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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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North Korea has recently announced that the country’s recovering leader Kim Jong-Il, is willing to come back to the negotiating table, provided the six-party talks (Russia, China, USA, Japan, North and South Korea) are complemented by direct talks between North Korea and the US. So, what determined Kim Jong-Il to soften his stance ? The… » read more

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Asian Union Plans Attract Japan

The plans for creating an Asian economic community grouping China, ASEAN and Japan have received an important boost recently. During his informal meeting in New York with Chinese president Hu Jintao, the new Japanese premier Mr. Hatoyama has proposed the creation of an East-Asian community which would emulate the model of the European Union. Closer… » read more

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The current economic tsunami has accelerated integration moves between ASEAN countries, China and other regional powerhouses. The planned launch of Asia’s and the world’s largest trade bloc has prompted me to ask Professor Bruce McKern, a renowned International Management expert, for an interview concerning its prospects in emulating the European Union’s economic integration experience. Professor… » read more

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On the final days of last week’s National People’s Congress (NPC) session, its president Mr. Wu Bangguo has assured his conservative audience that China is not about to embark on a Western-style democratisation process and that it will not indiscriminately emulate Western political theory and institutions : “we will never put into practice a multi-party… » read more

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Even as Western economists disagree as to the depth and duration of the current economic crisis, one thing is certain : it fosters closer economic cooperation between China and its Asian neighbours. The crisis might also generate unexpected peace dividends for the region. Speaking before the National People’s Congress yesterday, the Chinese premier claimed his… » read more

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While the financial crisis has wiped out two thirds of Russian tycoons’ equity value, plunging oil and gas prices are projected to diminish Russia’s income from energy sales by more than 20 billion euros in 2009 alone. Undaunted, the giant gas supplier Gazprom intends to push ahead with plans to build Russia’s most expensive gas… » read more

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World´s Largest Trade Bloc

While fears of protectionism are sweeping the EU and the US, China is preparing the launch, in 2010, of a regional trade bloc which will extend the benefits of free trade to the ASEAN countries (Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos). The move will create the world´s largest trade… » read more

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China´s Black Lists

Last week, a foreign correspondent from Singapore asked a Chinese researcher in psycho-sociology about the likelihood of revolution in China. His answer was: “nothing is impossible, but chances are minimal” (Courrier International). Is he to be believed ? China´s evolution for the past forty years proves that major change in this country usually comes from… » read more

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Behind Closed Doors

This week, Wang Qing of China Youth Daily has publicly asked the Chinese government to provide details regarding its economic recovery plan. The Chinese recovery plan, adopted in November last year, has a total value of 4.000 billion yuan or around 455 billion euros. According to official press releases, railways, airports and freeways would be… » read more

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