China and America Team Up?

The Economist this week
Your guide to the current edition
Our cover this week looks at the growing rivalry between China and America. For the past 25 years America has believed that economic integration would make China not just wealthier but also more liberal, pluralistic and democratic. Today, however, America has come to see China as a strategic rival—a malevolent actor and a rule-breaker. President Donald Trump is right to think that a strong America needs to challenge China’s behaviour. But to avoid a vicious cycle of belligerence he also needs to honour America’s values and work with its allies
Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief
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The world this week
America’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, travelled to Saudi Arabia, where he met King Salman and his son, Muhammad bin Salman, the crown prince. Prince Muhammad is under scrutiny after the death of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials say the journalist was murdered by a team of Saudis, many of whom have ties to the crown prince. Mr Pompeo, who also visited Turkey, said the Saudis promised to hold accountable anyone involved in wrongdoing
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Sears filed for bankruptcy protection following a long run of losses. The retailer, which revolutionised shopping in the late 19th century with its mail-order catalogue and helped pioneer shopping malls in the mid-20th century, is to close a further 142 stores, including its Kmart brand. Over the years Sears steadily lost market share in the big-ticket goods that lured customers. It applied for Chapter 11 as the bills piled up from suppliers, some 200 of which have stopped shipping their products to the company
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