Malaysians head to the polls this Sunday, and for the first time since independence in 1957, an opposition party could clinch victory. The ruling party, Barisan Nasional, is the world's longest continually elected governing coalition. Yet it has become increasingly unpopular over the past five years. Malaysians are now voicing disapproval at widespread allegations of corruption.
Since 2009, China has been the African continent’s number one trading partner. Speaking in Tanzania at the beginning of his African tour, the Chinese president Xi Jinping called for a partnership of equals. But has the relationship between the two partners benefited Africa as much as it has China? Melissa Bell puts the question to Jean-François Di Meglio, president of the Asia Centre think tank in Paris.
How rich is too rich if you live in the world's largest Communist country? At last count, in October, China had 113 billionaires - a quadrupling of the number in the space of just three years! Douglas Herbert speaks to China specialist Marion Zipfel about China’s "red" billionaires.
America’s top spies look 20 years into the future and see a more dangerous planet. But can the CIA really predict the future? Is there anything really surprising in the report, entitled Global Trends 2030? Douglas Herbert puts these questions to Stéphane Marchand, journalist at "La revue".
Will China, India and Africa shape tomorrow's world? Are France and Europe sleepwalking into a century dominated by these blocs? To discuss these issues, Armen Georgian speaks to Jean-Joseph Boillot, Economic Advisor on Emerging Countries at the CEPII Research Institute.
HSBC said Tuesday that it had agreed to pay US authorities a record $1.92 billion to settle allegations of money laundering as part of a deal that would ensure the bank will not prosecuted provided it strengthens internal controls.
Edward Luttwak, one of America’s most controversial experts on China, argues that Beijing cannot sustain its military spending in parallel with its domestic growth. But is Luttwak simply providing a variant of official Washington’s call for China to "play by our rules?" And if so, isn’t that wishful thinking?
Stéphanie Antoine meets Cherie Blair during the 8th Edition of the Women's Forum Global Meeting in Deauville, France. The wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, she has set up the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women to help women build growing businesses in Africa, Asia and the Middle East so that they can contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies.