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Battening Down the Hatches
Battening Down the Hatches
The Chinese Christian Crackdown

The ongoing persecution is not in China’s national interest; if anything, it may make Christians stronger.

Battening Down the Hatches
China’s Growth Slowest in 24 Years

China’s 2014 GDP growth was the slowest it has been in decades. This is what Xi has spent the past few years preparing for.

Battening Down the Hatches
Stocks Fall as China Attempts a Rebalance

Can China put its growth on a more sustainable footing without causing a rout in the markets?

Battening Down the Hatches
Xi's Party Purge Hits Rich Coal-Producing Province

Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption party purge has set its sights firmly on Shanxi, a region rich with coal—and dirty officials. Even those closely connected to previous president Hu Jintao have been among the “tigers” targeted by the latest round of probes. Xi’s push to consolidate power at the very top continues.

Battening Down the Hatches
Is the Chinese Economic Juggernaut Slowing?

Chinese manufacturing is underperforming expectations. We may be seeing signs of the storm that Xi has been preparing for by consolidating power.

Battening Down the Hatches
Chinese President Xi Rolls the Dice with Aggressive Reforms

Chinese President Xi’s anti-corruption campaign is both means to consolidate power and an effort to save the system by changing it. It’s also a sign that Xi is preparing for an oncoming storm.

Battening Down the Hatches
China Moves Judicial Power up the Food Chain

China is reforming its judicial system, ostensibly to rein in corruption, but it’s also another piece in a puzzle suggesting that Xi is battening down the hatches and centralizing control.

Battening Down the Hatches
China's Leadership Arrests General, Bans Ramadan Fasting

Chinese President Xi Jinping is amping up his campaign against corruption, as the highest-ranking general ever to be ensnared is accused of bribery. This is another sign that the country is battening down the hatches.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

The Shale Rebound

Texas’s Permian Basin has been called “the crown jewel of the world’s oil and gas industry.”

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