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The trade war, Huawei and Chinese strategy

The trade war, Huawei and Chinese strategy

Image credit: Financial Times As trade tensions with the U.S. intensify, Chinese President Xi Jinping is reverting back to the strategy of Mao Zedong. Initially concerned with accommodating U.S. demands, President Xi is now more worried about domestic critics and gearing up for a protracted struggle. Many see the U.S. as having the upper hand, but

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Facilitating ASEAN Financial Inclusion: A Regional FinTech Sandbox

Facilitating ASEAN Financial Inclusion: A Regional FinTech Sandbox

Image Credit: Thanate Tan The ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) was announced at the end of 2018 as a way to help integrate the region’s growing FinTech ecosystem. AFIN is an API exchange, essentially an organised market where Financial Institutions (FIs) can more easily discover and connect with FinTech start-ups (FinTechs) selling their services. It

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EIAS Hosts Roundtable on the Upcoming First Caspian Economic Forum

EIAS Hosts Roundtable on the Upcoming First Caspian Economic Forum

The roundtable discussed new opportunities for development in the Caspian and Central Asian region. The potential of Turkmenistan is unquestionable, and the roundtable contended precisely how it could harness its projected capabilities. It also discussed the unique position of the Central Asian region, how the region can enhance its links with the European Union (EU)

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Brussels’ Surrealism – The EU’s most hidden secret

Brussels’ Surrealism – The EU’s most hidden secret

The favourites for the EU’s top jobs rarely win the prize. Whilst Timmermans and Weber recently ran a pseudo-presidential campaign as Spitzenkandidaten, speculation remains over who will eventually end up as President of the Commission. The irony of this campaign might well be that neither candidates will end up on top. This begs the question:

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A More Substantive Russia-China Relationship: The Role of the Oligarchs

A More Substantive Russia-China Relationship: The Role of the Oligarchs

Image Credit: Kremlin On April 28, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin jointly attended a ceremony in the Beijing Friendship Hotel, at which Putin received an honorary doctorate from Tsinghua University. The atmosphere between the two leaders was great as always. The two leaders praised each other highly and reasserted their confidence

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A Dragon in a China Shop: Why China Should Abandon 17+1

A Dragon in a China Shop: Why China Should Abandon 17+1

During the eighth China-CEEC leaders’ meeting in April 2019, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras upgraded the cooperation mechanism between China and Central and Eastern European countries (CEE), known previously as the 16+1 initiative, to 17+1, as Greece joined as a fully-fledged member. The initiative itself serves as the formalisation of China’s strategy for securing and

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Cross-strait relations – unification, deterioration or reconciliation

Cross-strait relations – unification, deterioration or reconciliation

Forty years ago, the government of the People’s Republic of China issued a message to the people of Taiwan, indicating that it was no longer pursuing unification mainly through force, but that it preferred and prioritised peaceful means. Today, although President Xi Jinping did not remove the military option from the table in his last

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Asia Development Outlook 2019 Presentation at EIAS by Dr Abdul Abiad

Asia Development Outlook 2019 Presentation at EIAS by Dr Abdul Abiad

On 9 April, the European Institute for Asian Studies had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Abdul Abiad, Director of the Macroeconomic Research Division at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to share his insights on the ADB’s latest flagship publication, the Asian Development Outlook 2019 (ADO). To get the event underway, Mr. Erik Famaey, Senior Associate of EIAS, gave a

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