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The shadow of the Dalai Lama

The EU and Chinese officials prepare for the bilateral summit in Lyon on 1 December with a large black cloud overshadowing them. It is in the shape of the Dalai Lama. Beijing deeply resents the attention being paid him by European governments and the European Parliament. In particular, Nicolas Sarkozy, who will co-chair the summit,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Congratulations on the opening of China’s first Sino-foreign managed law school, the China-EU School of Law (CESL), in Beijing on 24 October. The CESL is part of the China University of Political Science and Law and jointly operated by 16 Chinese and European universities. The CESL aims to cultivate a new generation of comprehensively trained… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Ye Tan, senior financial columnist for Shanghai’s Meiri jingji xinwen [New Business daily], argues that policies that a “mercantilist” Obama is likely to pressure China to pursue are in fact in line with China’s own best interests.Ye Tan anticipates that, to maintain the interests of America’s middle and low income groups, Obama, under the screen… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Chinese analysts are understandably examining how an Obama presidency will affect Sino-American relations. It is early days as the President-elect held his first press conference only yesterday and has only made one senior appointment. In his first official appearance since his election win, he said a stimulus package to boost the economy was long overdue… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

I commend the Insitute for Strategic Studies’ Chaillot Paper 111, written ny Marcin Zaborowski. This publication of 126 pages gives a clear and readable account of George W Bush’s legacy and provides an indication of where American foreign policy may next be heading. I’ve encapsulated below the key elements. America’s grand strategy changed during the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Next Thursday, 30 October, there will be an EU-China meeting to continue the negotiation of the Partnership & Cooperation Agreement (PCA). The aim is to agree an ‘early harvest’ of clauses ahead of the 1 December bilateral summit in Lyons. I have detected a worrying development in EU-China relations. More and more Chinese officials and… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The European Parliament has decided to award its prestigious Sakharov Prize to Hu Jia, a Chinese human rights activist held since December 2007 for posting articles online and giving interviews to foreign journalists. I do not question the breach of human rights by Beijing but do question whether this will help obtain Hu Jia’s release.… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

This post will no doubt attract adverse comment, and not for the first time will I be called a China apologist. It is time that Europe takes stock of the work it has done to promote human rights and its effectiveness. My approach is predicated on two deeply held beliefs. First, human rights may have… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Mandelsonitis

Give the man a break! Even Sophie Raworth, standing in for Andrew Marr on BBC AM yesterday morning, spoiled a good interview addressing the financial and economic crises facing us, by pounding away at him about his seeing a Russian oligarch socially. “No, you did not behave improperly, but you could be perceived as to… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The Chinese Foreign Ministry agreeably surprised us yesterday by issuing new rules on reporting activities by foreign correspondents allowing them to interview without application to foreign affairs departments. “The new rules follow the major principles and spirits of the media regulations introduced for the Beijing Olympics,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick