A readily measurable aspect of globalization is the increasing exchange of capital, products and services across national boundaries, spurred by expanded use of container shipping and other technological improvements as well as falling barrier. The interdependence is most apparent with global supply chains, as manufactured goods like vehicles and electronics are assembled with components produced around the world, and it’s increasingly rare for any country to be the sole source of any one complex product. Countries aim to increase exports but worry about too many imports and trade imbalances, even as their consumers pursue low prices. Disagreements on subsidies, tariffs, quotas or unfair practices are debated by the World Trade Organization.

Designing Fair Shares Prosperity in Asia

Asia’s future depends on sustainable investments, prosperity shared by all, not export-led growth
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China’s Aid Emboldens Cambodia

Hun Sen aims at balancing US, Vietnamese and Chinese interests for Cambodia’s benefit
Sebastian Strangio
May 16, 2012

Asia Caught Between Rivals China and US

While cozying up to China for trade, Asians turn to the US for security
Jean-Pierre Lehmann
April 30, 2012

Ending Isolation – Part I

To speed political reforms in Burma, the West can’t end sanctions soon enough
Philip Bowring
April 23, 2012

BRICS Alliance Looking for Cement

Big emerging economies value relations with the US more than their loose alliance
Ashok Malik
April 2, 2012

Children of China's Future – Part I

On tour in Europe, China’s privileged children reflect inequality and self-confidence
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