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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 High Stakes of Climate-Risk Accounting

    Gernot Wagner & Tom Brookes show why economists can no longer ignore the need for a far more comprehensive set of welfare indicators.
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    The Cost of the Fed’s Challenged Credibility

    Mohamed A. El-Erian interprets the latest market tumult as the price of delaying monetary-policy tightening for too long.
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    Core Dangers for the Fed and China

    Stephen S. Roach

    Just as a fixation on core inflation can mislead central banks, as it has done with the US Federal Reserve, the power of a “core leader” like China’s Xi Jinping is a recipe for misdirected and ultimately unsustainable policy regimes. The very notion of a core adds a false sense of precision when addressing complex problems.

    thinks the US central bank and Chinese governance share a conceptual weakness leading to major policy blunders.
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    Amazon’s Satanic Mills

    Antara Haldar sees recent unionization efforts as a welcome response to an unethical and inhumane business model.
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    Asia’s Captive Market for Migrant Labor

    M. Niaz Asadullah highlights how an entrenched alliance of politicians, bureaucrats, and business elites is exploiting workers.
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    In Search of a Development Plan for Asia

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that bottom-up institutions – not top-down strategies – are the key to regional integration.
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    Giorgia Meloni’s Moment

    Bill Emmott sees little difference between the Brothers of Italy’s program and that of recent right-wing governments.
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    America’s Education Emergency

    Michael R. Strain calls for urgent action to make up for pandemic learning loss in light of dismal new test scores.
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    God Save the Pound?

    Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.

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