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August 27, 2021

Networks for a Resilient Future: An Asian Perspective

In 2021, resilience is undoubtedly top-of-mind for business leaders as they face the COVID-19 pandemic and threat of climate change amidst a precarious geopolitical environment. While corporate resilience is the capacity of an individual company to transform nimbly, rebound quickly, and prepare effectively for dramatically changed circumstances, collective resilience refers to the capacity of multiple

September 3, 2021

What Would a Cashless Society Mean for Asian Consumers?

Technology and COVID-19 have led to increasing adoption of cashless transactions. More and more, consumers are buying online, and vendors are rushing to adjust their business models to accommodate remote buying and touchless payments. In the face of this change, what does going cashless mean for different economies?

September 4, 2021

Asia Business Council Annual Survey 2021

This year’s survey indicated a historic rise in business optimism in Asia driven by a belief that the pandemic-driven downturn has finally hit bottom. Most businesses see demand for their products on the upswing. Yet this optimism is tempered by acknowledgement of external risks. Geopolitical tensions and the emergence of new and more dangerous virus

June 24, 2021

“Asia’s Challenge 2030” Global Essay Competition: A Compendium of Award-winning Essays

The “Asia’s Challenge 2030” Global Essay Competition challenged students across the world to answer the question: How would you address some of the most important issues in Asia in the coming decade? Participants were asked to tackle a problem in one of three categories: Economy, Trade, and Finance; Environment and Public Health; and Cities and

June 2, 2021

Asia Business Council Members Come to Aid of India and Call on International Business Community to Address the Humanitarian Crisis

In May 2021, as India witnessed a deadly surge in COVID-19 cases, Asia Business Council members took immediate action to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow members in India and help alleviate a humanitarian disaster of extreme proportions. In response to an appeal letter from Council Chairman Daniel Tsai and Vice-chairman Tak Niinami, members made donations to

February 22, 2021

Measure, Manage, Disclose: Asia’s Corporate Path to Net-Zero Emissions

Blunting the impact of climate change is our time’s greatest challenge. The landmark 2015 Paris Agreement on climate pledged to keep the rise in global temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The overall Paris pledge is the sum of individual country pledges, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), to drive decarbonization. But,

July 21, 2021

US-China relations: how business can help write the new rules of engagement

The deteriorating bilateral relationship can benefit from expert input from the business community as Beijing and Washington redraw the lines in strategic industries. Business ties can also play a stabilizing and humanizing role as dialogue channels shrink elsewhere.

June 15, 2021

How Hong Kong’s family offices can use impact investing to help fight wealth inequality

There is a growing trend of family investors supporting local entrepreneurs and giving back to society. For family offices that are equipped with the right know-how, impact investing can promote the kind of social mobility that is increasingly rare in this city.

June 16, 2021

China’s Ministry Of Ecology And Environment Responds To Concerns Over Damaged Fuel Rods At Taishan Nuclear Plant

Against a backdrop of electricity shortages in China’s most important provincial economy, a report of a possible radiological leak from China’s Taishan nuclear reactor is raising questions about safety and transparency of information.

April 24, 2021

China’s Central Bank, Known As The ‘Central Mother,’ Calls For Relaxing Restrictions On Family Size

Chinese policy makers are increasingly worried that the country’s rise could be stymied by the same demographic factors that bedevil Japan, which has become the poster child for an aging society.