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The UK is missing out

The majority of the world’s seven billion inhabitants are city dwellers, and it is estimated that over 70 per cent of the global population will be living in cities by 2050. In Britain, all of our major cities are growing.

But a recent OECD conference in Westminster highlighted the stubborn challenges still faced by cities: traffic congestion, poor air quality, low incomes, high housing costs, waste production and issues of community cohesion and loneliness. How can “smart cities” help with all this?

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In Prospect’s June issue: Isabel Hilton, Rana Mitter, Kerry Brown and Yuan Ren debate the rise of China and what it means for the UK and the rest of the world. Hilton argues that China’s ideas could dominate the next century, just as American ideas dominated the last. Rana Mitter charts how those ideas have developed from Confucius to modern political theorist Wang Huning. Kerry Brown explores how Australia is dealing with the rise of China, by reimagining itself as an Asian country and drifting from the US. Yuan Ren asks whether China’s young people will forge a new path for the country in the coming decades. Elsewhere in the issue: Steve Bloomfield explores Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy, asking whether Britain would become a silent protester on the global sideline; Jonathan Liew asks if the World Cup has seen better days; Miranda France explores the life and meaning of Frida Kahlo, and Simon Jenkins says Trump’s charge through the China shop of world affairs is not all bad news.