China's foreign policy principles under stress

AS China's power and economic strength have grown, its practices in the outside world have come to appear increasingly out of synchrony with its declared bases for international relations. ...
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How (not) to deal with fake news

WHEN a practice is widely recognised as doing harm, the usual reaction from much of the public is to call for something to be done about it. The problem is that a hasty response by those in authority that embraces the most obvious counter-measures might, in reality, fail to combat the problem they...

Challenging the norms of trade arrangements in a climate of protectionism

FREE trade has been the dominant ideal model for international business exchange since the end of the Second World War, when the architecture of the global economy was reshaped and the IMF and World Bank were established, complemented in 1995 by the World Trade Organisation. The lowering of...

Going after dealers and abusers dooms war against drugs to failure

THERE is no public sympathy for drug dealers, and not much more for drug addicts. In many countries, trade in illegal drugs is associated with corruption and violence by suppliers and petty crime by those who need money to feed their habit, so politicians who pledge to crack down on drugs and back...