Opinion

The key contents and basic judgment on the #U.S.-#China trade negotiation

China and the United States have recently reached an agreement on the contents of the first phase of the trade deal. In China, the State Council Information Office held a rare press conference at 11 p.m. on December 13, and invited Ning Jizhe, Deputy Director of the National Development and Reform Commission, Liao Min, Deputy …

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GUNTER: The throne speech was obsolete by the next day

I can never understand commentators who seem surprised (even irritated) by the vagueness of a throne speech. Vagueness is the point. A typical throne speech is to legislative agendas what daydreaming about winning the lottery is to retirement planning. Vice-regal addresses are accurate indications of a government’s priorities — until all those best-laid plans get …

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Political will was not enough for justice reform in #Moldova

The lack of political will to carry out rule of law reforms is frequently the reason why reforms are not fully implemented. The case of Moldova proves that in societies where strong vested interests still persist, political savviness is equally as important as political will. Old and new political power brokers in Moldova struck a fragile …

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