Economist Special Report on Singapore: Complacency Could be Biggest Threat

This week’s Economist has a special report on Singapore. From the intro, called “The Singapore exception”: Singapore is, to use a word its leaders favour, an “exceptional” place: the world’s only fully functioning city-state; a truly global hub for commerce, finance, shipping and travel; and the only one among the world’s richest countries never to […]

Economist on Yingluck’s campaign

The Economist‘s Banyan columnist says that Yingluck is charming, her campaign is well-executed, and that the Democrats are in trouble: In sum, the naturalness and easy manner that Thais appreciate in Ms Yingluck is authentic—but the fact that it comes over so well is the result of a lot of sweat and forethought. I have […]

American misperceptions about China’s economic power

Note: I have updated this post here. Excellent post from James Fallows pointing out that a new Pew report shows that 44 percent of Americans think that the “top global economic power” is China. Just 27 percent of respondents correctly picked the U.S. Yes, China owns a lot of American T-bills. And yes, China’s economy […]

So much to link to, so little time

Lots of good Economist and WSJ stuff to link to, and so little time. But here goes: A fantastic Thailand story from the WSJ: “How to Make a Croc Look Cuddly: Paint It Like a Panda; Bears From China Are a Hit in Thailand, Prompting Makeovers of Local Animals.” Contains a wonderful image of a […]