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    To conquer the world, China must get smarter

    News, Michael Schuman, Published on 14/08/2019

    » Many investors and economists continue to believe China's rise to global economic greatness is inevitable. Modern history, however, tells us that graduating from emerging- to a developed-economy status is hardly automatic. An overly intrusive state, dependence on debt, feeble gains in productivity and poor resource allocation are all reasons to fear that China might struggle with the transition like so many nations before it.


    South Korea's president tries to rescue liberalism

    News, Michael Schuman, Published on 27/09/2017

    » While much of the world's attention is fixated on North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, something with the potential to be equally globe-rattling is taking place, generally unnoticed, in South Korea. There, new President Moon Jae-in is charting an entirely contrary course in economic policy than much of the rest of the developed world. If successful, the experiment could alter how governments tackle the most challenging problems of our day.


    South Korea's next leader must focus on growth

    News, Michael Schuman, Published on 10/05/2017

    » So much attention is being lavished on the nuclear-edged tantrums of Kim Jong-un in North Korea that the presidential election on the southern half of the Korean peninsula has gone practically unnoticed. But the outcome may be nearly as critical for the region's future as the fate of Mr Kim's weapons programme.


    Protests point to more than scandal

    News, Michael Schuman, Published on 02/12/2016

    » The first big story I covered as a young correspondent in South Korea was a corruption scandal. Two former presidents were found guilty of, among other things, amassing fortunes with payoffs from the country's major business groups, called chaebol. That was 1996.


    Is Japan simply too scared of becoming a success?

    News, Michael Schuman, Published on 02/11/2016

    » Of all of the scary economic data that routinely streams out of Japan, this statistic should terrify you: $800 million (about 28 billion baht). That's the total value of venture capital deals completed in Japan in 2015, according to accounting firm Ernst & Young. Compare that to $72 billion in the US and $49 billion in China. Even tiny Israel managed $2.6 billion in deals.

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