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Is China Falling?

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Uncertainty about China’s economy is roiling financial markets worldwide. But just how serious is the threat to China’s long-term prospects and to global economic stability?

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  1. China’s Political Interventions
    China market collapse Hitoshi Yamada/ZumaPress

    China’s Political Interventions

    Aug 28, 2015 Koichi Hamada explains why a highly managed economy can produce more instability than a free one.

  2. What Should China Do?
    Xi Jinping Rao Aimin/ZumaPress

    What Should China Do?

    Aug 26, 2015 Michael J. Boskin underscores the danger to long-term stability implied by reversion to state control of the economy.

  3. China’s Complexity Problem
    Communist Party of China leaders Ma Zhancheng/ZumaPress

    China’s Complexity Problem

    Aug 25, 2015 Stephen S. Roach asks whether the country's leaders are juggling too many policy objectives.

  4. The New “Two Chinas” Question
    shanghai at night Shanghai/Wang Gang/ZumaPress

    The New “Two Chinas” Question

    Aug 21, 2015 Richard Haass identifies choices confronting the country's leaders that are as difficult as they are unavoidable.

  5. China’s Debt Termites
    Renminbi burnt bills epSos.de/Flickr

    China’s Debt Termites

    Aug 19, 2015 Gene Frieda highlights the risk that local government liabilities pose to the Chinese economy.

  6. The Value of China’s Devaluation
    China gold army statue Benjamin Jakabek/Flickr

    The Value of China’s Devaluation

    Aug 19, 2015 Benjamin J. Cohen concludes that China's long-term strategy for its currency remains on track.

  1. neier64_ALEXANDER NEMENOVAFP via Getty Images_putinbrezhnev Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images

    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
  3. op_anheier13_CHRISTOF STACHEAFP via Getty Images_scholzbaerbockhabecklindner Christof Stache/AFP via Getty Images

    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
  4. coyle29_ Frank Rumpenhorstpicture alliance via Getty Images_chatgpt Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance via Getty Images

    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
  5. nye238_Kevin DietschGetty Images_biden kishida Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
  6. zhang59_JADE GAOAFP via Getty Images_chinahousing Jade Gao/AFP via Getty Images

    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
  7. BP inflation hawks China News Service / Contributor via Getty Images

    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

  8. boly1_Giovanni MereghettiUCGUniversal Images Group via Getty Images_agriculture rwanda Giovanni Mereghetti/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
  9. borrell19_ FADEL SENNAAFP via Getty Images_ukrainewar Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images

    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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