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Alibaba founder Jack Ma speaks during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Meet the Man Poised to Take Over the World Economy

| Jan. 29, 2018

The most interesting man at Davos was not He Who Must Not Be Named. (In the style of the Harry Potter books, I’m going to omit the name of the Dark Lord, otherwise known as the president of the United States. To be frank, I’m bored of him.) No, the most interesting man at this year’s World Economic Forum was a rather scrawny 53-year-old former English teacher from Hangzhou in eastern China whose business is poised to take over the world economy: Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Alibaba.

An anti-globalization demonstrator shouts slogans during a march against the North American Leaders summit in Guadalajara on Sunday August 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo

Analysis & Opinions - Global Times

The Myth of the Liberal International Order

| Jan. 11, 2018

The phrase international order reminds me of the phrase Western civilization. As Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi wittily replied when asked about Western civilization, "It would be a good idea." The notion that international order exists or has ever existed seems highly questionable to me. The notion of a liberal international order is even more questionable because it is neither liberal, nor international, nor very orderly.

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a joint press briefing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Jan. 9, 2018 (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool).

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool

Analysis & Opinions - Institut Montaigne

Macron’s Travel Diaries - First Step: China

| Jan. 08, 2018

Macron’s decision to start off the year with a trip to China carries a symbolic weight, which adds a special aura to his arrival in Beijing. Elected in May by 66% of the French electorate and supported by a strong parliamentary majority, the President was able to assert his power and authority. A quality much appreciated by Chinese leaders, who are astounded by Angela Merkel and Theresa May’s fragility, despite their respective successes in their countries’ parliamentary elections. 

People walk in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

AP Photo/Sergei Grits

Analysis & Opinions - The Brookings Institution

The New Geopolitics of Central Asia: China Vies for Influence in Russia's Backyard

| Jan. 02, 2018

Kazakhstan is a critical node and is now on the verge of China’s embrace. Not surprisingly, the government in Astana is keen to benefit from the project: It seeks to diversify its economy away from exporting oil and natural resources and wants to improve its road and rail infrastructures in order to expand its logistics sector. If successful, this could help Kazakhstan move from being a middle-income to a high-income country.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Premier Li Keqiang walk across the Monument to the People's Heroes during a ceremony marking Martyrs' Day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

Analysis & Opinions - Institut Montaigne

China: Xi Jinping's 2021 Countdown

| Dec. 19, 2017

2017 will be remembered as the year of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, a key moment in the regime’s history. On October 18, the party emphasized “the Chinese nation’s great rejuvenation” under the leadership of a much strengthened General Secretary. Although Xi Jinping had been in power for the previous five years, no one had been able, back in 2012, to anticipate the kind of leader he was going to become. We now know better.

From left, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan, U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump are shown at the Great Hall of the people in Beijing on Thursday, November 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

AP Photo/Andy Wong

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Trump has Ceded Economic Leadership to China

| Nov. 15, 2017

President Donald Trump’s recent Asia trip casts further doubts about America’s long-term standing and commitment in the region. In particular, his “America first” speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam cast a shadow on America’s willingness to cooperate with Asian allies.

Journalists take pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping, front row center, and his cadres stand for the Communist song during the closing ceremony for the 19th Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 24, 2017 (AP Photo/Andy Wong).

AP Photo/Andy Wong

Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

When China Leads

| Oct. 27, 2017

For the last 40 years, China has implemented a national strategy that, despite its many twists and turns, has produced the economic and political juggernaut we see today. It would be reckless to assume, as many still do in the US, Europe, and elsewhere, that China’s transition to global preeminence will somehow simply implode, under the weight of the political and economic contradictions they believe to be inherent to the Chinese model.