Tag Archives: China

China’s Proposed New Silk Road Free Trade Area

Chris Devonshire-Ellis Dezan Shira & Associates   Chinese President Xi Jinping has been busy in Central Asia, touring the region last year and including visits to Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. He also proposed, in cooperation with leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), the establishment of a new Silk Road that would encompass free

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Better optics, but Abbott sidestepping tricky issues of trade

Michael Sainsbury An apparently chastened Tony Abbott ventured, at last, to north Asia this week, the epicentre of Australia’s continued prosperity. It was something of a relief to see him ratchet back the pro-Japanese rhetoric (at least in public) that has so incensed Beijing and deliver a much calmer and friendlier message to the Chinese

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Talk is cheap: Abbott’s Asia trip missing the real opportunities?

Michael Sainsbury Prime Minister Tony Abbott has firmly cast his trip to North Asia to be all about trade and investment. There has been much focus on free trade agreements with South Korea, Japan and China, Abbott’s destinations this trip. But for all the hype the real value, business-to-business deals, seem to have been lost

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Manila raises the stakes in South China Sea

  Greg Torode and Manuel Mogato Reuters The Philippines will file a case against China over the disputed South China Sea at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague next week, subjecting Beijing to international legal scrutiny over the increasingly tense waters for the first time. Manila is seeking a ruling to confirm its right to exploit the

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