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Michael Schuman

Journalist based in Beijing

Michael Schuman is a journalist based in Beijing and author of 'Confucius: And the World He Created'.

Michael Schuman
14 Aug 2019

To conquer the world, China must get smarter

Many investors and economists continue to believe China's rise to global economic greatness is inevitable. Modern history, however, tells us that graduating from emerging- to a developed-economy status is hardly automatic. An overly intrusive state, dependence on debt, feeble gains in productivity and poor resource allocation are all reasons to fear that China might struggle with the transition like so many nations before it.

14 Aug 2019 17
27 Feb 2019

Cost of victory

With his China deal, Mr Trump is weakening Washington's ability to influence the global economic order by whittling away at both US leverage and authority.

27 Feb 2019 5
Cost of victory
31 Jan 2019

Huawei's many problems

Trust of Beijing in Washington has plunged to a dangerous low - with Huawei in the crossfire of the US geopolitical struggle.

31 Jan 2019 2
30 Nov 2018

Xi won't cave

When they meet again at the G-20 summit in Argentina, Xi Jinping and Donald Trump won't achieve a breakthrough - but they could declare a trade war truce.

30 Nov 2018 4
Xi won't cave
15 Nov 2018

The true cold warrior

The need for nationalist triumphs has led Xi Jinping to an overly aggressive foreign and economic policy and a quest for supreme power at home.

15 Nov 2018 6
The true cold warrior
13 Aug 2018

Divorce pending

Both countries would undoubtedly find that breaking up is hard to do. No ambitious Chinese company could claim to be truly global without a US presence.

13 Aug 2018 3
Divorce pending
23 Jul 2018

Need for an overhaul

A series of setbacks has hurt Xi Jinping's hopes for global greatness, but he will now need to take a cue from Confucius about how to wield power.

23 Jul 2018 4
Need for an overhaul
29 Jun 2018

Hit back at China

Adopt the same restrictions on Chinese companies in the US that Beijing imposes on foreign firms, and give China a taste of its own bad medicine.

29 Jun 2018 1
8 May 2018

Dog-and-pony trainer

Kim Jong Un may be planning a ruse, trying to convince the world that he's ditching his nuclear weapons when in fact he will never do any such thing.

8 May 2018
Dog-and-pony trainer
27 Apr 2018

Hard heads needed

North Korea can't be bought and there is no way that Pyongyang is ever going to be willing to 'trade' its nuclear programme for economic benefits.

27 Apr 2018