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Who’s up, who’s down: Farewell to Asia 2019

  • Curtis S. Chin and Jose B. Collazo

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Washington   /   Fri, January 3, 2020   /  11:38 am
Who’s up, who’s down: Farewell to Asia 2019 Who was up and who was down in the Info-Pacific region in 2019? (Shutterstock/yavyav)

As 2020 begins, we take one last look at the year that was. At year’s end, the United States-China trade war had sent US equity markets on a volatile ride to record levels. If on nothing else, President Donald Trump has united partisan Washington on the need to rebalance the US-China economic relationship. How that relationship evolves in the year ahead will surely impact all ASEAN as well as Main Street America and the 2020 US presidential elections. So, who was up and who was down in the Info-Pacific region in 2019? Best year: BTS — beyond politics, a K-pop band rules Amid slowing economies and political divisions, good news was hard to find in much of Asia in 2019. A clear exception was the K-pop sensation BTS that has also made its presence felt across the US. The Korean boy band was firmly established as a dominant social media presence and worldwide phenomenon ...

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