The Story of the U.S. Regime Change Plan in the Philippines

The Story of the U.S. Regime Change Plan in the Philippines

photo: Brian Evans As long-needed economic reforms are taking off in the Philippines, regime change plans have been prepared in the US State Department against a democratically-elected president who enjoys very high popular support.    During the Philippine presidential campaigns in spring 2016, U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg sided visibly with anti-Duterte forces, which led to several […]

The Changing Fortunes of the Renminbi and the Dollar

The Changing Fortunes of the Renminbi and the Dollar

Photo Last fall the International Monetary Fund announced that China’s currency, the renminbi, would be included in the basket of currencies that determine the value of the IMF’s reserve asset, the Special Drawing Right (SDR). The IMF’s statement appeared to confirm the rise in the status of the currency that could at some point serve as an […]

Philippines 2017 Or the Year of Living Dangerously

Philippines 2017 Or the Year of Living Dangerously

photo: Nicolas Raymond As President Duterte is rebalancing the Philippines’ economic and strategic policies, Washington is preparing plans for regime change. What the country needs is economic development, says Dan Steinbock – not geopolitical friction. After the election triumph of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines has initiated a series of economic reforms to accelerate development, decentralize […]

The New Trade Future in Asia Pacific

The New Trade Future in Asia Pacific

photo: Dirk Dallas Right after the Asian-Pacific nations embraced the dream of free trade in the regional Peru Summit, President-elect Trump buried it. Last weekend, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit made it clear that it would move forward with trade pacts; with or without the US. Right after the Lima summit, President-elect Donald Trump unveiled his […]

Japan’s Great Recession: Lessons for Today’s Global Crisis

Japan’s Great Recession: Lessons for Today’s Global Crisis

  photo: Nicolas Raymond The Land of the Rising Sun emerged from the prolonged stagnation of the 1990s by carrying out various initiatives such as deregulation, privatisation and fiscal consolidation; these methods remain relevant today for many developed and developing countries. For some developed countries, the crisis that began in 2008 was far from being the […]

China’s Q3 Indicates Cyclical Stabilization, Secular Challenges

China’s Q3 Indicates Cyclical Stabilization, Secular Challenges

photo: Allan Watt According to the third-quarter data, China’s economy grew 6.7 percent for a third consecutive quarter. Critics claim otherwise. Yet, the real disagreement involves business cycles and secular trends. China’s sequential growth is now at 7.2 percent; fastest in three years. Manufacturing and service sectors may have bottomed around 2015/16 and have risen since, […]

China’s International Renminbi Is Coming – Is Wall Street Ready?

China’s International Renminbi Is Coming – Is Wall Street Ready?

photo: Craig Engleson On October 1, the Chinese renminbi officially joins becomes the fifth international reserve currency. Until recently, Washington played geopolitics to defer the renminbi’s internationalization. But what about Wall Street? On October 1, 2016, the Chinese renminbi (RMB) will officially join the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) international reserve assets; that is, the SDR (Special […]

Japan’s Impending Monetary Exhaustion

Japan’s Impending Monetary Exhaustion

  photo: Jordon Cheung Japan’s monetary gamble and Abenomics are approaching the end of the road. Neither Brussels nor Washington is immune to the adverse consequences of Tokyo’s monetary exhaustion, says Dan Steinbock. Recently, Japan’s second quarter GDP growth was revised up to 0.7 percent, after four consecutive quarters of stagnation. But don’t set your hopes […]

G20: Overcoming Protectionism, Emerging Growth

G20: Overcoming Protectionism, Emerging Growth

  In Hangzhou, China began the push for G20 to overcome protectionism and fuel global growth prospects. That is vital to reverse stagnation in advanced economies and slowdown in emerging nations. On September 4-5, the leaders of the G20 economies met in Hangzhou. The summit had great symbolic importance that was easily understood in emerging […]