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Challenges of Dispatch Work in China

In 2016 and 2017, thousands of disgruntled workers at the Sino-German car giant FAW-Volkswagen (Changchun) held a series of protests. They were so-called “dispatch workers,”…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

What Is Xi Jinping’s Major Power Diplomacy?

The Chinese Communist Party began its annual fortnight-long National People’s Congress this week. This year’s session is of particular interest to the international community as…
INCLUSIVENESS

Reckoning with Graying Asia

The past few years have seen workers in Asia becoming increasingly restive and concerned over pensions. Demands for reform have erupted into street protests in…
FINANCE

Waiting, and Waiting, for the Global Renminbi

“Great powers,” says the Nobel-laureate economist Robert Mundell, “have great currencies.” So where is China’s? In the years following the 2008 financial crisis, things seemed…
TRADE

Personal Business: Why Nigerian Traders Travel to China

Mr. and Mrs. Alhaji (names have been changed) are the owners of a successful textile wholesaling firm in Lagos, Nigeria. They import from a variety…
ENVIRONMENT

A Fair Society or a Fare Society?

The current linear economic model—also known as “take, make, and dispose”—is often criticized for the high pressure it puts on the environment, leading to pollution…
DEMOCRACY

When Public and Private Merge: South Korea and the Chaebol

South Korea was recently shaken by a series of corruption scandals that led to the impeachment and imprisonment of former President Park Geun-hye. Several chaebol,…
ENVIRONMENT

Together We Fall? Southeast Asia and Transboundary Haze

Transboundary haze is a form of seasonal air pollution affecting up to six Southeast Asian countries on an almost annual basis. The first reports of…
ENVIRONMENT

Preparing Australian Farmers for a (Non-)Rainy Day

The three most common categories of government assistance to agriculture during a drought are subsidies for farm business, income supplements for low-income farm families, and…
TRADE

Trump, China, and the Future of the Global Trading System

It has become conventional today to deride the World Trade Organization—with its patchy record of occasionally successful, but more usually interminable, negotiations—as the lowest common…
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