- Robert I. Rotberg , Founding Director of Program on Intrastate Conflict, Harvard Kennedy School
Oct 20 , 2016Zimbabwe’s Central Mashonaland province once produced abundant quantities of high-quality tobacco. Production then dropped heavily when Zimbabwean politicians took control of the farms and neglected the lands. But this may change, as Mugabe recently leased five large farms in the area to Chinese entrepreneurs. This development may increase tobacco production and help uplift the local economy.
- Wang Yusheng , Executive Director, China Foundation for Int'l Studies
Oct 18 , 2016Uniting and representing a great number of developing countries, BRICS will continue to be a major dialogue partner of the G7 on the G20 platform. BRICS is eager for international peace and stability, and it calls for a fairer and more reasonable international order and its due say in international affairs.
- Wu Sike , Member on Foreign Affairs Committee, CPPCC
Oct 14 , 2016Economic and trade cooperation plays a prominent role in the global economic governance system. With both countries facing new economic environments and opportunities, it’s extremely importance to deepen cooperation for their own benefits and for overall global prosperity.
- The decline in global oil prices means China pays less for its Venezuelan oil, but on the other hand, the situation has made it harder for Venezuela to pay its other debts. The country is having a terrible time acquiring badly-needed foreign imports, such as medicine and food. The fault lies less with China’s loans, credits and investments, but the failure to use such resources in establishing a functioning, and far more dynamic, economy.
- Tom Watkins , Advisor, University of Michigan Confucius Institute
Oct 05 , 2016While Chinese challenges abound, no one should denigrate the remarkable progress the country has made in recent history. Failure will not be an option for China. The world needs China’s leaders to work at rebalancing their own economy. This will require building better social safety nets and managing the Chinese people’s expectations, hopes and “Chinese Dreams.”
- Claims that the recovery is an illusion are demonstrably false, but there are pitfalls ahead that the new president and Congress must recognize, including a decline in productivity, the unconventional monetary policy and political paralysis in Washington.
- Walker Rowe , Publisher, Southern Pacific Review
Oct 04 , 2016Greatly due to the slowdown of the Chinese economy, economic growth in the commodity-driven economies of Latin America has fallen off about half from its high point. Although the situation is not yet dire, unless these countries find a new market, their commodity-driven economies are in for a prolonged period of slower growth.
- Liu Junhong , Researcher, Chinese Institute of Contemporary Int'l Relations
Oct 03 , 2016China’s ties with the two US allies continue to evolve, as Beijing develops new consensus with Seoul but finds accommodation with Tokyo more challenging. Domestic politics in the US and Japan may cast a shadow on future progress in China’s bilateral relations with both South Korea and Japan.
- Kemel Toktomushev , Research Fellow, University of Central Asia
Oct 03 , 2016Skeptics of land reforms throughout the world fear that land redistribution in developing states may further victimize those who are already more disadvantaged and marginalized. And recent unrests in Kazakhstan due to Chinese investors demonstrate such concerns, highlighting land reform to be a complicated process with the potential of igniting social movements and mass mobilizations.
- Dan Steinbock , Research Director, India China and America Institute
Sep 27 , 2016On October 1, the Chinese renminbi officially becomes the fifth international reserve currency. Until recently, Washington played geopolitics to defer the renminbi’s internationalization. But what about Wall Street?