Promoting World Economic Recovery through China-EU Economic and Trade Cooperation

THE Davos Forum themed “the Great Reset” will be held as scheduled in January 2021. With the outbreak of the COVID-19...

China and Russia in Central Asia: Is Cooperation Possible and in What Areas?

Central Asia (CA), located in the center of the Eurasian continent, is a potential transport bridge between Europea and the dynamic Southeast Asia. First of all, the potential of this region is associated with the development of its transit capabilities and its implementation can give a serious impetus to the development of CA states suffering from the land-locked geographic location, the economic crisis, weak economic diversification, and an outdated technological base. Russia traditionally plays an important role in the development of this region, historically, economically and politically associated with most of the states of this region, especially with the former Soviet republics of CA (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan), and China, which is interested in ensuring the transportation of goods to Europe and ready to make significant investments to create the necessary infrastructure for this under the initiative of the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB). Security Issue However, we should not forget that the practical implementation of these projects requires ensuring security in this region, especially given its geographical proximity to the states of the Middle East and Afghanistan. Threats to security in this region are mainly transboundary in nature, and the efforts of the states of the region themselves are not enough to overcome them. They need the help of external players to overcome the identified challenges and […]

CIIE: New chapter for India-China trade

All eyes are on next week’s mega event, the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai which opens on November 5. The world’s first import-themed expo, the CIIE is going to be a path-breaking event in the process of China’s opening-up which not only represents China’s sincere strategy to further open its market to the world, but also reflects the win-win spirit of the Belt and Road Initiative. According to media reports, the six-day import fair will draw the participation of more than 2,000 government officials, international organization leaders, renowned entrepreneurs and academics from over 130 countries and regions. The CIIE will not only provide opportunities for 3,000 companies around the world to explore the Chinese market, but also create a platform for countries to share business opportunities with each other. Such levels of participation from the international community is a clear vote of confidence on China’s leading role in globalization and free trade at a time when the developing and developed worlds both face challenges in trying to overcome a tendency during tough economic times to turn toward protectionism. As such, the CIIE is an example of China’s global insight as well as its long-term goal of creating a global society that works together. During his visit to New Delhi on March 26 this year, Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong […]

Communication and Coordination Key in Continuing Strong China-EU Relations

There is much that unites China and Europe. Whilst Donald Trump’s isolated, “America First” strategy has hurt countries economically, it has created possibilities to strengthen and build new relationships. China and the European Union’s (EU) is one relationship that has matured greatly over the last few years. Trade now averages at over €1 billion a day, and both see eye to eye on a range of issues, from climate change to multilateralism, free trade to reform in the World Trade Organisation. “Solid Foundation, Enormous Potential and Bright Prospects” Chinese Premier Li Keqiang successful visit last week to Europe, where he visited Belgium, the Netherlands, the latter which signed trade deals reaching US$10 billion and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), was another chance to reaffirm the strong values that Europe and China hold. Δ Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd L) arrives in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 16, 2018. (Xinhua/Gao Jie) “Cooperation between Asia and Europe has a solid foundation, enormous potential and bright prospects,” said Premier Li in his speech at the ASEM summit. On multilateralism, Premier Li spoke of Europe and Asia’s joint responsibility to “lead the way” in keeping multilateral institutions alive, as well as adhering to and reviewing a rules-based system, such as those offered by the World Trade Organization (WTO). In the Netherlands, Li’s keynote speech at the business forum […]