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Sri Lanka’s Growing Links with China

Sri Lanka’s Growing Links with China | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
Trade, investment and a strategic Indian Ocean location bring the two countries closer together.
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"There is evidence to suggest that Colombo and Beijing now share policies on a whole range of issues, political and economic. This is in part a reflection of Chinese influence, but it is also attributable to Sri Lanka’s ability to manipulate the relationship in its favor."

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Tug of War in Ukraine Reflects a New International Trend | CHINA US Focus

Tug of War in Ukraine Reflects a New International Trend | CHINA US Focus | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
While observing the Ukraine crisis, China should also bear in mind that both China and Russia are confronted with Western pressure. China should therefore promote strategic collaboration with Russia and counter Western interference, writes Chen Xiangyang.
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PLA General 'Profited from Military Housing Projects, Land Deals' -

PLA General 'Profited from Military Housing Projects, Land Deals' - | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
Gu Junshan took 'rebate' from 2 billion yuan sale of military land in Shanghai, sources close to investigation say
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"The search was conducted by local members of the People's Armed Police and members of the military prosecutor's office. Seized items included a gold boat, a gold wash basin and a gold statue of Mao Zedong. Crates of expensive liquor were confiscated as well."

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Dealing with Chinese Military Modernization

Dealing with Chinese Military Modernization | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
Asking Hard Questions and Supporting Tough Decisions As China modernizes its armed forces, the United States’ huge advantage in military technology is eroding – and U.S. policymakers cannot realistically hope to reverse that change with increased...
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China Wants to Rise Peacefully, But So What?

China Wants to Rise Peacefully, But So What? | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
Back in April I bemoaned the United States’ obsession with trying to convince China it isn’t seeking to contain it. Not only does Beijing not believ
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The European Council on Foreign Relations | ECFR's blog. Greenland’s school of resource dreams

The European Council on Foreign Relations | ECFR's blog. Greenland’s school of resource dreams | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
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China: The Epicenter Of Clean Energy Investments - Forbes

China: The Epicenter Of Clean Energy Investments - Forbes | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
Clean energy investments worldwide dropped 11% in 2012, but more money flowed to China, Japan and upstart countries as the cost of clean energy generation fell, according to a report released by the Pew Charitable Trusts Wednesday.
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China’s ups and downs in Myanmar open the door for Japan

China’s ups and downs in Myanmar open the door for Japan | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
As beyondbrics reported yesterday, Myanmar’s new trasparency zeal could be a nightmare for China, given the close relationship between the two nations on various projects. So how are China’s investments in the country going?
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"The $2.5bn pipelines, which will transport oil and gas 800km across Myanmar to Yunnan in southwest China, are due to start pumping gas from May 31, and oil from early next year, although recent indications suggest the start may be postponed.

The oil pipeline will reduce China’s dependence on the US-controlled Strait of Malacca. About 80 per cent of China’s crude oil imports – mainly from the Middle East and Africa – are transported through the strategically important strait."

 
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China's Congo Plan: What's to Gain? What's to Fear? | Pulitzer Center

China's Congo Plan: What's to Gain? What's to Fear? | Pulitzer Center | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
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"Sicomines might seem like just an ordinary mining deal by a couple big Chinese companies. But it isn’t. Because in exchange for the minerals, Chinese companies are spending $3 billion to build roads, hospitals and universities in Kinshasa and throughout the Congo. The barter is part of a new philosophy that combines development aid and mineral concessions in a package deal. It’s a business model the Chinese are replicating across the African continent"

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China Doesn't Belong in the BRICS - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

China Doesn't Belong in the BRICS - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
China's new president, Xi Jinping, arrives in South Africa today for a summit of the BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The leaders who gather will search for what these nations have in common.
Valar Mathi's insight:

"Concepts that jumble together elements with more differences than similarities sow confusion. While it may have played a useful purpose at the beginning of the century to highlight faster-growing emerging economies, BRICS has become an analytic liability."

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Shale Gas: The Key in the US’ Asia Pivot? | CHINA US Focus

Energy has long been both the bane and the favored instrument in the foreign policy of governments. Yet, for the US, fortunes are changing and the goal of former President Nixon’s Project Independence looks soon to be realized.
Valar Mathi's insight:

"“Chimerica,” as Niall Ferguson termed the growing interdependency of the US-China relationship, could still be the answer to greater stability and growth. As unpalatable as it will be to both populations on paper, it is, regardless of public opinion, likely to be propelled by multi-national companies and business on both sides of the Pacific. Indeed, for the US government, this may be a far cheaper alternative than the expensive naval pivot to Asia. Shale gas could be the ace-up-the-sleeve, the juggernaught in the US pivot to Asia."

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The European Financial Review » Global Economy Recent Articles World Politics » China and Latin America: Connected and Competing

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"Trade between China and Latin American countries has grown exponentially over the past decade. Although Sino-Latin American trade continues to remain a relatively small share of their respective global trade, growth has exceeded many expectations. From 2000 to 2009, annual trade between China and Latin American countries grew more than 1,200 percent, from $10 billion to $130 billion, according to United Nations statistics."

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Bilateral ties: ‘Chinese investment will usher in a new era’ – The Express Tribune

Bilateral ties: ‘Chinese investment will usher in a new era’ – The Express Tribune | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
CM says his recent China tour was the most succes­sful of his politi­cal career.
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The great China ‘takeover’ of Africa is greatly exaggerated

The great China ‘takeover’ of Africa is greatly exaggerated | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
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Both Zambia and Malawi have elected presidents who ran on anti-China platforms.

“The tendency,” says Mr. Campbell, is “to blame the Chinese for certain domestic shortcomings, particularly about whatever government is in power.”

The main difference between Chinese investors and all the rest, according to Mathew Agabi, who works at a popular Indian-owned supermarket in Abuja, is that Chinese companies are known for importing their own workers, and that angers many Nigerians. Locals employed by Chinese companies also are expected to work what Nigerians call “slave hours.”

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China to Ramp Up Military Spending

China will spend $148 billion on its military this year, up from $139.2 billion in 2013, according to IHS Jane’s.
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"Last month the Chinese magazine Caixin detailed allegations about the extravagant lifestyle of Lt. Gen. Gu Junshan, a deputy head of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Logistics Department. Among the items confiscated from his villa complex were a gold washbasin and a gold statue of Mao Zedong, Caixin reported."

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The European Council on Foreign Relations | ECFR's blog. Greenland: a great power pattern?

The European Council on Foreign Relations | ECFR's blog. Greenland: a great power pattern? | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
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"... a familiar pattern is emerging – the US remains the military giant but Chinese money turns the economic wheel (see South Korea for a good example of this, with the US maintaining its Cold War bases but with China establishing itself as the prime trading partner).

 

On the surface this pattern suggests a narrative of a declining super power hanging on to hard power bases while the new one takes advantage of its rapidly developing economic capacity."

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The European Council on Foreign Relations | ECFR's blog. A new government for Greenland’s resources

The European Council on Foreign Relations | ECFR's blog. A new government for Greenland’s resources | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
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The European Council on Foreign Relations | ECFR's blog. China and Greenland: digging for trouble

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Afghanistan has what China wants - by Dr. Alexandros Petersen | The AfPak Channel

Afghanistan has what China wants - by Dr. Alexandros Petersen | The AfPak Channel | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
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Why China Is Finally Abandoning Its One Child Policy - Forbes

Why China Is Finally Abandoning Its One Child Policy - Forbes | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
One of the first announcements by the new administration taking charge in China this month was that the one child policy, which has been in effect since 1979, will be phased out.
Valar Mathi's insight:

"The one child policy has disrupted Chinese society both socially and economically. On the social front, you have two generations of Chinese adults who never had the benefits of growing up in the competitive environment of siblings. In fact, they likely grew up in a pampered environment that tends to create a society of self-centered people."

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'Oh Boy! So Many Questions!' About China in Africa

'Oh Boy! So Many Questions!' About China in Africa | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
Amid talk of China as “new colonials” in Africa, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said China wasn’t different from any other power and questioned the intense interest surrounding the topic.
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A New Great Power Relationship? | CHINA US Focus

A New Great Power Relationship? | CHINA US Focus | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
The rise in the economic and military power of China, and the fear it invokes in American leaders, mirrors Thucydides’ explanation of the Peloponnesian War creating a modern-day Athens and Sparta.
Valar Mathi's insight:

"China is a long way from posing the kind of challenge to American preponderance that the Kaiser’s Germany posed when it passed Britain at the beginning of the last century. The facts do not at this point justify alarmist predictions of a coming war."

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Chinese National People’s Congress has 83 billionaires, report says

Chinese National People’s Congress has 83 billionaires, report says | China News Watch! | Scoop.it
The number of dollar billionaires identified by the Hurun Global Rich List was up 17 percent this year.
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