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Hard-working autocrat Vladimir Putin, headed to to the Kemerovo coal mines.

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Hard-working autocrat Vladimir Putin, headed to to the Kemerovo coal mines.

The Heroes of Autocratic Capitalism

Bloomberg’s Brian Bremner and David J. Lynch write about the triumph — at least for the moment — of state-supported capitalism. Russia and China have stymied the widespread expectation that they would somehow transition to full-fledged democracy. On the contrary,...

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Inside the factory of a Foxconn subsidiary in Zhegzhou, Henan Province

Photograph by Wang Zhongju/Color China Photo/AP Images

Inside the factory of a Foxconn subsidiary in Zhegzhou, Henan Province

If U.S. Wages Rose as Fast as China’s, Factories Would Now Pay $50 an Hour

In less than a decade, factory wages in China have probably more than tripled. To imagine the effects of that, think of how different the U.S. would be if average $15.61 ffactory wage of 10 years ago now rose to...

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Carson Block, founder of Muddy Waters LLC. Block's investigations and short selling have gotten him chased out of China.

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Carson Block, founder of Muddy Waters LLC. Block's investigations and short selling have gotten him chased out of China.

Going Short on China

Bloomberg’s Nikolaj Gammeltoft today profiles Carson Block, the 36-year-old short seller whose Muddy Waters fund is embroiled in a knock-down, drag-out fight with Singapore-based Olam International Ltd. The story’s not just essential background to the Olam fight that has been...

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