There has been much discussion on the likely effect of Trump on the US economy. But some of this discussion fails to distinguish clearly between short term and long term effects of Trump. This can lead to wrong interpretations of events and trends as they unfold. The aim of this article is therefore to set…

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China’s key annual “two sessions,” the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, reaffirmed China’s strategic medium term goal to create a “moderately prosperous society in all respects” by 2020. But “moderately prosperous” is a specifically Chinese term. To give a clearer idea internationally of what achieving this would mean, it is enlightening to…

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An immense human catastrophe is threatening in parts of Africa and in Yemen. As the Washington Post wrote in February: “The world is in the grip of an astonishing and acute crisis: More than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, northern Nigeria and Yemen face starvation in the next six months, according to the United…

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President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow on the way to the G20 summit draws attention to a key fact of present day geopolitics: that good relations of China and Russia are the most important international guarantee of world peace. Because of the importance of this point it is necessary to understand in straightforward terms, without…

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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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When on 3 September 2015 China staged its Victory Parade, commemorating the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and China’s contribution to the World War against fascism, this was a solemn day for China and an opportunity for the world to understand events which are not only historical but without which today’s world cannot…

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