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Ford’s iconic Mustang to be built in China

Ian Horswill, CEO Magazine – 1 February 2021 Looking to capitalise on China’s commitment to tackling climate change, Ford has embarked on a joint venture with Changan Automobile to manufacture their electronic SUVs the Mustang Mach-E. This short article explains the current vehicle market in China and how Ford will fit into it. Read the…

Chinese New Year 2021: brands look for the light in the dark

Charlotte McEleny, The Drum – 3 February 2021 Each year, marketers of the biggest brands in China sit down to create a Chinese New Year story that will tug on the heartstrings of consumers. The equivalent of the UK’s John Lewis Christmas advert, Chinese people look forward to seeing what creativity Apple presents for the…

The Very, Very Long Way Home for Chinese New Year

Shuli Ren, Bloomberg – 25 January 2021 China’s economy hasn’t felt the detrimental effects of Covid-19 quite like other countries, in fact it is now expanding at a faster rate than before the pandemic. It is set to experience a massive first quarter GDP growth spurt this year as well, with many people having a…

China to seize economic crown from US years early on COVID success

Iori Kawate, Nikkei Asia – 19 January 2021 China surpassing the U.S. as the world’s largest economy has, in the past decade, been considered as a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’, however the disastrous economic effects of Covid-19 have accelerated this milestone further. Whilst other countries struggle on with the bleak outlook after Covid-19,…

UK-China relations imploded in 2020—and things could get worse

Annabelle Timsit, Quartz – 23 December 2020 Since the Brexit referendum in 2016, senior members of the UK government have made a great deal of effort in stressing the significance of a UK-China relationship in forging new, independent and more favourable ties with the rest of the world post-Brexit. The establishment of many more Confucius…

A landmark night in US history: Capitol riots nation’s Waterloo, destroy global image

Double-standard Washington politicians ‘deserve chaos, violence’ GT staff reporters, Global Times – 7 January 2021 Given the tense relations between China and the U.S. as the result of a Trump presidency’s harsh and unforgiving rhetoric towards the country, it is hardly unsurprising to find that the Chinese reaction to the Capitol riots is one of…

The World China Wants

How Power Will—and Won’t—Reshape Chinese Ambitions Rana Mitter, Foreign Affairs – January/February 2021 China’s ambitious plans on the global stage and prime position in world affairs can without doubt be attributed to their leaders’ recognition of the states’ history and reflects the new lens through which the country wishes to be understood. Their soft power…

Myanmar & China’s Strategic Interests in the Indian Ocean Basin

This article by Azeem Ibrahim was first published in the Center for Global Policy Myanmar is holding a general election Nov. 8 – the third since 2010, when the military allowed for a very limited amount of space for electoral politics in the country. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) looks set…