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Influence of Paralympics

Who would have imagined a quarter of a century ago, 4 000 physically disabled athletes participating in a spectacular opening ceremony before 91 000 spectators in the Birds Nest? Given the history of Chinese attitudes towards disability, the Paralympics are in some ways a more striking event than the Summer Games. And their influence is… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

A Chinese window opening?

On the cover of Southern Window’s 11 August issue, a highbrow Chinese biweekly with a circulation of 500 000, there is an illustration of law textbooks and a teacher with a wooden pointer giving instruction to a businessman and a government official. The caption reads, “Rule of Law Starts with Limitation of Power.” This may… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

There is a lull in the media battle over Tibet, as result of the tragic earthquake nearby in Sichuan province. It has taken a natural disaster to remove from Chinese and European front pages the man-made mess of the Olympic torch relay and ongoing demonstrations in support of Tibet. It is therefore a useful moment… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Le pays des Belges

EU politics, I find easier to understand than Belgian politics, which is one reason why this is my first post on this subject. However, the ongoing failure of the inter-communal negotiations, when the country has to cope with serious economic problems, prompts at least a brief reflection . Today’s impasse is in many ways the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The news that the Pentagon has cancelled the Air Force’s award of the $35 billion tanker contract, requiring Boeing and EADS to submit new offers, may have unfortunate consequences. Senior Defense Department civilians have for some time lack of confidence in the Air Force’s ability to manage the contract. The new bidding will be overseen… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

November-December 2008 Israel launches huge air offensive on Iranian nuclear sites. Iran attacks US shipping in the Gulf. Strait of Hormuz blocked. Widespread attacks on US civil installations in the Middle East and Europe. Oil price passes $200. George W Bush brings air and naval forces into the conflict. ??? Alarmist thinking? No. Ask yourself:… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Antonio Brufau, head of Spain’s biggest energy company, Pepsol, lambasted the inability of European politicians to formulate a unified energy policy. During his interview with the Financial Times, he said that “In terms of energy, Europe is not advancing in the right direction.” He criticised Europe’s lack of cohesion when dealing with powerful oil and… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The most difficult outcome of yesterday’s encouraging and constructive China-EU roundtable at the Chinese Mission to the EU, between a Chinese Tibetan delegation and Brussels think tanks, was to understand the Chinese approach to the ongoing talks with the Dalai Lama’s representatives, a further round taking place next week in Beijing. Most interestingly, the discussion… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

“In the coming 20 years, China-US-EU relationship will decide the trend of international relations” (Zbigniew Brzezinski: c 2004) It is timely to review the state of the three bilateral relationships and the prospects for the trilateral relationship, following the 17th Party Congress, the PRC-EU November 2007 Summit, the Third US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) in… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Li Datong, a Chinese journalist and former editor of “Bingdian”, a weekly supplement of the important “China Youth Daily”, argues in a hard-hitting article published on 16 May in Chinese, that the Chinese government’s response to recent events betrays a deficit in the way the country is ruled. The Chinese government’s fury at the Olympic… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick