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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.

Profit or principle is the hard choice for foreign companies in China

Foreign firms in China face growing corporate coercion there and rising corporate governance scrutiny at home

China’s Go-It-Alone Five-Year Plan

China’s new Five-Year Plan focuses on self-reliance more than any other since its reform and opening up began. But authoritarianism, top-down directives, and social control are likely to stifle innovation and ambitious development goals.


The intersect between economic and national security is spawning turbulence and volatility in Sino-US and Sino-western relations

Whatever RCEP is, it’s not the answer to the slump in world trade

World trade expectations range between bounce back optimism to economic scarring. But RCEP isn’t going to help as its creators say

Ofcom, CGTN and BBC row, the latest nail in Britain’s golden era coffin with China

For well over a year, we have witnessed the passage of Britain’s erroneously labelled ‘golden era’ with China turn to rust,