Efforts to combat the national crisis over China’s staple food have been too little, too late. It now threatens to sour the mood for national celebrations, from the Mid-Autumn Festival to Lunar New Year.
To Chinese observers, the US president’s rapid flip-flops on Xi Jinping and the imposition of tariffs are giving off hints of desperation – and China can afford to hunker down for a drawn-out negotiating process
Since Sunday’s peaceful rally of hundreds of thousands, there has been hope for a break from months of violence. But with Beijing not likely to meet the protesters’ demands or send in troops, the summer of discontent will roll on.
Political reform is slow, but there’s a swift solution to the economic inequality that has helped foment discontent. The Chief Executive can break the stranglehold of property moguls by greatly increasing land supply.
Last week’s decision to devalue the yuan against the dollar sent turbulence through international markets, but Washington should be aware that Beijing knows how to match Trump’s brinkmanship, writes Wang Xiangwei.