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By Shang-Jin Wei - Jan 09,2023
 NEW YORK — China’s recent decision to abandon its strict zero-COVID policy has led many to believe that its economy will bounce back. The Economist Intelligence Unit, for example, has revised its forecast for Chinese GDP growth in 2023 upward, to 5.2 per cent.
By Shang-Jin Wei - Dec 08,2022
NEW YORK  —  The anti-quarantine protests that erupted across China last month highlight the gulf between the Chinese people and Communist Party leaders regarding the necessity of the strict zero-COVID policy.
By Shang-Jin Wei - Oct 16,2022
NEW YORK  —  Before COVID-19 vaccines were developed and distributed, China’s strict approach to controlling the virus resulted in fewer deaths and a much lower death rate per million people than in many other countries.
By Shang-Jin Wei - Oct 06,2022
NEW YORK  —  Following a week of financial-market turbulence, UK Prime Minister Liz Truss was forced to scrap her plan to abolish the 45 per cent top income-tax rate for high earners.
By Shang-Jin Wei - Sep 12,2022
 NEW YORK  —  The world is facing the risk that major central banks will undertake competitive interest-rate hikes that may look desirable for their countries individually but could drag the world economy into an unnecessary recession.
By Shang-Jin Wei - Jul 04,2022
NEW YORK  —  US President Joe Biden has proposed a three-month suspension of the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal tax on gasoline.
By Shang-Jin Wei - Jun 23,2022
NEW YORK  —  The United States exports more petroleum than it imports. As a result, the country as a whole benefits from the recent spike in global oil prices.
By Shang-Jin Wei - Apr 03,2022
NEW YORK  —  In early March, Premier Li Keqiang announced that China is targeting GDP growth of “about 5.5 per cent” this year. That would be ambitious even without Russia’s war against Ukraine and the attendant increases in global energy and food prices.
By Shang-Jin Wei - Feb 22,2022
NEW YORK  —  On February 21, 1972, Richard Nixon became the first US president to visit the People’s Republic of China, setting in motion a process that would end China’s decades-long isolation and kick-start the emergence of a modern, dynamic economy.
By Shang-Jin Wei - Dec 04,2021
NEW YORK — When Tesla CEO Elon Musk promoted the Dogecoin and Bitcoin cryptocurrencies, their prices shot up. While some countries are taking a wait-and-see attitude towards private digital money, El Salvador has embraced Bitcoin as an official currency.

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