After the Asian Crises: Perspectives on Global Politics and by Maria Weber

By Maria Weber

This article bargains heritage to the Asian obstacle from an monetary, political and social viewpoint, and indicates attainable situations that may ensue sooner or later. The research is split in components. the 1st comprises sector reviews of the most Asian nations in the course of the concern, starting with China, Japan and Southeast Asia, through South Asia and valuable Asia. the second one specializes in overseas variables, together with environmental, political, and local concerns.

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In China, however, as has been already stated, the judiciary is institutionally subordinated to political goals. Many are concerned about the destiny of the SAR’s judiciary and fear that the political pressure to which the judges are subject may end up undermining one of the keystones on which Hong Kong’s juridical credibility is founded. So far this danger has not materialized, and the judiciary has been able to reassure the world of its independence and dignity on a number of occasions. The Hong Kong model of common law – which has already made itself felt in legislation and legal practice in China – could also demonstrate how the efficiency of a legal system depends on a fair balance between powers and respect for the law.

Consumer confidence may weaken even further despite the special income tax reduction. The only positive factor remains the controversial increase of net exports (exports–imports), although the appreciation of the yen since early autumn 1998 may reduce the contribution of external demand. 4 per cent in November 1998), while the ratio of job offers to applications has recorded an historical low. Reflecting the continued expansion in the output gap, wholesale prices remain on a downward trend, while consumer prices are also declining (Bank of Japan, 1998a).

Ancient, mostly dormant, territorial disputes are also present along the 7000 km border with the former Soviet Union, involving both the three former Soviet republics of Turkmenistan, Kirghizistan and Kazakistan, and Russia. An agreement recently signed with Russia has defused tensions, while dialogue with the three former soviet republics in Central Asia seems to have been established, also thanks to their past trade links recalling the caravans that followed the ‘silk road’. Innumerable political reasons justify China’s commercial interest in Central Asia.

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