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EU, China advance amid global uncertainty

When President Xi Jinping addresses the world's business and financial elites on Tuesday, he will have an opportunity to demonstrate China's commitment to globalization.

In light of the worrying, uncertain and often contradictory messages emanating from Trump Towers in recent weeks, political and business leaders attending Davos will ask each other just what US president-elect Donald Trump means for global political, economic, security and trade policies.

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knowing China

Book Review: Knowing China, Frank N Pieke, Cambridge University Press

By Fraser Cameron, Director

Given the enormous implications of China’s rise for the global system this is a timely review of the political system of contemporary China. Taking into account recent research Professor Pieke has produced a highly readable account of how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has managed to transform itself and China.

ADB kept its 2016 and 2017 GDP growth forecasts unchanged from its March estimates of 5.7% for each year.

ADB Forecast steady growth

Developing Asia is expected to grow steadily despite external pressures and should meet earlier forecasts for 2016 and 2017, aided by resilience in the region's two largest economies—the People's Republic of China and India, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) study. 
In an update of its flagship annual economic publication, Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2016, ADB kept its 2016 and 2017 gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecasts unchanged from its March estimates of 5.7% for each year. 

HK round table

Summary Report of the EU Asia Centre and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Roundtable on EU-ASEAN and EU-China relations in Hong Kong

Political changes, especially the election of Trump and Duterte, made the future very unpredictable. ASEAN needed to concentrate on its current agenda, deliver on connectivity, improve capacity building, labour mobility and reduce non tariff barriers. It should also promote labour mobility and civil society exchanges which might encourage an ASEAN identity. There needed to be a debate on amending the consensus principle and strengthening the institutions of ASEAN. ASEAN should raise awareness as a first step towards building an identity.


EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.

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