Main reasons for national pride in China and the US

Many surveys show that the majority of citizens take pride in their countries, but few have examined the main reasons why people are proud of their countries. Using

Lessons to be drawn from Trump’s betrayal of European allies

On February 10, in one of those remarks bordering on the outrageous, the candidate who the Republican Party, also known as the Grand Old Party (GOP), will likely

China’s GDP grows 5.2%, stock market shares fall

According to China’s Several positive data points include: (i) a decrease in youth unemployment to 14.9%; (ii) maintaining a low overall unemployment rate (5.2%); (iii)

Exports to Russia through the back door

Direct These exports Interestingly, although direct European exports to Russia have decreased, indirect exports have increased. Let’s start with the Baltic countries, the most

Attacks on navigation in the Red Sea, more inflation in Europe

In recent weeks, invoking The world’s major shipping companies Taking Rotterdam as a destination example, the use of the route through the Cape of

The resounding success of American ‘friendshoring’

Following a 2021 executive order from the U.S. President, instructing his administration to conduct a review of the country’s key supply chains, the U.S. Treasury Secretary, speaking at

Reduction of fossil fuels in road transport

According to the IEA, in its Also Three markets dominated global sales – China (60% of global EV sales), Europe (EV sales grew >15% in 2022),

Phase out of fossil fuels – do as the EU and the US say…

Several countries in the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance and the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, as well as NGOs, have been campaigning to include language

COP28, pledges, STEPS, and realistic public policies

As this article is being written, COP28 is still in progress, with some tangible results – such as the agreement to create a Climate Impact and Response Fund

The environmental (ir)responsibility of Russia and the Arctic Route

According to an article published in the December 14, 2021 issue of Science magazine, the Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the world. Several

‘Unwavering support’ for Israel and erosion of soft power

Despite Biden making balanced statements in defense of the Young liberal Americans, many of whom voted for him, have been particularly vocal in their support for

‘There is great disorder under heaven, the situation is excellent.’

For decades, China has experienced a serious imbalance in its real estate sector. “Houses are for living in, not for speculation,” For decades, banks provided credit

Electric Vehicles: China and Europe condemned to dialogue

For 20 years, while Europe continued to push aside the issue of electric mobility and storage, China recognized the enormous potential of these strategic sectors to leverage a

Increasing Chinese investment in Portugal

According to the 2022 statistics from the Bank of Portugal, China ranks as the fourth-largest exporter of goods imported by Portugal. However, there is ample room for further

Population decline and immigration – in China and other countries

The recent Unlike many Western countries already in swift transition to a demographic winter, China and other major Asian powers (Japan and South Korea) are not using

China’s Economy and Foreign Trade in 2023

China’s relevance in international trade has been steadily increasing. In addition to its major import position in commodities, the increase in disposable income, especially of the urban middle

China’s economy and domestic demand in 2023

Notwithstanding the Chinese CDC’s Domestic demand stemming from household spending was severely constricted in 2022 due to blockades and travel restrictions. There are expectations of a

China’s economy and investment in 2023

Based on the assumption that by the end of Q1 2023, the zero-covid policy would be phased out in China, several relevant international banking groups ( What

Fourth quarter horribilis for the Chinese economy in 2022

Following the cessation of China’s zero-Covid policy last December, the rate of Covid-19 infections has skyrocketed, with Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the China Center for Disease Control and

The primacy of stability and the end of China’s zero-Covid policy

After years of maintaining a strict zero-Covid policy, the Chinese government became a hostage to it. There were several reasons for this strategy. Although

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