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Why President Biden's first 100 days matter

President Biden has set an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office. Why is there so much pressure riding on that small amount of time, which is less than 7% of an American president's four-year term? Ian Bremmer explains how the "first 100 days" idea started 88 years ago, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to pull the United States out of the greatest economic crisis the modern world had ever known.

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The new wave of innovation is cause for business optimism about 2021

Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner at McKinsey & Company, provides perspective on what corporate business leaders are thinking during the global coronavirus crisis:

Should businesses be pessimistic or optimistic about 2021?

It's easy to be gloomy about the year ahead when faced with the realities of a cold, bleak winter in much of the world. Add to that lockdowns across Europe, surging case numbers and hospitalizations, and dreadful events in the Capitol in the US to name a few reasons for pessimism. But I think there is a case for optimism when it comes to this year. After all, it's true to say that it's always darkest before the dawn, and my conversations with business leaders suggest there are reasons to be positive by 2021.

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Thailand's economic conditions tipped to worsen as coronavirus spreads

January 03, 2021 4:58 PM

More than half of survey respondents predict the Thai economy will be even worse in 2021 than it was last year.

Xi touts China's success in controlling virus outbreak and poverty eradication

January 03, 2021 5:00 AM

BEIJING • Chinese President Xi Jinping touted his government's success in controlling the Covid-19 outbreak, and its hard-won achievements in economic recovery and poverty eradication in 2020, in an address which analysts said emphasised the importance of people and set key national development and economic goals for this year.

Asian economies lead ranking of most efficient healthcare systems

December 19, 2020 5:00 AM

HONG KONG • As a pandemic ravaged the world, Asian economies led by Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan topped a ranking of most efficient healthcare systems.

Ian Bremmer on the State of the World: COVID-19, the great accelerator

Watch Ian Bremmer's full speech on "The State of the World." Today, this annual address has kicked off the 2020 GZERO Summit in Japan.

The coronavirus pandemic hasn't invented today's biggest challenges. For better and for worse, it simply accelerated important changes that were already well underway. It has exacerbated inequality of opportunity, both within and among countries. In fact, the most severe COVID-19 impacts in 2021 will be economic, particularly as debts soar in developing countries and international lenders have less to lend. The pandemic has also sped up the erosion of faith in democratic institutions and international cooperation. But the economic damage inflicted by this crisis has accelerated the transition from the 20th century brick-and-mortar model of commerce and growth toward a more dynamic 21st century economy that is powered more by the flow of information and less by fossil fuels. In short, thanks in part to the worst global health emergency in more than a century, the future will arrive sooner than we thought.

Premier Li sees economy returning to 'proper' range next year

November 26, 2020 5:00 AM

BEIJING • China will likely return to a more "proper" range of economic development next year, Premier Li Keqiang said, indicating a strong rebound in growth after this year's pandemic slump.

Malaysia set for 'slow' U-shaped recovery as coronavirus risks mount

November 20, 2020 7:19 AM

The government is seeking to stamp out the virus without hurting businesses by bringing back a national lockdown.

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