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The following article appeared in Global Times on 30 June By Stanley Crossick Was the Toronto G20 summit from June 26 to 27 an impetus for action or a display of rhetoric? This is a difficult question to answer. The Toronto negotiations began well before the meeting. For instance, US President Barack Obama wrote to… » read more

ASEM: Who?

How many Europeans know that an ASEM Summit will be held in Brussels on 4-5 October this year, attended by prime ministers or presidents of 45 countries plus the EU/Commission? Indeed, how many are aware of the existence of ASEM, which is distinct from ASEAN? ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) embraces the 10 ASEAN members (Brunei, Cambodia,… » read more

It is now widely accepted that the surge is only a means to an end: the end to establish a stable society in Afghanistan. This is a mammoth task requiring honest, fair leadership. The hopes of America and the West are pinned on President Hamid Karzai, the questionable election victor. Karzai has to find a… » read more

What common threat?

Three days ago, 39 commuters were killed by two female suicide bombers in the Moscow metro system. Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, told Canadian network CTV, “Whether you are in a Moscow subway or a London subway or a train in Madrid or an office building in New York, we face the same… » read more

The World Commerce Review of March 2010 contained the following article: China’s Future Role on the World Stage Stanley Crossick The world stage is changing fast and China is changing fast. In order to examine China’s future role on the world stage, we must first address the ways the world and China are changing. It… » read more

The US Treasury, in its semi-annual report delivered every April and October, can formally label China as a “currency manipulator” on account of the yuan’s substantial undervalue. This would allow the Department of Commerce to impose countervailing duties on a wide range of Chinese products. US Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner told the Senate Finance Committee… » read more

Chindia or China vs India?

The recent deterioration of the relationship between China and India is deeply disturbing. Significant was the recent editorial on the People’s Daily website which attacked “India’s superpower dreams” and “thought of hegemony”. The fundamental disputes are over the eastern western ends of their long border, unresolved since a war in 1962. In the east, China… » read more

Chindia: how they compare

Pallavi Aiyar, recently lived for over five years in China, speaks Chinese and has written a charming and engaging book seeing China through young Indian eyes. Smoke and Mirrors closes with her insights on China and India: • India is good at software, China has hardware. • India should learn from China to invest in… » read more

Pallavi Aiyar, recently lived for over five years in China, speaks Chinese and has written a charming and engaging book seeing China through young Indian eyes. Smoke and Mirrors closes with her insights on China and India: • India is good at software, China has hardware. • India should learn from China to invest in… » read more

Coming to terms with the past

The causes of World War II are complex but certain facts are clear. In 1939, the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact included a secret protocol dividing Northern and Eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence. Germany and the Soviet Union then invaded their respective sides of Poland, dividing the country between them. But contrast what Angela… » read more

The Swedish government’s reaction to the story recently published by the popular Swedish daily tabloid Aftonbladet, suggesting that Israeli had harvested the organs of Palestinian victims for their own purposes, is difficult to understand. The article was entitled “Our Sons’ Organs Were Plundered” and was based on interviews with Palestinian families – although no evidence… » read more

The columnist, Gwynne Dyer, has drawn my attention to an article, written by Colonel Sergei Kovalev, Director of the scientific research department at the Institute of Military History. It is entitled “Fictions and Falsifications in Evaluating the USSR’s Role On the Eve of the Second World War.” Kovalev asserts that the Poles, not the Germans,… » read more

Whether or not the Doha Development Round collapses, thought needs to be given to reforming the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the current trading system. A starting point would be to dust down the Havana Charter of 1947. The developing countries do not trust the developed world to dismantle its protectionist measures in the fields… » read more

The following interview was published ytesterday by EurActiv : US President Barack Obama has already taken substantial steps to improve the United States’ relations with its Western partners, seek dialogue with the Muslim world and address hotbeds of tension, Stanley Crossick, the founding chairman of European Policy Centre, told EurActiv in an interview. European Policy… » read more

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