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G7 Reinvents Itself as Democratic Bulwark in London

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The G7’s sprawling new communique portrays the bloc as a democratic bulwark against creeping authoritarianism.

Peru’s Voters Mull a Hard Left Turn

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Decades of business-friendly politics may be coming to an abrupt end in Peru.

Inflationary Signs Mount in Post-COVID Economic Normalization

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Are rising prices temporary normalization pains, or a new normal in the making?

India Shows COVID-19 Pandemic Far from Over

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Variants have altered the COVID risk dynamic, and emerging economies are uniquely vulnerable to severe outbreaks. This article highlights some of the most at-risk countries.

London Meetings Hint at Democratic Rebrand of G7

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One of the world’s least consequential multilateral groupings is getting a democratic makeover as the G7’s first high-level head-to-head meetings in two years take place in London.

An Upset in the Making? Greens Pull Ahead of Merkel’s CDU

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With disaffected CDU voters flocking to the Greens in droves, the September election appears to be wide open.

Population Decline: The New Normal in China’s Demographics?

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China’s demographic decline is a tale long foretold, but it was never meant to happen quite so soon.

From Bangkok to Nong Khai: China’s Thai Railway Vision Edges Forward

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Plans for a high-speed rail line from Bangkok to the Laotian border are moving forward after Thailand signed construction contracts for phase one of the project with Chinese state-owned firms.

Belt and Road Suffers Setbacks in Italy, Australia

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Two Western governments scuttled Belt and Road-linked deals this week. Is a trend in the making?

Quetta Hotel Attack: CPEC in the Pakistan Taliban’s Crosshairs?

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Was the targeting of China’s ambassador a coincidence, or does it represent a change of tact on the part of the Pakistan Taliban?

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