The world is at the advent of a 4th Industrial Revolution. Advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, Big Data and the so-called Internet of Things, among other things, promise to upend business models around the world and change the way we live in unimaginable ways. But the re-emergence of nationalism as a potent force in geopolitical rivalry threatens the global spread of this new technological transformation. Asia will be an important battle ground in this looming ‘technology war.’
From the US block on Huawei to China’s block on Google, the two nations are competing for technological dominance in the 21st century.
The next major technology leap is being challenged by a resurgent nationalism. The US, China and EU must work together to find common rules and standards.
The wave of innovation around data science and machine learning looks set to trigger a new era of geopolitical rivalry.
As it sees the risks of domestic defense production being captive to the US alliance, Japan has quietly switched its aspirations.
National moves to submit foreign direct investment to greater scrutiny are a new battleground in the war for technological supremacy.
The challenges of the coming Fourth Industrial Revolution will require transformational thinking by South Korea’s government, businesses, scientists and educators.
Government intervention has caused problems, but it does have a role to play in solving inequality. Smart policies involving income transfers and taxes would help.
The policy of ‘income-driven growth,’ with its reliance on large, government-mandated increases in the minimum wage, have been an unmitigated disaster. It is time to focus on making the private sector more competitive, not less.
India faces a balancing act over other nations’ approach to the Indo-Pacific region. But it eyes with growing concern China’s increasing involvement in its traditional neighborhood in the Indian Ocean.
The idea has been percolating in the region for years, but the strategy and vision of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have evolved over time.
Peace-making has involved groups with little understanding of the historical complexity of the underlying issues. Meanwhile, the influence of China is lurking.
The choice of Vietnam for the Trump-Kim summit contained the intriguing possibility of a more positive narrative that could redirect North Korea’s future.
Joy after last year’s election has given way to disappointment and acrimony as the new government struggles with demons that have haunted Malaysian politics for decades.
In the wake of the elections, reformers targeted the peculiar role played by government-linked companies in Malaysia for change. Alas, little seems to have happened.
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