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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
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    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
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    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.

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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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