"Heaven is looking at what humans are doing. The firmament has eyes" (人在干,天在看,苍天有眼). These were Premier Li Keqiang’s parting words for his colleagues in…
I shall use this page to distribute the government work report, budget report and planning report as they become available to me. Check for regular…

February 2023

China’s rapid economic rise has had a major impact first and foremost on China’s people, but increasingly on the rest of the world. These consequences…

January 2023

China's first population decline in 6 decades does not spell doom. But reforms are needed to make the economy better prepared for aging
2023 will see a rebound, and a different tone

December 2022

A review of 2022 and a preview of 2023 and beyond

November 2022

The authorities can take the protests as a nudge in the right direction
A monumental shift in United States policy vis-à-vis China took place on October 7. On that day, the US Commerce department released a 139 page document…
A read out of the 19th Party Congress 5 years ago
(also published in Straits Times https://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/national-security-eclipses-economics-in-xi-s-new-era) At the close of the 20th…
Should small developing countries prioritize climate change? The world has experienced an exceptional couple of years. Aside from the millions of…
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