In the past, inadequate punishments often meant committing crimes made more financial sense than compliance. But now the Chinese leadership looks to be getting serious about punitive damages.
The chattering classes see the polls as a struggle between the BJP’s Hindutva agenda on one hand and Gandhi’s socialist dreams on the other. But for most people it’s all about jobs, prices, and basic government services.
The much-reported strain between the EU and China is exaggerated – Europe has too much to lose to present an effectively assertive front to China over bilateral economic affairs.
A passionate liberaliser in the 1980s, Hu sought to overturn the remnants of the Maoist era. His death in 1989 triggered widespread public mourning, which snowballed into weeks of student-led pro-democracy protests
A pact could help Beijing transform its economy and take the reins on the world stage. And then? Reforming the WTO, joining the new TPP, negotiating free-trade with Japan, Korea and schmoozing Europe should be priorities
But last year, a Churchill biopic glorifying the former British PM was nominated for top honours at the Oscars
Asean member states and China are a step closer to forming a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea after years of operating a toothless diplomatic pact that has failed to reduce tensions.
Prayuth Chan-ocha has turned these polls into an exercise in thwarting the Shinawatras, begging the question: why did he carry out the vote if he wasn’t committed to the underlying principles?
China’s silence on its plan to become technologically self-sufficient belies the aggressive moves taken by the central and local governments to develop new industries.