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Keith Bradsher’s article in the New York Times of 17 March is breath-taking but worrying for the West. It confirms the incredible drive by China to lead in all relevant technological developments. Just imagine that China may produce this year two-thirds of the global output of PV panels, despite Europe’s long start. And last, and… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

My blog post of 12 March reported Premier Wen Jiabao, in his annual address to the National People’s Congress, stating that corruption threatened the rule of the CCP. China’s former state auditor, Li Jinhua has, in the official ‘People’s Daily’ on-line, identified the business dealings of Party officials as the main source of public dissatisfaction.… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The US Treasury, in its semi-annual report delivered every April and October, can formally label China as a “currency manipulator” on account of the yuan’s substantial undervalue. This would allow the Department of Commerce to impose countervailing duties on a wide range of Chinese products. US Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner told the Senate Finance Committee… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

With the above words, Peter Mandelson, former EU Trade Commissioner and now UK First Secretary of State, concludes a perceptive op-ed in today’s New York Times. Lord Mandelson identifies a mismatch between our expectations of China and China’s own assessment of its role and responsibilities. Today’s Chinese leadership is defined by two decades of Chinese… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

China’s influence on the world stage steadily increases but European media reporting remains generally prejudiced against China. This is probably due to two main factors. First, bad news makes good news in the news world. Second, there are well-organized lobby groups hostile to China, namely Taiwan, Tibet and human rights, and also industrial sectors seeking… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

France and Germany sought the lifting of the EU arms embargo in 2004 but Washington insisted on the embargo being maintained. The embargo was lifted against Uzbekistan last October, despite continuing concerns about human rights in the central Asian nation. This leaves China in the company of a handful of countries, including Congo, North Korea,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick