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On March 18, 2020, a student configures a modified medical robot to screen and observe patients with VIDOC-19 at the Regional Robotics Technology Centre at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP

Can robots help us overcome the coronavirus health crisis and lockdown?

With the enhanced capabilities of today's robots and drones, recent examples from China and Thailand and ongoing research show that they have the potential to help us navigate disasters.
Hyunday’s five-factory complex at Ulsan, South Korea, which can make 1.4 million vehicles a year, fell silent on February 7 because of a lack of parts caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Yonhap/AFP

The growing impact of coronavirus on the global economy

As the human costs of the Covid-19 virus epidemic continue to rise, the virus is also taking its toll on global economy, with disrupted supply chains across a wide variety of industries.
Jack Ma speaks at a meeting of the World Economic Forum Foundation in 2015. Jolanda Flubacher/World Economic Forum

China: rise of a new philanthropic power

From helping fight coronavirus to supporting education and biodiversity projects, China's tech billionaires have moved boldly into philanthropy, continuing what is an ancient tradition.
A Buddhist monk releases birds, symbolizing the spirits of the victims of the 2004 tsunami. This Chinese tradition of analogy was taken up by the demonstrators in Hong Kong. Samantha Sin/AFP

Hong Kong: when the citizen-birds rebel

Hong Kong protesters deeply identify with nature, a reference to the current environmental crisis but also a fluid conception of collective action that is inscribed in ancient Chinese tradition.
Canada can benefit enormously from trade with China. That’s why Justin Trudeau’s government should work to lead a China strategy among western nations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada needs a China strategy, and the western provinces should lead the way

Justin Trudeau's government should assemble a strong, non-partisan China team led by the West to build a uniquely Canadian Asia strategy, with China at its core.
‘#Unapologetic’ the new campaign by Matell wants to portray Barbie as a doll telling women and girls they can be anything they want with a focus on entrepreneurship. Takethelead

Feminism washing: are multinationals really empowering women?

Contradictions abound as companies seek to style themselves as advancing gender equality while at the same time marketing sexist products or thriving on sexist employment practices.

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