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China Bytes Back

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With 42% of global e-commerce, 11 times more mobile payments than in the United States, one-third of the world’s most successful tech start-ups, and President Xi Jinping’s powerful support, China seems poised to dominate the global digital economy in the same way it has come to dominate global manufacturing. But can it capitalize on its advantages?

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  1. The Challenges Confronting China’s Digital Economy
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    The Challenges Confronting China’s Digital Economy

    Dec 26, 2017 Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng highlight yet another reason why China must effectively delineate the roles of the state and the market.

  2. China, the Digital Giant
    A man looks at his phone near a giant image of the Chinese national flag Greg Baker/Getty Images

    China, the Digital Giant

    Dec 4, 2017 Kai-fu Lee & Jonathan Woetzel anticipate the next steps in the country's transition to a new echelon of global competitiveness.

  3. The Illusion of Freedom in the Digital Age
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    The Illusion of Freedom in the Digital Age

    Nov 3, 2017 Mark Leonard foresees convergence in the impact of technology on autocratic and democratic societies.

  4. Regulating Across the Digital Divide
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    Regulating Across the Digital Divide

    Sep 11, 2017 Shamel Azmeh sees risks for the global economy if trade rules are not expanded to include data-driven industries.

  5. China’s Dangerous Digital Agenda
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    China’s Dangerous Digital Agenda

    Feb 23, 2015 Robert D. Atkinson & Paul Hofheinz claim that the country's online giants pose a bigger threat to Europe than America's.

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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.
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    Globalization vs. Democracy

    Kaushik Basu highlights the contradictions and vulnerabilities inherent in the current international order.
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    The West’s New Infrastructure Imperative

    Diane Coyle explains why a broader conception of the term could reflect a renewed interest in investing in the future.
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    An Iran-Israel War?

    Iran’s mass ballistic missile and drone attack on Israel last week raised anew the specter of a widening Middle East war that draws in Iran and its proxies, as well as Western countries like the United States. The urgent need to defuse tensions – starting by ending Israel’s war in Gaza and pursuing a lasting political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – is obvious, but can it be done?

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    What a Climate-Aligned IMF Would Look Like

    Mohamed Nasheed & Rakesh Mohan explain how the managing director can fully position the institution to help the most vulnerable countries.
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    The Key to Transforming African Health

    Jayati Ghosh highlights efforts to foster scientific innovation and drug manufacturing on the continent.
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    China’s Rebalancing Imperative

    Stephen S. Roach

    The most successful development stories almost always involve major shifts in the sources of economic growth, which in turn allow economies to reinvent themselves out of necessity or by design. In China, the interplay of mounting external pressures, lagging household consumption, and falling productivity will increasingly shape China’s policy choices in the years ahead.

    explains why the Chinese authorities should switch to a consumption- and productivity-led growth model.
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    From Welfare State to Safe State in Latin America

    Jorge G. Castañeda & Carlos Ominami

    Designing a progressive anti-violence strategy that delivers the safety for which a huge share of Latin Americans crave is perhaps the most difficult challenge facing many of the region’s governments. But it is also the most important.

    urge the region’s progressives to start treating security as an essential component of social protection.
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    The Urgency of Sovereign-Debt Restructuring

    José Antonio Ocampo highlights the need for a comprehensive mechanism to deliver relief to low- and middle-income countries.

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