Iran votes on Friday in a presidential election unlikely to result in seismic shifts in its troubled relations with the West and Gulf Arab neighbors, but which could bring a softening of the confrontational style personified by outgoing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping embarked on his first overseas trip sincetaking office last week, and experts here believe the trip will clarify Xi’s recent references to China’s “world dream.”
Shi Yinhong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University of China, said, “The tripwill reveal some important features of Xi’s concept of world order. “”From the destinations of Xi’s first foreign trip, we can tell that China is committed to promotingdemocratization in international relations as well as a more just and reasonable internationalorder and system,” he said.
China’s publication of its Gini coefficient – a widely used measure of economic equity – drew attention for a number of reasons. For one, China has not published its Gini coefficient since 2000. More significantly, China’s figure of 0.47 exceeds a UN-established benchmark of 0.4, indicating an increased risk of social unrest.