China is fast becoming a global leader in cutting-edge technologies — such as artificial intelligence, facial recognition, surveillance and 5G. But critics say China’s technology enables authoritarian control and increases dependence on an autocratic state.
This week, Critical State's Deep Dive looks at a new paper that investigates how people react to resource price shocks in countries where resource economies are already highly developed, using survey data from oil-rich Kazakhstan.
The International Monetary Fund said the global economy is beginning to emerge from the most severe downturn since the Great Depression, Belarus security forces have been given the green light to apply lethal force against pro-democracy protesters, and the US is proceeding with three sales of sophisticated weaponry to Taiwan.
As part of its global Belt and Road Initiative, China is investing in the Arctic — setting up research stations, investing in mining and energy, and working with Russia to create a new sea route through the Arctic Ocean. It's also stoked concerns from the US.
Southeast Asian countries have long managed a complex relationship with China, the region’s biggest trading partner and their most powerful neighbor. China's new Silk Road promises opportunities for economic growth, but at what cost?
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