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Indonesia eases coal export ban after 10 days

Fransiska Nangoy and Bernadette Christina: Reuters 10th of January 2022 Indonesia has eased its Coal export ban 10 days after its imposition due to pressure from Asia’s coal Importers and domestic coal mines. The ban caused the price of Coal and futures markets to surge globally. China was particularly vulnerable as the largest importer of…

The RCEP

The RCEP

The RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) is the World’s Largest free trade agreement covering 15 states. These 15 states cover over 2 billion people and some of the world’s most highly integrated nations in the global economy, responsible for about 1/3 of the world’s economic output. Negotiations started in 2013, lasting 31 rounds till the…

China-Iran 25-year deal not aimed at any country: Iranian envoy

Xie Wenting, Global Times – 15 April 2021 A Global Times reporter, the Chinese tabloid newspaper under the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily, Xie Wenting interviewed the Iranian Ambassador to China, Mohammad Keshavarzzadeh, on issues concerning the 25-year cooperation agreement. Keshavarzzadeh stated “Western countries still have the leverage to extend their colonial domination through the…

Afghanistan wants to be bridge between South, Central Asia, Gulf with UAE’s digitalisation support: Afghan envoy

MENAFN, Binsal Abdulkader – 7 March 2021 In an interview with the Emirates News Agency, Javid Ahmad, the Afghan Ambassador to the UAE, said how the country has planned a long-term investment in digitalisation of trade and logistics infrastructure with the UAE. This digitalisation would improve regional connectivity within Afghanistan, which is a prerequisite for…

Post-Brexit UK trade strategy needs to engage China

Ken Heydon, East Asia Forum – 24 February 2021 This article by Ken Heydon in East Asia Forum describes why it is important not for the UK to go down the containment route for China, rather the UK should accept and seek to profit from China’s economic success as a means of ensuring success in…

EU-China investment deal faces backlash in European Parliament

Finbarr Bermingham, South China Morning Post – 24 February 2021 MEPs have criticised the investment deal between Brussels and Beijing, saying that the parliament has ignored concerns over human rights issues and also bypassed the Biden administration’s calls for tougher engagement with China. The EU’s top negotiator defended the deal and says that the EU…

US should make competition fair, not a game to contain China: Global Times editorial

Global Times – 24 February 2021 This article in Global Times publicises what they say are China’s ‘long-term cultural and institutional advantages’ and why the U.S. should aim for fair and justified competition with them, rather than the destructive and toxic actions to contain their inevitable rise. Read the full article here.

Letter from Edinburgh

Andrew Milligan – Jackson Hole Economics For 250 years, European writers have been fascinated by how Americans behave. From Fanny Trollope’s ‘Domestic Manners of the Americans’ through De Toqueville’s ‘Democracy in America’ and more recent Alastair Cooke’s ‘Letter from America’, Europeans have been amused, amazed, or aghast at the antics of their American cousins. This…