East Asia
Political economy

How Xi Jinping is exacerbating China’s economic misery

Market dynamism requires the rule of law and freedom of speech, so authoritarianism limits economic growth

Traditional agriculture

Traditional agricultural ecosystems harbour remarkable biodiversity

Examples from China illustrate the exceptional value of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

Bail-out lending

Disagreement between China and the Paris Club

China is aware of sovereign-debt nightmare, but cannot solve problems on its own

Fiscal space

Economies in limbo

Progress on resolving sovereign-debt crises remains dangerously slow

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How Beijing managed to calm protests fast

In view of nation-wide rallies, China reversed its zero-covid policy

International finance institutions

Two multilateral banks based in China

What the NDB and AIIB have in common – and how they differ

International relations

A brief history of the BRICS

Why Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa as a group are no real counterweight to the US-led G7


Why Xi Jinping’s government is weaker than it seems

If you think China is the irresistibly rising world power, spare a thought for Oscar winner Chloé Zhao

Development finance

China is offering alternatives to IMF programmes

Why it may be a good thing that Chinese lending is reducing the clout of the IMF

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