China’s Hukou System Furthers Its Educational Inequality
China operates a household registration system, the hukou, which is often times bewildering to foreigners. As outsiders, we often assume that freedom of movement within our country of citizenship is sacrosanct. Domestic migrants in China, however, pay a high price. The recent Economist article about China’s unequal hukou system was correct in […]
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Will we ever be able to catch-up on Freedom of Expression?
This article responds to the Secrets of Transformation multimedia series, a joint project of Bertelsmann Transformation Index and Deutsche Welle. Banning or blocking seems to be the easiest way of denying the existence of something; this is especially true if you’re talking about countries like Pakistan. Sure, alcohol and pork are banned in the country […]
The Strategic Implications of TAFTA/TTIP: Will it Engage or Contain China?
Abstract: As China is moving up the value chain, both the EU and the US have seen their export shares declining in markets that they have traditionally dominated. This quantitative and qualitative evolution of Chinese exports has been to some extent attributed to China’s mercantilist national industrial policy and its […]
Bamboo no longer just for Pandas!
In October 2012, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published the World Economic Outlook (WEO), a forecast for more than 180 countries based on macroeconomic indicators such as gross domestic product (GDP), inflation and fiscal balance. Ghana’s 2012 GDP of +8.18% has it listed as one of the top 20 fastest […]
Pakistan’s Gwadar: A Game of Control?
A jewel in the heart of the least-developed province of Pakistan, Gwadar Port promises a fair and bright future for the people of Baluchistan province and Pakistan. Under construction for over ten years, its intended function of fueling Pakistan’s failing economy has become a distant dream. Gwadar Port has become […]