The New Yorker - 8 Jan 2018
In an unfamiliar moment, China’s pursuit of a larger role in the world coincides with America’s pursuit of a smaller one: as Donald Trump surrenders America’s global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces. In the age of “America First,” the time for China to project its own values abroad has come far sooner than expected. A must read to understand how the relations between the two countries, and between each and the rest of the world, might evolve (reads in 15-18 min).
Published in Weekly selection 5 January 2018
Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 26 Oct 2017
The Chinese government is taking quiet steps to bring Saudi Arabia’s hydrocarbon reserves firmly into its orbit. It has already expressed interest in a direct purchase of 5% of Saudi Aramco, and will want oil to be traded in yuan. This is a long-term game that will in turn increase global demand for yuan-denominated assets. The dollar’s monopoly on major oil sales may loosen gradually - and then suddenly (reads in 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 27 October 2017
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