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 [...]

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 [...]

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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