March 14, 2022
The EU-Vietnam trade agreement: Heaven or hell?

Trade agreements have been praised as a significant contributor to developing countries´ economies and overall national development. Foreign investments help countries acquire the needed capital and technology in order to develop the domestic industry. Hence, when the EU and Vietnam signed a trade agreement, political and economic actors celebrated it as a mutually beneficial deal. However, the trade agreement has only deepened unequal development across the world.

February 21, 2022
Party-state Capitalism: China's way of dealing with political conflicts

Party-state capitalism has emerged as a new term to describe China's political-economic dynamics as the Chinese Communist Party expands its institutional control over the economic sector and reduces its autonomy. While Western observers criticize the growing politicization of the economy, party-state capitalism is a necessary tool to reduce conflicts arising from the transition from one development stage to another.

November 25, 2021
If winter comes, can spring be far behind?--Interview with the Chinese Embassy in Sweden

Topics: Cross-Strait Relations, China-Sweden relationship, China exploration, mutual understanding

November 22, 2021
Khao San Road and the historical development of one of Bangkok’s most famous streets

Thanon Khao San road may be Southeast Asia's most famous street. Known as backpackers paradise, hundreds of thousands tourists visit the street each year. While you may not be able to visit Thanon Khao San at the moment, join us on a journey to see how the street became a tourist mecca.

November 15, 2021
Interview with the Economic Division of the Taipei Mission in Sweden

In a glass office at Wenner-Gren Center, Stockholm, I had an interview with Dr. Chris Chao, director of the Economic Division at Taipei Mission in Sweden. I wished to find out just what kind of cooperation there currently is between Sweden and Taiwan, as well as what kind of opportunities there are for interested students such as myself.

Our talk went a little like this.

October 18, 2021
Interview with the Ambassador of Taiwan - Ambassador Yao

Geopolitics, US-Taiwan relations under the Biden administration, the pandemic and security concerns are all topics covered in this interview with Taiwan's Ambassador Yao to Sweden by Sarah Nygård.

September 13, 2021
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in brief

After many discussions on the fate of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan decided to open its borders to athletes, journalists, and other participants, and held a decidedly unique Olympic Games, thanks to strong anti-Covid-19 measures. The Olympics promise potential economic benefits and international glory to the country and the city organising them. This year, however, pandemic intervened. Moreover, scandals involving misogynistic comments from the (now former) head of the Japanese Olympic committee, and the indecision about holding the Games had already tainted Japan’s reputation prior to the event. Now that the Olympics have ended, what can be brought to light?

May 10, 2021
Sustainable and fair trade Indonesian chocolate

Chocolate is an irresistible treat that is well-loved around the world. As a chocolate lover, baker, and cookbook author, it became important for me to know the origins of chocolate. While doing research, I discovered that Indonesia is the world’s third-biggest exporter of cacao. Furthermore, the movement of having sustainable farming practices within the cacao industry has been gaining a lot of traction in the last decade.

March 14, 2021
Let the value of chocolates define my love for you

Whilst Valentine’s Day is widely celebrated in countries around the globe, White Day is only celebrated in a limited amount of countries in East Asia, including Japan. On March 14th, Japanese men will have the chance to dole out reciprocal gifts to those who gave them gifts on Valentine’s Day. These two special holidays have a strong bond with each other—the traditional Japanese Valentine’s celebration would not be complete without one of them.

February 22, 2021
China + Vietnam - The convoluted romance between manufacturing shifts and supply chain diversification

Disruptions such as trade wars and a global pandemic have disclosed the vulnerability and interdependencies along multinational production networks more than ever before. Particularly firms active in China have now started looking into more resilient manufacturing and sourcing strategies and are eyeing Vietnam. A ”China + Vietnam strategy“, however, not only offers new opportunities, but also outlines the limits and dark sides of current modes in global production.

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