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China has become the world’s biggest car
manufacturer, but not a global player in the industry. Rapid change in
automotive technology, though, provides it with the same challenges and
opportunities as it does the industry’s leaders. Chinese companies are
investing heavily in electric car and autonomous-vehicle designs. Much more
needs to happen, though, both in China and in the global environment, for the
Asian giant to be able to go international.
The United States and China are not
true champions of free trade. Beijing pushes exports but effectively curbs
imports through a maze of administrative obstacles. Washington traditionally
concentrates on job protection and creation; its trade policies reflect these priorities.
Ecuador's economy has prospered under President Rafael Correa but his 'Citizen's Revolution' has had mixed results so far. The president's growing control of the country and its judiciary poses political uncertainty which may not be good for foreign investors explains GIS guest author and Andes specialist, Dr Catherine Conaghan of Queen's University in Kingston, On...
Dr. Catherine Conaghan