April 2014

Move Over Amazon, Make Way for Alibaba

“In other countries, e-commerce is a way to shop. In China, it is a lifestyle.” Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, China’s largest Internet retailer, knows his statement is becoming truer every day. With Alibaba planning an initial stock offering (IPO) in New York in the coming months, we wonder: How big is China’s e-commerce market expected to be in 2015?

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Europe’s Aging Workers

With a rapidly aging population, a big challenge for France and other European countries is how to keep older members of the workforce economically productive. Not doing so will mean an ever steeper burden on the country’s social security system — and daunting charges for current workers. We wonder: What percentage of French people aged 55 to 64 years are still working?

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China’s Military, Man for Man

The assertiveness by Russia in response to the events in Ukraine has refocused the world’s attention on military matters. In Asia and beyond, there is concern about the aspirations of China. Other nations — most prominently the United States and Japan — vie for control and influence in Asia as well. We wonder: Which of the following statements is true?

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