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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. vladimirov1_John WrefordSOPA ImagesLightRocket via Getty Images_russian oil John Wreford/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

    Europe Must Clamp Down on Russian Oil Flows Through Turkey

    Martin Vladimirov urges policymakers to close the sanctions loophole that allows the Kremlin to sell fossil fuels to the EU.
  2. mcarthur3_Michael Kappelerpicture alliance via Getty Images_SDGs Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

    Rebooting the Sustainable Development Goals

    John W. McArthur & Zia Khan urge political, business, and civil-society leaders to foster the big ideas needed to meet the 2030 targets.
  3. goldberg30_ Nikolas KokovlisNurPhoto via Getty Images_greece work week Nikolas Kokovlis/NurPhoto via Getty Images

    Is Greece’s Six-Day Work Week a Harbinger?

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg points out that the country is facing the same demographic problem as almost all advanced economies.
  4. op_gierok1_floortjeGetty Images_euro floortje/Getty Images

    The Euro and Its Imperial Ancestors

    Victoria Gierok

    At 25, the euro has come of age at a time when European politics is tending toward fragmentation and a renewed emphasis on national sovereignty. To determine whether it will last, it helps to consult the history of earlier common-currency projects.

    draws lessons from earlier experiments with common currencies across disparate polities and economies.
  5. parrado4_ERNESTO BENAVIDESAFP via Getty Images_infrastructure development ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP via Getty Images

    Overcoming Political Short-Termism in Latin America

    Eric Parrado envisions independent institutions empowered to devise and implement long-term development-related policies.
  6. salehiisfahani9_ATTA KENAREAFP via Getty Images_pezeshkianzarif Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

    Iran’s Economy Needs a New Deal with the West

    Djavad Salehi-Isfahani shows that pursuing sanctions relief is the only solution to the country's stagflation.
  7. adebajo8KOLA SULAIMONAFP via Getty Images_tinubu KOLA SULAIMON/AFP via Getty Images

    Africa’s Hobbled Hegemons

    Adekeye Adebajo

    In the face of regional turmoil, rising extremism, and heightened geopolitical tensions, Africa urgently needs strong leadership. But its two most significant regional powers, Nigeria and South Africa, are too constrained by domestic challenges to represent Africa’s interests effectively on the world stage.

    examines the causes of political and economic malaise in Nigeria and South Africa.
  8. ltobin2_Brett CoomerHouston Chronicle via Getty Images_USmanufacturingrobot Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images

    The US Needs a Techno-Industrial Strategy

    Liza Tobin & Addis Goldman outline a three-pronged approach that would entrench American leadership in advanced industries.
  9. strain29_ Bonnie CashGetty Images_powell Bonnie Cash/Getty Images

    The Fed Should Not Cut Interest Rates Yet

    Michael R. Strain argues that declaring victory over inflation, while tempting, would be to misread current economic conditions.

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