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US/China trade talks | World Bank race | Egypt and AU

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019


Editor's note

American and Chinese negotiators are making a final push for a deal to end the trade war with barely a week to go before a March 2 deadline. One of the big sticking points concerns a lack of trust, writes Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, an economist at the Rochester Institute of Technology. How can the Americans believe Chinese trade promises when China has a history of not living up to them? There’s a solution, Batabyal argues, but President Trump probably won’t like it.

The race is on to find a new head of the World Bank ahead of the departure of Jim Yong Kim next month following his recent shock resignation. US President Donald Trump has signaled his determination to continue in the tradition of having an American lead the bank, with his recent nomination of US Treasury Undersecretary David Malpass. John Stremlau sets out why the appointment should be opposed, pointing out that thwarting the US’s ambitions might not be as long a shot as some people think.

Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has taken over the chairmanship of the African Union, a decision that’s caused consternation among activists who point out that he’s broken several of the organisation’s rules, including running a country that is facing a human rights crisis. Ashwanee Budoo and Frans Viljoen unpack why all al-Sisi’s actions and statements while at the helm must be properly scrutinised.

Bryan Keogh

Economics + Business Editor

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The U.S. and China have ‘trust’ issues. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US-China trade talks: Will the Chinese keep promises to stop bad behavior?

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

China has reneged on past promises it has made to the US. With the deadline for a deal fast approaching, the solution may lie in learning from a global organization the president hates: the WTO.

The race is on to find a new head of the World Bank following Jim Yong Kim’s resignation. EPA-EFE/Made Nagi

Why opposing the man Trump wants as head of the World Bank might just work

John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand

The power dynamics in the World Bank have changed dramatically.

Egyptian President and newly-elected AU Chairperson Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. EPA-EFE/STR

Egypt’s term as AU chair mustn’t distract from its human rights failings

Ashwanee Budoo, University of Pretoria; Frans Viljoen, University of Pretoria

Having Egypt at the helm of the African Union might not bode well for human rights on the continent.

Business + Economy

Airbus A380: from high-tech marvel to commercial flop

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The shifting market for air travel has forced Airbus to abandon the production of one of the most impressive aircraft of all time, the super-jumbo A380. Was it folly, bad luck or both?

South Africa’s finance minister delivers a budget designed to steady the ship

Seán Mfundza Muller, University of Johannesburg

South Africa's finance minister delivered a budget that tried to balance serving the public interest, while maintaining the stability of public finances.


Migrant children buck the trend when it comes to mother tongue teaching

Ke Yu, University of Johannesburg

Children need more than school resources and qualified teachers to attain academic success.

Why embracing indigenous languages could have major benefits for Kenya

Dr Peter Mose, Rhodes University

Research shows that mother tongue teaching is the most ideal tool for early child education.

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Ce que Karl Lagerfeld a apporté au luxe d’aujourd’hui et de demain

Jean-Noël Kapferer, INSEEC Business School

Ayant figé sa propre image depuis des années, nous nous étions habitués à la permanence de Karl Lagerfeld, préalable à son immortalité.

La fabrication d’une crise : déconstruire la rhétorique anti-immigrée de Donald Trump

Jérôme Viala-Gaudefroy, Université Paris Nanterre – Université Paris Lumières

Si tous les présidents américains depuis Bill Clinton, dans les années 90, ont parlé de la question des immigrés illégaux, aucun n'a à ce point dramatisé la situation.

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