The Great Debate

How durable is the China-Russia ‘friendship?’

By William Courtney, David Sedney, Kenneth Yalowitz and Stephen Young
May 13, 2015
Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China’s President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

from Breakingviews:

Huge Apple payouts play catch-up with China growth

April 28, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The world looks like it’s getting worse. Here’s why it’s not.

By John Stackhouse
April 28, 2015
Members of the Southern Resistance Committees man a tank during clashes with Houthi fighters in Yemen's southern city of Aden

Members of the Southern Resistance Committees man a tank during clashes with Houthi fighters in Yemen’s southern city of Aden, April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

With a $42 billion defense budget, is Japan a hawk in dove’s clothing?

By William Johnson
April 28, 2015
Sailors stand on the deck of the Izumo warship as it departs from the harbour of the Japan United Marine shipyard in Yokohama

Sailors stand on the deck of the Izumo warship as it departs from the harbor of the Japan United Marine shipyard in Yokohama, south of Tokyo. March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The myth of China’s ghost cities

By Wade Shepard
April 22, 2015
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Thames Town, near Shanghai, China. REUTERS/Courtesy of Wade Shepard

Ghost towns tend to start as boomtowns, and contemporary China more than likely has more boomtowns than any other country in history. No economy has ever risen so rapidly and no place has ever built so much so quickly. This rapid growth has resulted in peculiar side effect: ghost cities, everywhere.

Why China’s President Xi Jinping isn’t Mao 2.0

By William Johnson
April 20, 2015
Souvenir plates bearing images of China's President Xi Jinping and China's late Chairman Mao Zedong are displayed at a shop nearby Great Hall of the People where National People's Congress will be held, in Beijing

Souvenir plates bearing the images of China’s President Xi Jinping and China’s late Chairman Mao Zedong. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Slowing economy won’t alter Xi’s ‘China Dream’

By John Lloyd
April 16, 2015
A picture taken with a tilt-shift lens shows Chinese President Xi seen on a screen inside the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the CPPCC in Beijing

A picture taken with a tilt-shift lens shows Chinese President Xi Jinping seen on a screen inside the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Years after the famine, here’s how North Koreans really get by

By James Pearson and Daniel Tudor
April 13, 2015
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the November 2 Factory of the Korean People's Army (KPA)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles as he gives field guidance during a visit to the November 2 Factory of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, August 24, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

Why the United States is always the loser in any free-trade deal

By Charles R. Morris
April 10, 2015
The YM Bamboo, a container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) is docked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California

The YM Bamboo, a container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company docked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California, January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

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Rob Cox: Race to bottom of global subprime begins

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U.S. Senator Paul announces candidacy for president during an event in Louisville

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.