Monthly Archives: March 2012

Here are some articles and essays that I’ve found interesting to read over the past week: Why do we continue to ignore China’s rise? Arrogance: Martin Jacques, Observer Washington’s loss of control over World Bank is a big historic change: Mark … Continue reading

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I’ve spent the last week in Japan, meeting civil servants, politicians and scientists, and visiting factories, research institutes and civil facilities. One of these visits was to the Shinkansen high-speed rail control centre operated by the rail company JR East … Continue reading

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There’s a lot of press speculation (£) that the chancellor will use the budget to tackle the anomalous treatment of foreign buyers of UK property, many of whom use property companies to avoid stamp duty.

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Sometimes political images speak volumes. This piece from the China Digital Times is worth posting in full. The young man wheels Deng Pufang, son of the late Deng Xiaoping, past a nervous-looking Chongqing committee secretary Bo Xilai. It’s been a … Continue reading

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Before Christmas, the outgoing head of the civil service, Sir (now Lord) Gus O’Donnell wrote a stiff letter of complaint to Margaret Hodge MP, the chair of the public accounts committee, parliament’s most powerful select committee. Hodge, he asserted, had … Continue reading

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