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A weekly look at the world's top business and economics stories.

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    Have the BRICS moved the centre of economic and political power? | Counting the Cost

    Have the BRICS moved the centre of economic and political power? | Counting the Cost

    Two decades ago, investment bank Goldman Sachs came up with an acronym that was supposed to shift the economic balance of power.

    The BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India and China (and South Africa, which was added later) - would, over time, come to dominate the rankings of the world’s richest economies. But 20 years on, the group has failed to live up to its author’s expectations.

    Edward Glossop, emerging markets economist at Aberdeen Standard Investments, explains what has gone wrong.

    Plus, former World Bank economist Gregory Smith discussed Zambia's hopes to sort out its debt problems under a new president.

    And, Daimler Chairman Ola Kallenius talks about chip shortages.

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    Do China's ambitions in Indian Ocean go beyond protecting trade? | Counting the Cost

    Do China's ambitions in Indian Ocean go beyond protecting trade? | Counting the Cost

    China's claims to the South China Sea have been well documented, but Beijing is extending its reach into other territories to protect what it considers its Maritime Silk Route.

    It is building ports that encircle India, raising concerns in New Delhi about its influence and China’s expansive foreign policy. Collin Koh, a research fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, explains Beijing's strategy.

    And Joanna Kusiak, a research fellow at King’s College, University of Cambridge, explains why Berliners are about to vote on a proposal to strip a corporate landlord of 240,000 homes.

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    Russia's hypersonic missiles: Can the world avert an arms race? | Counting the Cost

    Russia's hypersonic missiles: Can the world avert an arms race? | Counting the Cost

    Russian President Vladimir Putin dubbed the hypersonic missile the “invincible” and a few weeks later inspected a prototype lightweight stealth fighter plane.

    The only plane comparable to Checkmate, as it is known, is the US-built F-35, and it costs a quarter of the price, opening up new markets.

    Dmitry Stefanovich, a research fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, explains how decades of investment is paying off.

    Plus, Rwandan troops help Mozambique to put down a four-year armed uprising. Jasmine Opperman, an Africa analyst at 14 North Strategies, explains what Rwanda gets from the fight.

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    The Taliban economy: Can Afghanistan avert a financial collapse? | Counting the Cost

    The Taliban economy: Can Afghanistan avert a financial collapse? | Counting the Cost

    The Taliban has the keys to the presidential place, but they do not have access to all the levers of power, including billions of dollars held overseas.

    Washington stopped the shipment of dollars to Afghanistan before the government's fall. Without dollars, the currency will depreciate, causing inflation, increasing food prices and poverty. Jonah Blank, a lecturer at the National University of Singapore and senior political scientist at the Rand Corporation, explains the economic consequences.

    And Pedro Martins, partner at law firm PGMBM, explains why he is pursuing a $7bn lawsuit in a London court over Brazil's worst environmental disaster.

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    Could the European Peace Facility be used to arm dictators? | Counting the Cost

    Could the European Peace Facility be used to arm dictators? | Counting the Cost

    The European Union has long used its economic power to spread influence around the world. Efforts to create a European Defence Force have largely been a failure.

    Brussels has traditionally relied on NATO for military action. But the United States has increased pressure on the EU to do more for its own security.

    Volker Hauck, head of the security and resilience programme at think-tank ECDPM, explains why one defence mechanism, the European Peace Facility, has caused alarm in human rights circles.

    And central banks are making huge profits during the pandemic. Markets analyst Kaia Parv explains why.

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    Why vaccine inequality is leading to lopsided economic recovery | Counting the Cost

    Why vaccine inequality is leading to lopsided economic recovery | Counting the Cost

    From Tunisia to South Africa, the pandemic has reopened or exposed existing economic and political challenges.

    Failures to tackle unemployment, debt, rising poverty and inequalities are leading to social unrest, with no end to the health crisis in sight. As the third wave takes a grip across Africa, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned the gap between rich and poor nations is widening.

    Abebe Aemro Selassie, director of the African Department at the IMF, explains what is behind vaccine inequality.

    And Daniel Ives, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities, tells us why China's tech purge may backfire.

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