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April 23, 2018

Scourge Of The Seas: How China Is Tackling The Ocean’s Plastic Problem

As Earth Day rolls around again, whether we have seen Blue Planet II, or photos of whales and other sea life that have starved on a diet of ingested plastics, we are increasingly aware that ocean plastics are a menacing — and worsening — problem. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

April 6, 2018

Tariffs On Chinese Solar Products Hurt the U.S. Rather Than Help It — Here’s Why

President Trump recently imposed tariff increases on Chinese solar cells and modules, important components in solar energy generation. But in fact, the move may end up hurting the U.S. more than it does China, as it puts solar jobs at risk. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

March 28, 2018

Asian Companies Are Working To Protect Against Climate Change, But Will It Be Enough?

Asia’s success over the last quarter-century in export-oriented manufacturing has powered extraordinary growth and made Asia a key player in the world economy. Yet Asian companies and their extended supply chains are particularly susceptible to climate risk and resource constraints, notably from water. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

December 20, 2017

Artificial intelligence will change the job market and Hong Kong isn’t ready

Hong Kong is behind its Asian neighbors in how well it is preparing for artificial intelligence, as well as how flexibly its job market will respond to automation. By Asia Business Council Program Director Janet Pau.

October 17, 2017

China Gets That Going Green Is A Win For Job Creation. Why Doesn’t Trump?

In 2016, China accounted for roughly one quarter of the world’s total $329 billion of new energy investment, according to BNEF. More importantly, China sees the green energy transition as an important source of innovation. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

September 30, 2017

Asia Business Council Annual Survey 2017

Asia’s Chief Executive Perspectives The Asia Business Council’s twelfth annual survey of members was conducted in July 2017. With an overall response rate of 85%, the majority of members (55%) are expecting business conditions to remain about the same in the next 12 months. Additional highlights: Optimism is at its highest level in three years,

September 25, 2017

Artificial Intelligence in Asia: Preparedness and Resilience

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has begun to transform businesses, jobs, and economies. Machines are increasingly able to perform tasks that only humans could do previously—often more quickly and accurately, too. Significantly, they are also starting to generate results or insights by themselves when given access to data, without being explicitly programmed. AI presents an enormous opportunity—those

August 17, 2017

For South Asia, Rising Temperatures In India And Pakistan Could Bear Deadly Consequences

Last year was the hottest ever recorded, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is dangerous news for the entire world, but especially for South Asia, where rising temperatures are a matter of life or death. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

June 28, 2017

Mark Clifford: The Greening of Asia

Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford talked about the economic rise of Asia, why economic growth has been such a disaster for the environment, his book The Greening of Asia: The Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency, and whether China is ready to fill the global leadership role in fighting climate change.

June 13, 2017

As Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam must lead the charge against gender barriers in the workplace

Getting more women into jobs by addressing workplace gender discrimination and the pay gap are priority issues for an ageing Hong Kong seeking economic transition. By Asia Business Council Program Director Janet Pau and Princeton in Asia Fellow Joanna Sobolewska.