Posts by John Ross

The new shape of world politics – disorder in the West, stability in the East

The following article on ‘The New Shape of World Politics – Disorder in the West, Stability in the East’ analyses the reasons for the Trump administration introducing tariffs against China and the background to the recent G7 and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summits. It was originally published in Chinese by Sina Finance Opinion Leaders, therefore some issues…

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China’s socialist ‘reform and opening up’ improved the lives of a greater proportion of humanity than any other country in human history

An earlier article in this series marking the 40th anniversary of China’s ‘Reform and Opening Up’ showed that ​China since 1978 is the fastest sustained growth by a major economy in human history. But this historic fact, although extraordinary in its own right, actually considerably understates the immense scale of China’s achievement. The reason for this…

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Why a US-China ‘Thucydides Trap’ can be avoided

  Discussion of a supposed China-US ‘Thucydides trap’ is based on a sentence from ancient Greek historian Thucydides on the Athens-Sparta war of classical Greece: ‘It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this inspired in Sparta that made war inevitable.’ The comparison asserted is that China’s rise, confronted with a US ‘superpower’,…

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Solar power illustrates China’s manufacturing future

The decisive global role being played by China in leading the way in the development of renewable energy is now being recognised in the Western media – see the Financial Times article ‘The East is turning green’ summarised on this site’s blog. The Financial Times rightly notes of China and India: ‘both countries are set…

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The American Way leads to Americans dying early

American politicians remorselessly claim that theirs is the ‘greatest country’ and the ‘American way’ is the best way. But if so it poses a puzzling question – ‘why do American’s die so young’? The significance of the question can easily be seen by looking at the facts. ​ Figure 1 show life expectancy in the…

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Comparison of Hong Kong and ‘poor whites’ in the US South

July 1st 2017 was the 20th anniversary of the correction of one of the great crimes against China and of one of the dirtiest episodes in Britain’s history. It was be the anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to China. China’s President Xi Jinping has strongly stressed that reunification with Hong Kong was a…

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How Singapore achieved a higher per capita GDP than the US

​The economic development of Singapore under is famous as one of the greatest success stories in history. Singapore has become the only Asian country to achieve a higher per capita gross domestic product than the United States by every measure. To have achieved this from the starting point of a third world country, and during a…

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