Andrew Sheng

The writer is a distinguished Fellow of the Asia Global Institute at the University of Hong Kong and a member of the UNEP Advisory Council on Sustainable Finance.

May 24, 2021
May 24, 2021

Is the coronavirus racist?

Is the Coronavirus racist? Of course not. The Covid-19 and its variants do not discriminate between race, creed or borders. They simply infect everyone indiscriminately, so the only defence is...

May 10, 2021
May 10, 2021

Is democracy in retreat?

Is democracy in decline, retreat or under siege? This is a soul-searching question by many who agonise over a lost golden age of democracy, freedom and rule-based world order.

April 27, 2021
April 27, 2021

Biden’s Star Trek on climate change

On April 29, the US will celebrate the first 100 days of 46th President Joseph Biden. After four years of chaotic Trump governance, the world is relieved how quickly Biden was able to deliver calm...

April 11, 2021
April 11, 2021

Adopting state capitalism to compete against China

Late last month, the Biden Administration unveiled a USD 2 trn infrastructure programme that aims to modernise American infrastructure.

April 4, 2021
April 4, 2021

Why emerging markets must think for themselves

"April is the cruellest month”, so said the poet TS Eliot in his 1920s poem, the Wasteland. The April Spring meetings of the IMF/World Bank will be held virtually this year, locked down by the...

March 16, 2021
March 16, 2021

Can Biden clean up the mess with more debt?

The pandemic has left us a terrible mess to clear up. What policies will get us out of the huge debt that we have incurred to pay for the health, wealth and job crises? 2020 was a year of terrible...

March 1, 2021
March 1, 2021

Why is common sense not common?

As vaccines begin to roll out, there is increasing awareness that vaccines are not the silver bullets to kill the pandemic.

January 31, 2021
January 31, 2021

Whither global finance? Look at the US dollar

Where is Wall Street going in the post-pandemic world? Finance is supposed to serve the real economy (Main Street), but the US and global economies are in the midst of a pandemic and recession,...

January 17, 2021
January 17, 2021

Democracy in clear and present danger

A week is a long time in politics. Last Wednesday, armed supporters of President Trump stormed the sanctity of the Capitol, the temple of American democracy.

January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021

A year of anger, with reason

The end of the year is a good time to reflect. The devastating pandemic marked a year few of us would ever forget.