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Shirley Ze Yu | South China Morning PostProfessor Shirley Ze Yu is a political economist, a senior practitioner fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center, director of the China-Africa Initiative at the London School of Economics, an adjunct professor at the IE Business School, and an honorary distinguished foreign faculty professor at the National Defence University, Islamabad. She serves as a non-executive director at global companies and university advisory boards.
Peng Shuai’s fate underscores China’s global legitimacy challengeDespite its vaccine donations and firm commitments to reduce carbon emissions, China still struggles to win the world’s trust. As it takes on more global responsibilities, it must overcome the scepticism and show it is a responsible partner.
Why middle-class growth, consumption are key to China’s economic successThe key to a sustainable consumer economy is higher incomes for the bottom tiers in society and a stronger middle class. If China can deliver on these, the newly minted middle class will be a driver for greater consumption as well as improved industrialisation.
How China is seeking promote its world view and roll back WesternisationBeijing’s pursuit of global infrastructure expansion, economic primacy and a compelling China narrative are all part of the same mission. If China reclaims the title of the world’s top economy, Chinese civilisation will spread once again – the dawn of an era as golden as the Han dynasty.
Xinjiang cotton: the business lessons in H&M, Nike’s differing fatesFar from frantic, the boycott movement is reasoned, controlled and firmly aligned with China’s vision of its tech-empowered economic ascendancy. Nike is protected from wrath for now because it fills a gap in wearable tech in China’s value chain, especially ahead of the Olympics – unlike H&M.
Technology, not street vendors, will save China’s economyA street vendor economy will only create the illusion of job security for millions of urban unemployed, migrant workers and fresh graduates. Only by doubling down on technological empowerment can China’s race to global economic superpower status truly succeed.