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What China’s Blockchain Development Means for Foreign MNCs

The integration of digital innovation with economic advancement has long been a key focus of China’s development strategy. Yet the unprecedented disruptions brought by COVID-19 has given fresh impetus to how technological innovation can be leveraged to boost China’s post-pandemic recovery and increase the nation’s economic resilience....
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India and China: Old Cold Borders, New Cold War

A military standoff between India and China in northern Ladakh, along a long-disputed border, has stirred up serious tensions which could have enormous geopolitical consequences for a world battling a pandemic for which many blame Beijing. The relationship between the world’s two most-populous nations can be seen through five different prisms, each of which is playing a role in deciding where ties are today and where they are likely to head in the future....
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Advocacy and the EU Green Agenda in 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has put most of Europe on lockdown over the past few months—EU advocacy, however, is going strong. Having quickly learned the rules of the new “virtual” normal, the wide range of EU interest groups have not missed the chance to use these unprecedented circumstances to defend their interests, some even more actively and vocally than ever. The kick-off of the German Presidency of the EU Council on 1 July is likely to open the window for engagement around the EU energy and sustainability policies even wider....
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The EU's Corona Presidency

Germany assumes the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 1, 2020 with economic activity in the Eurozone in free fall (see table)....
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China’s 2020 Two Sessions: What It Means for Your Business

China's Two Sessions opened on May 21 and served as an opportunity to demonstrate control over the pandemic and outline a blueprint for the country’s future development....
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Looking Ahead: The New Israeli Government’s Main Challenges and Themes

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new Israeli government will operate under “emergency” status for the first six months, advancing legislation solely related to the virus and its impact....
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Israel’s New Government: Two Camps Under One Roof

On May 17, 2020, Israel’s 35th government was sworn in, actualizing a power-sharing agreement between incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party chief Benny Gantz....
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The German Constitutional Court’s Ruling and the EU’s Constitutional Certainty

The German constitutional court recently caused huge waves with its 5 May ruling on the legality, under German law, of the European Central Bank's bond purchasing programme—an essential element of the EU’s plan to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic....
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The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area in 2020

While the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area plan has reached a number of milestones, it has faced several setbacks. Foreign companies that tailor their strategy to the plan’s ambitions and priorities are best placed to benefit from its ambitious agenda....
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How can the Food Industry Come Back Stronger from the COVID-19 Pandemic?

The food industry, from farms to restaurants to retail to the tables of consumers, has been upended by COVID-19. This has resulted in a forced shift in the supply chain and could change how the world produces and consumes food well into the future....
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