Asia-Pacific

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 [...]

Our new Global Presence website is here!

Today at the Elcano Royal Institute we present our new Global Presence website, concluded very satisfactorily with Geographica. For 13 months Ivanosca and Ángel have focused on developing the website, Carola has fine-tuned the content (what is it, documents and publications, news and FAQs) and Manuel (our data cruncher) [...]

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 [...]

Japan: facing challenges

The past three years have been a time of changes for Japan. On the one hand, changes have been brought about by natural causes: the consequences of the fierce tsunami that struck the islands forced the administration to change its energy policy, which was largely based on nuclear power; [...]

Australia: so far and yet so near

While geographically far apart, Spain and Australia have a steadily growing relationship. The core of their expanding bilateral engagement is defence cooperation, as explained at a recent working breakfast at the Elcano Royal Institute by Jane Marie Hardy, Australian Ambassador to Spain. Furthermore, both countries are like-minded on most [...]

Difficult policy choices in China’s slowing economy

Contrary to expectations, China’s economy did not improve during the second quarter of this year (2Q12). In fact, GDP growth fell to 7.6% y/y (8.1% in 1Q12 and 9.5% in 2Q11). Several other indicators, such as industrial production or retail sales, decelerated sharply. Moreover, data published in July has [...]
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