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The postponed 2008 EU-China summit took place in Prague on 20 May. The Beijing 2007 summit was followed by a joint declaration of over 47 paragraphs. The post of 23 December 2007 questions why such a statement has to be issued when very little of its contents were discussed at the summit. However, after the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

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 High Level Economic & Trade Dialogue (HED) took place in Brussels on 7-8 May. The atmosphere was very good. But what was achieved? The annual Dialogue was established in November 2007 by Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, in order to address the imbalance in trade flows between the EU… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

300th POST

In my first post of 11 October 2007, I wrote: “This is the beginning of an unknown journey for me. I hope that you find I have something worthwhile to say and that you will bear with me until I professionalise my blogging.” All I can say that I knew I was talkative but not… » 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