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China’s Challenges

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The Chinese authorities' grand policy pronouncements of recent months have given rise to serious concerns about President Xi Jinping's ability to overcome the powerful vested interests that are impeding economic rebalancing and long-term growth. Can China sustain its rapid economic and political rise, or will domestic malaise undermine its regional and global ambitions?

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  1. The Perils of Financial Freedom
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    The Perils of Financial Freedom

    May 9, 2014 Adair Turner warns that full liberalization of China's bank sector could lead to another global crisis.

  2. Russia and the Silk Road Approach
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    Russia and the Silk Road Approach

    May 6, 2014 Ana Palacio emphasizes the economic and security benefits of China's latest initiative.

  3. China is Still Number Two
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    China is Still Number Two

    May 5, 2014 Jeffrey Frankel pours cold water on the claim that the US economy has been surpassed.

  4. Global Ground Zero in Asia

    Global Ground Zero in Asia

    Apr 30, 2014 Nouriel Roubini says that if the global order blows up, the detonation will occur in Asia.

  5. Reimagining China’s Urban Future

    Reimagining China’s Urban Future

    Apr 30, 2014 Bert Hofman highlights the institutional reforms needed to keep migration on track and inequality in check.

  6. Asia’s Giants Under New Management

    Asia’s Giants Under New Management

    Apr 21, 2014 Kishore Mahbubani assesses the enormous global impact implied by leadership shifts in India, Indonesia, and China.

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    Reckoning With a New Authoritarian Bloc

    Joschka Fischer considers the implications of a northern Asian alliance that exists primarily to challenge American hegemony.
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    Is Europe Too Big for Further Enlargement?

    Ana Palacio warns that even if candidates meet accession criteria, decision-making processes would need to be reformed.
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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.
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    Is the Quad Becoming a Potemkin Alliance?

    Brahma Chellaney fears that US President Joe Biden’s conciliatory approach toward China is undermining Indo-Pacific security.
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    The High Costs of the New US Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg

    Every time one set of protectionist measures against China disappoints, the United States escalates its economic war in the hope that additional restrictions will prove more effective. Yet by slapping massive tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, America has laid bare its own hypocrisy and economic vulnerabilities.

    laments the Biden administration's embrace of costly, futile efforts to outcompete low-cost rivals.
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    How G7 Leaders Can Unlock Financing for Africa

    William Ruto

    With many African countries trapped in perpetual cycles of debt, financing investment in sustainable development has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. The situation demands that wealthy countries step up and offer debt relief and cancellation, in addition to more concessional and long-term financing.

    urges wealthy countries to help bring the global financial system into line with the developing world's needs.
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    The Threat of Trumpflation and a Fed War

    J. Bradford DeLong thinks monetary hawks should be more worried about the return of a populist demagogue to the White House.
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    Is China Too Old to Get Rich?

    Yi Fuxian explains why the country’s rising median age is at the root of its current malaise.
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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.

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