BEIJING (AP) — With major economies locked in disputes over trade, France’s president started a visit to China by announcing that the EU had struck a deal with the country to better protect agricultural products like wine and cheese from counterfeiting. Emmanuel Macron’s visit is timed to ease some of the tensions that are stifling global commerce, with the European Union asking China to open its markets further and the U.S. and China in a bitter fight over tariffs. Macron arrived late Monday in Shanghai, where he visited a sprawling import fair before traveling to Beijing for a state visit on Wednesday. Speaking at the International Import Expo in Shanghai, Macron said that the EU and China had reached an agreement for the mutual protection of food and alcohol products, to be formally signed Wednesday. “It’s a step forward in this relationship and it’s very important,” Macron said, alongside Phil Hogan, the EU agriculture commissioner. … [Read more...] about Macron’s China visit underscores economic tensions
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Excellency Bill Rammell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire and former Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who is attending MEDays 2019, has spoken about the UK’s stance towards the African continent, as well as the possible impacts of Brexit on Africa in an interview with Sputnik. Sputnik: The head of the British General Staff, Nick Carter, in an interview with The Times spoke about the need to strengthen the UK’s military presence in Africa to prevent Russia from including continent in its zone of influence. What is the reason behind such a fierce struggle for the African continent by Great Britain? His Excellency Bill Rammell: You’d have to ask the General about the detail for his concern, but I think it is a review that Russia is a nation that is seeking influence around the globe, and Africa was certainly that case. And Russia’s intentions are not benign, and it is seeking influence. And if we look at Russia’s role … [Read more...] about Bill Rammell: African States Will Have More Leverage in Trade Talks With UK Post-Brexit
The developments in Af-Pak region, particularly the fall out of Pak political paralysis, would make President Xi Jinping’s task a little more complicated, says Colonel R Hariharan.Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan to be scheduled along with his visit to India this month has been cancelled. It was strategically a very important visit for both China and Pakistan and a lot of preparation had gone into it. Evidently, the cancellation was related to the political paralysis in which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government finds itself. It has so far been over three weeks since the Imran Khan-Tahirul Qadri duo laid siege to the parliament calling for the resignation of the Nawaz government. The crisis in Pakistan highlights the arc of instability in the Af-Pak region which could become a major game-changer in the strategic scene in South Asia. This region poses a major dilemma for Xi when he holds formal talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to build a … [Read more...] about China’s dilemmas in Af-Pak region
Email By state political reporter Emily Baker and Annah Fromberg Posted November 18, 2019 06:02:59 Photo: Tasmania offered a great photo opportunity for Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2014, experts say. (Supplied: Chin Communications) Related Story: China is building Antarctic bases inside Australia's claim. We don't know why Related Story: Australia struggling to contain Chinese political interference, US warns Map: Australia The warning couldn't have been more stark: ignore the opportunities in Asia and living standards in Tasmania will likely decline.The state was already ranked Australia's worst economic performer when the 2013 Labor government was urged by Australian National University researchers to pursue stronger ties with the emerging economies of China or India.With limited resources at its disposal, Lara Giddings' cabinet decided to focus on China."In China, we could see there was this growing middle class, and they're the people who are visiting now," the … [Read more...] about China has become Tasmania’s biggest trading partner, but has the state been left ‘vulnerable’?
From early indications, the Modi government’s foreign policy seems to be pragmatic and reciprocal, says K G Suresh.One month is early days to pass a verdict on the performance of any government, leave alone one that came riding on high hopes in the backdrop of an apparent policy paralysis and indecisive leadership. The new government will have to fill many a pothole before it gets into the task of nation building and for that even a year would be insufficient not to talk of one month, 100 days or six months. Yet, in a democracy such as ours, where a large section of the populace finds it difficult to make two ends meet, expectations of fast results are neither unexpected nor unjustified. Hence, evolutionary changes is the panacea not radical reforms which would contribute to further enhancing the burden of the common man. While one may have divergence of opinion on the initial steps (it would be unjustified to call it performance at this juncture) of the National Democratic … [Read more...] about Modi’s foreign policy: Tough on Pakistan, China at arm’s length