Robert Wihtol is Adjunct Faculty at the Asian Institute of Management and former Asian Development Bank Country Director for China and Director General for East Asia. He currently chairs the board of directors of Finland’s private sector development fund, Finnfund.
Development finance in Asia: a memoir
A former president of the Asian Development Bank reminisces about dealing with the rise of China.
China’s problematic lending comes home to roost
Pressure is mounting for China to join international debt-management initiatives.
Book review: Superpower showdown
The fraught relationship between the United States and China is set to deteriorate further.
Book review: The making of Putin’s Russia
How did an uncharismatic former mid-level KGB spy rise to the pinnacle of Russian politics?
The new development banks: Paradigm shift or poor imitation?
The multilateral development banks set up by China and the BRICS countries have evolved quickly from concept to reality.
Review: Asia on a knife-edge
A newly released book by John West takes a guarded view of the world’s most promising region.
Beware the infrastructure debt trap
Geopolitical and economic rivalries can see projects of questionable value get pushed through without proper assessment of financial and economic viability.