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The post of 15 May on US ambassadorial appointments drew attention to the failure of President Obama to appoint ambassadors in Brussels and Beijing. Today, however, Utah’s Governor Jon Huntsman has been nominated ambassador to China. The appointment is very interesting for a number of reasons, not least of which is that he is a… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

I have as yet not even heard serious gossip as to who President Obama will nominate as Ambassador to the European Union. and was wondering whether this was a reflection of the relevance of Europe to the new president. However, Beijing too is still without a nomination; although possible names have been mentioned. From 1… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The second EU-China High Level Economic & Trade Dialogue (HLD) ended today in Brussel. A debriefing will be posted next week. The Financial Times published an op-ed today by the leader of the Chinese delegation, Vice-Premier Wang Qishan, under the title, “China and Britain need to join hands over crisis” Readers may be surprised that… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The following interview in Chinese has appeared on over 250 Chinese websites. It is accurate except on the theme of the heading. You will see that I say that US policy substance has not necessarily changed. EU scholar says U.S. “policy substance” toward Europe remains unchanged by Xinhua writers Wu Liming, Ban Wei PRAGUE, April… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The following will shortly be published in the College of Europe’s new e-journal, EU-China Observer: Now that the dust has settled, the results of the much heralded G20 summit in London on 2 April can be reviewed. There is consensus that there are grave, linked economic and financial crises. There is no consensus on their… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The first National Human Rights Action Plan of China has just been published for the period 2009-2010. What are the motivations behind publication? Is this a genuine attempt to improve human rights in China or just intended to show that officials take human rights seriously? Is it an effort to ward off domestic concerns? Is… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Chinese Permier Wen Jiabao met the European Commission in Brussels on 30 January, as part of a tour taking in Davos, Berlin, London and Madrid. Paris was excluded because President Sarkozy recently met the Dalai Lama. Germany was previously punished and relations have been reasonably restored. Timing “This visit is intended to have a lot… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

This is the time for reflection, rather than deep analysis. With the cancellation by Beijing of the Lyon EU-PRC summit because “the Dalai Lama will be visiting several EU countries and will meet with heads of state and government as well as presidents of European institutions”, it would have been reasonable to assume that EU-China… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Let Russia Stop Iran

The constructive oped in today’s New York Times by three experienced analysts, Oded Eran, Giora Eiland and Emily Landau, concludes that the key to a tougher Security Council Resolution is Russia and that this provides an opening for Barack Obama to offer Moscow a grand bargain: the US to suspend or even cancel its Eastern… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick