Stratfor: China Is Building Its Future on Credit

Summary: China, like the US, has surprised the bears by the resilience of its economy. Here Strafor examines one source of its economic strength, one that might haunt its future -- massive and imprudent accumulation of debt. China Is Building Its Future on Credit Stratfor, 20 July 2016 Summary As China tries to overcome slowdowns … Continue reading Stratfor: China Is Building Its Future on Credit

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China takes the lead in supercomputing while America sleeps

Summary: The Apollo program demonstrated America's superpower status in the 1960's. Today's contests are more diffuse, such as the race to build the most and largest supercomputers. China has moved into the lead in this, another milestone in its quest to again become the Middle Kingdom. Helping in their quest is America's unwillingness to invest … Continue reading China takes the lead in supercomputing while America sleeps

Good news from China about climate change!

Summary: The headlines report almost nothing but bad news about climate change as journalists exaggerate much of the bad news and mute much of the good news. Here is an example of wonderful news -- from China, the top source of global pollution growth -- about another step in the world's shift away from coal. … Continue reading Good news from China about climate change!

China is buying U.S. Companies. What secrets do they get?

Summary: Cybersecurity expert Emilio Iasiello discusses China's acquisition of America's knowledge, technology, and skills by acquiring America's companies. Chinese Acquisition of U.S. Companies: Sometimes a Cigar May Just Be a Cigar By Emilio Iasiello Posted at Dead Drop (of the LookingGlass Cyber Threat Intelligence Group) 7March 2016. Posted with his gracious permission. Since 2012, there … Continue reading China is buying U.S. Companies. What secrets do they get?

Stratfor: What Kind of Great Power Will China Become?

Summary: How China wields its growing power will help shape the geopolitical world of the 21st century. Here Stratfor looks at China and speculates at what it might become. {1st of 2 posts today.} What Kind of Power Will China Become? Stratfor, 3 February 2016 These are grim times for the Chinese economy. In the … Continue reading Stratfor: What Kind of Great Power Will China Become?

Magnus: China’s leaders must choose: political power for them, or economic growth for China

Summary: Today's post by A-team economist George Magnus discusses China's economic challenges, especially the clash between its political and economic transitions. These are among the major unknowns affecting the future of China, that other pole of the world economy, {1st of 2 posts today.} Will, or can China put change before control? By George Magnus, … Continue reading Magnus: China’s leaders must choose: political power for them, or economic growth for China

A Chinese general sees a ruthless America striving to contain his nation’s growth

Summary: This series of posts provides excerpts from a recent speech by Qiao Liang, a Major General in the People's Liberation Army. These give a glimpse into the thinking of China's elites, unlike the US-centric perspective provided by our news media. In part 3 he gives his big picture view of the decade's global geopolitics. … Continue reading A Chinese general sees a ruthless America striving to contain his nation’s growth