Category: Asia

Duterte Goes The Full Marcos

Feb 15, 2019, Forbes William Pesek If the Academy Awards gave out statuettes for best acting by a presidential spokesperson, Salvador Panelo of the Philippines would win easily. Sorry, Sarah Huckabee Sanders of White House infamy. But Rodrigo Duterte’s spinmeister just rebooted the genre with his dramatic defense of Manila arresting award-winning journalist Maria Ressa. “This

Breathing space for Mahathir

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW Growth spurt offers Malaysian leader a window for economic reform William Pesek Count Mahathir Mohamad among those unhappy with the performance of Malaysia’s government. Odd, perhaps, since he is prime minister. But considering how the 93-year-old ran Malaysia the first time around, from 1981 to 2003, recent moves suggest he is not

Asia’s Next Headache: Trump Vs. The Fed

F FORBES Dec 20, 2018 William Pesek I write about economics, markets and policymaking throughout the Asia. Donald Trump seems happiest when he has a foil to attack –- normally 280 characters at a time. Hillary Clinton, Emmanuel Macron and China rank among his favorite Twitter targets. Yet the U.S. president’s intensifying spat with his own