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With the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China underway, China is eager to show its democratic credentials. But how can a country ruled by a single political party even pretend to be democratic? READ MORE

October 21, 2017

Want a leader who will lock up all the crooked politicians, put a fire under lazy government bureaucrats, and make the country great again? Look no further than China’s Xi Jinping. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

Geopolitics is dead. Long live geoeconomics. Since the turn of the millennium, the geoeconomics of sanctions and sweeteners has slowly been replacing the geopolitics of diplomacy and war. READ MORE

October 3, 2017

The real value in today’s economy isn’t in ports and railroads, or even in the things that move through them. The real value is in people – and in the networks that connect them. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Its repeat record of industrial renewal has made Apple the most profitable company in the world. It has also created a new economic system that spans the Pacific region, from California in the east to Sichuan in the west and everywhere in between. READ MORE

September 12, 2017

Matchmaking has now become something of a competitive sport in China’s biggest cities. Chinese mothers are known to be extremely competitive, and protective of their own children’s reputation. READ MORE

September 4, 2017

The Opium Wars are probably the only actual shooting wars in history that are named after a drug. It wouldn’t be so surprising if the Opium Wars fought between the United Kingdom and China in 1839-1842 and 1856-1860 had been given the label by aggrieved Chinese historians to highlight the key role played by drug trafficking in British imperialism, but that’s not what happened. READ MORE

August 12, 2017

The greatest wealth that Chinese students have to offer Western universities is not in their wallets or their parents’ bank accounts. It is in their minds. And they are eager to share it. READ MORE

August 8, 2017