Recognition

The Society of Publishers in Asia announces the winners of the 2017 Awards for Editorial Excellence

"William Pesek has consistently set a high standard for opinion pieces this century, and his insightful and in depth pieces on Trump and Asia reveal both a profound depth of knowledge and the skill to cut straight to the heart of the matter."

Hong Kong, June 15, 2017 – The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), an organization dedicated to best practices in professional publishing, was proud to present 95 awards for outstanding journalism at its annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence gala dinner at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight. For full Awards Winners list
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The ‘Dutertefication’ of America

FORBES William Pesek “The Donald Trump of Asia.” That’s how the international media labeled Rodrigo Duterte in 2016, when the firebrand won the Philippine presidency. Turns out, it’s the other way around. True, Duterte’s shock election win predated the U.S. president’s by 183 days. But the strongman rallied voters with Trumpian bluster, anti-establishment populism and
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‘Teflon Thailand’ feels the heat

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW Political upheavals will impose economic cost and deter investment William Pesek Thailand’s “Teflon” coating shows serious signs of stress after the March 24 election. The upheaval-prone Southeast Asian economy earned its nothing-sticks reputation time and again since 2006, when the latest cycle of coups and political intrigue began. The first democratic contest
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Samsung’s GDP report should worry Asia

ASIA TIMES A profit warning from South Korean giant bodes ill for Seoul’s 2019 – and the entire global economy ByWILLIAM PESEK As goes Samsung, so goes South Korea. This, of course, is a play on the old adage that what’s good for General Motors is good for the US economy, and vice versa. Yet
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Move over Warren Buffett

FORBES William Pesek Everybody is wondering what Warren Buffett will buy next. With more than $100 billion in cash, aspirations for another megadeal and an 89th birthday approaching, the Sage of Omaha says he’s on the prowl for big targets. One wonders, though, if the investment world is looking in the wrong direction. The focus on Buffett, the man
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South Korea’s Moon is waning

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW President needs reforms to revive economy and political rating William Pesek It is hard to think of a top world leader having a worse Trump presidency than Moon Jae-in. The South Korean president took office in May 2017 with a mandate to overhaul a rigid and aging economy. Instead, his team is
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Recession fears stalk Abe’s election year

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW Japanese prime minister must respond to slowing growth just as key polls loom William Pesek Deja vu is making the rounds again in Tokyo as Japan finds itself back on the verge of recession. It could be there already. Japan’s biggest manufacturers say business conditions are at the worst in nearly three
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