We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2nd Lau-YCW Essay Competition… Chiu Wan Liu! This is a remarkable essay which captures a wider story of the gender norms, rural-urban divide and digital economy characteristic of modern-day China—one which we are honoured to share with the YCW network. Our warmest congratulations to Chiu Wan!
This year began with President Xi Jinping extolling the virtues of globalization at Davos and, from there, never failed to deliver moments in global affairs that ranged from eyebrow-raising to surreal. We selected a few particularly insightful interviews and features that may provide some understanding of what happened in 2017, and a sense of direction for what lies ahead.
In our third edition of Views From the Ground, we reached out to two YCW chapters for their perspectives on the current state of relations between two of the world’s emerging powers.
Merkel’s coalition talks have steered clear of the topic of Chinese investment in Germany, where a consensus is emerging that investment screening instruments need to be reinforced. But, Insa Ewert writes, EU member states remain fractured on this issue, weakening Europe’s overall approach to regulation of Chinese investment.
Editor’s Note: The U.S.-China trade relationship was the featured topic of President Trump’s recent state visit to China, yet even with the announcement of $250 billion in business deals, it is far from clear where the administration’s policy is headed. On