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The Quiet Giant
Subject: The Quiet Giant
Send date: 2013-07-25 09:31:12
Issue #: 163
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The year is 2009. After a relatively stable decade unmarred by either political or economic upheavals, Indonesia was touted as the largest economy in Southeast Asia. And it was not hyperbole.
There was a lot of back-patting over the fact that Indonesia could become the next ‘I’ in the Goldman Sachs-ordained BRIC economies. And in late 2010 and 2011, US President Barack Obama made two official trips to Indonesia and visited President Yudyohono, the former general who has emerged as the country’s benign two-term patriarch. Read more >>
“Home sweet home” may not be so sweet after all.
According to Beijing Homelink Real Estate Brokerage Co., the price for second-hand residential units soared by 62.8% to 19,183 yuan per square meter (sq.m.) year-on-year in the first six months of 2010. Read more >>
The setting was Hawaii. It was September 2011 and the Apec Summit was in full swing. In separate statements, the host country made it known that they were going to pivot toward Asia Pacific. This pivot foreshadowed everything the United States has done in East and Southeast Asia since. Read more>>

 

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