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Xiao Geng
For Xiao Geng's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 2, 2022
The Biden administration in a multipolar world
A half-century since Richard Nixon met with Mao Zedong, the progress the U.S. and China launched has been all but been lost, and President Joe Biden is partly to blame.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 28, 2021
The right war for the U.S. and China
Unlike the U.S., China is not initiating futile arms races, which will increase environmental damage and divert funding away from climate change mitigation efforts.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 1, 2021
How the best and brightest fail in times of crisis
Without a new approach to crisis solving that captures the true complexity of our world, we will continue to be blindsided by systemic failures.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 3, 2021
The circular economy grows up
If we do not abandon the “take-make-waste” consumption pattern by 2050, we will need the equivalent of almost three Earths to provide enough natural resources to sustain current lifestyles.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 24, 2021
Accommodating China is unavoidable
In today's world, attempting to “contain and confront” those with different values or systems, rather than negotiating a new global compact that accommodates them, is a recipe for conflict.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 14, 2021
Do free markets still beat central planning?
Is China's system really diametrically opposed to that of, say, the United States? In a word: no.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 12, 2021
A one-Earth balance sheet
The Earth is a single living, self-regulating system, and it demands a single, shared system of accounting that balances at the global level.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 29, 2020
Division or dialogue with China?
Less chaotic does not necessarily mean less confrontational: Biden has called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “thug” and pledged to “pressure, isolate and punish China.”
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 5, 2020
Shenzhen’s game-changing reform
What was once a poor fishing village now has the highest per capita GDP on the mainland, and a total GDP on par with Hong Kong.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 30, 2020
Making sense of China’s new plan
Many observers fear that China is “turning inward” just when the global economy is staring down the barrel of a recession.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 31, 2020
Minimizing the social cost of COVID-19
Efforts to turn an effective institutional response to the pandemic into a political or ideological battleground are misguided, at best.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 28, 2020
China's COVID-19 moment
At a time of unprecedented global interconnectedness, our biggest challenges are shared. Every country must work to build its resilience, or no one will be safe.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 28, 2019
The real problem in Hong Kong is inequality
The failure of the government to address the problem stems from the electoral politics to which the protesters are so committed.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 30, 2019
Self-harm in Hong Kong
Hong Kong's outrage at China's government is misplaced and self-destructive.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 28, 2019
How will the U.S.-China trade war end?
After 117 consecutive months of economic expansion, the U.S. could soon find itself thrown back into a painful recession, owing to disruptions caused by its own trade policy.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 26, 2018
Anger in America has been building for years
U.S. elites have spent decades creating the conditions for a figure like Trump to emerge.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 27, 2017
The next battle in Xi's war on corruption
Chinese President Xi Jinping has waged a relentless fight against corruption, but the war is far from won.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 28, 2016
Trumping the international monetary system
Market optimism about U.S. growth could lead to ever-larger imbalances and possibly disrupt the international monetary system.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 31, 2016
The making of a Chinese consumer society
China's transformation into a consumer society is good news for the future of the global economy.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 6, 2016
China and the lonely fight it's waging against deflation
The battle over the renminbi's exchange rate reflects growing tension between the interests of the 'financial engineers' (such as the managers of dollar-based hedge funds) and the 'real engineers' (China's policymakers).

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