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China-EU summit: reflections

The 12th China-EU summit unusually took place, not in Beijing but in Nanjing, on 30 November. The Chinese delegation was led by Premier Wen Jiabao; the EU by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden, President of the European Council and Commission President, José Manuel Barroso. Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner also attended. The atmosphere was overall friendly but… » read more

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Set out below is my contribution to the debate, organized by the Forum for American/Chinese exchange at Stanford, at Peking University in 19 November 2009 in China-EU-US trilateral relations. We have been asked to address six questions: But first, some broad remarks: I can’t resist commenting on Michael Chapman’s provocative and entertaining contribution. Until this… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The following paper, written with Dr Kerry Brown Senior Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House, has been published as an Asia Programme Paper: ASP PP 2009/03 by the Royal Insitute of International Affairs: The views expressed in this document are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of Chatham House,… » read more

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“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 a restriction on China’s development.” Why did Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, speaking at the end of the China-EU summit in Nanjing on 30 November, adopt such an… » read more

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After more than two weeks in China, and a third visit in two months, I offer a number of reflections and recommendations, including on developing the so-called “strategic partnership”. EU-China relationship This is best characterised as: “Europe, we still love you. We’ll love you even more if you get your act together externally – as… » read more

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The following are my closing remarks at the 6th China-EU Think Tank Roundtable in Changzhou on 21-22 October 2009: We have had a rich and fruitful discussion facilitated by excellent time discipline. Underpinning all discussions was the search for mutual understanding and the elimination of misperceptions. We do not sufficiently trust each other. Trust comes… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

During the “Forum on China-EU Partnership” in Beijing on 20 November 2009, sponsored by the Chinese government (see post of 27 November), the European scholars, led by former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, met Premier Wen Jiabao for an hour-long discussion. It was significant that the premier devoted this amount of time to us, and… » read more

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The prime question is: why did Beijing choose to hold such a major event? The decision was only taken in late September. There were some 200 delegates and another 100 observers. The Chinese official line-up was impressive, including Li Keqiang, Li Junru, Dai Binguo, Zhang Zhijun and a separate meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao (see… » read more

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China’s Myanmar dilemma

I also commend to you the International Crisis Group’s report of 14 September 2009, the key conclusions of which are summarized below: • Beijing has pushed its neighbour to undertake political reforms, but not in the way the West would like. • China was the first to congratulate Aung San Suu Kyi on her election… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

I commend to you the International Crisis Group’s report of 2 November 2009. Its key conclusions are summarized below: • “Our mindset has changed, but the length of our border has not” a high-level Chinese diplomat is quoted as saying. The border is 1 416km. • China’s overriding interest remains peace and stability, with non-proliferation… » read more

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