Articles

The importance of Pakistan to Japan

18.11.07 Publication:

In 1938 the British prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, justified his attempt to ignore Adolf Hitler’s invasion of the central European state of...

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Justice and the death penalty

16.11.07 Publication:

The resolution promoted by Italy and passed by the human rights committee of the United Nations General Assembly, calling for the abolition of the death...

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China, India and $100 oil

12.11.07 Publication:

The continued climb of the oil price towards $100 a barrel is grabbing attention both because of its symbolic importance and because of fears that it will...

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The failure of General Musharraf

04.11.07 Publication:

General Pervez Musharraf’s coup in Pakistan is the strangest of coups: it is in effect a coup against himself. When he seized power in 1999 from the...

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The real meaning of the credit crunch

01.11.07 Publication:

When finance ministers, bankers, central bankers and economists gathered in their thousands for the annual meetings of the World Bank and International...

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Slow wine, in the heart of Europe

01.11.07 Publication:

Twenty years ago, some Italian food producers started a wonderful campaign group called the Slow Food Movement. The idea was to start a reaction against the...

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What matters at China´s party congress

16.10.07 Publication:

When the world’s biggest country, measured by population, which could within 20 years be the world’s biggest economy, holds a meeting of its ruling...

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Why Fukuda should visit Nanjing

08.10.07 Publication:

For an outsider to comment about the historical issues between Japan and China feels instinctively awkward—rather like a stranger butting in on a family...

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Merge the IMF and the World Bank

05.10.07 Publication:

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a fine choice as the new head of the International Monetary Fund, and the job he will take up formally on November 1st is a...

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Japan´s lessons for the financial crisis

01.10.07 Publication:

August is usually a quiet month in the financial markets. Even traders in bonds and shares take holidays. And, since markets generally become volatile in...

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Can Brazil emulate China?

01.10.07 Publication:

Economic growth in Brazil in recent years has been disappointing, especially to the country’s many well-wishers abroad. During a commodity-price boom, and...

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The Age of Turbulence: Book review

30.09.07 Publication:

The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World. By Alan Greenspan Allen Lane £25 pp531 The common image of Alan Greenspan is of a brilliant but rather...

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Burma´s importance for China and India

27.09.07 Publication:

What happens now to the brave protestors in Burma, whether monks or ordinary citizens, is chiefly important for the Burmese themselves and for the fate of...

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Get rid of the public v private ideology

08.09.07 Publication:

It doesn’t matter whether a cat is black or white, said Deng Xiaoping, as long as it catches mice. The great Chinese leader was trying to persuade his fellow...

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Nightmares about globalisation

03.09.07 Publication:

There are two popular nightmares about globalisation, and sadly neither is quite foolish enough to be easily proven false. Over the next year, both are going...

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Olympics, smog and China

01.09.07 Publication:

At eight o’clock in the evening of the eighth of August, the eighth month of the eighth year of this decade, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic...

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Globalisation and the credit crunch

01.09.07 Publication:

August was such a hot month in the financial markets that it brought out all the sweatiest old cliches in the market-commentators’ lexicon. Traders were said...

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Embarrass Beijing, don´t boycott

21.08.07 Publication:

The one-year countdown has begun in Tiananmen Square, for the Olympic Games that will open in Beijing at 8.08pm on the 8th day of the 8th month of 2008. That...

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A healthy financial shake-out

17.08.07 Publication:

When financial markets rise by three or four percent each day, no one pays much attention. But when they fall each day by that amount, it becomes front-page...

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Sad about the Wall Street Journal

02.08.07 Publication:

If I had been one of the family shareholders in Dow Jones, owner of the Wall Street Journal, I would probably have agreed to sell my shares to Rupert Murdoch....

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The love of old buildings

01.08.07 Publication:

There are many things that Britain and Japan have in common, including our island status, our long histories as independent countries and our somewhat...

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China turns inflationary

01.08.07 Publication:

For the past five years, companies around the world have talked of “the China price”, by which they mean the lowest price in their industry. China has come...

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Tony Blair´s lessons for Japan

28.07.07 Publication:

Tony Blair is undoubtedly a model for political success. After all, he survived for 10 years as Britain’s prime minister and won three general elections in a...

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Welcome, Chinese investors

25.07.07 Publication:

Foreigners don’t vote, and so they are a convenient target for politicians in all countries. That is why Europe’s trade commissioner, Peter Mandelson,...

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