For those of you horrified by the “sweat bees” story in your social media feeds this week — the one about the woman who supposedly had four of the tiny bees living in her left eye, feeding on her tears — I offer this caveat: It came from Taiwan. Take it with a grain of salt. Here's why.
This month, Xi Jinping monumentally became the first Chinese president to visit the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland — a clear sign that China is moving to take the reigns of global leadership from the United States as its worldwide relationships falter. If we continue to escalate tensions with Mexico, America will lose a valuable trading partner and friend, and the Western hemisphere will be China's for the winning.
The Republicans are euphoric about their recent election victory and Democrats counter touting lower unemployment numbers under their leadership. However neither Congress nor the president will touch our actual problems: flawed debt and trade policies.
WASHINGTON (AP) ¿ The United States wants to restart a cybersecurity working group that China shut down after the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies' computers to steal trade secrets.
In a time without the Internet or social media, Tiananmen Square was a coherent, collaborative effort to express dissatisfaction and clear goals for reform. It was a moment of possibility, and so long as it is remembered as such, there is hope for China.
The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland gave us an excellent window into the concerns that world leaders have about the global economy — particularly China's shadow banking system. But while the concern may be legitimate, the expressed fear — that China will implode from the weight of the system's problems — appears overblown.