Political risk must-reads
Eurasia Group‚Äôs weekly selection of essential reading for the political risk junkie ‚Äď presented in no particular order. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections @EurasiaGroup¬†or @IanBremmer.
China has been all over the news this week, with the New York Times hacking episode dominating headlines. But recent stories related to China venture much further than cyberspace.
‚ÄúThe resource race: China dips toes in Arctic waters‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Christoph Seidler, Spiegel Online
This piece outlines China‚Äôs new ventures to the Arctic‚ÄĒand how China‚Äôs diplomatic tactics are shifting.
‚ÄúChina‚Äôs love affair with cars chokes city air‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Louise Walt, Associated Press
Over the last decade, the automobile industry has skyrocketed in China. Last year, 13 million cars were sold. But what kind of environmental impact will such a rapid shift have?
‚ÄúMaking room‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†The Economist
In 2010, there were roughly 4,000 cities with populations of 100,000 or more.¬† (China had about 400 of those.) ¬†But between 2010 and 2050, the UN anticipates that the world‚Äôs urban population will double. This piece reviews a new book by Shlomo Angel called Planet of Cities‚ÄĒthe book predicts how future urbanization will play out. Here‚Äôs an interesting rule of thumb: usually, a country‚Äôs biggest cities break down such that the largest city has twice the population of the second largest, three times that of the third largest‚Ä¶etc.¬†
‚ÄúChinese labour pool begins to drain‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Jamil Anderlini and Ed Crooks, Financial Times
China‚Äôs working age population unexpectedly shrank last year‚ÄĒa trend that wasn‚Äôt meant to begin until later this decade. What do China‚Äôs shifting demographics mean for the economy?
‚ÄúMexico: the new China‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Chris Anderson, The New York Times
Is cheaper always better? This piece highlights some of the advantages of using Mexican manufacturing from an American business perspective. Anderson argues that it allows for more product evolution, innovation, and customization‚ÄĒand Chinese labor is getting less and less cheap.
Editor‚Äôs note: This was originally published at ForeignPolicy.com. It is being reprinted with permission.