm has descended from the top of the pyramid to embrace the 99 percent. And the 99 percent’s taste is sure to have a tighter focus on the “everyday.”

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Everyday Fashion

Tokyo Enjoys Life in the Slow Lane

Instead of chasing short-lived western trends, Japanese consumers are seeking a better quality lifestyle rooted in local culture. In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 and amid a prolonged recession, the Japanese have rediscovered the virtue of slowing down and returning to the basics.

Fanatical Shanghai

Fanatical young Shanghainese are bringing the world to Shanghai, from as far afield as Europe and America, and as nearby as Taiwan, carrying their cultural momentum forward, reproducing, tweaking and surpassing it… with the goal of taking Chinese design to the world.

Taiwanese Expats Find Success in ASEAN

Instead of looking for a job in Taiwan upon graduation, Justin Lee, a nutritionist by training, sought a more adventurous life in the Philippines to sell aquaculture feeds. Banker Alex Soung, who has worked and lived in Vietnam for 12 years, has used his language skills to become a sought-after foreign expert in the local banking industry.

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Students Looking Southward

Finding New Opportunities in ASEAN

Southeast Asia has rarely been considered by Taiwanese students as a place to get a degree or learn a skill, but many of them are finding out that studying there can open a wealth of opportunities and contacts. Three of them tell CommonWealth about their experiences.

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New Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang

Taiwan’s Democratic Innovation ‘Connector’

Audrey Tang will soon become Taiwan’s youngest Cabinet minister when she starts as minister without portfolio on Oct. 1 to lead open government initiatives. Describing herself as a “connector,” she is uniquely qualified to play this role. Here’s her story.

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2016 Greater China Top 1000 Survey

Taiwanese Makers Struggle as Chinese Tastes Move Upscale

As Chinese consumers develop a taste for the better life, Taiwanese manufacturers, who used to dominate China’s domestic market, are now being forced to transform themselves.

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Hon Hai’s Bold Gambit

In Hot Pursuit of Japanese Treasure

Hon Hai Precision Industry, the world’s biggest contract electronics manufacturer, is close to acquiring Sharp of Japan. What is behind Hon Hai’s willingness to risk it all financially to take over the venerated but money-losing Japanese electronics giant?

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Interview with George Yeo

Singapore After Lee Kuan Yew

Former Singapore foreign Minister George Yeo talks about Singapore’s history, the challenge of national identity, and why it is important to learn from young people.

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Speculation Frenzy

Cambodia: A Rose with Thorns

Investment in Cambodia from Taiwan, Japan, China and Korea has poured into Phnom Penh real estate market, chasing after returns of more than 7 percent. But while Cambodia may resemble a speculator’s paradise, would-be investors should tread carefully.

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Asia’s Last Economic Virgin

Myanmar: Gambling on Tomorrow

Five years ago when Myanmar opened its doors, optimism prevailed. Now, ahead of the country’s first real democratic elections, the mood has turned cautious. Seven professionals there look at where Myanmar has been and where it’s going.

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A Reformer Leads the New Indonesia

Jokowi Building a Maritime Power

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo heads the largest archipelago in the world. The country’s vast ocean area, dotted with thousands of islands, is an asset but also often hampers development. Jokowi, the country’s first president without ties to the political elite or the military establishment, is determined to turn Indonesia into a maritime power.

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DDK Group

Vietnam, I Hate Myself for Loving You

The Taiwanese company DDK Group, one of the world’s 10 biggest manufacturers of high-end bicycle saddles, lost its entire 18,000 square meter facility in anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam last May. Yet, despite the outrage and devastating losses, it has decided to stay. Why?

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Reaping the Benefits of Reforms

Indispensable Vietnam

Vietnam has aggressively engaged in economic reforms and liberalization to prepare for its membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and move its economy up the value chain. What new opportunities does that offer Taiwanese businesses?

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A New Southward Policy

Who will be King?

2015 was supposed to mark the completion of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). Instead, the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are facing their toughest challenge in two decades as weakening national currencies and dropping raw material prices jeopardize ASEAN’s economic take-off.

Group Aims to Help Foreign Laborers

One out of every 40 people in Taiwan today is a migrant laborer from Southeast Asia. Now a "migrant workers' business school” founded by Taiwanese youths aims to help them realize their dreams.

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2015 Greater China Top 1000 Survey

China's New Economy Companies Win Big

In this year's Greater China Top 1000 Survey, new names have taken the top spots in growth, EPS and profits, and China's new economy upstarts have dislodged the old guard.

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One Belt, One Road

Kazakhstan--Young Country, Old Soul

Kazakhstan, the largest country in Central Asia and a predominantly Muslim nation sandwiched between Europe, Russia and China, has unveiled an economic policy to overhaul the country's transport infrastructure in the face of China's One Belt, One Road initiative.

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The Asian Coffee Boom

Laos – Precious Aroma from the Colonial Era

You may never have heard how good it is, because French people in the know keep it secret. Grown in tiny quantities, yet ranking among the world's finest in quality, Laotian coffee is a heavenly brew.

The Asian Coffee Boom

As more people in Asia enjoy drinking coffee, the region has become No. 1 worldwide in the consumption of the 'blackgold,' surpassing Europe and the United States.

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Taiwan's Independent Coffee Culture

Soft Power, Percolated to Perfection

Taiwan produces relative few coffee beans, but it is a prime destination when Asians want to open cafés, roast good coffee, or grow premium beans. How has Taiwan gained renown as a premium coffee hub in such a short time?

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Taiwan's Diverse Families

I Call Taiwan My Second Home

Dang thi phuong lan, who is preparing to return to her native Vietnam after working for the same family for eleven years, recalls the highs and lows of her time in Taiwan, and how she came to see it as her home away from home.

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Taiwan's Diverse Families

Finding a Haven in Close-knit Family

Lai Lixia, one of many Chinese women who have made their homes in Taiwan, has found comfort and happiness in her close-knit family even if she is not always fully accepted by others.

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Taiwan's Diverse Families

Stan Shih: No Outsourcing Granddad's Role

In a large corporation you can make use of helpers as long as you delegate authority, but no one can take my place as a father and grandfather – there's nowhere to outsource this task.

Taiwan's Diverse Families

For many, the changing face of Taiwan's families can make family reunions over the Lunar New Year holiday difficult. But in this changing world, it may be finally time to let go of entrenched beliefs and accept people for who they are.

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Cradle of ASEAN Language Experts

Yunnan: The Place to Find Talent

It may not come right to mind, but the quickest route to finding skilled personnel to take on the ASEAN region is Yunnan, the one-stop shop for Southeast Asian language experts.

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City on the Rise: Phnom Penh

Adventure the Only Game in Town

Cambodia only awakened from its nightmare under the Khmer Rouge 30 years ago, but prices in Phnom Penh are already higher than in Taipei. Open to any kind of foreign investment, the city has become an adventurer's haven full of opportunities.

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City on the Rise: Dawei

The Indian Ocean's Shenzhen

The ambitious Dawei Special Economic Zone hopes to become Asia's biggest deep-sea port. Once it's completed, the distance between Bangkok and the Indian Ocean will be 90 percent shorter.

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City on the Rise: Bangkok

Gateway to the N. ASEAN Region

Railroads, highways, waterways and sea lanes linking China and the northern ASEAN region pass through regional hub Bangkok. Betting on the Thai capital appears to be a smart move for anyone who wants to invest in the region.

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City on the Rise: Kunming

Future N. ASEAN Capital?

The city of Kunming, located deep in China far from any coast, shares many ethnic, linguistic and cultural characteristics in common with Southeast Asia. The completion of major transportation infrastructure projects has transformed the city into a strategic center for making inroads into the ASEAN region.

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The Rise of N. ASEAN

Asia's New Trade Corridor

Strategically located between China and South Asia, the northern countries of ASEAN are planning a massive infrastructure binge with China's help that will change the face of trade in Asia.

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Local Japanese Economy at Crossroads

Is 'Degrowth' the Way?

Population decline is debilitating Japan’s local economies. But is economic growth the only way? Over the past decade an emphasis on interpersonal interaction, community development and happiness has gained rapid currency.

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Rallying for the Elderly

Living Out Life at Home Isn't a Dream

As Japan looks forward to becoming a hyper-aging society, the government has begun encouraging the elderly to "live out their years at home," integrating medical treatment and long-term care to forge environments preferable to old age homes.

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Battling a Declining Population

Japan Calls Women, Seniors to the Rescue

Japan's population is on the decline, with potentially disastrous consequences for the economy. Tokyo has responded with a population policy for the first time in 70 years that will put women and seniors in the spotlight.

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Israel's Military

The 'Glue' that Keeps Israel Together

In Israel, military service is more important than education. During training, Israelis learn to lift up their comrades, take on responsibility, and hone the problem-solving skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

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Taiwan + Israel

Synergy in the Making

Israel may be a hot investment destination, but Taiwan has been late in joining the bandwagon. Two Taiwanese companies active in Israel share three secrets for working with Israeli companies.

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Israel

Secrets to Startup Success

Why was Google willing to spend US$1.5 billion on a tiny five year-old Israeli startup? Why did Intel locate its largest overseas R&D center in Israel? The answer is simple: Israelis have little to offer, except their smarts.

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Greater China Top 1000

Chinese E-commerce Giants Surge

This year's CommonWealth Magazine Greater China Top 1000 Survey found that the competitiveness of Taiwan's companies continues to erode while Chinese e-commerce giants have remained on the ascendance.

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FTA Insights from Korea

Be Prepared, Be Competitive, Be Inclusive

South Korea has a strong infrastructure in place for negotiating and carrying out FTAs, but it wasn't always that way. The lessons gained over the past 20 years offer plenty for Taiwan to think about.

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Insights from Korea

The Beauty and Beastliness of Free Trade

With a vast network of free trade agreements, South Korea's trade volume has surpassed Taiwan's by leaps and bounds. Yet its society is polarized by a widening wealth gap. What lessons can Taiwan learn?

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Volatility in a Post-QE World

Indonesia: Fierce Tiger or Sick Cat?

Once touted as a BRIC country, Indonesia is now a member of the "Fragile Five," its economic weaknesses exposed by the retreat of hot money. What are the prospects for this country in transition?

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Taiwan's Flat Panel Industry

500 Days to Survive

Chinese and South Korean display makers will soon launch eight production lines for large-size TV screens in China. How can Taiwan's leading makers of LCD TV panels survive this offensive? What are their counterstrategies?

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Taiwan's Youth Exodus

Why Taiwanese Are Willing to Be Foreign Workers

Why would young Taiwanese want to work in Singapore as low-skilled migrant workers? Why would they still want to go even if they are exploited and treated badly?

Hope in Taiwan

These are simply not the worst of times for Taiwan – thanks to the many people rolling up their sleeves, taking responsibility, breaking new ground, dedicating themselves, and making a difference.

Japan Inc. Returns to Asia

South Korea has upstaged Japan economically in recent years, leaving Japanese companies feeling isolated and imbued with a sense of crisis. They are counting on Asia to get back in the game.

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Japan on the Rebound

Abe's Battle between Head and Heart

After six years in the political wilderness following a failed first stint as prime minister, Shinzo Abe is back, and so is Japan. CommonWealth Magazine takes an in-depth look at the keys to the two closely linked revivals.

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Greater China Top 1000

Crossing the Strait of No Return

China boasts 10 times more resources than Taiwan, and 100 times the limelight. But once a Taiwanese exec has made the move to China, they often find no way back. How can Taiwan retain its native talent?

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2013 Top Financial Institutions

Overseas Shift Leads to Record Profits

Bucking trends, Taiwan's financial sector has surged to its highest profitability since the global financial crisis, largely driven by opportunities farther afield, in China and Asean.

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The New Stars of ASEAN

Thailand and Malaysia Hit Their Stride

Southeast Asia now stands as the world's most promising market, and the brightest jewels in the crown are up-and-comers Thailand and Malaysia.

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Investment in ASEAN

Taiwan Goes on a Shopping Spree

Property, equities, bonds, currencies... the bull is roaming the markets of Southeast Asia, and ASEAN has taken the place of the U.S. and Europe in the hearts of Taiwanese investors.

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YTL Corporation's Francis Yeoh

The Man Who Brings Water to Bath

One of Asia's 25 most powerful entrepreneurs, he controls electricity transmission in South Australia and water services in southwest England. But what's on his mind right now is some down-home cooking...

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A Changing Continent

The New Faces of Asia

More than the center of the world's economy, Asia is the future, a stage on which a new generation of adaptable, connected and resilient Asians are living out their dreams.

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Global Magnet of Talent and Capital

Asia Ascendant

On the strength of its talent, opportunities, investment and new wealth, Asia is eclipsing the Eurozone and U.S., as a potential middle class of 3.2 billion reshapes the region as the world's biggest market.

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CoCo Fresh Drinks

800 Outlets Worldwide in Three Years

The orange and white CoCo Fresh Drinks sign has gone up in a thousand locations worldwide. The strength of its brand and personnel management is even enticing entrepreneurs in Singapore, South Korea and Russia.

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Indonesia

Taiwan's New Land of Opportunity

Indonesia is one of the world's fastest growing emerging markets and the place where Taiwan's high-tech companies are looking to drive future growth. What makes them so upbeat?

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Taiwan's Indonesian Immigrants

Unfamiliar Family Members

They are the neighbors, helpers and family members of the Taiwanese, yet to many they remain strangers. The single largest group of foreign nationals in Taiwan, Indonesians face many challenges fitting in.

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Internet Phenomenon NHN

The Spinoff Samsung Regrets

Nine out of ten smartphones in Taiwan are fitted with its Line app. It has left Google to starve in South Korea, and captured the hearts of Japanese gamers. What was Samsung thinking when it let this online juggernaut go?

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Korea's Economic Model

Leaving Taiwan in the Dust, at a Price

Once a poor second cousin to Taiwan, South Korea now exports twice as much as Taiwan. Why has Taiwan fallen behind, and what have been the costs of South Korea's rise?

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Kanazawa's Talent Cultivation

A Small City's Grand Vision

As the unrivaled center of traditional Japanese arts and crafts, Kanazawa invests massively in training artisans, and is committed to creating an environment where all residents can explore their artistic potential.

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Kanazawa, Japan

Tradition with an Innovative Twist

Founded 400 years ago as a cultural center, Kanazawa boasts a rich artistic heritage, which it lavishes with love, labor and generous investments. How is this city breathing new life into its creative and cultural industries?

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Five-star Free-for-all

Luxury Hotels Converge on Taipei

In the 1990s, the Regent and Grand Hyatt dominated Taipei’s luxury hotel market, but times are finally changing as new five-star hotels pour into the city. The question is, why?

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Taiwan Hitachi Co. Ltd.

Cultivating Taiwan, Creating Local Happiness

Among this year's highest ranking corporate citizens stands a decades-old member of a distinctly conventional industry – air conditioning.

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International Inspiration

Priming 12 Million Young Leaders

In Bangladesh thousands of children drown every year in monsoon floods. But one Olympic legacy program is teach youngsters to swim, and to save themselves when swelling rivers inundate their homes.

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Japan's Home Electronics Industry:

The Last Samurai?

From world-beater to faded glory, Japan's home electronics industry has come to an existential crossroads, and like fallen nobility maintains its sleek, shiny exterior, awaiting some nebulous shot at a future comeback.

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Witnessing Japan's Rebirth

Four Places, Four Faces

Nearly a year has passed since the Great Tohoku Earthquake. Through the eyes of a housewife, an engineer, a reporter and a volunteer worker, we look at how the lives of the Japanese have changed, the fears they face, and the lessons they have learned.

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The Four Newly Industrialized Economies

Stars of the Asian Century

The Four Little Dragons of East Asia have grown up. From centers of contract manufacturing, they have metamorphosed into centers of finance and trade – the "NIE-4" of Asia. But how can they parlay their wealth into equity and happiness?

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Bhutan's Big Government

Can Happiness Actually Work?

Forgoing the temptations of economic growth, Bhutan favors "Gross National Happiness" over GDP. But can it stop the material world from seeping into its national fabric?

Bhutan Wants Happiness – What does Taiwan Want?

Bhutan is committed to the well-being and happiness of its people. National development has a vision, concrete goals and ways to achieve them. Which road should Taiwan take in its national development?

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Bhutanese Youth

A Rebellious Generation Changes Bhutan

Unlike preceding generations, the Bhutanese youth of today are not content to live in poverty and rely on the government for help. They are symbolic of a changing Bhutan and the hope of achieving economic prosperity.

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Beautiful Formosa

Taking a Different Road

Traveling the length of gently curving Provincial Highway No. 1, CommonWealth Magazine witnesses the rising vitality of grassroots Taiwan, and discovers seven traits that enable countless Taiwanese to prevail.

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Legendary Masterpiece of Chinese Art

Reunited after Nearly Four Centuries

Split in two 360 years ago, the painting "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" has come together again at Taipei's National Palace Museum. What is the best way to take in this legendary painting?

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The Greater China 1,000

A Battle of Size vs. Quality

In this year's Greater China top 1,000, sales were up, but many mainstays failed to make the cut, as a titanic struggle of business philosophies unfolded. Which companies emerged as the biggest winners?

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The G2 – China and the U.S.

Tango on the Top Rung

In as little as a decade, China will eclipse the U.S. as the world's biggest economy. As America shares its superpower status with China, their often contradictory rivalry is becoming a decisive factor in the fate of Taiwan, and the world.

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The Industrial Standards Battle

China Sets the Rules – How to Win the Game?

Promoting its own standards and rewriting the game rules across a range of industries, China hopes to go head-to-head with the leading standards of the West. Once China can "call the shots," how can Taiwan reap the rewards?

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The Beef Bowl Wars

Japanese Consumers Take the Low Road

Once denizens of a primary battleground for top-quality branded goods, the Japanese are now tightening their belts. Yoshinoya's new low-end Beef Bowl speaks volumes about the Japanese market's sea change.

Asia
Bookoff Corporation

Redefining Japan's Publishing Industry

Japan-based Bookoff has developed a new model for selling used books that is changing the face of Japan's publishing sector and reading environment. What are the secrets of its success?

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Eric Chen

China's Trillion-Dollar SME Bonanza

Taiwan's "godfather of forex," now deeply engaged in China's burgeoning commercial banking sector, ponders the grand harvest that potentially awaits Taiwanese banks in China, and the strategies necessary to succeed there.

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Taipei's Songshan Airport

Soaring Again, with Direct Tokyo Flights

Things are looking up for Songshan Airport. With a new direct link to Tokyo, it's taking an ever-bigger bite of the commercial market pie, and Taiwan's importance in the Asian airline industry continues to rise.

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Japanese Lawmaker Yuriko Koike

Sharing Japan's Experience with Asia

Yuriko Koike, the opening speaker at the upcoming CommonWealth Economic Forum, is Japan's most high-profile woman politician, with her eyes set on the post of prime minister. What role does she envision for Japan in the new Asia?

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Vietnam's Noodle King Ly Qui Trung:

I Want to Create 'the McDonald's of the East'

With its sleek, modern interior, Vietnam's popular restaurant chain Pho24 is taking the traditional bowl of noodles to new heights. How did founder Ly Qui Trung win out against the multinational fast food competition?

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Taiwanese Business Looks South

Tapping Indonesia's Middle Class

As Indonesia shifts from exports to an economy driven by domestic demand, its Taiwanese business presence is also shifting from manufacturing to the service industry. What are the secrets to tapping this new source of wealth?

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Young, Bold and Confident

Indonesia, Vietnam: Asia's New Economic Stars

Indonesia is BlackBerry's fastest growing market in the world. Vietnam was chosen by Intel for its new US$1 billion wafer factory. How have these two countries become Asia's newest stars?

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The Quiet Princes

Carving Out a Kingdom in Vietnam

When their father took his own life, Albert and Arthur Ting suddenly faced the huge task of finishing his half-built empire. Shunning the spotlight, they have spent half a decade quietly constructing a sprawling new suburb south of Saigon.

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Secrets of Success

Korea's Unstoppable Conglomerates

The global market share of South Korea's biggest companies is on the rise. How have these chaebols managed to stay both big and flexible, and why are they so competitive?

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Amore Pacific

Exporting Korean Beauty

From Seoul's trendy Myeongdong shopping district to the vanity tables of Europe and America, the brands of South Korean cosmetics giant Amore Pacific are increasingly at home, as beauty becomes the latest Korean craze to sweep the globe.

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Hyundai Motor

Going Local, Giving Detroit a Drubbing

Last year as leading Japanese automaker Toyota plunged into crisis, South Korea's Hyundai swiftly seized the day, surging to fourth place in global rankings. This incredible "Hyundai speed" has since become the model to emulate.

Korea Sets Up Shop in China

Around 800,000 South Korean businessmen are presently in China, flexibly assimilating their companies into the Chinese business environment, and amassing US$140 billion in bilateral trade.

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South Korea

Dogged by War, Burning with Ambition

CommonWealth Magazine was in Seoul recently to find out how South Korea emerged stronger from the global economic meltdown and what its future ambitions are.

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Mayday's Ashin

A Dream that Fits to a 'T'

This time he's no pop star. Donning the cap of an ordinary small businessman, Ashin is spearheading one of Taiwan's most successful fashion brands. What does Stayreal say about the changing face of "Made in Taiwan?"

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The CommonWealth Economic Forum

A New Stage for Asia

In January 2010, the elite of the Asian economic establishment came together in Taipei to discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, in an annual forum with Asia as its focus.

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GIC Deputy Chairman Tony Keng Yam Tan

Asia's Most Mysterious Investor

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Tan gives his insights on the global economy in the aftermath of the financial crisis, and the opportunities for Asian banks.

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The Accountant with a Good Nose for China

Silas Siu-shun Yang

When no one else was gung ho about China, Silas Siu-shun Yang daringly expanded his accounting firm into China. And when Arthur Andersen collapsed, Yang again moved quickly to grab his stricken competitor’s staff in China. Where does this seasoned China hand see new opportunities in Asia in 2010?

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India's Tata Consultancy Service

The Pulse of Multinationals

Casting an eye across the globe, there is nowhere its shadow isn't cast. Its services may just lie behind that ATM card you use or that express delivery package you received. How does India's biggest information services concern intend to expand its presence in the Taiwan market?

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A Hot Trend Sweeps Asia

Vincci Shoes Conquer ASEAN

One Malaysian fashion brand is ruling the hearts of ASEAN, with footwear as well-made as Western brands, designed with Asians in mind.

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ASEAN Airline Thrives on Regional Routes

Air Asia – Now Everyone Can Fly

With the rising consumption power of Southeast Asia, many homegrown businesses are becoming regional giants with dominant market positions, by understanding local cultures and embracing an "ASEAN way of thinking."Air Asia is one prime example.

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The Greater East Asia Market

Where Does Taiwan Fit In?

ASEAN is now Taiwan's second largest export market, making Taiwan's participation in an integrated East Asia essential. The next five years will determine whether that happens.

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China's Southeast Asia Strategy

Nanning's Miraculous Rise

Within a short span of five years, a new regional cooperation strategy between China and ASEAN has turned the sleepy backwater of Nanning into China's glitzy gateway to Southeast Asia.

Taipei's New West Side Story

Steeped in culture and basking in a wave of urban renewal, Taipei's West Side is undergoing a quiet metamorphosis. A new gateway to Taiwan, a new oasis in Taipei, the city's West Side is currently standing on the threshold of rejuvenation.

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BRICs: India Innovates

Aravind: Efficiency in a Battle with Blindness

India has the largest population of blind people in the world. Aravind Eye Hospitals offer free operations for poor people, yet by maximizing efficiency can still turn a profit of nearly US$8 million a year.

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BRICs: India Innovates

Tata's Nano Ambitions

The ultra-affordable Nano means ordinary Indian families need no longer brave the rains squeezed together on a motorbike, and it may help Tata Motors ride the energy-conservation wave into Europe and North America.

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Russian Brainpower

Russian Brainpower

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the world swept in to scoop up Russia's skilled engineers and scientists. Now they have not only become behind-the-scenes movers and shakers in the global tech industry, they are also the key to Russia's resurgence.

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Russia

Can the Bear Rebound?

Reliant on its abundant resources to fuel an economic resurgence, Russia has been dealt a hard blow by the global economic crisis. Characterized in the Western media as a misguided, dangerous bear, can Russia regain its former glory?

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Taiwanese Business Frontier

Brazil Beckons

Already an important source of the world's raw materials, Brazil is taking shape as a new frontier of business opportunity, an increasingly important market for companies, and fertile soil for enterprising Taiwanese business people.

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Green Vehicles – Japanese Edition

Prius: Toyota's Green Parachute?

Toyota for the first time ranks as the world's number-one automaker, yet it faces declining market demand. The hybrid Prius is its only model bucking that trend. Is the eco-friendly car the shot in the arm Toyota desperately needs?

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Singapore

Asia's Grand New Proving Ground

With its active cultivation of civil servants, attraction of global talent and penchant for constantly reinventing itself, the tiny city-state of Singapore has many lessons to share.

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Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong:

Attracting World Talent

In this exclusive interview, Singapore's Prime Minister talks about staying competitive in a climate of constant change, being the beacon for liveable cities in Asia, and enticing a top-flight work force.

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The Vietnam Formosa Industrial Park

Taiwanese Business Sinks Roots in Vietnam

Amid Vietnam's current financial crisis, one industrial park was able to buck the trend, attracting an influx of large corporate tenants. What lies behind its success?

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The Vietnamese Investment Quagmire

Has Midnight Struck for Asia's Cinderella?

Once the new promised land for Taiwanese investors, Vietnam is now beset with a volatile stock market, hyperinflation, and high interest rates. What can embattled Taiwanese businesses do to win in Vietnam?

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Hsieh Yi Min

A Taiwanese Triumphs in the Japanese World of Go

Eighteen-year-old Go prodigy Hsieh Yi Min has stunned Japan by winning several major Go tournaments. Her rise to the top is a story of perseverance in a fiercely competitive environment.

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Creative Cities

Macao: Gambling for the Gold

While world-class casinos are showering Macao with wealth, many local residents of this former Portuguese colony question the price they must pay.

Asia
Creative Cities

Seoul: An Old City Embraces the Future

All of Seoul seems to be looking into the future, as the city's infatuation with broadband has turned it into a model of tomorrow's digital lifestyle.

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Creative Cities

Bangkok: Embracing the World with a Smile

Eight million people, eight million smiles. The most tolerant of Asia's cities, Bangkok is described by Westerners as a place you never want to leave. How does this internationalized city preserve its allure?

Asia
Creative Cities

The Rise of the Asian Hemisphere

Once minor actors on the world stage, Asian cities are now coming out from the shadows, with new creativity and vitality, making the region hot and hip.

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Feet in India, Eyes on the Middle East and Africa

Feet in India, Eyes on the Middle East and Africa

On the dirt roads of India, it’s hard to get around in dress shoes. In Taiwan, Synnex’s swift delivery fleet is its pride and joy, but in India they’re doing logistics the Indian way.

Asia
Continental Engineering Corporation

First India, then the World

The blazing hot Indian construction market has become the starting line in one Taiwanese company’s race toward a global presence.

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New Frontier for Taiwanese Business

India: Boundless Opportunities, Plenty of Pitfalls

Taiwanese enterprises have entered India in droves. But can they get a solid footing in this enigmatic country, and along with it, overcome their growing pains?

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Kris Yao's Passage to India

Seeing the True Essence of Life

Architect Kris Yao recalls the surprises, incongruities and moments of growth that happen while traveling in India.

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Asian Regional Economy

Commodities and Capital Goods Forever

Looking forward, it may be resources, capital and heavy industries, rather than traditional export industries, that drive the Asian regional economy.

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Vinod Raina

The Physicist Who Fights Poverty

Vinod Raina, an Indian grass-roots activist in education and rural development, talks about empowering local communities and building a global network of ordinary people.

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10th Anniversary of the Asian Financial Crisis

Asia Rebounds, Taiwan Slumps

Ten years ago, Asia was rocked by a severe financial crisis. Now the region prospers more than ever before. Yet during the same period, Taiwan's prospects have dimmed. How have other Asian countries been able to turn their fortunes around?

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Taiwanese Enterprises in Southeast Asia

Second Wave Southward

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The 'M' Strategy

China Makes Its Move on Southeast Asia

As China’s position in the global economy rises, its power is extending southward. This newfound relationship of mutual support with Southeast Asia holds deep strategic implications.

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ASEAN on the Rise

The New Asian Gold Rush

One of the earth's most complex regions, ASEAN is also currently the world's hottest market. Four major trends are behind this sizzling South Sea Fever.

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Taiwanese Universities

Curricula for Taiwanese Enterprises that have Branched out across the Globe

With a Southeast Asian economic boom fueling demand for business professionals, Taiwan's universities are recruiting large numbers of Southeast Asian students in what has become a new, lucrative trend.

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Executive Producer

Peggy Chiao's Lonely Trip to the Movies

While few Taiwanese show interest in Taiwanese films, internationally recognized filmmaker Peggy Chiao aims to prove that Taiwan can put out major motion pictures that move millions.

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Renewable Energy

Himin: China's Solar Giant

Once a traditional agricultural area in Shandong, Dezhou is now known as "Solar Valley". And at the vanguard of its drive toward renewable energy is Himin Solar Energy Group.

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Executive Turnover

The Fortysomething Killing Fields

In the Taiwanese business world, the people at the top often topple. What factors fill executive life with such peril? And what lessons should Taiwan’s management class learn?

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Haier Group CEO Zhang Ruimin

A Confucian Capitalist Goes Global

Haier is China’s most respected brand, and its CEO is the country’s most respected business leader. With a determined dedication to quality, China’s premier home appliance brand has now cast its eyes on the world…

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Academia Sinica's Y.T. Chen

Taiwan's Golden Decade of Biotech

Paladin of biomedical research Y.T. Chen talks of Taiwan’s scientific diaspora, and his strategy for turning biotech into the next economic boom.

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Public Service on the Rise

Taiwanese Savor Sweet Charity

Like many other places around the world, Taiwanese are discovering the joys of lending a helping hand, as the focus on “Me” gives way to a philosophy of “We.”