As the world struggles to come to terms with the potentially monumental geopolitical changes Donald Trump’s election threatens to unleash, it’s easy to lose sight of the fate of the small fry. Few places…
China’s President Xi Jinping at the podium at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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Leaders are worried US leadership on global issues like climate change will be diminished under President Trump. Experts explain why China is ready to lead, and how that could be a good thing.
Devastation in Sichuan province after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, thought to be induced by industrial activity at a nearby reservoir.
A new project tracks earthquakes accidentally induced by human activity. It suggests the problem is bigger than some scientists thought.
German stock market after US election, November 9, 2016.
As candidate, Trump promised protectionist trade policies and denigrated international agreements. Now, as president of the United States, how far can he go?
A Trump administration raises many questions about how America’s relationships with other world powers will play out.
Far from 'making America great again', Donald Trump's sloganeering will deepen mistrust of US motives and irreparably damage any prospect of co-existence, let alone a more co-operative world order.
Donald Trump has promised to make America great again.
The Global Trends report provides a useful starting point to reflect on what's in store for Africa over the next five years. And how the continent should think about responding to its challenges.
The world's largest trader is closing down.
Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the World Economic Forum.
Xi Jinping is the first Chinese leader to attend the World Economic Forum and used his speech to denounce protectionism. But China's trade liberalisation has stalled recently.
Site of a proposed palm oil plantation in Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Dr Ward Berenschot
This is what neo-colonialism looks like in the 21st century.
Expectations are high that China will take the reins of global leadership at Davos, but don't expect Xi Jinping to upset the apple cart.
We could be witnessing the beginning of globalisation going in reverse.
China plans to ban the ivory trade. The hope is that prices will be driven downwards and elephant numbers will improve.
China has decided to end all domestic trade in ivory, an act that could help elephant numbers all over Africa.
Zimbabwe are looking to sell 35 young elephants to China in the hopes of settling an old debt.
Zimbabwe are looking to resolve a debt to China by selling animals to them. But one of the concerns is that the elephants sold will eventually be farmed and their ivory harvested.
Growth accelerations in African countries have been short-lived. That might be about to change.
The risk following recently ended economic booms in Africa is that, due to insufficient planning and excessive optimism, the windfalls were wasted. But there are signs that Africa may be changing.
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China's hukou system is a relic of the Mao era – and it's holding the nation's rural population back.
May Wong, Great Hall of the People, Tian'anmen Square via Flickr
A new Chinese law giving police powers over foreign NGOs is indicative of a global trend to restrict the political space available for civil society.
The United Nations Security Council votes on a resolution on monitoring evacuations from besieged parts of Aleppo.
Despite the cataclysmic risks of the Cold War, times have never been as dangerous as these since 1945. Freedom and the rule of law are both under threat.
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China's new freight train line to London is part of an increasing web of trade routes designed to boost the country's influence abroad.
Students protest outside the parliament in South Africa. The protest is seen as part of a bigger political crisis.
South Africa's economic challenges of 2016 are largely a reflection of its inability to change in the light of global shocks.
Donald Trump’s thumbs up for Taiwan is a sign of things to come.
EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo
Donald Trump looks like he's gearing up for a trade war with China that has been years in the making.