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Review of Study – China’s Growing Influence in International Organizations.

A new study by The Economic Strategy Institute (ESI), commissioned by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, called “The Evolving Role of China in International Institutions”, takes a thorough look into China’s growing influence in international organizations.  The report contains two truisms, ten trends, seven recommendations, and …

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"The Colony" – A short documentary on China in Africa, and African Thoughts On Their Situation

"The Colony" – A short documentary on China in Africa, and African Thoughts On Their Situation

Something I ran across on the ‘net that I wanted to share with readers. The video below was originally posted by Aljazeera in September of 2010:
The past decade has seen Chinese economic growth explode across the world and the Chinese economic miracle seems to reach into …

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China's Predictable Overdue 2010 White Paper

China's Predictable Overdue 2010 White Paper

Readers of this blog will find there is little new to be discussed in the much anticipated China Military Policy White Paper [Full English Text

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Chinese Responses to the 2011 Japanese Sendai (Tohoku) Earthquake

Chinese Responses to the 2011 Japanese Sendai (Tohoku) Earthquake

A couple of weeks ago, our colleague, Adam Minter wrote an article looking at  the Shanghainese response to the recent Sendai Earthquake.  It was a good read, but I wanted to flesh out the topic a bit,  expand it to the general Chinese internet blog/BBS (netizen

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Political Restructuring in China – A Template on How China can Transition from Authoritarianism to Democracy!

Last week, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called for political reform once again, while at the same time he rejected (again) any comparisons between his country and the autocracies now collapsing in North Africa and the Middle East.  Premier Wen is right when he says that the current socio-economic conditions in …

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WTO Rules on U.S. Trade Remedies Practice of ‘Double Counting'!

Last week’s ruling by the WTO Appellate Body on the U.S. trade remedies regime went mostly unnoticed, due to the dramatic developments in Japan and Libya.  However, its implications could be significant… thought not immediate.  The Appellate Body reversed a previous panel decision which allowed the U.S. government to apply …

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Gary Locke to be the Next U.S. Ambassador to China.

This week the White House announced that Gary Locke, current Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce would success outgoing U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, who is stepping down to possibly run for president.  Mr. Locke is one of the two first ever Chinese-Americans to serve in the Cabinet, …

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China’s 12th Five-Year-Plan – Will It Help With the Global Trade Imbalance?

Amongst all the political upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa, with people rising against dictatorial regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and elsewhere, this week China embarked on its annual legislative session.  The legislative session of the National People’s Congress, which officially enacts legislation, will rubber-stamp the government’s …

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News from the "Other China" – ECFA

News from the "Other China" – ECFA

Two years ago, I wrote a long post discussing the political and economic relationship between Mainland China (People’s Republic of China) and Taiwan (Republic of China) ahead of  the implementation of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA).  The ECFA was signed on June 29, 2010, in …

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The Tangled World we Live in – How Inflation, Weather, and Food Prices lead to Revolutions!

By now, everyone monitoring the developments in the Middle East can’t help but liken them to dominos: once the first dictatorship fell (in Tunisia), the rest were just a matter of time.  Of course societies do not behave like toys – what is common among the revolting populations of the …

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[Jasmine] Revolution Interrupted, Hoax, or Trap

[Jasmine] Revolution Interrupted, Hoax, or Trap

This is a follow-up to Nasos’ earlier post on China’s response to the Egyptian Lotus Revolution.  As has already been discussed, China used it’s elaborate 30-50,000 man strong  internet shield, known as the Golden Shield (金盾工程: jīndùn gōngchéng) to censor references to the recent social upheaval …

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Part II: Chinese Investments in Europe – A Year in Review

Last year we saw developments in the EU-China trade relationship that can signify a greater convergence between these two trading partners.  The global financial crisis that led to temporary drop in western demand for Chinese goods during 2009 was followed by an aggressive investment strategy by China in 2010, acquiring …

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Beijing's Response to Egypt's Revolution – by Willy Lam

News and Media coverage in China, is generally not my area of expertise… but this is the best account I have seen of the reaction by China’s authorities on developments in Egypt.  Willy Lam has an intimate knowledge of developments in China, which is why I am reproducing his recent …

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Mr. Hu goes to Washington, and Promises Chinese Investments!

The recent official state visit to Washington, DC, by China’s President Hu Jintao, was as boring and as uneventful as all the experts expected to be but hoped it would not.  President Obama pulled out the red carpet for President Hu, with all the majesty and fanfare that the Chinese …

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In the Aftermath of Mr. Hu's Trip to Washington…

In the Aftermath of Mr. Hu's Trip to Washington…

There has been much discussion in the Western media as to what effect Chinese President Hu Jingtao’s recent State visit to the U.S. will have on the future trajectory of  Sino-U.S. relations, if any.  Due to the fact the world economy has been in a slump, with the U.S. at …

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