Two huge coronavirus shocks The coronavirus is literally a life and death issue for millions of people – this is why it is totally dominating mass attention and the media. It has also simultaneously produced a gigantic global economic shock. It is impossible to separate these two issues because the coronavirus’s impact on the global…

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Below is the translation of a key article evaluating the current situation of the coronavirus epidemic both in China and internationally by one of China’s most followed and influential Chinese foreign policy commentators, Zhan Hao. Zhan Hao’s early article on the coronavirus threat on 29 January, ‘In response to the Wuhan epidemic,’ had 19 million…

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‘At least two other organizations have more power over [US financial] markets than the White House. They are the US Federal Reserve and the Chinese Communist Party. Trump does not directly control either of them.’ This brutal analysis is particularly significant as it is by one of the most senior and accurate Western specialists on…

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‘People centred development’, including special emphasis on ‘green growth,’ was a central theme of this year’s annual China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) – its legislative body. The focus of the NPC, together with the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) which is held simultaneously, is always primarily domestic. However, China’s domestic agenda necessarily impacts on…

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