The 2013 film American Dreams in China (中国合伙人), depicts a romantic and stylized version of the founding of New Oriental (新东方), once the leading private education provider in China.
There are growing expectations on the G20 Summit in Rome, which is now at the starting line. The key question is: how to escape the fate of a G20 Summit which is a little more than a “photo opportunity” among world leaders (all the more so as some of them - such as Putin and Xi – are missing)? To begin with, it is worth noting that the Summit is just the tip of the G20 “iceberg”: it is the culmination of a year-long multilateral effort which included 19 thematic working groups as well as 13 Ministerial meetings in 2021.
The first two decades of the 21st century have shown humankind’s need for a paradigm shift. Evidence for our societies’ most pressing issues, such as global inequality and climate change, have been on leaders’ tables for a long time.
Malgrado la crisi politica, il Paese accelera la sua scalata come protagonista della transizione energetica in America Latina. Con importanti investimenti stranieri.
The human rights situation in Asia has been in a steep decline over the last few years, from Myanmar’s attacks against students and the civilian population, China’s offensive against civilian and religious communities in Xinjiang and Tibet, Hong Kong, to longer-term concerns in North Korea, Laos, and several other countries.
The armed forces of Myanmar, also known as Tatmadaw, originated when former Burma was at war with Great Britain. The story goes that at a ceremony in Bangkok in 1941 a so-called group of "Thirty Comrades" decided to establish an army to liberate Burma from the British, giving life to the armed resistance that ultimately led the country to independence in 1948. A historical moment that has been memorialized in the Military Museum of Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar, where there are stories and testimonies of the event.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hungary and Poland have progressively slipped further towards authoritarianism.
Michael Schoenhals and Roderick MacFarquhar’s opus magnum on the Cultural Revolution bears the appropriate title Mao’s Last Revolution, but I have always thought that The Last Revolution would have been an even more appropriate title.
The pandemic has increased poverty worldwide. As estimated by the World Bank, COVID-19 has pushed back between 88 and 115 million people into extreme poverty in 2020, setting back poverty reduction by around three years. Moreover, the International Labour Organization assessed that in 2020 an additional 255 million full-time jobs were lost worldwide; vulnerable groups, particularly women and low-skilled workers, are more likely to lose their jobs or to suffer from salary and wage reduction.
President Biden, with a strong foreign policy portfolio and a meager record on domestic policy during his half century-long career as a public servant, seems more eager to capitalize on his art of global diplomacy and reclaim US leadership based on securing American dominance in the Indo-Pacific than putting his own house in order. One is left with the impression that he has been brushing many domestic problems aside in a rush to push and grab the gavel of global leadership, which Trump abandoned.