World Views | There’s not a lot of bull in China’s markets and investors are frustrated

Investing in China’s $10.7 trillion stock market is a frustrating business. Over the years, the bull phase has been getting shorter and narrower, making buy-and-hold a losing game. From trough to

World Views | Sit back, relax and let the US economy run hot

Thanks to a $1.9 trillion stimulus package and accelerating vaccinations, prospects for a heavily caffeinated U.S. recovery are boosting growth projections around the world. For some important emerging markets, however,

World Views | Hong Kong’s latest Covid surge began in a gym, so it’s targeting kids

Hong Kong’s children are at the center of the city’s latest ham-handed and inconsistent response to the latest outbreak of the disease. And it’s not a good look for one of the world’s most affluent

China Daily | Cherry blossom season brings nationwide medics back to Wuhan

  Over a year ago, Fang Yafang made a decision to go to Wuhan where the country’s first cluster of COVID-19 cases was reported. The 27-year-old nurse from Xiamen, east China’s

World Views | Should I stop talking now? Why we’re so bad at conversation

I’ve always felt that Jean-Paul Sartre narrowly missed the target. Hell is not necessarily other people. More precisely, hell is small talk. There: I’ve outed myself again as an introvert and curmudgeon. But

World Views | Reflation, rotation, hot money, cold feet, let’s call the whole thing off

A lot of speculative capital, so-called hot money, has flowed into China lately. Last year, foreigners — lured by Beijing’s successful Covid-19 containment and swift economic recovery —  snatched up a record

World Views | Netflix needs a baby Yoda

Chess sets commemorating a recently popular television series are selling for upwards of $99. But “The Queen’s Gambit,” Netflix Inc.’s hit miniseries about a fictional chess prodigy, isn’t the theme. It’s HBO’s

World Views | Saudi oil attack is nothing like the last one

Brent crude is, once again, scraping $70 in the aftermath of a missile attack on critical Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Yet in every other respect, Monday is nothing like the last

China Daily | Hong Kong should seize historic opportunity in China’s development plan

  As China embarks on a new journey to fully building a modern socialist country, a national blueprint has provided historic opportunities to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). China’s clear

World Views | So far, Biden’s Iran policy isn’t Trump’s — or Obama’s

When it comes to President Joe Biden’s Iran policy, the safest thing to say is that it’s a work in progress. On the one hand, the Biden administration is trying to

China Daily | Two sessions will set course that will also help the world

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, the start of the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) and its efforts to realize the

World Views | How farmers could fight climate change (and make a profit)

  Agriculture has never been a principal focus of efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. But farm emissions — which make up about 10% of the U.S. total — are coming under

World Views | The whole web pays for Google and Facebook to be free

Google and Facebook make a lot of noise about how their main services are free to use. And it’s true, they are. But what they don’t highlight is their role in making

World Views | Carbon emissions made a rapid recovery from Covid

The chief benefit of the International Energy Agency’s new monthly data on global carbon emissions, published yesterday, is getting to see just how awful our predicament is on a much

World Views | Trump’s not-quite-triumphant return

The former president made a semi-Trumphant return on Sunday. Donald Trump’s rapturous reception at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, made clear that the conservative movement, as well as the

World Views | Tailored ads are killing the informed consumer

In many ways, the tailored advertising that supports much of the internet works pretty well. It helps people with money figure out where to spend it with minimal effort and

World Views | Stop worrying about extremely unlikely Covid risks

The USDA has now announced that there’s “no credible evidence” that people can get Covid-19 from touching packages in the grocery store. At first blush, this sounds like a breakthrough

Our Desk | Anxiety among Gen Z

The distressing suicides of several young people this year have come to the attention of the education and social welfare bureaus, implying the urgent need to not just raise awareness

World Views | China and Russia are beating the West at vaccine diplomacy

It was encouraging to see G7 leaders including France’s Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Angela Merkel and the U.K.’s Boris Johnson all on the same page when it came to Covid-19 vaccines

Our Desk | Predictions for the Ox-picious new year

This new year will be running under the auspiciousness of the Metal Ox. This means that it will be certainly a lucky one (as they all are). In terms of relationships,

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