There is a curious dichotomy in the Narendra Modi regime’s energy policy. The government keeps rolling out policy after policy about how to get India’s buried coal reserves out of the ground and into the furnace. Read more

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Listening to Asia-Pacific leaders and geopoliticians these days is to largely hear long musings about China and what to do about this superpower in the making. Like that song from Sound of Music, “What Do You Do About a Problem Like Maria?” the refrain of these musings is basically what does the international system do about a country the size of China. Read more

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The World Bank’s Doing Business 2013 report is depressing reading. India has not risen in the global rankings, remaining the 132nd most difficult place to do business. It is a small miracle it has not fallen since in the 10 indices that determine ranking, it improved in only two of them, fell in six and stayed the same in two. Read more

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China has been a great economic story the past few years, but a diplomatic and political disaster. Between roughly 2006 and 2010 it successfully picked a fight, sometimes almost literally, with virtually every one of its neighbours. Read more

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I have been a long-standing critic of the Indian penchant for buying and hoarding gold. Read more

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Back in Beijing

Wandering through the central business district of China’s capital is to experience construction superfreakonomics. Read more

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In the Zone

In the capital of Western Australia for my second stint at the local university’s In the Zone conference, I’m reminded again how much the country’s only Indian Ocean facing state is determined to seek a worldview distinct from that of the more populous bits of Australia that face the Pacific. Read more

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I am a stolid believer that, in the long run, it is the health of a country’s private sector that will decide how well that country will do in the coming years. Read more

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I am one who believes that we are entering the last few chapters of the present Greek economic drama. But the larger issue of the eurozone’s prospects, forget about Greece’s, is another thing altogether. That could take several years to sort out. Read more

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I was in Pittsburgh for the G-20 summit and it was all about the rich countries, in bad financial shape, telling the next 12 or so wealthy countries: let’s share the power and the bills. That’s the way of the world. But the city of Pittsburgh got a passing notice from us parachute-journalists as well. Read more

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