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In an increasingly energy-hungry world, no country is hungrier for natural resources and oil than China. Its 8 to 10 percent yearly growth rates over the last two decades have made the Chinese economy the second largest in the world today. With close to 2 trillion dollars in forex reserves, its government was able to… » read more

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Today, when only a few days separate us from the December 1st celebrations, I would like to propose to our readers to think of all the achievements that makes our Union great. For a start, the European Union is the only functional free trade area of the world, one in which people, goods and services… » read more

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The APEC summit ended this Sunday in Singapore, concluding an 8-day talks marathon between its 21 member nations’ political leaders. The summit’s final declaration included a pledge to create a comprehensive “new growth paradigm” for the region, in order to avoid “growth as usual” strategies. (Vancouver Sun) One of the most dynamic economic regions in… » read more

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ESDP and NATO

ESDP (the European Security and Defence Policy), agreed upon at St. Malo ten years ago, and the EU’s own defence force demonstrate the fact that the European Union has become a military and strategic player of growing importance in world affairs. In time, let’s say a few years from now, the 60-year NATO alliance will… » read more

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The Asian Century

Until recently, we were used to hearing neo-conservative pundits peddle the idea that the 21st century will see a renewal of American hegemonism over world affairs. The “new American century” has fizzled out amid botched military interventions, lacklustre economic performance in the States and repeated stockmarket scandals that affected the economic stability of the whole… » read more

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The Menace of Terrorism

The frontline states in the fight against global terrorism, Pakistan and Afghanistan, are two poor, non-Arabic Islamic nations. Every week, regular soldiers belonging to the Pakistani army or the coalition forces in Afghanistan are being killed by Talibans, whose guerrilla fighting tactics have been branded by military analysts as daring and innovative. Could Pakistan’s nuclear… » read more

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The 15th ASEAN summit kicked off in Thailand yesterday amid heavy security. For those in the know, the April summit could not be held because of heavy anti-government protests. The ten ASEAN countries have decided to establish a human rights watchdog, considered by observers as weak and ineffective, as it lacks powers to punish offenders… » read more

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How China Made It to the Top

On the eve of the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, Geneva-based professor Zhang Wei-Wei felt compelled to summarize for Western audiences the principles which he believes explain China’s successful modernization drive. In an op-ed published by The New York Times on September 30, he states that when China opened… » read more

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A Grammy for Obama !

In 1999, at the height of the dot.com bubble in New York, many an entrepreneur was able to raise millions of dollars in cash from the stock market simply by presenting to hapless investors fuzzy business plans of inexistent products or services. We all know how this ended. This time around, the Nobel prize committee… » read more

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The second trilateral summit between China, South Korea and Japan ended this Saturday in Beijing with a commitment by prime minister Wen Jiabao, Japanese premier Hatoyama and South Korean president Lee to further strengthen ties between the three countries and to push together for the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula. During the summit premier Hatoyama… » read more

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