The Blog of Changes - Duncan Freeman

China’s outward investment flows have expanded enormously over the past decade. This has led to predictions, often from China, that its outward investment will soon exceed its inward investment. These predictions have been taken up outside China, and have been recycled in the Western media, including the Financial Times and the Economist among many others.… » read more

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The joint announcement signed by presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama at the Asia-Pacific Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing brought climate change back to the international headlines. The document set targets for both sides to achieve and was welcomed or damned in equal measure. Although the announcement binds neither side, it was seen by many… » read more

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The EU on the Margins in Asia

For a few days in November Beijing almost seemed like the centre of the world. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing brought together a diverse group of 21 countries from the Asia-Pacific which includes those as far flung as Australia, New Zealand, Chile, China, the US, Russia, Japan, South Korea and several from… » read more

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Just how fast can China and Europe change? And just how fast can the relationship between them change? The answer, at least sometimes, is very fast. A recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicting that solar PV could, in one scenario at least, become the largest single source of electricity generation by 2050… » read more

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Achieving a harmonious society was one of the central policy goals of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership under Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao. This harmonious society was somewhat ill defined, but one element was the reduction, if not the removal, of the inequalities that have arisen in China since it embarked on economic reform.… » read more

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Last week S&P Dow Jones Indices, which provides data to financial institutions, announced that it no longer considers Greece a developed market, reclassifying it as an emerging market. The downgrading is not the first of this kind, both MSCI and Russell Indexes did the same thing earlier this year. After years of financial and economic… » read more

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The exhibition “The Road to Revival” (复兴之路) at China’s National Museum in Beijing, which Xi Jinping visited and where he made his first pronouncement on the “China dream” in November 2012 after he became Secretary General of the Chinese Communist Party, raises as many questions as it answers. Since Xi Jinping made his pronouncement, the… » read more

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