Leonid Bershidsky: Putin and Xi Are Going Soft on Protest. Why?

The differences between the Chinese and Russian situations are obvious: In Hong Kong, the protests and the concession have been much bigger. But the similarity of the authoritarian regimes’ retreating when they didn’t really have to – both have ample capacity for repression, and they could have stood their ground – is more intriguing.

Jon Basil Utley: How our attempts to get tough on Russia and Iran are hurting trade

The long term consequences of our trade sanctions are not yet clear.  One possibility will be the break up of the world into two main trading blocs as China, Russia and Europe work to set up a trading system not dependent upon the dollar.

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