China’s investment is transforming its smaller Southeast Asian neighbors like never before while helping turn Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar into bigger destinations for its exports. China is investing in everything from railroads to real estate. Source: Bloomberg
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Japan and India are finally moving to fructify their partnership for development of the Chabahar port in Iran with Tokyo committing investment to help improve Afghanistan’s access to the port. Source Times of India
Some senior regulators are privately raising doubts over whether politically unpopular European rules seeking to shield taxpayers from bank bailouts will ever be enforced as intended. Some of the people who will have to apply them are now questioning in private whether they will be used. Source Reuters
Investments in the euro zone fell sharply in November while the bloc’s current account surplus widened. Unadjusted direct and portfolio investments turned negative, dropping by 6.3 billion euros after an inflow of 68.0 billion euros with direct investments falling by more than half and portfolio outflows rising sharply. Source: Reuters