The Commoditization of Australian Universities

Knowledge, research capabilities, free-thinking and diversity, are the soft-powers of Australia that make us uniquely different from the rest of the world, and Government must de-commoditize Australian universities and develop them as pillars of our soft power in the world.
Chinese flag as seen from the city wall of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

Wake Up Australia! The World Is Seeking Your Guidance

We need to align ourselves with other transparent independent democracies, so that the Australian way of life, our intellectual freedom and our multi-cultural lifestyles are safeguarded for future generations.

China’s Success in Fighting COVID-19 in Rural Areas

Whether the Chinese experience in combating COVID-19 and containing the disastrous spread of this pandemic in rural areaa is applicable to other countries remains to be seen.

The Coronavirus Epidemic May Mark the End of China’s Economic Miracle, but When Did...

By this time next year, China's economic statistics will probably be looking even more ridiculously unlikely. Maybe even the Western media will stop believing them.

One Is The Loneliest Number

Alibaba's Singles Day shopping bonanza has hijacked Remembrance Day for half the world.
Comparison of China's GDP per capita growth trajectory with those of South Korea and Taiwan (data: IMF and PWT)

China Celebrates 40 Years Of Returning To Form

Xi Jinping has called China's process of reform and opening "a great revolution in the history of the Chinese people and the Chinese nation," but mostly it represents a return to the pre-1949 normal.
China Top 100 Ultra-Rich Distribution (Source: author’s calculations based on data from Forbes China Rich lists); Credit: Stone Shi

The Great Divide Between China’s Rich And Poor

China’s wealthiest 100 individuals have more wealth than the poorest two-fifths of the country’s population combined. The country also needs to offer equal social benefits and educational opportunities for all of its citizens.
A lone minivan traverses an elevated highway in Hong Kong, July, 2018 (photo credit: Stone Shi).

SPECIAL REPORT: How Netware Apps Are Reshaping The Personal Transportation Technosystem

Netware apps have the potential to transform the future of personal transportation through the emergence of a ride hailing - autonomous vehicle - battery electric vehicle (RH-BEV-AV) technosystem.
Heavy traffic in central Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

China’s DiDi Could Turn The World’s Automakers Into Generic OEMs — Starting With Volkswagen

What happens when a car becomes something you order, not something you own? It looks like Chinese consumers may find out first, and DiDi will be the brand in the driver's seat.
Cherry blossoms at the Qinglong Temple, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

China Is Sitting On $3 Trillion In Currency Reserves, But Is That Enough?

If the Chinese government faces a choice between a painful economic adjustment, during which it sells off its currency reserves to pay off its debts, and letting the Yuan devalue to reduce the debts while keeping the economy humming, don’t expect China to spend its currency reserves protecting the Yuan.