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12
Jun

China, the United States and the EU in the Context of the Next Financial Crisis

Never before has this much time passed between recessions than at this point, with the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis (commonly referred to as the Great Recession) seeming like a distant memory… this should mean it’s time to celebrate, right? After all, so much prosperity that will seemingly never end must be a good thing… or

11
Jun

The Auto Companies That Turned China Into the World’s #1 Auto Producer and Buyer

While the average US or European consumer may very well have never heard of a Chinese auto company, the fact remains that China is both the #1 producer of automobiles (with over 25 million passenger cars and over 4 million commercial vehicles for the year 2017 alone) and the #1 buyer of cars worldwide (with

10
Jun

China and Africa: Natural Allies?

The relationship between China and Africa, at least when it came to the political dimension, became apparent back when Mao Zedong shared his worldview about there being a First World (the richest countries on the planet), Second World (average economies) and a Third World (poorer nations). Interestingly enough, he included China in the Third World

08
Jun

Surprising Industries China Is Currently Dominating

There are countless stories surrounding China’s potential: industries that are likely to grow, its GDP per Capita which is also likely to go up and the list could go on and on. “Potential” is perhaps the most commonly-used word to describe aspects related to emerging economies but when it comes to China at this point

07
Jun

Is China Doing Enough to Fix Its Pollution Problem?

This is, without a doubt, one of the trickiest issues to tackle. However, in today’s world where more and more attention is given to sustainable economic development rather than GDP growth at all costs, an economic analysis that is oblivious to the pollution dimension cannot paint a satisfactory picture of reality. First and foremost: yes,

06
Jun

China’s Top Artificial Intelligence Companies – A Quick Analysis

It is unfortunately that the myth about China not having the ability to pull its weight when it comes to hi-tech is still being perpetuated. While this has been true while China was playing technological catch-up with the rest of the world, it is no longer the case. At this point and beyond, there is

05
Jun

China and Modern-Day (Post-Reform) Imports: From Bumpy Road to Culture-Altering Phenomenon

December of 1978 marks a momentous occasion, with China’s reforms finally giving foreign players reasonable access to its domestic market and as of 1979, major companies starting taking advantage of the fact that imports were allowed by China, with Japan’s Panasonic, the US companies IBM as well as Coca-Cola and French Pierre Cardin being among

05
Jun

China’s Pre-Reform Import Timeline: From Silk Road to 20th Century

As mentioned in our “brief” economic history of China post, let’s just say the Chinese have never been all that fond of foreigners. For the most part, they considered them inferior “barbarians” (a commonly-used term) that needed to be kept at bay. However, this doesn’t mean no trade whatsoever existed, not at all. As of

04
Jun

Demographic Trends in China Over (Almost) Half a Century

Over the past let’s say 40 years, much like most of the other aspects associated with China, there have been quite a few noteworthy developments when it comes to demographic trends, with implications when it comes to anything from education and family consumption habits to tourism and the pension system. In the 60s, China’s birth

04
Jun

China’s Positive Impact on the World in 7 (Recent) Examples

When it comes to a lot of media outlets (the overwhelming majority), it’s a well-known fact that controversy sells and that negative news or analysis tends to improve ratings. As such, while we tend to hear a lot about the things that are less than stellar in China, far less attention is given to the