This week’s articles cover developments in China’s economic and political transformation, environmental policy debates in Malaysia, the Pope’s views on globalization, and Valentine’s Day in Japan.
From The Economist – The amount of trade settled in Yuan has reached an all-time high. Many experts believe this will change the dynamics of international trade. http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21571442-rise-chinas-currency-will-change-way-world-does-business-yuan-money
From The Diplomat – Speculation about possible changes in the Chinese political climate. The Diplomat explains 5 ways that democracy might come to flourish in China. http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/13/5-ways-china-could-become-a-democracy/
From The Diplomat – Rainforests around the world are being decimated at alarming rates. Currently, Malaysia is in the midst of a heated public debate over the future of their most valuable resources. http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/12/saving-malaysias-last-great-rainforests/
From The Globalist – Pope Benedict XVI is abdicating his seat in Vatican City after ascending to the head of the Catholic Church in 2005. What does this have to do PDX MIM? Here are his thoughts about globalization and inequality in a recent interview. http://www.theglobalist.com/storyid.aspx?StoryId=9904
From Channel News Asia – As most of us know or forgot, yesterday was Valentine’s Day! Here is an interesting article about Japanese spending habits on this special and uncomfortable holiday! http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/featurenews/view/1253976/1/.html
Lucas Hudson is a full-time student in the Masters of International Management program. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish from the University of Oregon. During his studies, he lived in Valdivia, Chile, studying Spanish language and Latin American history. After graduation, Luke has spent his time traveling extensively throughout South America and working as a banker and accountant for local Portland businesses. He is interested in using his business experience and language skills to find a career that will allow him build relations between Latin America and the Asia-Pacific.