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Manfred Elfstrom April 29, 2019
Western democracies struggle to deal with a rising China amid new policies on trade, security and cultural outreach. Manfred Elfstrom reviews trends including concentration of political power with increased oversight and demands for absolute loyalty; reduced emphasis and delays on domestic reforms, including work conditions or the social safety net; and attempts to contain grassroots efforts to...
April 26, 2019
China leads in pork consumption, and its pig population is the world’s largest. Over the past year, the nation has battled African swine fever among its stock. With the United States and China embroiled in trade talks, the epidemic is another major disruption for the industry. The only solution is for farmers to cull their herds with humane procedures and avoid cross-contamination with...
April 25, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte has lost patience with 100 containers of Canadian trash sitting in a port for years, suggesting he would declare “war” and return the containers to Canada himself. The angry rant captured global media attention. The containers include household and electronic garbage. “More than 100 of the containers were shipped to Manila by a Canadian company in 2013 and 2014, improperly...
April 24, 2019
China and India at times engage in a process of mythmaking and historical erasure in championing their thousands of years of history. A recent article for the Economist observes, “Nowhere more than in Asia do states and their rulers tend to think they represent not just, say, defined territories or peoples with a shared language, but rather whole civilizations, often cosmically ordained.” However...
Karma Allen April 18, 2019
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is nothing short of audacious in his dealings with the United States as a world superpower. The dictator lured the US president into two summits, then balked on taking any steps toward agreement for reducing North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Amid discussions about a third summit, the country claims to have tested a new tactical guided weapon and called for removal...
April 17, 2019
China posts a high savings rate, but the country needs pension reforms. Some workers do not receive benefits to which they are entitled. The median age is 37.3 and with a low fertility rate and improved health care, the population is aging. Caixin describes the pension system in crisis and need for national coordination with fair distribution among provinces – “an inevitable requirement for the...
Huileng Tan April 16, 2019
Emerging economies throughout Asia initially welcomed Chinese investment, but questions emerge during election campaigns. Indonesians vote on Wednesday, and surveys report 53 percent express favorable views of China. “During his term, President Joko Widodo actively courted Chinese investment to push through large infrastructure projects in the sprawling archipelago that is Indonesia,” reports...