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How Fast Will China Grow?

As China's unprecedented economic rise begins to slow, the country's future growth can be predicted by looking at its potential growth rate, as well as external and internal factors. Policymakers drawing up the country's next five-year plan should look to history as well as current conditions as guides in setting growth targets. Read more ...

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31 Jan 2015

Garlanded with praise

LIKE all good films about robots, “Ex Machina” is really about people. It’s a gripping thriller concerned not just with how human artificial intelligence (AI) [...] Read more ...

via Economist
31 Jan 2015

To the piste!

Freestyle medallists in 2022? THE provincial outpost of Chongli, 250km (150 miles) north-west of Beijing, has all the trappings of a proper ski town. There are [...] Read more ...

via Economist
31 Jan 2015

863 Program

The 863 program (Chinese: 863计划) or State High-Tech Development Plan (Chinese: 国家高技术研究发展计划) is a program funded and administered by the government of the People's Republic of China intended to stimulate the development of advanced technologies in a wide range of fields for the purpose of rendering China independent of fina [...] Read more ...

via Wikipedia
31 Jan 2015

Geopolitical friends

The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics. By Andrew Small. C. Hurst & Co; 319 pages; £30. Buy from Amazon.co.uk WHEN China sent swift condolences to [...] Read more ...

via Economist
31 Jan 2015

互联网寡头时代到来?--中国电商寡头现象引发关注

近年来,中国电子商务一方面爆发式增长、“野蛮”式发展,一方面则频频上演“春秋争霸”“三国混战”。电子商务究竟是否进入寡头时代?“神仙打架”,是殃及池鱼还是让百姓得益?新华社记者就此展开调研。 巨头圈地:互联网时代筑起“柏林墙” 逛淘宝看 [...] Read more ...

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31 Jan 2015

Apple’s Chinese New Year Sales May Bring a Second Holiday Boost

The jumbo iPhone 6 Plus was seen as being especiallyimportant for customers in Asia, though it’s still priced higherthan phones from local device makers. “Chinese New Year on Feb. (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc., which posted 70 percent revenuegrowth in China last quarter, may get another boost from theshopping season tied to the Chinese New Year in [...] Read more ...

via Bloomberg
31 Jan 2015

China Investigates Ex-Head of Unit Meant to Clean Beijing’s Air

(Bloomberg) -- China is investigating Lu Haijun, the formerchairman of a company designated to help clean up record-breaking air pollution in the country’s capital, along withother leading cities. Lu is the former chairman of state-owned Beijing EnergyInvestment Holding Co., which invests and finances electricpower construction for Beijing. He is [...] Read more ...

via Bloomberg
31 Jan 2015

The role of demography in explaining secular stagnation

For the life expectancy we use total life expectancy at birth.Sources: Life expectancy and the supply of savings Over the last 40 years, there has been considerable increase in life expectancy. For the average retirement rate, we use the minimum of the OECD data male average effective age and official age of retirement. The increase in life expecta [...] Read more ...

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31 Jan 2015