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Taiwan Serves as a Model for the World

 Notwithstanding when the Zheng clan used Taiwan’s location for the pirate economy, ever since the Age of Discovery, Taiwan has always imported other development models. The export of cash crops from colonial Taiwan, to rice cultivation in the Qing Dynasty, to rice and sugarcane during Japanese occupation, to post-war import substitution...

Three Standards and Five Recommendations to Activate Green Finance

 A number of factors are creating the perfect environment for Taiwan’s development of green bonds. Its green industry is growing expeditiously on the back of strong momentum in the offshore wind segment, and the market is becoming familiar with convertible bonds. An important international green bond financing market combining green fint...

The More Asian Financial Centers, the Merrier

The death of Hong Kong is exaggerated. Despite China's imposition of a draconian national security law in the city, the erstwhile British crown colony remains Asia's premier financial center for now. Those looking hard for an exodus of capital and financial talent from Hong Kong will have to look harder. Inertia is a powerful thing. For many financ...

Women’s Empowerment: Taiwan Stands on the World’s Stage

 In April, Forbes magazine published an article entitled, What do Countries with the Best Coronavirus Responses have in Common? The answer was female leaders: the article listed President Tsai of Taiwan, Merkel of Germany, Arden of New Zealand, along with Iceland, Finland and Denmark. According to the article, their curiosity, decisiveness, ...

Gender Balance Results from Work-Life Balance

In every industry in every country, the childbearing years are an impediment to female employment. This is especially the case for those who aspire to leadership positions. Once mothers take years off work to care for their children, they lose contacts and up-to-date industry knowledge, making them unlikely to ever reboard the train to the executiv...

Beijing is China's Biggest Fintech Disruptor

China has always been circumspect about disruptive fintechs. Since 2017, it has launched draconian crackdowns on both cryptocurrency and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending firms in a professed bid to curb systemic financial risk and threats to social stability. Those concerns have merit. But Beijing also worries that private companies untethered to the sta...

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