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Haiti is one of just 23 countries that recognize Taiwan. China has in the past used aid to encourage countries to ‘de-recognize’ Taiwan. And yet China was one of the first countries to announce aid to Haiti, which is also receiving aid from Taipei. A cargo plane left Beijing on 16 January with $2 million… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The paper written by Prof Li Junru for EU-China Observer Issue 6, 2009 is worth closer examination, bearing in mind the importance of the author. Prof. Li Junru is former Vice President of the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. He is now Vice Director of the China Reform… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The following letter was published in the Financial Times on 12 January 2010: From Mr Stanley Crossick. Sir, Richard Haass recognises that multilateralism is necessarily superseding hegemony and bilateralism, but finds difficulty in identifying a multilateral system that works ( The case for messy multilateralism January 6th). There is only one solution: to remove the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Happy New Year!

Dear Friend I wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy & Successful New Year and look forward to a continuing relationship in 2010. The world appears to be emerging from recession, but there is no assurance that it won’t slip back. And there is very slow process in introducing legislation to reduce the risk… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

James Kynge in today’s Financial Times disputes the received wisdom that, with the collapse in US consumer demand, China has no alternative but to increase domestic demand. He argues that the huge increase in China’s trade with south-east Asia and Africa, Brazil and India, has been largely ignored. During the first 10 months of 2009,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

It is only a matter of time when a major terrorist attack will occur in the West. Until Christmas day, there was a feeling of relative security and that governments had matters under control. The extensive airport security has been re-assuring until Umar Faral Abdul Mutallah, a Nigerian trained in Yemen tried to blow up… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

China has so far weathered the financial and economic storms remarkably well. Despite problems in Tibet and Xinjiang, the CCP remains in control and legitimate in the eyes of most Chinese. The country’s influence on the world stage steadily increases. However, whatever the successes of China, its perception in the West is increasingly negative. Unlike… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

If only our presidents and prime ministers were as good at the leadership game as they are at the blame game. Recent examples: Copenhagen: British climate change minister, Ed Miliband, publicly blamed China for vetoing two key commitments on emission cuts. China accused Miliband of trying to stir discord among developing countries. Protectionism: China called… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The EU Ministers yesterday extended the antidumping duties on footwear imports from China and Vietnam for a further 15 months as of January 2010. In 2006, the EU imposed a two-year anti-dumping duty of 16.5 % on Chinese leather shoes. It is not for me to comment on the legal correctness of this decision. However,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick