Commentary Topics

| Dec 30, 2014

China banking on projects

The key factor that has led Beijing to create the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank is the belief that creating new demand abroad is the only way to avoid a simultaneous collapse of local governments and state corporations.

Dec 30, 2014

Wanted: brides for millions of Chinese men

by Adam Minter

A fast-growing underclass is sure to pose an array of challenges for China. The victims are the millions of poor, mostly rural men, who cannot meet familial and social expectations that a man marry and start a family because of the country's skewed demographics.

Dec 30, 2014

Behind every good number is a good story

by Robert J.

Nine percent of Americans carry no cash, and China's government estimates that by 2020, about 30 million eligible bachelors will be unable to find a wife. These are among the year's more interesting 15 statistics compiled by columnist Robert J. Samuelson.

Oil prices and Saudi democracy

Dec 30, 2014

Oil prices and Saudi democracy

by John Kemp

Saudi Arabia's top policymakers deny they have deliberately sought lower oil prices, and there are good reasons to doubt the kingdom is wielding the oil weapon as part of some grand geopolitical strategy.