OPINION

Beyond GDP Growth in China

China owes its economic-growth miracle largely to local governments. But, as the country attempts to build a more modern and sustainable economy, in a context of lower overall growth, local governments need to adapt. What will happen when they do? Despite the occasional inappropriate intervention, local governments have been very …

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Is it all worth it ?

Dear future young aspiring Bhutanese journalists and the youth of Bhutan, do note what is happening these days on the social media as an important part of your lesson and experience. As a young journalist your job profile will entail uncovering corruption and abuses of power, and in doing so, …

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The Baby Steps to a Potential Global Revolution

David Langworthy, CEO and Founder of Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) calls himself a mad man. And he is proud to be one – he believes that only mad men dare tread on paths others would not. To understand more about Disaster Aid Australia, please visit the website www.disasteraidinternational.com. I hadn’t quite realized what we were …

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Bhutan should push savings to fund future investment

Did you know gross investment as a percentage of GDP was the highest in Bhutan, in a sample of 40 prominent developing countries. This includes rapid industrializing countries like China, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Ethiopia, etc. Part of this is explained by the high share of imports in Bhutan. It is …

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Free Speech in the Filter Age

OXFORD – Germany’s Network Enforcement Act – according to which social-media platforms like Facebook and YouTube could be fined €50 million ($63 million) for every “obviously illegal” post within 24 hours of receiving a notification – has been controversial from the start. After it entered fully into effect in January, there was …

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The Point of Sharp Power

WASHINGTON, DC – In recent years, Russia and China have poured considerable resources into arenas typically associated with “soft power,” a term coined by the American political scientist Joseph S. Nye and understood as the “ability to affect others by attraction and persuasion.” Either directly or through compliant surrogates, these two countries …

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China’s Great City Rivalries

SHANGHAI – China’s traditional industries are suffering. In the last five years, the country’s northeastern region – once a hub of basic industries like oil and steel – has been facing accelerating decline, as have the rich mineral resource centers in places like Hebei and Inner Mongolia. Over the last …

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