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Modi-Trump meeting important to US national security and global economy: Lawmakers

The first day of President Trump’s visit to India projected a strengthened US-India partnership, a growing strategic and defense relationship and a much-needed and showy boost for both leaders, who have recently faced serious domestic political challenges, said Persis Khambatta, managing director of consulting firm South Asia BGA.

Taiwanese support closer ties with the US over China, survey finds.

Pew Research Centre found that support in Taiwan for closer political relations with Beijing was relatively low across the political spectrum, but support for closer economic relations with the mainland was more balanced.

Australia not as vulnerable to Beijing’s trade threats as it appears

Historically, it is in the direct aftermath of existential challenges that businesses, communities and nations re-examine the costs, benefits and extent of their security — and what insurance they require. In the aftermath of the coronavirus, resilience and security have become critical markers both for national and corporate resilience. Both are achievable, though neither will… Read more »

US-China geopolitical tensions a requirement for US to have domestic chip production: Strategist

Rupert Hammond-Chambers from Bower Group Asia says it’s worth watching how active the Trump administration will pursue the semiconductor industry as a choke point for the extension of U.S. national security. For example, Washington could leverage on U.S. semiconductor equipment to determine what customers TSMC can serve in China.

Taiwan

US-China geopolitical tensions a requirement for US to have domestic chip production: Strategist

Rupert Hammond-Chambers from Bower Group Asia says it’s worth watching how active the Trump administration will pursue the semiconductor industry as a choke point for the extension of U.S. national security. For example, Washington could leverage on U.S. semiconductor equipment to determine what customers TSMC can serve in China.

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Australia/China

Australia not as vulnerable to Beijing’s trade threats as it appears

Historically, it is in the direct aftermath of existential challenges that businesses, communities and nations re-examine the costs, benefits and extent of their security — and what insurance they require. In the aftermath of the coronavirus, resilience and security have become critical markers both for national and corporate resilience. Both are achievable, though neither will come easily or on the cheap.

Taiwan

 Taiwanese support closer ties with the US over China, survey finds.

Pew Research Centre found that support in Taiwan for closer political relations with Beijing was relatively low across the political spectrum, but support for closer economic relations with the mainland was more balanced.

India

Modi-Trump meeting important to US national security and global economy: Lawmakers

The first day of President Trump’s visit to India projected a strengthened US-India partnership, a growing strategic and defence relationship and a much-needed and showy boost for both leaders, who have recently faced serious domestic political challenges, said Persis Khambatta, managing director of consulting firm South Asia BGA.

“…the question remains as to whether Mahathir is willing to take a step back and let Anwar take the lead. One of the main reasons behind the collapse of the previous government was the distrust between the two leaders.”

Malaysia’s Politics on Display in One-Day Parliament Session, Bloomberg, May 17, 2020

Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
Director,
BGA Malaysia
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“…the question remains as to whether Mahathir is willing to take a step back and let Anwar take the lead. One of the main reasons behind the collapse of the previous government was the distrust between the two leaders.”

Malaysia’s One-Day Parliament Session Draws Criticism, Bloomberg, May 17, 2020

Adib Zalkapli
Director,
BGA Malaysia
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“Muhyiddin must formalize Perikatan. Otherwise, he will be a one-term [prime minister].”

‘Tick a box’: Malaysia MPs to meet two months after power grab, Al-Jazeera, May 17, 2020

Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
Director,
BGA Malaysia
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Other Articles and Publications:

Prashanth Parameswaran, The Challenge of Grading Asia on COVID-19, The Diplomat
May 12, 2020

Adib Zalkalpi interview on
Perikatan Nasional’s Big Test, Channel News Asia
May 4, 2020

Ernie Bower, as quoted in
Covid-19 pandemic leads some companies to rethink China exposure, turn sights on South-east Asia, The Straits Times
May 3, 2020

Akshobh Giridharadas and Vaman Desai,
After COVID–19: Manufacturing India’s New Economic Potential, The Diplomat
April 29, 2020

Mahathir and Anwar have since joined hands, saying “it’s time” to restore an election mandate they won two years ago and issuing a statement together for the first time since their government was ousted.“

“It would be foolish to underestimate Pakatan Harapan, especially Mahathir,” said Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani, director at BowerGroupAsia. “However, the question remains as to whether Mahathir is willing to take a step back and let Anwar take the lead. One of the main reasons behind the collapse of the previous government was the distrust between the two leaders.”

Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
Director, BowerGroupAsia Malaysia

Malaysia’s Politics on Display in One-Day Parliament Session, Bloomberg, May 17, 2020

Adib Zalkalpi, as quoted in
Coronavirus: Malaysians United in Fight, but Divided in Blame as Politics Rises Again, The Straits Times
April 21, 2020

Justin Sosne,
Companies Must Act with Moral Integrity and Courage in Face of Coronavirus, Medium
April 20, 2020.

Akshobh Giridharadas,
The Economic & Political Impact of the Coronavirus Could Be Devastating for the U.S., Stratnews Global
April 10, 2020

Justin Sosne,
Companies Must Help Accelerate Through the Curve, The Business Times
April 7, 2020

Sujeev Shakya,
Lockdown Musings: This is the best reflective time we have got—everyone needs to use it productively, Kathmandu Post
April 6, 2020

Akshobh Giridharadas,
From a Seafood Market to Global Markets: 2020 Has Become the Year of COVID-19, Observer Research Foundation
March 17, 2020