At the same time as their counterparts in Beijing were introducing extensive restrictions on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, Japanese regulators approved 11 exchanges for digital currencies as part of a scheme that some believe positions Japan as one of the world's most cryptocurrency-friendly countries.
There is room for some confidence on international trade in the light of the progress made on complex agreements. But there are real dangers. A worsening in the relationship between China and the US and the spectre of military conflict could quickly lead to problems for the global economy, writes David Skilling.
Investor appetite for Europe has surged in 2017. With the US and UK facing challenges, Europe has emerged as a safe haven. Non-European investors are interested in increasing their exposure, writes Kalin Anev Janse. The European Stability Mechanism is the only blended euro credit available – now also in dollars.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May seems to be battling on all fronts over Britain's EU exit. Yet, beyond her multiple parliamentary and diplomatic battles, she is suspended in Downing Street by an uncanny equilibrium of opposing forces, writes David Marsh. The scale of her adversity keeps May in power.
In the Brexit debate, the voice of engineering and manufacturing is all but silent, writes Denis Macshane. The BBC should find time for Jürgen Maier, UK chief executive for Siemens, one of Germany's top engineering companies, to make the case against walking out of the single market and customs union.
The OECD is leading efforts to confront aggressive tax-planning by multinationals and potentially questionable dealings in offshore financial centres, writes Vicky Pryce. Revelations from the 'Paradise Papers' affair – which follow April 2016's equally revelatory 'Panama Papers' – suggest change is overdue.
Leadership of the Federal Reserve, ECB and Bank of England will change in the next two years. The next governors will have a freer hand in unwinding past policies. Nowhere will this be more visible than at the ECB, writes John Nugée. One person worthy of the EU's consideration is Stefan Ingves of the Sveriges Riksbank.
More agonising will have to be displayed to sate voters' hunger for drama before the next German coalition is approved, writes Michael Stürmer. After that, towards the end of November, Angela Merkel will make her influence felt. The battle cry for the chancellor will be a resounding, 'There is no alternative!'