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Xi Triumphant

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President Xi Jinping has dramatically consolidated his power, emerging from the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress as China’s strongest leader since Mao Zedong. Project Syndicate contributors weigh the implications for China, Asia, and the world.

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  1. China’s Vision for the Next 30 Years
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    China’s Vision for the Next 30 Years

    Nov 14, 2017 Zhang Jun considers what the country is likely to achieve in the next 30 years – and what could stand in its way.

  2. China’s New World Order?
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    China’s New World Order?

    Nov 10, 2017 Ramesh Thakur explains how China’s leaders can succeed at positioning their country for global leadership.

  3. Mr. Trump Goes to China
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    Mr. Trump Goes to China

    Nov 6, 2017 Richard Haass says that North Korea will be the biggest issue by far when the US president meets Chinese President Xi Jinping.

  4. What Does Xi Jinping Want?
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    What Does Xi Jinping Want?

    Nov 3, 2017 Keyu Jin argues that China's president wants to create a legacy comprising three key components.

  5. Asia’s New Entente
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sam Panthaky/Getty Images

    Asia’s New Entente

    Nov 3, 2017 Brahma Chellaney is hopeful that cooperation among the Indo-Pacific region's democracies will continue to deepen.

  6. Why China’s Capital-Account Liberalization Has Stalled
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    Why China’s Capital-Account Liberalization Has Stalled

    Oct 31, 2017 Yu Yongding explains how a rapid decline in net foreign assets has forced officials to put currency convertibility on hold.

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    Iran’s Succession Crisis Is a Legitimacy Crisis

    Abbas Milani explains why few Iranians within or outside the country truly mourn the death of President Ebrahim Raisi.
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    Central Banks’ New-Old Inflationary Bias

    Kenneth Rogoff explains why policymakers are more likely to risk higher prices during periods of economic uncertainty.
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    Can AI Improve Family Life?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter & Avni Patel Thompson foresee parents and other caregivers spending more time on meaningful activities, and less time on drudgery.
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    Maxims for the AI Age

    Reid Hoffman

    Far too often, debates about technology, innovation, and progress fall into crude dichotomies – humans versus machines, utopia versus dystopia – that distract from the matter at hand. Rather than fixating on extremes, we should adopt a more nuanced and historically informed view of our tools, and of ourselves.

    offers six principles to guide our thinking about the technology's potential risks and rewards.
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    Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Advances the Fight Against Climate Change

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how the European Union’s carbon-price mechanism could encourage other countries to follow suit.
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    Africa Can’t Prosper Without Regional Trade

    Kingsley Moghalu argues that the continent has been missing a key ingredient of robust, sustained growth.
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    Divestment from Israel Will Not Bring Peace

    Anne O. Krueger argues that meeting protesters' demand would weaken US universities – one of America’s sources of strength.
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    The US-China Trade War Heats Up

    A spate of new US tariffs on Chinese goods has raised the specter of full economic decoupling between the world’s two largest economies. For many observers, the measures are not only misguided, but also counter-productive, with the potential to undermine economic dynamism, hamper climate action, and trigger geopolitical conflict.

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    The Indian Election and the Country’s Economic Future

    Raghuram G. Rajan

    Economically, India today feels like a place of limitless possibilities. But with only a narrow window in which to grow rich before it grows old, the policy decisions it makes today will have an outsize influence on its future prospects.

    worries that the country will squander its massive potential by trying to emulate China's growth strategy.

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