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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega China viewed from Japan: weakness with stability

Last year the word chosen by a company that annually nominates the most popular expression in Japan was bakugai. In English it translates as ‘explosive buying power’, referring to the Chinese tourists who visit Japan. If one sees young women dressed in kimonos (and often their male companions too) [...]

EU-India relations: let’s focus on getting to know each other better

At the beginning of this month, I had the privilege to be invited to New Delhi (my first time ever) to attend a meeting of European and Indian think tanks on the topic: “EU and India: closer partners in global governance?” The event was organized by the EU-Asia Centre [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The New Silk Road: grand geopolitical engineering

The New Silk Road is the huge Chinese response to the US attempt to isolate Beijing via the Transpacific (TPP) and the Transatlantic (TTIP) agreements, whose fates are still very much in the balance. But it is much more than that. It responds to a clear geopolitical and geoeconomic [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The world trembled with China

“When China wakes, the world will tremble”. Napoleon, in one of the variants of the famous quote attributed to him while in exile on St. Helena in 1816, recommended to “let her sleep”. But China has since awakened, or re-awakened, because this is merely the return to a state [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Chinamerica

Some years ago there was talk of Chinafrica, especially in French analyses. The term Chinamerica, in turn, was originally used to describe the relations between Beijing and Washington. But it then began to be applied as the description of a new reality that had emerged over the previous decade, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europeans race head over heels to Beijing

China has launched an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a good initiative in a region that in the coming years will require large, actually huge, transport systems and other public works. But the move has driven a further wedge between the US and Europe, at a time when they [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Can China become a democracy?

Hong Kong’s students have shaken a world that is right now far from needing a crisis in China, despite the protesters have awakened sympathies in the West. The crisis in Hong Kong has not fizzled out and the embers of demands for constitutional change and democracy remain and perhaps [...]

EU-China: strategic partnership in the making

The EU and China established a strategic partnership a decade ago. Both entered the partnership with over-expectations of being able to align their interests on many conflicting issues such as international intervention, human rights, market access, and weapons transfers. Those misperceptions fostered disappointment on both sides. One of the [...]

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