Asia-Pacific

Investing in China: still room for growth

Sarah Owen-Vandersluis. ARI 63/2015 - 12/11/2015.

Despite recent economic turbulence in China, the investment case for Spanish companies remains strong. It is still not too late to enter the Chinese market but investors need to be clear on their value proposition and realistic about how they will execute their plans.


China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea

Weifeng Zhou. ARI 60/2015 - 5/11/2015.

This paper examines China’s growing assertiveness and its strategic interests in the South China Sea and sheds some light on the changing strategic realities in East Asia and the nature of the South China Sea disputes.


A new multilateral bank to boost investment in infrastructure in Asia

Jorge Dajani-González. ARI 53/2015 - 22/10/2015.

The establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) faces major challenges in coming months. It also offers new opportunities to re-launch economic and trade relations for Europe and Asia and for international infrastructure companies.


Stock market collapse and exchange-rate depreciation: what next for China?

Alicia García-Herrero. ARI 42/2015 - 11/8/2015 .

Two episodes of panic have broken out in China’s financial markets in the course of no more than a month: a stock market collapse and only very recently a Renminbi (RMB) depreciation engineered by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC). This note reviews what has happened so far and explores the potential consequences.


Japanese cultural values in business relationships

Gloria García. ARI 29/2015 - 12/6/2015.

This ARI is based on broader research conducted by the author in Japan as a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Tokyo.  Its aim is to explain in depth the importance of understanding Japanese cultural values in establishing and developing business relationships with Japanese organisations.


The EU-Pakistan relationship: looking beyond the trading partnership

Ana Ballesteros-Peiró. ARI 26/2015 - 14/5/2015.

The EU is Pakistan’s leading trading partner, although this has not translated into political influence. A new policy aims to enhance the traditional relationship between the two partners.


Spain’s current standing in India: its image and political relations

Rubén Campos. WP 5/2015 (English version) - 30/4/2015.

The aim of this working paper is to present a series of proposals to improve Spain’s image in India and cement a new era in bilateral political relations.


What are the prospects for the new Chinese-led Silk Road and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?

Mario Esteban and Miguel Otero-Iglesias. ARI 23/2015 - 17/4/2015.

The new Silk Road is the most ambitious international initiative yet to be launched by the Chinese President, Xi Jinping. This policy has many strands, one of the most prominent being the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. We examine its possible implications for Europe, including Spain.


China has to walk economic tightrope

Miguel Otero-Iglesias. Op-Ed - 9/1/2015.

China must relax its domestic finance grip to allow consumers to be driving force of economy.


Correcting a mutual ignorance: rediscovering the Philippines as a gateway to ASEAN

Ricardo G. Barcelona and Bernardo M. Villegas. ARI 3/2015 - 9/1/2015.

Philippines and Spain have shared four centuries of colonial experiences and this should have translated into a robust post-colonial relation. Paradoxically, the mutual ignorance of the business communities of the two countries has aggravated Spain’s retreat from the Philippines, culminating in an irrelevant economic relationship.