This week’s readings include Michael Pettis on some potential flaws in how China both calculates and reports GDP numbers, Evan Osnos on the risk of nuclear war with North Korea, George Monbiot on why Aung San Suu Kyi should have her Nobel Prize revoked, David Dodwell on the choke points in the world’s food supply transport chain and a look at how the first generation of Chinese technology entrepreneurs are expanding their philanthropic activities, primarily through education.
- Is China’s economy growing as fast as China’s GDP?: Michael Pettis argues that China’s reported GDP might be overstated if local governments and SOEs systematically invest in projects that are not economically justified and not correctly marked to market.
- The risk of nuclear war with North Korea: Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation?
- The lady has turned: George Monbiot writes that Aung San Suu Kyi should lose her Nobel Prize, as a result of her disgraceful complicity in genocide.
- Your next meal depends on 14 choke points in the world’s food supply transport chain: The most alarming message is not that these choke points exist, but that the danger of something going wrong is extremely high – and rising by the year.
- Alumni in action: China’s first tech tycoons are donating huge sums to educate future generations.