A combination of Russian bureaucracy, military secrecy and a state-dominated economy have failed to foster private space enterprises of the kind driving innovation in the U.S.
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Hong Kong was always going to struggle to run a mass vaccination campaign.
Pressure on embattled retailer Suning Appliance Group Co. forced the conglomerate to reconsider its investment in the team. China’s soccer bubble is rapidly deflating.
There are valid objections around privacy and the risk of exacerbating inequalities. Fortunately, good technology and sound policy should be able to surmount both.
Subdivided apartments — cubicles carved out of existing flats or buildings — are an emblem of the government’s failure to tackle the city’s housing shortage.
Just as Vladimir Putin was helped by academic-turned-St. Petersburg mayor, Anatoly Sobchak, Mikhail Mishustin was a protege of former finance minister and reformer Boris Fyodorov.
Almost 90% of the population was below the international poverty threshold in 1981, according to the World Bank; by the 2019, that was under 1%.
As the African continent’s biggest lender, the bigger prize for China has always been political.
Even before ballots were cast, media in China and Russia were talking up the chaos. One Russian deputy compared the U.S. to Kyrgyzstan, where a disputed vote last month ended in turmoil.
China needs to be pressed to aim high when it comes to carbon trading and pricing. Others will be encouraged to follow. For now, it just needs to get started.