By our special commentator. We are now in the year 2016. The US is hot with its presidential election and Donald Trump is sure to win. The European Union has been harassed with a refugee crisis and anti-terror campaign, besides Great Britain’s...
2016 has just passed; we can sum up three "black swan" events during this year: On March 15, AlphaGO beat the smartest chess player of the world, Li Shishi. June 24, the British held a referendum, decided to come out of...
He has a point on intellectual property. But his solution is misguided. You may have a sense of deja vu. Once again, Donald Trump's administration is stirring up a trade dispute with China. Once again, it's doing so ineptly and without any...
By Yukon Huang The recent sixth plenum of China's top party leadership concluded that "China will focus on combating asset bubbles and preventing economic and financial risk." This statement reflects widespread worries about two possible bubbles — a debt bubble...
Equity investors across the world are positioned for the nirvana of synchronised and accelerating global expansion led by China and the US. What they may instead get is a synchronised Sino-American slap in the face. Analysts at UBS say the...

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By Lianlong The strategist Guan Zhong said: "The administration of the country must take it the first priority to enrich the people." How to enrich its people? Economic development and trade, according to Guan Zhong. To solve the problem of people's food and clothing, the ancient economists...
In January, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Xi Jinping of China called his country a champion of free trade and globalisation. And at an international conference in Beijing in May, he laid out China's grand...
By Klaus Larres November 16, 2016 A visit to China by Germany’s economics minister highlighted a blunter approach to bilateral relations. The prolonged honeymoon between China and Germany has come to an abrupt halt. In Berlin awareness has grown that Beijing...
By Wade Shepard I was surprised when the owner of the run-down, 82 square meter apartment outside of the core downtown area of Xiamen that I once rented told me that he was selling it for nearly US$300,000. The apartment was...
Christopher Pyne’s speech given to the Henry Jackson Society in London this year, ‘The Rise of China and the Future of US Asia-Pacific Policy – a View from Australia’, has been lauded by Greg Sheridan for its intellectual rigour...
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Chinese influence is more than just ‘soft power’ and we need...

On a warm Sunday summer evening a few years ago, two officials from the Chinese consulate in Sydney travelled to Melbourne to send a...

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