There’s a lot of scholarly work on the Third Plenary Session of the Chinese Communist Party so I won’t pretend I have any value addition to add. The pessimists have said the plenum was notable for its failure to mention the state-owned enterprises and financial sector liberalisation. This means Xi Jinping is wary of treading on the corns of vested interests. The optimists have said the reformist outline of the plenum’s pronouncements show there is a consensus on more things than many had expected. Read more

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For a new generation of Indians, the most infamous Chinese newspaper is the Global Times. A newspaper owned by the People’s Daily and thus by the Chinese government, it has carved a niche for itself as the voice of ultranationalism. Read more

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Every television panel I have been on to discuss the Chinese Communist Party Congress has asked the same thing: what are the chances of reform in China? The answer is pretty little. There will be some shifts in the economy. But nothing in the political realm. Here’s why I think it won’t. Read more

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The next Economist, or at least the Asian one, is going to have “Contest of the Century: India versus China” as its cover. Read more

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