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by Asia Perspective

Market Insights

Asia Perspective’s Market Insight reports are issued throughout the year and feature hot business topics and recent developments within emerging Asian markets.

China’s Growing Green Industrial Strategy

June 25th, 2020

Like previous growing industrial powers in the west, China has relied upon fossil fuels for its rapid development and industrialization but is now taking the lead and increasing the speed of its green development.

Malaysia's Manufacturing Environment & Investment Guideline Part 3

June 17th, 2020

Part three of a comprehensive report on the challenges and opportunities of investing in a rapidly evolving market.

Malaysia's Manufacturing Environment & Investment Guideline Part 2

June 17th, 2020

Part two of a comprehensive report on the challenges and opportunities of investing in a rapidly evolving market.

Malaysia's Manufacturing Environment & Investment Guideline Part 1

June 16th, 2020

Part one of a comprehensive report on the challenges and opportunities of investing in a rapidly evolving market.

Thailand’s Food Production Soars as Tourism Suffers

June 9th, 2020

As many other countries in the region, Thailand and its economic development has taken a big hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some sectors have utilized on opportunities to thrive, such as food production.

Vietnam Ratifies Free Trade Agreement with EU

June 8th, 2020

After long talks between Vietnam and the European Union, the finalization of the Free Trade Agreement took place on the 8th of June.

China’s Service Sector Bounces Back into Growth as COVID-19 Fades Out

June 3rd, 2020

In May, the Chinese service sector saw its first growth since the virus outbreak started this year.

Vietnam’s Growing Automobile Industry brings Opportunities to Investors

May 28th, 2020

Vietnam’s automotive industry is growing rapidly and has been doing so continuously during recent years.

China’s travelling industry recovering faster than expected

May 14th, 2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak ends in China, with no detected signs of a second wave, domestic travel has begun to rise once again.

Mobile App Revenues Surge in China amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

April 26th, 2020

Self-quarantines, social distancing and people working from home has resulted in big increase in demand for mobile applications, resulting in both surging downloads and revenue streams for Chinese app developers.

Opportunities in Indonesia’s Digital Landscape

April 21st, 2020

Indonesia is undergoing a rapid digitalization, with over 107 million internet users as of June 2019. The number is expected to exceed 150 million by 2023, making Indonesia the biggest online market in Southeast Asia.

The Rise of Online Grocery Shopping in Thailand

April 8th, 2020

Avoidance of public transportation due to serious air pollution, heavy traffic, growing free delivery services and elimination of plastic bags are giving added incentives to the online grocery business in Thailand.

Uncertainties in the Vietnamese Renewable Energy Sector

March 25th, 2020

The Vietnamese renewable energy strategy, developed in 2015, was entered into force on the 11th of April 2017. The strategy, set to attract investors and drive growth of the renewable energy sector, included several beneficial incentives.

Business in China During the Coronavirus Crisis

March 20th, 2020

China has passed the worst part of the virus epidemic, and the economy is rapidly returning to normal. This is how we can help you to continue your business in Asia amidst the ongoing global crisis.

Coronavirus Update: Economic Impact & Supply-Chain Challenges

March 16th, 2020

During the weeks since its emergence the COVID-19 virus have been spreading rapidly worldwide, affecting the global healthcare systems, resulting in a growing impact on the global economy as well as huge supply-chain disruptions.

The European Parliament gives consent to ratification of Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) with Vietnam

March 9th, 2020

After ten years of work between the EU and Vietnam, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) have been voted in favor by the European Parliament.

Lucrative Vietnamese Tax Incentives for Foreign Investors

February 26th, 2020

With a strategic geographical location, a competitive labour force and a wide range of cost-saving factors, Vietnam has long been considered an investment paradise for foreign investors, especially for those who wish to diversify their investment portfolio.

Unexpected Chinese Market Trends Emerging from the Coronavirus Outbreak

February 21st, 2020

While China faces nationwide economic stagnation, the crisis situation has also caused new, unexpected, market trends to emerge within multiple industries.

United States, Mexico and Canada Sign a New Trade Agreement (USMCA) to Replace NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)

February 17th, 2020

On January 29, 2020 the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump.

How the Coronavirus is Affecting the Global Business Scene

February 12th, 2020

Stagnating manufacturing, a decreasing domestic consumption and disrupted international supply chains. It’s not just the Chinese economy that is suffering.

A Positive Outlook for Indonesia’s Investment Landscape

February 9th, 2020

Despite global uncertainties, Indonesia has remained one of the best performing countries in Asia throughout 2019, in terms of maintaining an economic stability.

The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)- The next major economic zone of ASEAN

December 9th, 2019

We look into the Eastern Economic Corridor – a pilot project for economic development and a recent highlight of Thailand’s infrastructure industry.

Vietnam Key Economic Zones & Investment Guideline Part 2

December 3rd, 2019

Part two of a comprehensive overview study uncovering the challenges and opportunities of investing in a rapidly growing market.

Vietnam Key Economic Zones & Investment Guideline Part 1

November 25th, 2019

Part one of a comprehensive overview study uncovering the challenges and opportunities of investing in a rapidly growing market.

Vietnam’s Rising Appetite for Energy

October 11th, 2019

South East Asia’s rising star Vietnam is experiencing booming growth, but one thing has become clear: the energy supply is not meeting demand.

The Digital Economy Boosts Vietnam’s Economic Growth

August 12th, 2019

As one of the most fast-growing economies in the world, Vietnam’s next major footmark will land on the digital economy-related fields, such as smart agriculture, e-commerce, manufacturing, etc.

Vietnam Signs “Most Ambitious Free Trade Deal Ever Concluded with a Developing Country” with The EU

August 2nd, 2019

The European Union and Vietnam signed the European Union Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and an Investment Protection Agreement on 30 June 2019.

Vietnam and the Philippines lead FMCG sales growth in Southeast Asia

July 26th, 2019

Vietnam and the Philippines were the two leading countries in Southeast Asia within FMCG last year, according to a recent consumer report.

The best market for FinTech right now is Southeast Asia

July 16th, 2019

According to a study about FinTech companies, the ASEAN market is representing the greatest opportunities for FinTech development in the nearest future.

Building Commercial Links Between Asia and Latin America – The Trans-Pacific Partnership

June 12th, 2019

As the commercial trade war between China and the US rages on without a solution in sight for the near future, companies around the world are reviewing and exploring options to minimize the disruptions in supply chain caused by it.

China is Ready to Target the Healthcare Markets in Latin America

May 17th, 2019

China’s medical device market in 2016 was estimated to be approximately $56 billion USD making it the second largest behind the United States, making it a big surprise that China’s market in 2000 was only estimated at $3 billion USD.

The Stellar Rise of Vietnam

May 13th, 2019

Vietnam’s is a story of remarkable economic success, closely mirroring that of China.

Chinese Retail Trends – Online and On the High Street

April 9th, 2019

The market for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) has continued to grow at a rapid pace during the past years in china.

Insight from China’s Two Sessions Summit

March 15th, 2019

We take a look at the results from the 2019 Two Sessions summit and analyse what they imply for foreign business in China.

IPR Infringement Mapping as a Service

February 27th, 2019

What is unique to your business differentiates you from your competitors. Obtaining a full picture IPR infringement risks can enable future sustainable business in China and beyond.

What Will Happen to Chinese IPR Protection?

December 5th, 2018

Foreign firms often complain that enforcing their intellectual property rights in China is quasi-impossible.

European Opportunities Amidst the China-US Trade War

November 11th, 2018

Trade wars are not only affecting the warring parties, but also cause collateral damage to third country businesses due to globally integrated supply chains.

Uncover sourcing trends in Asia with our 2018 survey

October 11th, 2018

Download our 2018 report to get an insight into the compounded opinions of over 1000 sourcing professionals around the world.

Imported Food Demand is Growing in China

October 9th, 2018

The Chinese diet is changing dramatically. “New era, new venues, and new products” is the current motto of China’s food and beverage industry.

A Future Perspective on China’s Auto Market

October 9th, 2018

The 2000-2010 boom in the automotive market in China made it the world’s largest single country new market by 2010, overtaking the US.

Changing Chinese Drinking Habits are Creating Opportunities for the Craft Beer and Imported Spirits Markets

October 9th, 2018

Changing Chinese drinking habits mean consumers have a taste for premium and new products, creating opportunities for beer and spirits manufacturers.

China’s E-Commerce Methods and Supply Chain Strategies for 2018

October 9th, 2018

Currently, there are over 300 million upper-middle class consumers in China.  These consumers desire imported products that offer them a high quality and premium experience.

“Made in China 2025”: Intelligent Manufacturing Initiative Offers Foreign Investment Opportunities

August 23rd, 2018

Manufacturing has been one of the foundations and main drivers for the expansion of China’s economy, placing it as one of the world’s leading economies today.

Chinese Consumers Gravitate Toward Organic and Imported Foods

August 23rd, 2018

For the rapidly developing middle class in China, healthcare is of increasing concern.

China Opens its Markets to the World: Lifting of Foreign Ownership Restriction on Automotive Industry

August 16th, 2018

China’s entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001 opened many sectors to foreign investment, however, significant ownership restrictions still remain today in many areas creating barriers for entry for global companies.

China is On the Road to Becoming the Global Electric Vehicle Market Leader

August 16th, 2018

China started the development and promotion of electric vehicles (EVs) in 2001 and aims to become a dominant global producer.

“Nurse Sharing” Applications Bring New Kind of Service to China's Healthcare Industry

August 2nd, 2018

In China, the sphere of the sharing economy has been extended to include the medical industry, and nurse sharing has appeared as a new kind of service delivery offering basic treatment for patients in their homes.

Service Industry Drives Economic Growth in China

August 2nd, 2018

China’s economic development roadmap is facing significant changes, and the service trade is gradually becoming the driving force behind the economic upgrade.

Biomass Industry in China: The Future of Energy in China creates new Opportunities

August 2nd, 2018

Biomass is a form of renewable source of energy that comes directly from crop production and livestock and includes categories like manure, food crops, forest debris and certain types of water residues.

Foreign Entry into Indonesian Market Eased by New Deregulation Measure

July 24th, 2018

Strategically positioned along major sea lines connecting East Asia, South Asia, and Oceania, Indonesia holds a wealth of natural appeal for foreign investors.

How Trade Sanctions Affect China Business

July 12th, 2018

Economic sanctions are a popular way for powerful governments to exert their disapproval over one another.

Is European GDPR sufficient in the Chinese business environment?

May 24th, 2018

European GDPR will enter into force by end of May. This means that all companies operating in the European Union must abide by the rules as of day one.

Should European Companies be Worried about Money-Laundering in China?

April 13th, 2018

Anti-money laundering and – terrorist financing obligations are based on international standards.

Can Good Reputation Become a Risk in China Business?

November 22nd, 2017

Reputation management has been put on the agenda of nearly every company board over the past few years, and its importance is unanimously acknowledged.

The Rise of China’s Second-Hand Car Market

February 17th, 2017

By the end of 2015, the Chinese owned approximately 172 million cars, and the country maintained its position as the world’s largest car market for the seventh consecutive year.

Myanmar: The Continued Rise of an Emerging Economy

February 6, 2017

Back in 2011, Myanmar experienced a transformative political election which resulted in significant economic strides.

The Road Ahead for Clean Energy in China

January 12, 2017

Starting with the release of the previous five-year plan, the Chinese government has continually re-articulated its commitment to cleaner energy.

Looming Housing Bubble in China’s Real Estate Market

December 19, 2016

China’s volatile housing market has generated a great deal of debate over the past few years.

Healthcare in China: Lack of Substantive Change But Increasing Opportunities for Foreign Investment

October 24, 2014

The Chinese healthcare sector continues to develop at an extraordinary pace, with health care spending expected to top $1 trillion USD in 2020.

China’s Increasing Appetite for Imported Food and Beverage

March 19, 2014

Thanks to its rapid growth in recent years, China has emerged as the world’s largest consumer market for food and beverage (F&B), surpassing the United States in 2011 and making the Chinese market increasingly appealing for foreign brands as consumers’ behavior shifts.

The New Silk Road: The Allure of Rail Freight Between China and Europe

April 2, 2013

Increasing labor costs close to the large freight harborsand improved collaboration across key land borders resulting in a decrease in the fright time, is making rail freight from China to Europe an attractive alternative to air and ocean freight.

China’s Non-Ferrous Metals Industry Stands Strong in the Face of Global Storms

September 17, 2012

Although the global market for non-ferrous metals is not promising, China is taking actions to revive the market.

China’s Economic Growth Struggles Through Second Quarter

August 21, 2012

Despite China’s slowing growth the market still offers huge potential for foreign investment.