China’s future has never been so difficult to predict. After a roller-coaster ride from Mao to market that has seen its economy grow to become the second largest in the world, dragging it into the political, diplomatic and military premier league, many in China are now debating where the country will go next. The turning point was the 2008 financial crisis. By hastening America’s decline, the crisis both boosted China’s power and raised questions about how much China could rely on Western consumption to drive its growth. As a result, the country finds itself at a crossroads, needing to rethink its economic, social and political models.
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With just a few days to go until the first issue of the new decade, does anyone recognise the stern figure on our February cover?
'Fiona Shaw, in Jonathan Miller’s production, is the best shrew I have seen. She starts off in a mustard yellow dress with a mustard sharp tongue.'
From the archive, Kate Kellaway on a 1988 production of 'The Taming of the Shrew'.
'He was not a revolutionary at all of course. He was only marginally a socialist. His tradition was rooted in the Liberal aristocracy, and his politics were entirely bounded by Parliament.'
From the archive, Paul Foot on Tony Benn's diaries.