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  • Asia Dialogue - How changes in the shipping industry are affecting secondary port cities in ASEAN and what secondary cities can do about it

    How changes in the shipping industry are affecting secondary port cities in ASEAN and what secondary cities can do about it

    Rowan Fraser

    At average cruising speed, a container ship crosses the Pacific in 20 days.  A transpacific cargo ship, for example, sails from Los Angeles and calls into Taiwan 19 days later, and into Hong Kong two days after that.  Singapore is a major port in the region, as is Shanghai – the largest port in the world. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Why the IT sector needs to take greater responsibility for e-waste in Bangalore

    Why the IT sector needs to take greater responsibility for e-waste in Bangalore

    Rowan Fraser

    Deena Pinto is cheerful, spirited and well-dressed. She spends her weekends in Bengaluru’s best night clubs and swanky restaurants, bobbing about with her friends and generally adding an indefinable charm.  This, we are told, is part of the ‘new India’.  An India of sophistication, relentless consumption, growing wealth, and rising power.  Bengaluru, long considered the Silicon Valley of India, is a shining star in the tiara of cities which make up new India’s nouveau riche.  And rightly so: the city and its state have an immensely impressive track record of economic growth and strategic long-term policy decisions.  Its done well for itself. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Interview with Malcolm McKinnon on globalization, urbanization and nation building in Asian cities

    Interview with Malcolm McKinnon on globalization, urbanization and nation building in Asian cities

    Rowan Fraser

    Every so often, perhaps more often than I’d like, I catch myself in the middle of a cliché.  And as I get older the clichés seem to become more frequent which says something either about the number of clichés rolling around these days, or my dwindling capacity for originality.  Either way, I recently spent an afternoon discussing globalization in a Starbucks on the outskirts of an Asian capital with an historian from New Zealand. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Work In Progress: India Is Yet To Find Ways To Make Corporate-Led Cities Succeed

    Work In Progress: India Is Yet To Find Ways To Make Corporate-Led Cities Succeed

    Mukta Naik

    India is tired of its inefficient, messy cities. At the same time, it envisions a highly urbanised future. A 2010 McKinsey report anticipates an urban spending of $2.2 trillion, including $1.2 trillion in capital investments by 2030. Private sector investment is a key element of the Indian government’s vision to build several new, planned urban centres. These utopian urban visions in the form of eco-cities, smart cities, townships and SEZs aspire to be world-class. They incorporate concepts like sustainable living, technological prowess and efficiency and focus on improving access to resources and services, which are of prime concern to a growing Indian middle class that expects better standards of living. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - How India Has Achieved Polycentricity, and What Secondary Cities Can Do To Optimize It

    How India Has Achieved Polycentricity, and What Secondary Cities Can Do To Optimize It

    Rowan Fraser

    Commonly in India, visitors marvel at the sheer scale of plurality and diversity there.  A young German on a train sitting opposite me waxes lyrical over the numerous cultures, languages, cuisines and, of course, cities of India.  ‘I’ve been to ten cities over two weeks, Bangaluru, Hyderabad, Mysore in just a couple of days.  All of them vast.  Its amazing,’ she says. READ MORE

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