Stanley's blog

Archives for China

Haiti is one of just 23 countries that recognize Taiwan. China has in the past used aid to encourage countries to ‘de-recognize’ Taiwan. And yet China was one of the first countries to announce aid to Haiti, which is also receiving aid from Taipei. A cargo plane left Beijing on 16 January with $2 million… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The paper written by Prof Li Junru for EU-China Observer Issue 6, 2009 is worth closer examination, bearing in mind the importance of the author. Prof. Li Junru is former Vice President of the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. He is now Vice Director of the China Reform… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

James Kynge in today’s Financial Times disputes the received wisdom that, with the collapse in US consumer demand, China has no alternative but to increase domestic demand. He argues that the huge increase in China’s trade with south-east Asia and Africa, Brazil and India, has been largely ignored. During the first 10 months of 2009,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

China has so far weathered the financial and economic storms remarkably well. Despite problems in Tibet and Xinjiang, the CCP remains in control and legitimate in the eyes of most Chinese. The country’s influence on the world stage steadily increases. However, whatever the successes of China, its perception in the West is increasingly negative. Unlike… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The EU Ministers yesterday extended the antidumping duties on footwear imports from China and Vietnam for a further 15 months as of January 2010. In 2006, the EU imposed a two-year anti-dumping duty of 16.5 % on Chinese leather shoes. It is not for me to comment on the legal correctness of this decision. However,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

An insecure China

Tightened domestic security this year was understandable, in the light of the Uighur unrest in Xinjiang province, the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen and the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. However, the signs are that security is being permanently tightened and press and internet freedom restricted. The CCP (Communist party) has been very… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

My post of 2 December expressed concern about growing protectionism and China’s contribution to this. China published a circular on 15 November, establishing “an Indigenous Innovation Product Accreditation system”. To be eligible for public sector contracts, firms must have obtained accreditation by 10 December 10. The new rules require that products should be linked to… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Martin Wolf, China, renminbi/RMB, protectionism Martin Wolf, in todays’ Financial Times considers unfair Premier Wen Jiabao’s statement last week at the end of the China-EU summit, that: “Some countries on the one hand want the renmimbi to appreciate, but on the other hand engage in brazen protectionism against China. This is unfair. Their measures are… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick