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Smoke and steam rise from a coal processing plant in Hejin in central China's Shanxi Province, November 28, 2019.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

China’s Thirst for Coal is Economically Shortsighted and Environmentally Reckless

| Aug. 18, 2020

China, as part of its plans to restart its economy, has already approved the construction of new coal-fired power plants accounting for some 17 gigawatts of energy this year, sending a collective shiver down the spines of environmentalists.

A screenshot of "The China Dashboard" a joint project of the Asia Society and Rhodium Group, June 22, 2020.

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Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

China’s Economic Crossroads

| June 19, 2020

Given China's failure to follow through on the marketization policies that it announced seven years ago, it is reasonable to be suspicious of the government's latest reform push. Much will depend on what Chinese leaders fear more: disruptive change, or a creeping malaise of their own making.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a joint statement to members of the media Great Hall of the People, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Beijing, China. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Analysis & Opinions - Asia Society

Saving Lives in America, China, and Around the World

The world is now in the midst of a once-in-a-century global health pandemic that threatens the lives and livelihoods of billions. This coronavirus transcends borders and nationalities, and until a vaccine is found, a cluster of cases in any one country will endanger the health and safety of people everywhere. For this reason, there has rarely been a time in which the fates of the world's nations were so clearly linked and where American leadership and purposeful international coordination were so urgently required.

President Donald Trump speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2020, about the coronavirus outbreak. Standing behind Trump are Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, from left, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Vice President Mike Pence. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

COVID-19 Trumps Nationalism

| Mar. 06, 2020

This virus reminds us afresh that no person or country is an island unto itself. Yet political leaders have often failed to rein in the thinly veiled racism inherent in some of the popular response to the outbreak so far. In buses, trains, and on streets around the world, Asians, particularly Chinese, have been subjected to the kind of abuse I witnessed. Now that the virus has struck Italy, are Italians next?

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a meeting with Tedros Adhanom, director general of the World Health Organization, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.

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Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

The Coronavirus and Xi Jinping’s Worldview

| Feb. 08, 2020

The wider world should show sympathy and express solidarity with the long-suffering Chinese people. These are ugly times, and the racism implicit (and sometimes explicit) in many responses to Chinese people around the world makes me question just how far we have really come as a human family. Too many people beyond China’s shores seem to have forgotten another eternal principle: “No man is an island, Entire of itself.”

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He after being given a letter in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. China's trade with the United States fell by double digits again in September amid a tariff war that threatens to tip the global economy into recession.

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

Former World Leaders: The Trade War Threatens the World’s Economy

| Oct. 11, 2019

President Trump announced on Friday a preliminary trade détente with China, saying that the two countries have a verbal agreement for an initial phase of a deal. The agreement reportedly includes concessions from China to protect American intellectual property, to accept guidelines on managing its currency and to buy tens of billions worth of American agricultural products. Washington, for its part, will not go through next month with placing more tariffs on Chinese products.

Executive Chairman of News Corp., Rupert Murdoch, gives the annual Lowy Lecture at the Town Hall in Sydney, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. The Lowy Institute is a think tank that researches political, strategic and economic issues.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Guardian

Democracy Overboard: Rupert Murdoch's Long War on Australian Politics

| Sep. 06, 2019

Australia has become the complacent country. Complacent about its future economic competitiveness. Complacent about climate change. Complacent about how to navigate our future in the region given China’s rise, America’s response and a neighbourhood increasingly torn between the two. Complacent too about the gradual erosion of our democracy itself through a growing “pay for play” culture from financial donations to political parties, an increasing assault on the independence of the public service and the abuse of monopolistic media power.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump

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Analysis & Opinions - Nikkei Asian Review

Where Will It End? The US-China Trade War and the Threat to the Global Economy

| June 19, 2019

Making sense of the U.S.-China trade war is difficult in itself. Making sense of how it may provoke a wider economic "decoupling," and impact the long-term strategic relationship between Beijing and Washington, is more difficult again.