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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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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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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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The divisions that fracture the EU run deep. Germany dominates the economic relationship between the EU and China, and this reflects a significant division in Europe. But this division is itself the result of much deeper differences, especially within the Eurozone. The creation of the euro brought with it the illusion of a single economy… » read more

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