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How Xi Jinping is Ruining China’s Dream of a Century of Dominance

Xi Jinping’s ascend to power in 2013 meant there was no doubt that this century would be China’s century – an economic heavyweight on a historically unparalleled upward trajectory. But all of this has changed now, and almost all of it can be traced back to Xi himself. Xi Jinping’s government holds a great deal…

How coronavirus sparked a wave of innovation in India

Entrepreneurs and innovators across India have responded quickly to the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Around the world, social distancing and contact tracing have been the buzzwords of the response to COVID-19. A particular problem as lockdowns begin to ease will be how to stop the virus spreading in public spaces such as airports or…

China’s Latest Coronavirus Outbreak Underscores Continued Threat

This article was originally published in Time and the author is Ken Moritsugu. (BEIJING) — China’s capital was bracing Monday for a resurgence of the coronavirus after more than 100 new cases were reported in recent days in a city that hadn’t seen a case of local transmission in more than a month. The United…

Facebook’s Libra 2.0: Why you might like it even if we can’t trust Facebook

This article was originally published by the Brookings Institution. Facebook’s 2019 announcement of the creation of Libra, a new digital “stablecoin,” was met with widespread criticism. Timothy Massad reexamines the proposal, which has since been significantly modified, and asks whether digital currencies can help improve access to financial services. Read more here; http://www.asiascot.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/FacebookLibra.pdf

CHINA IN CENTRAL ASIA: IS CHINA WINNING THE “NEW GREAT GAME”?

China now touches virtually every region in the world. In the latest installment of the Brookings Institute Global China project, its experts examine the effects of Beijing’s increasing involvement in Central Asia. This paper takes issue with the U.S. narrative that Chinese activities in Central Asia are, on balance, damaging to the interests of those…

What’s fueling the India-China border skirmish?

After weeks of rising tensions along India’s northwest border with China, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese forces, the most significant skirmish between the two countries since 1967. In this transcript of a Brookings podcast, Brookings Senior Fellow Tanvi Madan lays out potential motivations for China’s escalation, and how it may…

Less globalization, more multilateralism

This article was originally published by Project Syndicate. With the COVID-19 catastrophe having laid bare the vulnerabilities inherent in a hyper-connected, just-in-time global economy, a retreat from globalization increasingly seems inevitable. To some extent, this may be desirable. But achieving positive outcomes will depend on deep, inclusive, and effective multilateralism. One of the most powerful…

CHINA’S INDIAN OCEAN AMBITIONS: INVESTMENT, INFLUENCE, AND MILITARY ADVANTAGE

“Although China’s ultimate aims in the Indian Ocean remain somewhat ambiguous, it is clear that the Chinese leadership is actively pursuing capabilities that would allow it to undertake a range of military missions in the region.” In the latest installment of the Brookings Institution Global China series this article, written by Joshua White, explains China’s expansion…

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