Greetings! May I first wish you a joyful and rewarding summer.
As the world order keeps on shifting, there is much restlessness in the air. The dust is far from settled over Ukraine. The Pivot to Asia, supported by a resurgent, if revisionist, Japan, is at loggerheads with an assertive China. The waters of the East and South China Seas are becoming more turbulent with sharpening territorial disputes.
Amidst the uncertainty, how sustainable is the China story, given the country’s enormous domestic and external challenges? What is going on behind the massive anti-corruption drive? On the currency front, is the RMB going to become fully convertible sooner than expected? Geopolitically, is a New Cold War around the corner? What is China's plan with Russia? Would the G20 be able to offer any solutions? What are the likely global trends out to 2040?
For these and other searching questions of the day, the following materials may offer you some food for thought, perhaps to be enjoyed at the poolside during your summer break.
- Reading China's Tea Leaves 2014 ( Keynote Presentation at an Institutional Investor event, the Asia TraderForum Annual Meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong)
- "The power struggle behind China’s corruption crackdown" - (A Reuters Report here )
- $14.5 billion of suspected ill-gotten gains seized in China's biggest corruption investigation of the century (Live TV interview on Skype with Aljazeera English Channel here )
- Ascent of the RMB - A Roadmap as at May 2014 (A report by ASIFMA (Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association) )
- China's new environmental law more promising than expected (An analytical commentary )
- Are inclusive institutions the inevitable winner? (An analytical commentary)
- China's Urban Dreams and the Regional Reality (Economic Intelligence Unit reports Click here )
- Six megatrends that drive China today, for better or worse (From a McKinsey panel discussion on The One Hour China Book. Click here)
- Star War weapons: China and US in global space arms race? (TV panel discussion on Inside Story with Aljazeera English here )
- A reassessment of China's ballistic and nuclear deterrence capabilities (An article in The National Interest, Washington D.C.)
- A Rising China, India and the US - A Triangular Relationship in a Multipolar World (Feature article in The Global Analyst, India)
- China and the US must avert conflict in the future by building trust now
(Top-story Op-ed article in the South China Morning Post (SCMP) of 21 May)
- Vietnam - Whys and wherefores over disputes with China (A CCTV Special Program (in Putongua with English subtitles))
- What's behind Russia's massive energy deal with China?
(SCMP article and live TV interview with RT) Click here
- Implications of President Xi's visit to the EU (Live TV interview with RT)
"Ukraine: A Prize Neither Russia Nor the West Can Afford to Win" - Brookings (An analytical commentary)
- A Second Cold War looms in the horizon (An analytical commentary)
- New Silk Road: China, Russia strengthen trade ties amid Western sanctions (Live TV interview with RT)
- Russia may lean on China's Union Pay system (Live interview with RT)
- What next Ukraine? (A presentation to the EGN (Executive Global Network) Founding Chairmen's Group, Hong Kong)
- The truth about the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (A China-centric documentary film)
- G20's Vision 2020 - Can it Revive Global Growth? (Feature article published in The Global Analyst, India)
- "China gasses up for a new Golden Age" (A medium-term outlook by the IEA on the Golden Age of Gas)
- An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development - New MDGs needed (A report by the UN Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
- Global Strategic Trends - Out to 2040 (A report for the UK Ministry of Defense by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC))
- How Hong Kong's political reform plan can be made more realistic (Top-story SCMP Op-ed article)
- Mainland visitor's child urination incident in Hong Kong (Live TV interview on CCTV Beijing)
Cheer up and chill out
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