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Hamas 2.0

I commend to you the article in Foreign Affairs of 5 August by Michael Bröning, in which he argues that the January war in Gaza overshadowed the fact that Hamas is in the midst of an unprecedented ideological transformation, and it’s time for the West to pay attention. I have always been in favour of… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The following letter was published in the Financial Times on 28 July 2009 in response to my letter (see post of 24 July): “Sir, Stanley Crossick (Letters, July 24) claims that William Hague’s use of Pitt the Younger’s statement that “England has saved herself by her exertions and will, I trust, save Europe by her… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Following the post of 22 July, the following letter was published: on July 24 2009 in The Financial Times: From Mr Stanley Crossick. “Sir, In his speech to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London on July 21, William Hague, the shadow foreign secretary, stated: “Two hundred years ago, in his most famous and… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

A joint statement was issued on 26 May (but not posted until 4 June) by nine ministries and government agencies: the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the legislative office of the State Council, the ministries of industry and information, housing, railways, water resources, supervision, transport, and commerce ministries. This notice states: “Government investment projects… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Chinese transparency

Last week, a People’s Daily editorial asserted that “Information transparency is of benefit to increasing public trust in the government.” How right this is, but unfortunately this is not being sufficiently heeded in China. This applies both to decision-making and the communication and explanation of decisions. Two recent examples: Buy Chinese A joint circular was… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Vince Cable makes the point (see yesterday’s post) that the centre of gravity of the economic world has moved to the east, particularly to China. Today’s Financial Times carries an op-ed by Liu Mingkang, chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission. He rightly asserts that, unfortunately, many people have forgotten the old-fashioned principle of setting… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Vince Cable (the UK Liberal Democrat “shadow” finance minister) has written a superb book on the world economic crisis and what it means, entitled The Storm (Atlantic Books, 2009). In only around 160 pages, he writes clearly and with considerable economic authority. Cable was one of the few who anticipated the current crisis. The book… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

This is a good time to review the state of the EU-China relationship, after the postponed summit which took place in Prague on 20 May and the High Level Economic & Trade dialogue which met in Brussels on 7-8 May (see post of 14 May). The official reports and communiqués, following both meetings, are full… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

It is only a question of time before North Korea becomes a nuclear weapon power with a missile capability that can reach, Japan and probably Hawaii. There are three good reasons why North Korea must not have nuclear weapons. First, it is obvious that it would be potentially catastrophic as the régime is not rational… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The op-ed of John Fox and François Godement in the Financial Times of 19 May urges Europe to stop “pandering to China” but offers no effective advice as what then to do. They argue that “Europe’s engagement-at-all-costs approach over the last two decades has given China access to all the economic and other benefits of… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick