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Power. Influence. Resilience.

Asia Power Watch is an observatory of the economic power of Asia-Pacific nations, as expressed domestically and internationally.

With many APAC economies having reached maturity, the projection of their economic influence & power has become increasingly common and constitutes nowadays a major factor in the global balance of power.

A private initiative, Asia Power Watch monitors how economic power expresses itself in the APAC region and overseas, and how it leverages all aspects of business life (and beyond) to get a foothold in competitive markets and gain dominating positions. All aspects of strategic intelligence are being watched: macro & micro-economics, finance, trade, politics, lobbying, laws & regulations, norms & standards as well as culture.

Asia Power Watch was launched in June 2019 by Nicolas MICHELON, a 20-year veteran of Asia-Pacific business, finance & economics research. Currently based in Paris, Nicolas is the founder of Asia Intelligence Advisory, an economic & strategic intelligence consulting firm. He has worked for 15 years in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan as an economist (French Ministry of Finance, seconded to the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong), financial analyst (KPMG in Hong Kong), portfolio manager (Schroders in Singapore) and more recently as a strategic intelligence consultant specialized on North Asia (Japan and Greater China).

Nicolas is also a guest lecturer at Ecole de Guerre Economique (Paris School of Economic Warfare) and a speaker in various conferences (Japan Society of Competitive Intelligence, Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club, French Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Hong Kong & China, INALCO, ILERI, Ambassadeurs de la Jeunesse…).


Santiago BUSTELO – Santiago is currently a PhD candidate in International Politics at Fudan University, Shanghai. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policies, Strategies and Development from the Institute of Economics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He was a researcher at the National Institute of Science and Technology (INCT/PPED – Brazil), and has served as Parliamentary Advisor to the National Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Republic. He also worked as a Research Coordinator at the China-Brazil Business Council.

Carlos Eduardo PIÑA – Carlos is a researcher at Academic Network on China – Latin America and the Caribbean. He holds a degree in Political and Administrative Studies from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), as well as a Master in International Petroleum Policy and Trade from UCV. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He has written numerous papers and articles on the political and economic relations between China and Venezuela.

Federica RUSSO – Federica is an Italian freelance writer focusing on Chinese economic engagement in the global scene. Her articles are published on Asia Times, the Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement, OBOReurope, Political Insights, Il Caffè Geopolitico and Cultural Bridge. She studies business administration, with a particular interest in Organizational Behaviour, Cross Cultural Management and Leadership.

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