Category Archives: Asia

Europe’s slippery slopes: a book review.

There are never enough books to satisfy the reading public’s appetite for ideas about how to overcome Europe’s travails. Our three authors provide us with plenty: all focus in different ways on the two key questions of nationality, and Europe’s … Continue reading

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The UK between In and Out: Review of Brexit to Nowhere and Rethinking the UK’s Circles of Influence.

Nick Witney, Brexit to Nowhere: The Foreign Policy Consequences of “Out”, European Council on Foreign Relations, ECFR, November 2015. http://www.ecfr.eu; Robin Niblett, Britain, Europe and the World: Rethinking the UK’s Circles of Influence, Chatham House: The Royal Institute of International … Continue reading

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China in world affairs: an interview with China Daily

The new global bedrock Updated: 2014-10-31 14:13 By Cecily Liu(China Daily Europe) China is assuming greater responsibility in international affairs, Scholar says China is now assuming responsibility as a new global pillar of stable growth after economically relying heavily on … Continue reading

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Iran and China compared.

I have always been sceptical about external attempts to force regime change by boycott, diplomatic isolation or armed intervention. Six months before this article was published Prime Minister Blair in his Chicago speech sketched out the idea of conditional sovereignty … Continue reading

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Global energy scenarios to 2035

Global energy is and always has been, highly controversial, particularly since the world’s conversion from locally supplied coal in the 1950s, to  dependence on oil from the Gulf.  The shift occurred swiftly .  Changes in U.S. tax incentives in 1958 … Continue reading

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Is China’s growth engine slowing?

Here is the url for this webinar: http://youtu.be/cAz4-aDj2g8 My theme is that we have to be very careful in analyzing China. For thirty years, there have been prophecies that China’s growth engine will slow down; that the financial system will … Continue reading

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A globalizing China: future hegemon or partial power?

Juan Pablo Cardenal, Heriberto Araujo, China’s Silent Army: The Pioneers Traders, Fixers and Workers Who are Remaking the World in Beijing’s Image, London, Allen Lane, 2013; David Shambaugh, China Goes Global: The Partial Power, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013. Both … Continue reading

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Marxist contradictions in China’s transformation.

In this position paper,  I analyse China using a Marxist paradigm. Rapid economic development generates a host of class contradictions, to use Marxist terminology, and nowhere more than in China. So far the party-state has managed to ride out the … Continue reading

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Barbarians bringing tribute to the emperor, Salisbury Review, Spring 2012, vol.30. no.3.pp.13-15

The next few years are likely to witness strains in the US-China relations, as Beijing moves away from former leader, Deng Xiao Ping’s advice, encapsulated in the phrase: “Observe developments soberly, maintain our position, meet challenges calmly, hide our capacities … Continue reading

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Survival rules in the party state, South China Morning Post, March 3, 2012

Whether you are entering the Chinese market or have been there for a long time, there can be no let-up in the attention you pay to the government. Government relations will always be significant, must be cultivated continuously and can … Continue reading

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