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Contributor PerspectivesAug 21, 2019 | 19:28 GMT
A visual representation of bitcoin on display on April 3, 2019, in Paris.
The Future of Cryptocurrencies
More than 10 years since the first bitcoin transaction in January 2009, and almost two years since a speculative spike pushed the price per bitcoin to almost $20,000, cryptocurrencies are moving beyond cypherpunks and anti-government culture into the world of governments and traditional institutions. The transition is impossible to ignore. While some governments, central banks and financial companies see cryptocurrencies as a threat, others want to harness the advantages they offer. And some governments see cryptocurrencies as a way to save their own struggling economies. To understand whether nonsovereign currencies can serve as a default currency and what threat they pose to governments or how beneficial they might become, it's useful to examine some of the most interesting geopolitical and corporate use cases available.
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SnapshotsJul 19, 2017 | 00:47 GMT
China: Beijing Approves Import of Genetically Modified Crops, Slowly
It wasn't the speedy review promised, and Beijing is only part of the way to where the United States wants it to be. But one day after the end of a 100-day period set by the United States and China to develop a trade action plan, China approved two genetically modified crops for import, bringing to four the number of genetically modified import applications China has approved since May. Four other crops remain on the application waiting list.
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AssessmentsSep 22, 2011 | 18:22 GMT
China Security Memo: Foreigners and the Law
Foreigners frequently struggle to understand the unique nature of the Chinese legal system, which leads them to make mistakes if they have problems with authorities. (With STRATFOR interactive map)
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