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from Global Investing:

What worries the BRICs

December 10, 2009

Some fascinating data about the growing power of emerging markets, particularly the BRICs, was on display at the OECD's annual investment conference in Paris this week. Not the least of it came from MIGA, the World Bank's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, which tries to help protect foreign direct investors from various forms of political risk.

from Global Investing:

Time to kick Russia out of the BRICs?

December 3, 2009

It may end up sounding like a famous ball-point pen maker, but an argument is being made that Goldman Sach's famous marketing device, the BRICs, should really be the BICs. Does Russia really deserve to be a BRIC, asks Anders Åslund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, in an article for Foreign Policy.

from The Great Debate:

China can outgrow overcapacity, at least for now

December 2, 2009

WeiGucrop.jpg-- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

China watchers are worried that excessive lending leads to massive overcapacity. However, the risk of Beijing pressing too hard on the brake is even greater. At least for now, China should be able to growing its way out of its bad debt problems.

from The Great Debate:

China’s yuan, not the dollar, is too cheap

November 16, 2009

morici-- Peter Morici is a Professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and former chief economist at the United States International Trade Commission. The views expressed are his own. --

Shining a light on China’s secret “Black Jails”

November 12, 2009

- Phelim Kine is an Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch. The opinions expressed are her own. -

from The Great Debate:

Mickey’s Magic needed for Disneyland Shanghai

By Wei Gu
November 4, 2009

WeiGucrop.jpg-- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

China has finally given a green light for Disneyland to build a theme park in Shanghai. Negotiations that started when Bill Clinton was in the White House have concluded just before President Barack Obama is due to visit. The approval looks like a coup for Walt Disney Co, but it will take all of Mickey's magic to prevent the park from becoming another government-financed loss maker.

from Breakingviews:

EU looks lonely on climate high ground

By Paul Taylor
November 2, 2009

icebergNegotiations to save the planet from catastrophic climate change are heading for trouble, five weeks before a crucial U.N. conference in Copenhagen.

from The Great Debate:

Imagine when China runs a trade deficit

By Wei Gu
September 28, 2009

WeiGucrop.jpg-- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

If current trends continue, China might swing to a trade deficit in the not-too-distant future. Given that China has enjoyed more than a decade of strong exports, this may sound a bit far-fetched. But even if it happens, this would not necessarily be something for the world to worry about.

from The Great Debate:

Global rebalancing to weaken dollar, quietly

September 24, 2009

-- Neal Kimberley is an FX market analyst for Reuters. The opinions expressed are his own --forex

from Commentaries:

Rethinking carbon diplomacy

By Christopher Swann
September 22, 2009

Climate change was initially billed in a leading role at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh. Now it looks set to make the briefest of cameo appearances.