China

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The Two-Chinas Revolution

The pace of China’s financial reforms put in place since the 3rd Plenum in mid-November has confounded those who said at the time that nothing exciting would emerge from the meetings. In fact, Beijing has been ... Read More...
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Chinese Exports Spell Trouble for the West

As widely reported, Chinese export figures for November, issued last week, turned out to be a blockbuster month for the country’s exporters, rising by 12.7 percent from October. But what appears to have been mi... Read More...
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Beijing’s Ambitious Urbanization Plans

Beijing’s top leaders, over the weekend met for the first time to set the formal road map for Premier Li Keqiang’s ambitious plan to move millions of people from rural areas into cities. Li and his planners bel... Read More...
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Illegal Money Takes Wing from Asia

Nearly US$1 trillion floated out of the developing world in the form of illegal capital flight in 2011, according to a new report released this week by the Global Financial Integrity NGO, with China remaining t... Read More...
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China Plans a Market Revolution

The stock market reforms that China’s Securities Regulatory Commission posted last Saturday represent a near revolution for its financial markets and are the latest manifestation of Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s ... Read More...
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Turnover of power in the Middle East

As evidence of US disengagement from the Levant grows – the area encompassing Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, the Palestinian territories, Jordan and Israel –the prospects are growing that the political vacuum will be ... Read More...
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China: Responsible World Trade Stakeholder?

There are reasons to quibble about how the invitation to China to become a responsible stakeholder in the international system might be interpreted, but former World Bank head Robert Zoellick’s intention when h... Read More...
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China Paves Asia’s New Silk Road

Over the past decade, Central Asia has grown from a marginal position in Beijing’s strategic calculus to the top of its diplomatic priorities: China is fast emerging as a vital economic and political player in ... Read More...