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James Guild

James Guild

James Guild is an expert in trade, finance, and economic development in Southeast Asia.

James Guild holds a Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He specializes in trade, finance, and economic development in Southeast Asia. Follow him on twitter @jamesjguild or

Posts by James Guild
February 22, 2022

Bank Negara Malaysia to Award Digital Banking Licenses

By James Guild
The Malaysian central bank's move follows Singapore's awarding of digital banking licenses at the end of 2020.

February 15, 2022

Gojek and Foxconn Enter Indonesia’s Electric Vehicle Race

By James Guild
In the race to become the region's EV powerhouse, Southeast Asian nations are seeking the involvement of state companies with a strong stake in fossil fuels.
February 08, 2022

Is There an Arms Race Underway in Southeast Asia?

By James Guild
Fear of China is driving the region's recent spate of military procurements – but it's not the only factor.

February 01, 2022

The Politics of Steel in Southeast Asia

By James Guild
Companies in Thailand and Indonesia have remained in the steel game despite taking huge losses over the past decade.

January 25, 2022

The Message Behind Indonesia’s Coal Export Ban

By James Guild
The move was less about coal shortages than about reminding Indonesia's private sector who is in charge.

January 19, 2022

Indonesia’s Railway Renaissance

By James Guild
The Indonesian rail operator KAI remains one of the country’s more well-run and capable state-owned companies.
January 11, 2022

South Korea’s Naval Shipbuilders Are Stepping Up in Southeast Asia

By James Guild
Unresolved disputes have prompted the region to look to Seoul to acquire stronger maritime deterrents.

January 05, 2022

Can VinFast Turn Vietnam Into an Electric Vehicle Powerhouse?

By James Guild
The competition to become the main player in the production of EVs in Southeast Asia is starting to heat up.

December 29, 2021

The Philippines Readies Public Services for 100 Percent Foreign Ownership

By James Guild
The Philippines has long led its Southeast Asian neighbors in the privatization of public services.

December 22, 2021

Malaysia’s National 5G Wholesale Network Experiment

By James Guild
Its government is playing an unusually active role in setting up the country's next-gen telecom networks. But will it succeed?

December 15, 2021

Why Isn’t There More Inflation in Indonesia Right Now?

By James Guild
Unlike the U.S. and Europe, the nation is much less directly integrated into global supply chains.
December 07, 2021

Making Sense of Mitratel’s $1.3 Billion Dollar IPO on the Indonesia Stock Exchange

By James Guild
The listing sends the message that the government is willing to make room for the safe investment of private capital in Indonesia.

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