The new round of high-level economic and trade consultations between China and the United States started in Beijing on 21 February morning against a background whereby the world, and the U.S., now has a more accurate understanding of the consequences of a “trade war”. When President Donald Trump initially launched tariffs against China, two perspectives were put…

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‘Mr. Trump has looked to calm markets, which have gyrated in recent days’ – that was the comment of the Wall Street Journal on the phone call between President’s Xi Jinping and Donald Trump on 29 December. The markets the Wall Street Journal was referring to in particular were US share markets. On 28 December,…

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The following article on ‘The New Shape of World Politics – Disorder in the West, Stability in the East’ analyses the reasons for the Trump administration introducing tariffs against China and the background to the recent G7 and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summits. It was originally published in Chinese by Sina Finance Opinion Leaders, therefore some issues…

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An earlier article in this series marking the 40th anniversary of China’s ‘Reform and Opening Up’ showed that ​China since 1978 is the fastest sustained growth by a major economy in human history. But this historic fact, although extraordinary in its own right, actually considerably understates the immense scale of China’s achievement. The reason for this…

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  Discussion of a supposed China-US ‘Thucydides trap’ is based on a sentence from ancient Greek historian Thucydides on the Athens-Sparta war of classical Greece: ‘It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this inspired in Sparta that made war inevitable.’ The comparison asserted is that China’s rise, confronted with a US ‘superpower’,…

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The decisive global role being played by China in leading the way in the development of renewable energy is now being recognised in the Western media – see the Financial Times article ‘The East is turning green’ summarised on this site’s blog. The Financial Times rightly notes of China and India: ‘both countries are set…

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July 1st 2017 was the 20th anniversary of the correction of one of the great crimes against China and of one of the dirtiest episodes in Britain’s history. It was be the anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to China. China’s President Xi Jinping has strongly stressed that reunification with Hong Kong was a…

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​The economic development of Singapore under is famous as one of the greatest success stories in history. Singapore has become the only Asian country to achieve a higher per capita gross domestic product than the United States by every measure. To have achieved this from the starting point of a third world country, and during a…

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