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China’s economy looks like Japan’s in the 1990s, and that’s not good
China’s economy is flashing worrying signs reminiscent of Japan’s economic bubble in the 1990s, said a Japanese economist. Japan’s home prices nosedived in 1992 after a period of asset price inflation and sank the economy into a recession that lasted almost 25 years. Naoyuku Yoshino, dean and CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute, said China’s housing sector is looking similar to what it was like in Japan three decades ago. As Japan did then, China in recent years has adopted a loose monetary policy that has fueled a housing bubble, he said. Couple these with an impending demographic shift – China’s population is rapidly aging and its workforce is shrinking – Yoshino said he is concern
China’s economy looks like Japan’s in the 1990s, and that’s not good
The crown jewel of American fighter jets crashed in China’s backyard
When an American-developed F-35 fighter jet went missing on Tuesday minutes after it took off from an airbase in north-eastern Japan, several US military analysts reacted in alarm. This was a “big deal,” tweeted Thomas Moore, a former staffer at the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. “There is no price too high in this world for China and Russia to pay to get Japan's missing F-35, if they can.” As China has ramped up its efforts to develop a fighter fleet to rival that of the US, the Chinese military has seen the F-35, the result of the most expensive weapons program in American history, as a model to match and to beat. There is no price too high in this world for China and Russia to pay
The crown jewel of American fighter jets crashed in China’s backyard
Blue sky, crisp air and a reset in China-Japan ties
What happened in Beijing these past few days would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, and it’s not just the uncharacteristically blue sky and crisp air. For the first time in seven years, Japanese flags were raised outside the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital, as China rolled out the red carpet for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. China’s ceremonial welcome for Abe on Friday marked a turning point in the countries’ ties, which soured in 2012 over a group of islands in the East China Sea each country claims as its own.  Anti-Japanese demonstrations broke out across China after the Japanese government nationalized these islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and th
Blue sky, crisp air and a reset in China-Japan ties