Commentary

Articles in our Growth Challenges series.

  • 2013-09-20

     

    Five years since the onset of the financial crisis most Western economies are still struggling to return to healthy growth and employment levels. This week Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, asks whether Europe and Japan will indeed ever recover their “animal spirits”[1].

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  • 2013-04-14

     

    China passed its first patent law in 1984. This started a process of building a patent system closer to that of Japan and Europe. Three kinds of patents have been granted since then: invention, utility model and design patents.   

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  • 2013-04-01

    Before Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang’s appointment to the top of the CPC, few noticed the changing signage on the streets of Beijing and around China. For decades the Communist Party has directed its people with slogans, placed on bridges, public transport, and various public locations.

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  • 2013-02-17

    China’s need to shift its growth model toward domestic consumption and innovation, and away from physical investment and export driven growth is increasingly common knowledge. For most in the West the idea an innovative China however is new, at least within their lifetimes.

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  • 2013-02-06

     

    China is in the middle of a remarkable phase of nuclear power plant construction - unsurpassed in history.   This is understandable given that nuclear energy is the only credible means of producing dozens of gigawatts of emission-free electric power capacity with high load factors. 

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