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Available to buy now. Red Flags: Why Xi’s China is in Jeopardy is the latest book from renowned economist George Magnus, acclaimed author of ‘The Age of Ageing’ and ‘Uprising’.

Martin Wolf, Financial Times – “characteristically clear and compelling”

Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads – “ominous and thought-provoking”

George Magnus has occupied a front row seat as events have challenged governments, economies and financial systems around the world since the Great Financial Crisis in 2008. He is widely credited with having identified the trigger points leading to the crisis and with helping us to understand its lingering consequences.

Once the Chief Economist of UBS, George now works as an independent economist, author and speaker. His views and opinions appear regularly in the written and social media, radio and TV. He is the author of The Age of Aging (2008) which assesses one of our leading contemporary economic and social challenges, and of Uprising: will emerging markets shape or shake the world economy? (2011), which considers the rise of and prospects for emerging markets, especially China. His new book, Red Flags: why Xi Jinping’s China is in Jeopardy, will be published by Yale University Press in 2018.

This website gathers together many of George Magnus’s articles, opinion pieces and commentaries on these and other topics, and offers an opportunity for feedback.

Problems are piling up for China’s economy, and not just from Covid

China faces a difficult 2022 as structural headwinds, the bursting of the property cycle, and omicron combine to challenge Beijing

From economic miracle to mirage – will China’s GDP ever overtake the US?

Issues of governance, rising debt, Covid and property market turmoil will delay Beijing’s quest to become the global economy’s No 1

The downfall of Evergrande foreshadows a difficult decade for China – and for Xi Jinping

If the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t handle the property giant’s default carefully, the economic and political consequences could be seismic.

Squaring the ageing circle

Life expectancy is increasing as the working-age population dwindles, how do we maintain our quality of life?

Common prosperity: more slogan than solution

What does China mean by ‘common prosperity’, and is it an answer to anything ?