A useful and realistic digital agenda for APEC 2023
By Nigel Cory, Associate Director, Trade Policy, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
A cost-benefit analysis of China’s overseas trade zones
By Maria Adele Carrai, Assistant Professor of Global China Studies, NYU Shanghai
Public policy imperatives for value chain upgradation
By Riccardo Crescenzi, Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics and Oliver Harman, Cities Economist, International Growth Centre, University of Oxford
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Dark waters: China and India are bidding up Russian oil salesPrice monitoring agencies have failed to adapt to a market where Russian oil no longer sells through traditional channels. Russia's ports of Kozmino and Primorsk appear to be major outlets for sales to China and India, shaking up supply chains in . . .
How Starlink and satellite internet are reshaping geopolitics in spaceThe US-China geopolitical rivalry is fueling an internet space race that is driving a technology revolution in low earth orbit satellites, which promise to bring high-speed internet to every square inch of the planet. The technology has been pivotal . . .
Foreign investment has helped to deliver growth in Southeast Asia – can it also deliver sustainable development?Beyond capital and jobs, foreign direct investment (FDI) has made significant contributions to sustainable development in Southeast Asia. Yet, the benefits of FDI have not been felt evenly across economies and societies; it can even create risks of . . .
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Global Rankings of International Trade Master's Programs
The QS International Trade Rankings help students to identify programs that will secure them employment and accelerate their trade careers, enable companies to hire work-ready talent, and provide universities with comparability, recognition and the means to enhance their global trade programs.
INSEAD Master in Business Administration
INSEAD shapes leaders who are equipped to tackle world-scale challenges and advance business as a force for good. Its values are aligned with those of the Hinrich Foundation. Scholars are up-and-coming executives looking to advance sustainable trade . . .
Hinrich Foundation Alumni Association
We established the Hinrich Foundation Alumni Association (HFAA) to stimulate regular exchanges between young trade leaders committed to advancing sustainable global trade. Led by the Alumni Leadership Committee, the HFAA is a community of people who . . .
Georgetown Master of Science in Foreign Service
Through this generous partial tuition scholarship, we aim to empower future leaders in government, business and civil society to advance trade in consideration of balancing economic, social and environmental implications. The campus in Washington, . . .
2023 Journalists Trade Training
Taking place from 23 to 26 July in Singapore, the NPF International Trade Fellowship 2023 is a four-day journalism training workshop offered in partnership with the National Press Foundation (NPF). 25 Asia-based journalists will embark on an . . .
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Objective analysis of trade trends and issues, short-courses, Masters in International Journalism Studies (MAIJS) scholarships and an award for distinguished reporting on trade.
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Media come to us for fresh thinking and deep analysis into the issues impacting global trade outcomes. Read our recent experts’ commentaries. Drawn from a wide range of disciplines and sectors, our experts offer valuable views and opinions on achieving sustainable global trade.
Featured our analysis on the prospect of a ‘rainforest OPEC’ by contributor Henry Storey and Director of Research Chuin Wei Yap. "The Hinrich Foundation speculated that the existence of large carbon sinks in the form of forests could lead to a substantial increase in economic power for the "Global South."
Chinese spy balloon saga reveals US and China as weak and unprepared, experts believe
Cited Stephen Olson's analysis on whether the spy balloon debacle would derail Biden’s China strategy. "Perhaps the most salient takeaway...is that neither side feels it is in a particularly strong position at the moment. Attempting to calm the seas – at least for now – serves the best interests of both."
China’s South America free-trade deal to have ‘clear impact’, but may irk US by seeking opportunities in its ‘backyard’
The election of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as president of Brazil has raised the possibility of a free-trade deal between China and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur). But the agreement will further increase competition between Washington and Beijing in the so-called backyard of the United States, says Stephen Olson.
Outside voices: Has a ‘detached, disinterested’ U.S. turned away from the WTO?
A reproduction of Keith Rockwell's "searing assessment" of the state of play at the World Trade Organization and ithe body's "fraying seams", beset by a “sharp deterioration” in US leadership. Keith Rockwell is Senior Research Fellow at the Hinrich Foundation and former Spokesman of the WTO.
China still wants to control Big Tech. It’s just pulling different strings
Investors have raced back into Chinese tech stocks this year, but the enthusiasm may prove to be premature. Beijing is tightening its grip on Big Tech in the country by acquiring so-called “golden shares”. The policy could present a “nightmare” scenario for foreign investors, says Research Fellow Alex Capri.
Unlocking investments for ASEAN’s green growth
Southeast Asia has developed rapidly over the past two decades and the region is one of the biggest recipients of foreign direct investment among emerging regions. What is the impetus for the region to accelerate greening and strategies for promoting investment for green growth? Watch this recap of a webinar organized by the EU-ASEAN Business Council and the Hinrich Foundation for more insights.
Seven shockwaves in the global trade system
The post-World War II global trade order has undergone considerable shifts. Hinrich Foundation Senior Research Fellow recently talked about the seven shockwaves reverberating through the global trade system in an Open House hosted at the Foundation’s Singapore office. Watch the recap here to understand the factors shaping the emerging trade landscape.
Hinrich Foundation-SIIA Roundtable on digital trade
The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) organized a roundtable dialogue on 20 April 2023 in partnership with the Hinrich Foundation. The discussion was focused on developing digital standards and a digital trade ecosystem, including the role of government agreements for digital trade.
Where Great Powers Meet by David Shambaugh
In his book, Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia, Professor Shambaugh examines how the United States and China are engaged in a broad-gauged and global competition for power.
The World Turned Upside Down by Clyde Prestowitz
In this book, Clyde Prestowitz describes the key challenges posed by China and the strategies America and other liberal democracies must adopt to meet them. He argues that these approaches must be more sophisticated and comprehensive than a narrowly targeted trade war, and that they don't have to contravene international or domestic law.
China, Trade and Power by Stewart Paterson
We supported the publication of “China, Trade and Power: Why the West’s Economic Engagement Has Failed” to promote reasoned and informed debate on the trade relationship between the West and China. This book, by Stewart Paterson, describes the unintended consequences of the policy of engagement that led to China's accession to the WTO in 2001, and aims to equip policymakers, business leaders and civil societies to contribute to the design of mutually beneficial approaches for sustainable global trade.
Developing China: The Remarkable Impact of Foreign Direct Investment
We commissioned Professor Michael J. Enright to lead a major research project identifying the impact of foreign direct investment on China’s economic development. The book provides a powerful analysis of China’s policies toward foreign investment and gives foreign companies tools to demonstrate their contributions to host countries, showing the tremendous power of foreign investment to help transform economies.