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John L. Thornton China Center Bulletin
January 27, 2016
A red umbrella is placed on seats in front of an electronic board showing stock information, filled with green figures indicating falling prices, at a brokerage house in Dongguan, Guangdong province, China, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

Anchor aweigh? China’s currency devaluation and the global economy

David Dollar

China devalued its currency to a five-year low against the U.S. dollar, sending global stock markets tumbling. The devaluation so far has been minor, from an exchange rate of 6.2 to the dollar last summer to 6.55 now. David Dollar explains why the markets reacted so sensitively.

Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen gives a speech during a news conference in Taipei April 15, 2015. Tsai formally declared her candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on Wednesday.The background reads, "Find the confidence; light up Taiwan." REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Taiwan’s election results, explained

Richard C. Bush III

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a sweeping victory in Taiwan's presidential and legislative elections. What policies will the new Tsai Ing-wen administration pursue? And will they complicate relations with China and the United States?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 3rd Meeting of Activists in Fisheries under the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 29, 2015. REUTERS/KCNA

What should the world do about North Korea’s latest nuclear weapons test?

Jonathan D. Pollack

On the morning of January 6, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear weapons test at a site close to its border with China, claiming it had successfully detonated a thermonuclear weapon for the first time. What does the test mean, and what should the world do about it?


Can China use the slowdown to change its economy?

Kenneth Lieberthal, PBS NewsHour


Why North Korea's nukes test poses a major problem for the West

January 6, 2016, Newsweek, Jeffrey Bader

How the U.S. could respond to North Korea's nuclear test

January 6, 2016, ABC News, Jonathan D. Pollack

North Korea’s hydrogen bomb claim strains ties with China

January 6, 2016, The New York Times, Cheng Li

The China bubble pops

January 13, 2016, The Washington Post, David Dollar


Deputy Director Han Jun visits Brookings

On January 12, Han Jun, Deputy Director of the Office of the Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs and one of President Xi Jinping's top economic advisors, met with Brookings scholars to discuss China's economic outlook in 2016.


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