Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He speaks to US President Donald Trump during a trade meeting in the Oval Office on April 4. Photo: AFP
David Brown
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Macroscope by David Brown

The ball is in China’s court. It must take the initiative, end the trade war and save the global economy

  • The US-China trade war, Brexit and tensions in the Gulf could add up to a perfect storm for the global economy. The world can’t count on Trump. Now, more than ever, Beijing must take the lead

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Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He speaks to US President Donald Trump during a trade meeting in the Oval Office on April 4. Photo: AFP
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President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, makes a speech during the opening ceremony of a training programme for party officials in Beijing on September 3. Photo: Xinhua
Minxin Pei
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Minxin Pei

China’s Communist Party is looking at the beginning of the end of one-party rule

  • After nearly 70 years in power, China’s one-party regime is approaching the longevity frontier for dictatorship amid an economic slowdown and tensions with the US
  • A crackdown on opponents and an emphasis on nationalism may boost support in the short term but staying in power to celebrate the party’s centenary will be a challenge

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President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, makes a speech during the opening ceremony of a training programme for party officials in Beijing on September 3. Photo: Xinhua
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