The shift by China's central bank is jarring because the nation spent months conveying the idea that it was comfortable trimming — not adding — support for the economy.
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China's campaign to internationalize the yuan, which received backing from the International Monetary Fund in 2016, is going nowhere fast.
China is no longer easily caricatured as a place with a limitless supply of cheap labor churning out bargain-basement stuff for consumers and businesses around the world.
The revival is likely to be very impressive. On Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund raised its forecast for the world expansion to 6%.
The key distinctions all come down to trust. In countries that have earned it, officials statements are taken seriously, policies are believable and political systems relatively stable.
The next couple of months are going to be tough. The rosy prognosis for things to really get better has been shunted to the middle of the year.
The cozy world of male-dominated politics that gave rise to Yoshiro Mori is no match for 21st century corporate sponsorship and athletic diplomacy.
As an American abroad, my question was personal: Did I make a colossal error five years ago?
Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures would almost qualify for Group of Eight membership if they were a country.
The country greeted the new year by recording its first annual population decline.