Is China Communist or Capitalist? Perhaps Neither
Often best described as a socialist market economy, the Chinese model retains radical elements of its communist origins. Ideologically though, is China communist or capitalist or something else entirely? Let's have a look at the influence of pragmatism in Chinese tradition to get a better idea of what Chinese politicians really are after.
Poverty in China: Inequalities, Migrant Workers & Education
If extreme poverty in China is at a record low - thanks to the impressive economic development of the country since the 1990s - social tensions and mistrust in the government have never been that bad since the riots of 1989. We're nowhere near a new Tian'anmen, but the 90,000 protests and the millions of middle class Chinese who leave the country every year underline this issue.
Famine in North Korea: The Impact of Poor Decisions
Famine in North Korea started in the 1990s along with a deep and stark economic crisis. The famine lasted nearly a whole decade and since then the country has been suffering regular food shortages. To be precise, in recent years the economy has been picking up a little bit (at least in the capital Pyongyang), but in most rural areas people continue to suffer from chronic hunger and malnutrition. Making it to the capital is making it to the safest place (food-wise) in the country.