Prelude to a water and economic crisis?
Steady deterioration of water bodies is one of the most pressing problems facing the world today, especially in Asia, argue Cecilia Tortajada and Asit K. Biswas.
China's democratic future??
Minxin Pei recently wrote an interesting piece speculating on how China could become a democracy. But will China's future really be democratic? Could China even break up, like the former USSR?
Pros and cons of PPPs in water sector
China should be able to structure new
generation of PPPs in the water sector which would be more successful than the existing ones, argue Zhang Yingxin Louisa and Asit Biswas.
America's Chinese Dream
The US economy is wobbling slowly forward. Europe is just plain wobbling. And China has moved onto a slower growth path.
But a Chinese dream awaits America, if it wants it.
What Americans Should Know about the US-China Commercial Relationship
Ken Davies has shared with us his assessment of the US-China Business Council's 2013 report on China and the U.S. Economy.
China's foreign policy
The enigmatic nature of China's foreign policy is evident as the US pushes China to tame North Korea. An excellent SIPR paper by Linda Jakobson and Dean Knox can help us understand the enigmas.
2013 OECD China Economic Survey
Our friend Ken Davies, President of Growing Capacity, Inc., has kindly shared with us his excellent review of the OECD's 2013 China Economic Survey.
IMF's Lagarde on Asian Dream
Asia needs to rejuvenate its development strategy to fulfil the Asian dream of lasting growth and shared prosperity, according to IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
China's Liu Xiaobo
How powerful is China really when it fears the influence of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize–winning poet and essayist Liu Xiaobo to such a point that he is put in jail?
Change of direction at Asian Development Bank?
Could the Asian Development Bank be heading in a new direction under the prospective new leadership of Takehiko Nakao?
China's BO Xilai affair
The BO Xilai affair is China's biggest scandal since Tiananmen Square. But our Paris-based China watcher, Frederic Langer, argues that the West cannot wash its hands of BO's judiciary troubles.
From China bashing to China embrace
With electioneering "China bashing" now on the back-burner, the US/China economic relationship will become an increasingly important driver of US economic growth.
China's international students
China and other Asian countries lead the world in sending their youth overseas to study. But too many do not return home. Some democracy and freedom would help China here.
Doing business with China without selling our soul
We should be doing business with China without selling our soul, argues Michael Bloomfield from Harmony Foundation of Canada.
Pros and cons of shale gas for China
Shale gas in China could become a game changer. Asit Biswas, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and Julian Kirchherr explore the pros and cons.
From Outsourcing to Insourcing
As some US companies start insourcing or onshoring production back home, could Asia lose one of its motors of growth?
US-China Strategic Distrust
US Senate confirmation hearings for President Obama's foreign policy and security team will focus on Middle East issues, not on the "main game" of China, unfortunately.
China's disappearing cheap labor
For the past three decades, the Chinese economy has relied on a vast supply of cheap labor, moving from the rural country to the industralizing cities. All the signs point to this is coming to an end
Will China run out of water by 2030?
China needs a coordinated policy approach to manage water, energy and economic development, according to Asit Biswas, founder of Third World Centre for Water Management, and Julian Kirchherr.
China's investment in the West
Foreign direct investment coming from China is making waves in countries like Australia, Canada and the United States. Is it really a problem?
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