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  • CapX
  • Prospect Magazine
  • Moneyish
  • Bloomberg

Past articles by George:

Has Covid helped or hindered the inevitable rise of China?

Where does China sit in the pecking order of world super powers? For some the pandemic has rocketed it to the top, for others it has triggered a resistance to what the Communist Party call China’s ‘inevitable rise’. The reality is a little more complicated. Economically, China is doing relatively well. A stringent lockdown has … → Read More

Xi Jinping backs off Hong Kong — for now

Hong Kong’s worst political crisis since the handover in 1997 is far from over → Read More

Tiananmen's 30th anniversary: Shunned but not forgotten

China's methods of control might be sophisticated, but some dissent still manages to bubble up → Read More

China's 'two sessions' had one downbeat message

While many of us are trying to piece together the details of a trade deal between China and the US, which Presidents Xi Jinping and Trump would have to agree eventually, the focus this week is on important meetings taking place in Beijing. It is the first week of the so-called ‘Two Sessions’, the annual … → Read More

If we want China to be on board with a post-Brexit "global Britain," we need to display some cultural awareness

Gavin Williamson's warship blunder wasn't just foolish—it failed to recognise China's sensitivity about the UK → Read More

Xi Jinping is digging in

There had been much speculation about President Xi Jinping’s long-awaited speech in the Great Hall of the People marking the 40th anniversary of ‘Reform and Opening Up’. Although the recent detention of Huawei’s CFO undoubtedly upset China’s leaders, Beijing looked as though it was warming to compromise following the temporary trade war truce agreed at … → Read More

These are all the reasons U.S. investors should keep worrying about China

Government officials have signalled they are worried about slowing growth — but growth could slow even more. → Read More

Xi's bridge too far

It looks like the world's longest bridge will become a white elephant → Read More

The global economy is sending out warning signals

Stock markets don’t always correlate well with what’s going on in the economy, but a largely lacklustre showing this year may well be sending out warning pulses. For the economic and financial community, which had already been speculating that the next recession might be due in 2020, the IMF meeting in Bali last week was a bit of a cold shower. A decade after the financial crisis, the abiding… → Read More

Of course it was right to rescue the banks

Politicians who now criticise the bailout forget there was no alternative → Read More

The Trump trade war is just the tip of the iceberg for Xi's China

China has taken an ever more dictatorial path under Xi Jinping's leadership. → Read More

Yes, the US economy is on a roll—but it won't last

Trump and his team are eager to take credit for a reported 4 per cent growth. But they shouldn't celebrate too soon → Read More

Yes, the US economy is on a roll—but it won't last

Trump and his team are eager to take credit for a reported 4 per cent growth. But they shouldn't celebrate too soon → Read More

One trillion dollars under threat: Trump’s trade war is getting hotter

The real problem is that no one knows where it will end → Read More

Is the G7 a dead parrot?

The group is weaker for the undermining strategy of the US, but still has a role to play → Read More

Not yet worrying about a trade war? It may be time to start

It is time to realise that Trump’s America is not only an unequal partner, but also an unreliable ally → Read More

Has the global economy turned?

Uncertainty in Italy is just the latest indication that hopes for 2018 were overblown → Read More

How will ageing societies work?

Significant policy interventions will be needed to address the demographic imbalance → Read More

Is recession closing in on the UK?

Growth in the first quarter of 2018 was anaemic—but the real worry lies in the economic trends → Read More

Does the next economic crisis lie in surging global debt?

The IMF’s recent warning should be taken very seriously → Read More