Examining the current presidential polls in the US, Japan's enormous deficit (and deadlocked parliament) and other political views from around the globe.
Japanese officials are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief as the yen has weakened against the US dollar this year.
China has reached agreements on swaps with about 20 countries, but Australia is the biggest and most advanced economy to sign up.
The unthinkable has happened, countries have gone broke, but the euro has survived.
China will continue to buy our commodities regardless of whether we sign any broader economic agreement with it or not, writes Dr John Lee, from the Centre for International Security Studies, Sydney University.
This was always the great danger for the post-GFC world: that debt-laden governments, led by the US, would have to start cutting fiscal deficits before their economies reached escape velocity.
As Chinese leaders prepare to celebrate the Chinese Communist Party’s 90th birthday this Friday, they are deeply aware that they now confront a difficult balancing act in their response to rising inflation, writes Karen Maley.