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  1. April 9, 2014

    Rising inequality is a blemish on Asia’s growth story

    Deng Xiaoping said: “Let some people get rich first.” He was referring to China but it turns out he could have been talking...

  2. December 11, 2013

    No one is immune from Beijing’s ‘gravity machine’

    Deng Xiaoping was fond of quoting the ancient Chinese proverb “Tao guang yang hui”, which is generally rendered: “Hide your...

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  1. The World 2012

    Confronting an age of austerity...
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  1. beyondbrics

    November 27, 2013

    China: less friendly to business, or just more mature?

    Over the past year, Chinese state media has aired a string of critical reports targeting foreign companies’ business...

  2. FT Alphaville

    November 13, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asia’s main bourses were lower, responding to a lack of detail on economic reforms from China’s leadership after...

  3. November 12, 2013

    China’s leaders poised to unleash market forces after plenum

    For months it was billed as a pivotal moment for the advancement of China’s economic reform agenda. Such was the sense of...

  4. beyondbrics

    November 8, 2013

    Guest post: China at a crossroads

    By Anthony Chan of AllianceBernstein Expectations are high that President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, nearly one year...

  5. beyondbrics

    October 30, 2013

    Guest post: China set for most far-reaching economic reforms in a generation

    By William Rhodes It is likely that the “The Third Plenum of the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress,” which takes place...

  6. beyondbrics

    October 24, 2013

    Guest post: to understand Chinese business, we must understand the business people of China

    By Jonathan Geldart of Grant Thornton “People misunderstand China. Usually they have an opinion on one extreme or the other....

  7. beyondbrics

    July 25, 2013

    Further reading: big beasts

    Thursday’s picks from beyondbrics: Beijing vs Big Pharma; insults in India; Turkey’s lira headache; and the case for EMs –...

  8. beyondbrics

    July 23, 2013

    Alibaba: Jack Ma digs himself deeper but investors don't care

    The fierce reaction in China to Jack Ma’s Tiananmen comments shows the real dilemma of doing business in China – politics....

  9. July 14, 2013

    The rise and rebirth of Chinese realpolitik

    Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century, by Orville Schell and John Delury, Little, Brown (£14.99,...

  10. beyondbrics

    April 9, 2013

    People's Daily lauds Iron Lady

    Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday, was more popular abroad than she was at home – and the emerging markets were no...

  11. April 8, 2013

    Thatcher backed globalisation but defended nation state

    Margaret Thatcher had an impact on the global scene that is still playing out today. The three most important aspects of her...

  12. March 17, 2013

    China’s premier sets reform bar lower

    Li Keqiang, China’s new premier, made clear at his first official news conference that he is committed to the cause of...

  13. March 13, 2013

    Xi’s wife to defy legacy of China’s first lady

    When Liu Shaoqi, then China’s president, visited Indonesia in 1963, his wife Wang Guangmei helped him accomplish his...

  14. March 7, 2013

    China must seize rare chance for reform

    China’s leadership is at a rare moment of transition. During the National People’s Congress, or parliament, now in its...

  15. January 28, 2013

    Beijing still prefers diplomacy over force

    Should we connect the dots between China’s neighbours’ increasing assertiveness over claims to disputed islands in the South...

  16. January 24, 2013

    Political cracks imperil China’s power

    A habitual western estimation of China charts its uninterrupted ascent to global hegemony. It will soon overtake the US as...

  17. January 7, 2013

    Australia shows west how to pivot to Asia

    The different “pivots” towards Asia by the world’s other continents suggest that the ultimate winner of the cold war was in...

  18. December 18, 2012

    Remembrance of things communist

    Every morning two queues form in Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s premier shopping street. One is for buying iPhones and the other...

  19. December 18, 2012

    Guangdong party secretary replaced

    Wang Yang, the charismatic party secretary of Guangdong, China’s most industrialised province and its export powerhouse, is...

  20. beyondbrics

    December 13, 2012

    "Strong army" Xi: The other side of China's reformer

    Much has been made this week of Xi Jinping’s “southern tour”. In retracing the footsteps of Deng Xiaoping, the leader who...

  21. December 11, 2012

    Xi stokes economic reform hopes in China

    Xi Jinping, China’s new leader, has issued a rousing call for fresh economic reforms, using his first official trip outside...

  22. Gavyn Davies

    November 25, 2012

    The decade of Xi Jinping

    The transfer of power in China from the outgoing regime led by Hu Jintao to the incoming leadership of Xi Jinping has...

  23. November 14, 2012

    China counts down to new leaders

    The Chinese Communist party is preparing to unveil its new roster of leaders who are expected to appear in the Great Hall of...

  24. beyondbrics

    November 14, 2012

    Guest post: Don't expect radical reforms in China

    By Michal Meidan of Eurasia Group At the end of the week, China’s new leaders will step out onto the stage at the Great Hall...

  25. November 12, 2012

    China’s new leader is hemmed in by history

    The moment of succession is the midnight of the state, a period of maximum danger, the hour when power passes from incumbent...

  26. November 8, 2012

    China’s new leaders on a short leash

    When China’s new leaders walk out on stage a week from now, observers will try to divine the country’s future direction from...

  27. November 8, 2012

    President extols China’s greatest triumph

    Over the past decade, China has gone from being the world’s sixth-largest economy to the second-largest, more than...

  28. The World

    November 8, 2012

    China Congress: Jiang Zemin looms large

    China’s 18th Party Congress kicked off with the national anthem—and a moment of mourning for the “revolutionaries” who have...

  29. October 16, 2012

    China grapples with great power status

    Whenever a Japanese coast guard patrol close to the Senkaku Islands scans the horizon these days, Chinese ships are likely...

  30. September 14, 2012

    China’s Maoists rue decline of the left

    At a country inn in southern China, several dozen Maoists met for a Communist study session one evening in early September....

  31. August 5, 2012

    Chinese leaders discuss succession at Beidaihe

    As China’s top officials arrived in Beidaihe on Friday, torrential rain uprooted many of the pines and willows that line the...

  32. beyondbrics

    July 19, 2012

    China stocks: a petition to stack the deck

    China’s stock market is often described as a casino, but even the most inveterate of gamblers would be embarrassed about...

  33. July 15, 2012

    The return of activist journalism in China

    We journalists in China live in a paradoxical universe. There is much you in the west know that we do not, though some of it...

  34. June 28, 2012

    China to create special currency test zone

    China plans to create a special zone to experiment with currency convertibility in Shenzhen, the city where it introduced...

  35. May 3, 2012

    Chen and Wang upset myth of invincibility

    The two men may have both sought refuge in US diplomatic missions in China but they could not be more different. Chen...

  36. April 8, 2012

    Leading Tiananmen-era dissident dies in US

    BEIJING, April 7 – One of China’s most famous dissidents from the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy activists has died in the...

  37. March 29, 2012

    Wen was not laying ground for Tiananmen reassessment

    From Mr Liu Yuhan. Sir, In his Global Insight column “Wen lays ground for Tiananmen healing to begin” (March 21), Jamil...

  38. March 23, 2012

    US-China debate dominated by poor assumptions

    From Mr Bernabé Gutiérrez. Sir, Gideon Rachman’s article “A political crisis will not stop China” (March 20) is relevant. At...

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