The New Yorker - 19 Jun 2017
This is a scathing critic of Graham Allison’s book and contention that a war between China and the US is much more likely than we think. Ian Buruma thinks not and explains why. In his view, Allison underrates the many factures that could slow things down quite soon. He also comments on several other books recently published on the same subject (reads in about 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 23 June 2017
Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 6 Jun 2017
This is an interesting and intriguing proposition: at the moment, China and Europe are forging ahead without the US. The researcher argues that increasing division between the EU and the US may mark the beginning of a new China-EU axis in global politics. This started during the annual EU-China Summit on June 1–2 when the two sides forged a new green alliance to combat global warming, but it may extend to a monetary axis and even problem areas such as trade and security (reads in about 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 10 June 2017
Project Syndicate - 25 May 2017
The article’s title is the name of a popular course Roach has given at Yale since 2010. Once an adapter to globalization, China is increasingly a driver of it. The Next China is becoming a Global China, upping the ante on its connection to an increasingly integrated world. It is shaping up to be more outwardly focused, more assertive, and more power-centric than Roach envisaged a few years ago. At the same time, there appears to be less commitment to a market-based reform agenda featuring private consumption and SOE restructuring (reads in 5-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 26 May 2017