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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Venezuela and China: a risky story of oil and money

Experts acknowledge major errors in China’s Venezuela venture as opposition leader Guaidó claims power. Español.

Venezuela, un asunto de alto riesgo para China

Los expertos reconocen que China ha cometido errores graves en sus relaciones con Venezuela al tiempo que el líder de la oposición, Juan Guaidó, reclama el poder. English.

Can we please learn from history?

In their enthusiasm for a new cold war against China and Russia, the western establishments of today are making a mistake comparable to that of their forbears of 1914.

Phantom foreign investors for an open new Uzbekistan

A high-profile urban development project in Tashkent is designed to showcase the country for western capital. Our investigation suggests principal investors are from much closer to home. 

The booming industry of Chinese state internet control

The industrialization of Internet control inevitably means that the budding expression of dissent in China is being prematurely transformed into controllable information flows.

Brasil y la guerra comercial entre Estados Unidos y China

Cuando las dos economías más grandes del mundo empezaron a imponer aranceles a sus importaciones respectivas, China apuntó a la soja estadounidense. Resultado: la demanda china de soja brasileña se ha disparado. English

The US-China trade war and Brazil

As the world’s two largest economies began to impose tit-for-tat tariffs on a range of imports, China hit US soybeans. Since then, Chinese demand for Brazilian soy has spiked. Español

Intervención militar en Venezuela: China importa

La solución a la crisis en Venezuela yace en China. English

Chile y Argentina están poniendo en peligro su biodiversidad

Para satisfacer la demanda de China, Chile y Argentina están ampliando sus instalaciones de piscicultura industrial - un mal augurio para la delicada y única biodiversidad del Cono Sur. English

Chile and Argentina putting at risk their biodiversity

To meet China’s demand, Chile and Argentina are scaling up fish farming. This bodes ill for the Southern Cone's unique and sensitive biodiversity. Español

Goodbye WTO?

The WTO has to be reformed and updated, not discarded. And the EU should play its part, while at the same time promoting its own industrial growth.

The deception virus infecting the global liberal order

There is a perceptible shift in public mood, and the search for a vaccine to the deception virus is in full swing. 

Inversiones chinas en América Latina fuera de control

‘Invocamos el principio de extraterritorialidad para llamar al Estado chino a rendir cuentas del impacto de sus inversiones en América Latina.’

What China can teach the west about digital democracy

China is a repressive country. It’s also a laboratory for democracy in the digital age.

The end of anonymity? Trump and the tyranny of the majority

Worldwide, there is an administration-sanctioned attack on anonymity, online and off.

Liu Xiaobo and the struggle for democracy

A moment of silence for Liu Xiaobo's death, and the cause of personal freedom in China.

Time for the west to fight for the exiled

Today’s autocrats are displaying a growing audacity in their willingness to pursuing dissenters everywhere, blatantly disregarding national boundaries in the process.

Back to the future: the rebirth of a classical approach to democracy and education in a post-modern society

Education – combined with technologies  – seems to have triggered a sea-change in the contract between government and those who are governed.

The IMF on inequality: beyond organised hypocrisy?

So far, the nature of Christine Lagarde’s speeches and the discussions I had with Fund staff this week suggest that there is more work to be done.

China and the embarrassment of western democracy

The trouble for democracy does not come from Beijing, or from globalisation, or from abroad, or, in Britain, from immigration or from Europe. It resides at home.

Los costes de ignorar a China

Según el economista mexicano Enrique Dussel Peters, China se está convirtiendo rápidamente en el FC Barcelona del comercio internacional y es crucial que sus socios latinoamericanos lo entiendan. Entrevista. Português English

A long road: domestic violence law in China

After 20 years of campaigning by women’s rights activists, China now has its first domestic violence law. The challenge ahead is to make it work to guarantee the safety of women and children.

Amidst Trumpian disorder, China eyes up its opportunity

Mao once observed, “everything under heaven is in utter chaos. The situation is excellent!” Will China prosper in the era of president Trump?

After the Umbrella movement, Hong Kong now faces an identity crisis

One of the original founders of Hong Kong’s 2014 democracy protests thinks that increasing dis-identification with Chineseness, on both the level of culture and politics, is pushing the city-state towards uncharted territory.

Two years after the Occupy protests, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council sees a generational shift in politics

Recent elections have injected new demands for self-determination and ideas of localism into the heart of Hong Kong’s law-making body.

The Australian Senator for Beijing?

“Perhaps his mistake was to say something sensible about Australia's relations with China, not something we normally expect from our politicians.”

China’s instrumentalization of terrorism

In China too, people feel less uncomfortable when told that police on the streets are there to protect them from dangerous “others,” rather than to protect the state from them.

China y América Latina: relaciones estratégicas en tiempos de cambio

Es palpable la preocupación en China por la incertidumbre que generan las crisis económicas y políticas y los cambios en América Latina. English Português

Projeto de aquedutos chineses causa rejeição na Argentina

A falta de transparência nos contratos entre a China e a América Latina converteu-se numa prática normal. Os aquedutos de Entre Rios, postos em causa pelos riscos ambientais, são exemplo disso mesmo. English Español

Argentina: el asunto de los acueductos chinos

La falta de transparencia se ha vuelto la norma en los contratos entre China y América Latina. Los acueductos de Entre Ríos, cuestionados por ambientalmente riesgosos, son ejemplo de ello. Português English

Argentina: the Chinese aqueducts affair

Lack of transparency has become the norm in contracts between China and Latin America. The Entre Ríos aqueducts, questioned for being environmentally risky, are a good example. Português Español

China's "leftover women" and the left-out system

Can a skin brand “change your destiny” in a socially empowering way? A video titled ‘Marriage Market Takeover’ seems to have done a good job, but not without an underlying agenda. 

Redefining relations between Latin America and China

According to a new report by the OECD, Latin America will have to redefine its relations with China if it is to resume economic growth. Español Português

A América Latina terá que redefinir as suas relações com a China

De acordo com um novo relatório da OCDE, a América Latina terá que redefinir as suas relações com a China se quiser retomar o crescimento económico. Español English

Hacia una redefinición de las relaciones de América Latina con China

Según un nuevo informe de la OCDE, América Latina tendrá que redefinir sus relaciones con China si quiere reanudar su crecimiento económico. English Português

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