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The Chinese and South African governments, led by presidents Xi Jingping and Jacob Zuma, cement ties during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Reuters/Wang Zhao/Pool

South Africa and China: behind the smoke and mirrors

When it comes to the global political economy, no one "talks left and walks right" more than China, a dominant player in global capitalism. South African and Chinese aspirations have much in common.
US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi have seen quantitative easing pay off, but what about on the way out? David Stubbs/Reuters

The quantitative easing experiment is ending in global recession

The biggest factor behind the recessionary trend is not the Chinese market, austerity budgets, or even the threat of higher US interest rates this year.
Farm workers tend to a tobacco crop in Zimbabwe in 2014. The push to establish a business and human rights treaty is fraught with problems. Reuter/Philimon Bulawayo

Why we need to tread carefully in drawing up human rights rules for business

Traditionally human rights are viewed as being indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. The notion that a company may need to choose which human rights it will protect is antithetical.
The rise of the BRICS countries is a case of political life imitating economic art. Reuters

BRICS herald new era in international political economy

The global recognition of BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – has not only led to their greater global political influence, but also reinforced their regional leadership.
Call centre workers in India. ILO in Asia and the Pacific

Offshore call centre work is breeding a new colonialism

The outsourcing of call-centre work to developing countries by Western companies has become a huge business. For many, it represents a positive force of globalisation, bringing not only cost benefits to…
Has the sun set on China’s property boom? Tao Wu via Flickr

Why fears of a Chinese property crash are overblown

The Chinese property market that has powered the country’s rapid economic growth for a decade and a half has suffered a contraction. This seems to confirm a popular pessimistic outlook that China’s property…

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