China's leadership signaled it would accept lower growth rates and more corporate defaults as the market gains more influence. Premier Li Keqiang wants to improve competitiveness in the private sector.
Donald Trump has ramped up his trade dispute with China. Nevertheless, Beijing has a good shot at being able to keep the damage under control. The key is a dynamic middle class, says DW's Frank Sieren.
The Maldives' presidential election has been dubbed a "referendum on freedom." As China gains more political influence across the archepelago, India wants an electoral setback for "pro-Beijing" President Yameen.
Washington's decision to impose sanctions on the Chinese military over their purchase of Russian fighter jets has left Beijing and Moscow fuming. Russia has accused the US of trying to suppress economic competition.
Relations between Taiwan and China have been tense in recent years as Beijing increasingly tries to isolate Taipei globally. The international community should appeal to moderation on both sides, says Alexander Görlach.
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