South Africa’s opinion of its role in Africa is at odds with perceptions on the continent.
South Africa considers itself to be playing a key role in promoting the 'African Agenda' in continental and world affairs. But perceptions in the rest of Africa tell a different story.
We could be witnessing the beginning of globalisation going in reverse.
IMF managing director Christine Lagarde has some tips for Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau.
Boosting growth could be as simple as getting more women into the workforce.
US President Barack Obama departs his last G20 summit.
The G20’s lack of leadership will continue to contribute to the current global economic malaise.
GDP numbers in Australia look good, but when one looks one level below, the picture isn’t so good.
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The RBA leaves rates on hold, Australia gets a GDP growth spurt from pre-election spending, and the IMF lays the groundwork for a lowering of global growth expectations.
Will the gains from globalization be allowed to go up in smoke?
With foes of globalization seeing their voices trumpeted by Brexit and Donald Trump's candidacy, the G20 needs to act as a counterweight that sounds a clear vision for a connected future.
Raising more questions than answers.
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Britain's prime minister keeps saying 'Brexit means Brexit' but exactly what this looks like is far from clear.
The G20 meeting in Hangzhou is a chance for global leaders to push back against anti-globalization forces that threaten free trade.
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The G20 leaders should throw their weight behind the WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement to help prevent a revival of protectionism.
Welcome to Hangzhou.
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China's stewardship of the G20 has been unusually practical and results-focused. Can the world's biggest economies live up to it?
China’s leaders like to put on a good show. Whether it’s the Olympics or the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting, not losing face is paramount. Every country likes to put its best diplomatic foot…
China is eagerly anticipating the arrival of global leaders from the world's top 20 economies.
Canada has been in the global doldrums for close to two decades, but now it's got a chance to get back in the game.
Chinese are starting to question government control of the terms of public debate, as conveyed by this propoganda banner in Hangzhou in 2010.
Hangzhou is hosting the G20 summit and China is anxious to present a positive picture of the country to the world, but the official attitude to non-compliant citizens isn't helping.
Heading in the opposite direction?
Sino-Japanese rivalry might well come to dominate this year's G7 and G20.
Laying the groundwork. Workers prepare for this week’s meeting.
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The world economy needs China, but Beijing has needs of its own. No wonder the leadership is putting so much effort into a year of negotiation.
‘Heave away boys …’
With the economic dashboard flashing red, here's the route to safety.
One of the distinctive features of the contemporary international order is the role played by multilateral organisations. Ever since the US became the dominant force in international affairs in the aftermath…
Right, what shall we do this year?
It brings together 20 of the world's most powerful leaders – but they achieve precious little.
Ready to go.
At an incredibly sensitive moment, the world's leaders are gathering in an incredibly sensitive country.
G20 finance ministers will need to do more than talk to deliver improved economic growth.
Without true structural reform and business investment the G20 economies will be unable to deliver on their lofty growth ambitions.