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    The trade war could be fuelling the Amazon fires

    News, David Fickling, Published on 26/08/2019

    » The fires currently consuming Brazil's Amazon rainforest seem a world away from the tense diplomacy in the US trade war with China. In truth, they're more closely connected than you might suspect.

  • OPINION

    Modern world leaders are just walking cliches

    News, Leonid Bershidsky, Published on 30/07/2019

    » One of the most striking things about Boris Johnson, who became UK prime minister, is how precisely he fits the stereotype of the eccentric upper-class Brit. With his elevation, Britain joins several major nations led by people who embody their national stereotypes and not the best of them at that. However, it could be argued that it's leaders defying such cliches who take their countries forward.

  • OPINION

    Climate change urgency grows

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 01/07/2019

    » Climate change is global in nature but it is having an especially severe impact on Asia. Chennai, one of India's largest cities, has run out of water as the summer heat intensifies. With monsoon rains below average, four lakes in the city of 4.7 million have dried up. Residents don't have enough water to drink, bathe or wash clothes, malls have closed their washrooms and restaurants are not open for customers.

  • OPINION

    We should let China spy on us

    News, David Fickling, Published on 22/04/2019

    » Even as the US and China seem headed toward a truce on trade, their rivalry is heating up in other areas.

  • OPINION

    China could outrun US next year ... or never

    News, David Fickling, Published on 11/03/2019

    » Remember when Japan was going to become the world's biggest economy?

  • OPINION

    Belt and Road: Just a vast mess?

    News, David Fickling, Published on 10/01/2019

    » Is China's Belt and Road Initiative a bold infrastructure vision, or a slush fund? The question is becoming more pressing.

  • OPINION

    China is blowing an opportunity with Meng's arrest

    News, Published on 21/12/2018

    » China is blowing the geopolitical opportunity of a lifetime. There has probably never been a better moment to undo America's greatest strategic advantage by dividing the US from its global network of democratic allies, many of which are horrified by President Trump's rhetoric and policies and deeply worried about Washington's staying power. Yet, Beijing is doing its best to remind that democratic world that it has far more to fear from a hegemonic China than from an erratic America.

  • OPINION

    China loses its Silicon Valley link

    News, Shuli Ren, Published on 11/12/2018

    » The death of a prominent Chinese scientist in the US has passed comparatively unnoticed beside the blizzard of global headlines devoted to the Huawei dispute, yet the tragedy bears upon another important aspect of Beijing's quest for technological leadership.

  • OPINION

    Xi's not for turning? Don't be so sure

    News, Published on 05/12/2018

    » As president-for-life, China's Xi Jinping is neither bound by rules nor limited by rivals. He has upended a careful political balance by concentrating power in his own hands, and overturned a cautious approach to foreign policy, while throwing in jail anyone he views as a threat. China's most dominant leader since Mao Zedong now has 90 days to head off an all-out trade war with the US provoked, in part, by his own mercantilist policies. Can anybody convince him to make a U-turn?

  • OPINION

    The long, distant echoes of World War I resonate

    News, Published on 12/11/2018

    » A hundred years ago yesterday, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I in Europe ended. It had cost tens of millions of lives, utterly destroyed the existing political order, and paved the way for the rise of fascism and a repeat performance of global conflict in the form of World War II.

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