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Soft power put to the test

Just a few weeks ago, China’s president, Xi Jinping, called for a more “loveable” image for China during the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference which was held at the beginning of June. Xi Jinping aims to revamp its country’s image, and “expand its circle of friends”. Chinese president told [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega New global public goods and evils

Although its origins go back earlier, the idea of global public, or communal, goods has sparked new interest and relevance with the pandemic, especially in the context of vaccines, but also given the new impetus aimed at restoring the environment and securing a fairer global taxation system for large [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Re-globalisation with hiccups

It was once thought that globalisation would integrate everything into complex and varied supply chains, thereby avoiding the need to stockpile parts and materials. It was the age of “just-in-time”, invented by Toyota. But with the pandemic and other catalysing factors, the situation has changed: we are no longer [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The fall and stagnation of the global middle class

A great revolution of recent decades has been the powerful emergence of a significant global middle class. Among the destructive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the greatest is its worldwide decline and the growth of those in poverty, except in China. According to a Pew Research Center [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Myanmar, a coup of the digital age

There was a time, the second industrial revolution being already well under way, when the first targets to be captured by anyone plotting a coup against legitimate governments were the main telephone exchange and the odd radio transmitter. Later it became television. The coup d’état being perpetrated by the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Containers: essential but more expensive

Standardised containers have become an essential component of modern globalisation, carrying by sea almost half the world’s trade, a proportion that has risen since the pandemic-related reduction in journeys made by passenger aircraft, which also carry goods in their holds. Containers are also taken by rail. They were manageable [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The global agenda: immunising the world

It is not only a matter of morality but also an issue of general protection and even of geopolitics: it is necessary to immunise the world, or at least to try to, and to this end launch a global vaccination campaign against COVID-19. Western leaders have been slow to [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Economic patriotism: understandable but dangerous

The expression is not new, but it has re-emerged since the pandemic alongside a new prudentialism, protectionism and nationalism, and has impinged on imports, investments and even vaccines against COVID-19. Trump’s ‘America First’ (backed by a host of decrees and executive orders) has been replaced by Biden’s ‘Buy American’, [...]

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