Xi’s climate gamble

Xi’s climate gamble

(ATF) Xi Jinping has vowed that China will be carbon neutral by 2060 but with the nation being one of the biggest polluters on Earth and with a coal-power programme expanding, the promise has raised eyebrows and doubts. Analysts question whether such an ambitious plan can be achieved even as ...

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Border conflict highlights the urgent need for Modi to do more

Border conflict highlights urgency for Modi to do more 

(ATF) The only country that is comparable in size to China is India. With populations of 1.40 billion and 1.33 billion people, respectively, they are home to an overall 36% of the world’s population. From May until the recent truce engineered in Moscow, the China-India border dispute has threatened to ...

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Sino-American economic decoupling will damage US energy sector

Sino-American economic decoupling will damage US energy sector

The prospects of the world’s two largest economies parting ways just got real this month after US president Donald Trump mentioned the D-word as the the Sino-American trade war approaches the two and a half year mark. “So, when you mention the word decouple, it's an interesting word,” he told ...

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China performs its own strategic pivot

China performs its own strategic pivot

(ATF) China’s “dual circulation” policy framework, first announced in the May 2020 Politburo meeting and reiterated in its meeting in July, is the latest strategy to counter global volatility and sustain domestic growth. It reflects Beijing’s belief that China has entered a period of increasing global uncertainty and geopolitical hostility ...

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Poole on Point: Alpha seekers head to China

Poole on Point: Alpha seekers head to China

(ATF) On August 18, the S&P 500 extended its post-Covid-19 rally and reached record high levels. The collapse caused by the epidemic in March almost seemed a distant, unpleasant memory. Reaching a record high was once remarkable. New US equity market price records were achieved roughly every decade since the ...

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The global economy has held up well, but now for the hard part

The global economy has held up well, but now for the hard part

(ATF) The global economy has fared surprisingly well in recent months, but a full V-shaped recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is far from assured. While stock markets are surfing a monster wave of central bank liquidity, underlying economic fundamentals remain vulnerable to the virulence of the virus and setbacks in ...

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Strongman regimes display weakness in Covid response, say analysts

Strongman regimes display weakness in Covid response, say analysts

Posturing, repression and a distaste for facts: the world's strongman regimes have dealt with the Covid pandemic in much the same way they deal with everything else, analysts say. But the sometimes blatant disregard for the wellbeing of populations, coupled with sheer incompetence, has undermined whatever trust citizens have in ...

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