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An insecure China

Tightened domestic security this year was understandable, in the light of the Uighur unrest in Xinjiang province, the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen and the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. However, the signs are that security is being permanently tightened and press and internet freedom restricted. The CCP (Communist party) has been very… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

My post of 2 December expressed concern about growing protectionism and China’s contribution to this. China published a circular on 15 November, establishing “an Indigenous Innovation Product Accreditation system”. To be eligible for public sector contracts, firms must have obtained accreditation by 10 December 10. The new rules require that products should be linked to… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Martin Wolf, China, renminbi/RMB, protectionism Martin Wolf, in todays’ Financial Times considers unfair Premier Wen Jiabao’s statement last week at the end of the China-EU summit, that: “Some countries on the one hand want the renmimbi to appreciate, but on the other hand engage in brazen protectionism against China. This is unfair. Their measures are… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

China-EU summit: reflections

The 12th China-EU summit unusually took place, not in Beijing but in Nanjing, on 30 November. The Chinese delegation was led by Premier Wen Jiabao; the EU by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden, President of the European Council and Commission President, José Manuel Barroso. Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner also attended. The atmosphere was overall friendly but… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Set out below is my contribution to the debate, organized by the Forum for American/Chinese exchange at Stanford, at Peking University in 19 November 2009 in China-EU-US trilateral relations. We have been asked to address six questions: But first, some broad remarks: I can’t resist commenting on Michael Chapman’s provocative and entertaining contribution. Until this… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Lyndon Johnson forfeited a second presidential term because of his decision to escalate the Vietnam war. I do hope that Barack Obama”s decision to send 30,000 more American troops to Afghanistan will not have a similar consequence. The strategy is founded on the belief that al-Qaeda needs Afghanistan as a base. But does it? Terrorist… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The following paper, written with Dr Kerry Brown Senior Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House, has been published as an Asia Programme Paper: ASP PP 2009/03 by the Royal Insitute of International Affairs: The views expressed in this document are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of Chatham House,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

“Some countries on the one hand want the renmimbi to appreciate, but on the other hand engage in brazen protectionism against China. This is unfair. Their measures are a restriction on China’s development.” Why did Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, speaking at the end of the China-EU summit in Nanjing on 30 November, adopt such an… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Lifting arms embargo on China

Crossick: Lifting arms embargo can break EU-China stalemate Published: Friday 27 November 2009 Euractiv: Although the EU will enter today’s (30 November) EU-China summit with a revamped outlook provided by the Lisbon Treaty, no major turning point should be expected from the meeting unless Europe commits itself to lifting its arms embargo against China, argues… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick