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Cai Tongxu July 11, 2017
The Chinese are eager for television shows about China, and development of new content – reality shows, game shows, gossip shows and more – attracts millions of yuan in investments. “After years of being accused of ripping off foreign television hits, Chinese variety show producers have started scripting their own templates to feed the hunger for homegrown content,” reports Cai Tongxu for Caixin...
Laurence Norman, Emre Peker and Alastair Gale July 7, 2017
Developed nations continue to organize trade deals and set new trade rules even as the United States is promoting “America first” policies. Japan and the European Union announced that they have agreed on terms of a new trade deal as the G20 summit was getting underway. “If approved, the pact would represent a significant opening of the once heavily-protected Japanese market,” reports the Wall...
Nayan Chanda July 5, 2017
Foreign leaders are discovering that they avoid criticism from the US president by praising Donald Trump and avoiding serious debate on topics of disagreement like climate change. A meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the latest US “transactional approach to foreign policy,” explains Nayan Chanda, founding editor of YaleGlobal Online in his column for the Times of India. “Trump...
Jeffrey Frankel June 29, 2017
In a prelude to renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement that US President Trump promised on the campaign trail, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross recently concluded a deal with Mexico over sugar production. The sugar industry, however, still wants stricter protections from imported Mexican sugar when negotiations begin. In Project Syndicate, Jeffrey Frankel argues that the...
May 15, 2017
China’s summit on a modern-day Silk Road – encouraging infrasructure development, trade and other connections – is the antithesis to protectionism or extreme nationalism. The One Belt, One Road initiative is “a multi-year plan to build a web of infrastructure and transport links connecting Asia, Europe, Africa and other regions,” explains Deutsche Welle, adding that some countries express concern...
Martin Wolf March 30, 2017
The British government officially notified the EU of its intention to leave – an admission that a prominent and pragmatic member could not influence the larger governing structure or find agreement with other European members. The decision is a tragedy for both sides “Even if the exit negotiations go well,” explains Martin Wolf for the Financial Times. “Economically, [the UK] will lose favourable...
Humphrey Hawksley March 22, 2017
Britain will give formal notice March 29 on exiting the European Union. “Britain has suddenly become a place of uncertainty for investors – from Asia and the rest of the world,” explains Humphrey Hawksley for Nikkei Asian Review. “Already, thousands of Asian companies that are integral to the British economy are slowing or reversing expansion plans.” Hawksley points that the UK’s share of the...

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