This week’s readings include why climate change puts the poorest most at risk (FT), a look at the passports-for-cash business (Economist), thoughts on the West’s errant conception of China (Global Times), how strongmen co-opted democracy (Kishore Mahbubani) and the ties that bind Aung San Suu Kyi’s hands (Asia Times).
- Why climate change puts the poorest most at risk: IMF data show low-income nations suffer from events for which they bear no blame.
- Citizens of anywhere: Globalisation has turned citizenship into a commodity. The Economist’s Matthew Valencia went shopping for a new passport and found bargains to be had.
- The West’s errant conception of China: The reporting of some Western journalists remains ideologically superficial and does not get the gist of China’s new era.
- How strongmen co-opted democracy: As a new group of global leaders emerges on the international stage, the future of geopolitics is changing hands.
- The ties that bind Suu Kyi’s hands: Myanmar’s leader has been widely condemned for the Rohingya crisis but the blame for abuses more squarely lies with the autonomous military.