EDM1 – Issue 239

Foot on the gas: Putin under pressure as pipeline deal signed with China

Everything clicks for ecommerce giant’s New York debut; Xi’s surprise visit gives Shanghai zone a boost; and Microsoft slapped with government software ban

Plus: more money for municipals, with bond rules relaxed; why Egypt is enraged by the Shijiazhuang Sphinx; and how China’s most famous fridge-smasher has launched his own smartphone