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Is China becoming a ‘normal’ oil player in Africa?

Chinese investments in Africa increased from roughly US$1 billion in 2000 to over US$200 billion in 2012, a significant part being related to the extraction of natural resources. China has become the third-largest importer of African oil, which now accounts for around one-third of its total oil imports. Oil [...]

It IS possible to measure the global presence of countries. Check out the IEPG!

A couple of years ago, the Elcano Royal Institute launched a new project: the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG, according to its initials in Spanish). The IEPG estimates the international projection of countries in three areas: economic (primary goods, energy, manufactures, services and investments), military (troops deployed and military [...]

Troubled Waters in East Asia and Japan’s Middle Power Diplomacy

In February 2013 Professor Soeya Yoshihide, Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at Keio University, visited the Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid and delivered a lecture on “Troubled Waters in East Asia and Japan’s Middle Power Diplomacy”. He highlighted Japan’s challenges in East Asia in relation to [...]

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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