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China’s boom has World Bank worried

The World Bank has a timely warning for Chinese President Xi Jinping: Don’t let all that money go to your head. The global lender didn’t refer directly to Shanghai’s stock boom or the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (Beijing’s attempt to develop a World Bank of its own). Nor did i...

Updated : 2015.07.03 21:23

[Jean Pisani-Ferry] The end of work as we know it

In 1983, the American economist and Nobel laureate Wassily Leontief made what was then a startling prediction. Machines, he said, are likely to replace human labor much in the same way that the tracto...

Updated : 2015.07.03 21:23

[Chon Shi-yong] President Park and Samsung’s Lee

Lee Jay-yong, the de facto leader of Samsung Group, offered a public apology last month for Samsung Medical Center’s mishandling of the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome. The Korean publi...

Updated : 2015.07.02 21:18

[Frank Ching] Impediments to positive U.S.-China relations

Chinese sayings are hot these days. The United States Supreme Court, in its ruling on same-sex marriage, cited Confucius. And at the opening of the U.S.-China strategic and economic dialogue last Tue...

Updated : 2015.07.02 21:11

The beginning of China-led AIIB

For years, the G7 nations have pledged substantial governance reforms in international multilateral institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. But the promises were left unfulfilled, not least because these organizations are domina...

Updated : 2015.07.02 21:03

Tax scheme alone can’t spur Thailand’s birthrate

The more children you have, the more likely you’ll be poor: That was the grim slogan of a national birth-control campaign more than four decades ago. It was dire, but it was also accurate, and it remains accurate today. In the years since, the cost of rearing, educating and keeping a chil...

Updated : 2015.07.02 21:01

Abe seeks to protect U.S. military vessels

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raised an important question on whether the current security-related bills would allow Japan to protect U.S. military vessels during a session of the House of Representatives special committee on the legislation for peace and security on Friday. “If U.S....

Updated : 2015.07.02 20:55

The liberation of Barack Obama

Rarely, if ever, in American history has a president spoken more personally, emotionally or candidly than Barack Obama these past three weeks. Almost as though he had experienced a religious conversion, the president decided to be himself, to show who he was inside, to share his true chara...

Updated : 2015.07.02 20:43

Uber chaos exposes folly of French protectionism

PARIS ― French police arrested the chief executive of Uber France and the general manager of Uber Europe this week for “inciting illegal employment.” Translation: Uber is disrupting a system in whi...

Updated : 2015.07.01 19:26

Stop paying for stupid science

The National Science Foundation too often shortchanges American taxpayers by funding low-value, low-priority social science projects.Here are some doozies: the veiling fashion industry in Turkey, Viking textiles in Iceland, the “social impacts” of tourism in the northern tip of Norway, l...

Updated : 2015.07.01 19:25

China is a communist success story. Kinda.

Here’s a fairly common discussion you see on Twitter or hear at cocktail parties:Libertarian: “Communism doesn’t work!”Acquaintance: “Oh, yeah? What about China?”Libertarian: “China, communist? Ha! They started to succeed when they opened up to free enterprise, and then they kept it...

Updated : 2015.07.01 19:24

SpaceX won’t give in to rocket explosion

From the ground, it didn’t really look like an explosion. Standing at a press site about four miles from the launchpad, amid the rippling, crackling sound waves generated by the rocket’s chemical propulsion ― a disturbance so great it sent fish leaping from the river in front of us ― a...

Updated : 2015.07.01 19:23

[Lee Joo-hee] In the name of the people

The modus operandi of President Park Geun-hye in getting her message across is to speak on behalf of the “people.” Park has always preferred to say “people” rather than “I” as an emphatic subjec...

Updated : 2015.07.01 19:18

[Kim Seong-kon] Have you forgotten the Korean War already?

I wonder how many Koreans remembered that last Thursday, June 25, was the anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Perhaps, except for a few government officials, not many Koreans would have rememb...

Updated : 2015.06.30 19:09

[Lee Jae-min] Keeping foreign friends informed

Before the recent MERS scare made a dent, Seoul had become a popular destination for foreign students wishing to spend a semester or two on a university exchange. On top of that, more and more studen...

Updated : 2015.06.30 19:05