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The stunning truth that explains the rise of the far-right in Britain and elsewhere

Tuesday, 31 May 2016
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Matt O'Brien
Never have so many risked so much for so little. I'm talking, of course, about Britain's upcoming vote on whether to leave the European Union. So-called "Brexit" — get it, as in British exit? — would be the economic equivalent of quitting your job because you think you can get it back minus all the parts you don't like. In other words, a fantasy. But, with apologies to Harry Potter, it might be Britain's most popular one to the point that there's a real, albeit slight, chance it could prevail in the June 23 poll. In which case, to extend this metaphor, Britain would be left out of work and out of friends. Indeed, Britain's Treasury estimates it could send them into a recession costing as many as 500,000 to 800,000 jobs.

Yuan Set for Biggest Monthly Loss Since Devaluation as Fix Cut

Monday, 30 May 2016
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The yuan fell, heading for the steepest monthly decline since the August devaluation, after the Federal Reserve chief said an interest-rate increase could come in the next few months.

China plans to invest a whopping 4.7 trillion RMB into transport infrastructure

Sunday, 29 May 2016
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Dominic Jackson
China has outlined a massive spending plan worth 4.7 trillion yuan ($725 billion) to provide more reliable transport to some of the country's more remote regions.

Key Economic and Security Issues at Japan G7 Summit

Wednesday, 25 May 2016
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This week, G7 leaders meet in Ise-Shima, Japan for the forty-second G7 summit. To learn more about the G7’s relevance, the importance of diplomatic engagements taking place before the summit, and key issues that will be discussed in Ise-Shima, we speak to CIGI global economy expert Thomas A. Bernes and global security expert Benoit Hardy-Chartrand.

Is There a Future for International Monetary Cooperation?

Monday, 25 April 2016
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Economic conflict between nation-states has been a major concern throughout the past century and will continue to threaten progress for the foreseeable future. The language evolves, but the issues persist. The “beggar-thy-neighbour” policies and “competitive devaluations” that aggravated the Great Depression of the 1930s have become the “currency wars” of the twenty-first century. Defining the problem, however, is easy compared with the task of solving it. A central recurring question is whether policy makers can — and should — cooperate and try to coordinate their policies in an effort to alleviate conflicts and improve outcomes.

Global Financial Governance Confronts the Rising Powers: Emerging Perspectives on the New G20

Thursday, 14 April 2016
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Global Financial Governance Confronts the Rising Powers addresses the challenge that the rising powers pose for global governance, substantively and institutionally, in the domain of financial and macroeconomic cooperation.

New CIGI book addresses emerging markets’ potential to shape international financial policies

Thursday, 14 April 2016
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The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) has released a new book, Global Financial Governance Confronts the Rising Powers: Emerging Perspectives on the New G20, providing in-depth views on how international financial institutions and policies must adapt to the increased global economic power of emerging markets.

Implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda: A G20 Development Consensus with Chinese Characteristics

Wednesday, 13 April 2016
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This paper explains how an independent observer might reconcile the development models of two apparently incompatible cultures. On this basis, the paper concludes with suggestions of G20 initiatives that may help salvage the 2030 SDGs.

China should rely more on G20 relations, clean sources for energy security, CIGI expert recommends

Tuesday, 29 March 2016
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China should rely more on multilateral relations, such as those forged at the G20, and ramp up its clean energy production to better manage its energy needs and address its environmental woes, according to a paper released today by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

China and Global Energy Governance under the G20 Framework

Tuesday, 29 March 2016
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This paper explores China’s perspectives and practices in its quest for overseas energy supply security and its participation in international energy cooperation since becoming a net oil import country in 1993. It compares the traditional approach, in which China mainly focuses on bilateral means to pursue its overseas energy supply security, and the new concept of energy security, in which greater involvement in global energy governance, in particular in the Group of Twenty, is highlighted to promote China’s energy security.
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