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For decades, an exercise of deliberate ambiguity has kept the peace between America and China over Taiwan. Today, this strategic ambiguity is breaking down econ.st/3QdT1Rq
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“My idea is to do a deep cut and make a legislative framework for a highly competitive export-oriented economy, and then ensure the recovery takes off by 2024,” Ranil Wickremesinghe tells The Economist. “It’s not worth dragging this out” econ.st/3T0k6K4
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“We must do better by our youth and our women, and enable them to fulfil their aspirations and become drivers of our economic growth.” @CMShehbaz argues that the current economic crisis offers Pakistan an opportunity to modernise econ.st/3JWb1he
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Ranil Wickremesinghe talks of making Sri Lanka an upper-income country by 2048. But many Sri Lankans would be happy for the country to get back to where it was a couple of years ago econ.st/3wbBKky
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The way science is often taught—as an abstract collection of facts and equations—is nothing like the way scientists discover and use their knowledge of the world. Read these six books to understand the true nature of science econ.st/3wcJcM2
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Ann Shulgin pioneered the use of psychedelics in therapy econ.st/3zR7359
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Eliminating the giant queues at petrol stations, if only by a more efficient system of rationing, is a step forward for Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka’s president econ.st/3K1emvI
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If the world is to avoid war, it urgently needs to strike a new balance over Taiwan econ.st/3A0XMrm
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As technological shifts, geopolitics and inflation cause tumult and opportunities, The Bottom Line helps you distinguish signal from noise with our trademark global viewpoint, focus on the biggest themes and rigour. Sign up to get it in your inbox econ.st/3AsjOV3
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Relations between Democrats and Republicans are growing more rancorous, making it far harder for lawmakers like Liz Cheney to buck the party line, however justified the cause econ.st/3C9KBHa
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Whatever the difficulties ahead, William Ruto’s victory suggests the era of the tribal kingpins who have dominated Kenyan politics for the past three decades may be passing into history econ.st/3Cd2V1V
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Her ousting from the House of Representatives is a victory for the former president econ.st/3plsdnb
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How did a man like Donald Trump come to dominate the right, and how does he continue to do it? econ.st/3Qm8LT3
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Papua New Guinea conducts its worst election ever econ.st/3SJuYvJ
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Many parts of the country will continue to suffer acute water shortages in the coming year—and for many years to come. We explain why econ.st/3zX6gQe
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On this week’s “Money Talks”, @Birdyword, @SoumayaKeynes and @alice_fulwood explain why mortgage boycotts are symptomatic of wider problems in China’s economy econ.st/3pnYABw
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“Future generations should attempt to understand the empire from the perspective of the people it was imposed upon,” the history teacher argues in one of a series of guest essays on the 75th anniversary of India’s independence econ.st/3JZ2CtM
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Time is running out to save one of America’s largest water sources econ.st/3AsCSTs
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We interviewed the president of Sri Lanka in Colombo. Read the transcript here👇econ.st/3wfM4b5K
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“We will liberate everything,” Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, promised this month. But the truth is that Ukraine needs more time to train soldiers, acquire weapons and soften up Russian defences econ.st/3QNIc9d
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His work on the Oklahoma City bombing may offer clues about his investigation of Donald Trump econ.st/3JZUJUS
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“It realises some of our worst fears about Afghanistan becoming a Petri dish again for all these terrorist groups.” National-security expert Philip Bobbitt discusses the death of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, on “The Economist Asks” econ.st/3Qhswv1
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Her aim was clear. Not merely to open the doors of perception—to see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower—but to step through those doors, and learn econ.st/3bLhTBw
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It is bad for American consumers and retailers—and it is under threat econ.st/3Chwj7k
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Are you curious about the world? Can you write about it concisely, wittily and with rigour? We want to hear from you econ.st/3poPmFa
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Why Ukraine’s army should not rush to recapture the whole province econ.st/3QStMoo
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Wyoming’s primary voters have chosen fealty to the former president over defending democracy. The defeat will reverberate far beyond the state’s borders econ.st/3C6BAyC
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Britain’s inflation rate has risen to its highest level in 40 years. This bodes ill for the country’s ability to break out of its longer-term economic rut econ.st/3QQcN5X
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Ranil Wickremesinghe’s first task is to negotiate a bail-out with the IMF. The turmoil of July delayed discussions, but he is optimistic that an initial deal will be struck by September. Western diplomats in Colombo are more sceptical econ.st/3wb1Unv
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“The horror stories are endless. Yet Ethiopia’s government denies them,” says @berhe_lucy. In a guest essay for The Economist, she describes her struggle to write on Tigray while living in exile econ.st/3ApnvuR
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River flows are lower than in previous hot summers, and reservoirs are depleting fast econ.st/3vWf33p
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Why do so many economists get Africa wrong? This reading list offers an explanation econ.st/3dn2kRd
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Beef emits 31 times more CO₂ per calorie of food than tofu does econ.st/3JT6214
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Courageous politicians should not expect to be rewarded by voters econ.st/3waWVDl
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Need to track the megatrends shaping business and technology? From supply chains to semiconductors, our business and tech newsletter The Bottom Line has you covered. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Saturday econ.st/3wdT9sJ
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In Britain energy is likely to account for about half the inflation rate by the winter econ.st/3zXIMua
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They do so with tellingly varying degrees of success econ.st/3ST7Mvi
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This may slow growing economies and widen deficits econ.st/3PAZWDv
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These six books tell the stories of people, places and problems that have driven humanity’s scientific understanding of the world econ.st/3K2d43p
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William Ruto is the first Kenyan politician to transcend ethnicity by appealing to class econ.st/3dCiaYd
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In the year since the Taliban’s triumph over the country’s Western-backed government, the rate of violence has dropped sharply—but do not confuse this with peace econ.st/3bTEjAC
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A reluctance to buy new homes poses a bigger threat to China’s economy than the more conspicuous refusal to repay existing mortgages econ.st/3QJMGxw
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Would you work in a “sin industry”? Some people choose to—for good reasons econ.st/3pk8ggn
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“There’s going to be an enormous surge in green investment.” @chowardchoward says that even though much of the Inflation Reduction Act will take time to affect voters, the Democrats could see an immediate benefit. Listen to “Checks and Balance” econ.st/3SL1UEa
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Tencent is embedded in almost every aspect of life in China. But this has overexposed the firm to Xi Jinping’s techlash econ.st/3QutoMR
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“I don't think LaMDA was sentient...it’s just a box that blurts out conversation.” @danieldennett explains why the AI of today, such as Google’s LaMDA system, has not yet achieved consciousness, on “Babbage” econ.st/3bXaUWf
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Protests in China are rare, which is what makes the spate of mortgage boycotts taking place across the country so astonishing. This week’s “Money Talks” podcast looks at what’s behind the unrest econ.st/3Qxypo0
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The estimates for the decrease in violence from one NGO are conservative, so the actual numbers are likely to be even higher as many go unreported. Unsurprisingly, the Taliban’s promises of a better future are ringing hollow econ.st/3C9NNmg
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Just going to re-up this story I wrote last summer for the millionth time economist.com/united-states/…
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This week's pod is out. It features some rare reporting inside China's abandoned property developments in places like Xi'an and Yibin by @donweinland economist.com/podcasts/2022/…
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