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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

U.S.-China drama may be cooling — for a little while, anyway.

Both the U.S. and Chinese governments want to put the diplomatic debacle over blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng behind them. And there’s good reason to think they will succeed. For the Obama administration, the November election looms, and the Chen incident gives GOP candidate Mitt Romney an opening to criticize Obama on foreign affairs — a task that was proving difficult before.
For its part, Beijing faces a crucial party congress this fall that will pick its top leaders for the next decade. The new team will take office in March but probably won’t have its policies set until May.

Read the full story here. Photo by Ivan Walsh on Flickr.

U.S.-China drama may be cooling — for a little while, anyway.

Both the U.S. and Chinese governments want to put the diplomatic debacle over blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng behind them. And there’s good reason to think they will succeed. For the Obama administration, the November election looms, and the Chen incident gives GOP candidate Mitt Romney an opening to criticize Obama on foreign affairs — a task that was proving difficult before.

For its part, Beijing faces a crucial party congress this fall that will pick its top leaders for the next decade. The new team will take office in March but probably won’t have its policies set until May.

Read the full story here. Photo by Ivan Walsh on Flickr.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

By 2025, there will be eight cities — possibly more — with populations over 20 million. Among them: Shanghai, São Paulo and Mexico City.

Today there are no cities with more than 20 million people, but “in 15 years or so, nearly 40 cities will top the 10-million mark, up from 23 now. By the mid-2020s, cities will be home to more than 70% of the global population (up from 50% now) as more people desperate for work and a better lifestyle flock in, leaving behind poorer rural areas and small towns.
"They will be the most densely packed megacities ever."

See the Letter’s full list and analysis here. Photo by Mike Behnken on Flickr.

By 2025, there will be eight cities — possibly more — with populations over 20 million. Among them: Shanghai, São Paulo and Mexico City.

Today there are no cities with more than 20 million people, but “in 15 years or so, nearly 40 cities will top the 10-million mark, up from 23 now. By the mid-2020s, cities will be home to more than 70% of the global population (up from 50% now) as more people desperate for work and a better lifestyle flock in, leaving behind poorer rural areas and small towns.

"They will be the most densely packed megacities ever."

See the Letter’s full list and analysis here. Photo by Mike Behnken on Flickr.