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In 2015, the Chinese government officially announced in a governmental white paper the creation of the Digital Silk Road (DSR), also known as Information Silk Road, as a subset of the Belt Road Initiative (BRI) (NDRC 2015). According to Beijing’s officials, the DSR’s objective would be to create a China-centric digital infrastructure. This would serve...
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This report [1] by Yvan Lengwiler and Athanasios Orphanides was commissioned by the ECON committee of the European Parliament as part of the 20-year review of the European Central Bank (ECB). Our initial comments are based principally on the Executive Summary and Recommendations of the Report, and made in the light of the Global Policy...
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For the last nine years Bangladesh has been growing steadily with an unbroken run of 6 percent or higher growth rates, reaching as high as 8.2 percent in 2019. With the unparalleled health, social and economic threats raised by the coronavirus pandemic, is the budget for fiscal year (FY2021) fit for purpose to restore economic...
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Beijing’s ambitions shouldn’t be treated as an existential threat to the United States. A central distinction in realist international relations thought is that between vital and secondary national interests. Vital interests are threats to a state’s survival, and can take the form either of conquest and subjugation from outside, or the promotion of internal subversion...
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After the long stand-off against communism, victory seemed as total as it was sudden. But the west has since fractured and is now losing prestige and influence—does the reversal expose a moral defeat? As the US prepares to plunge into a new cold war with China in which its chances do not look good, it’s...
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The US Fed Chair Jerome Powell last week buried wage inflation targets. These were always terrible, but does this burial mean new hope? At the global central bank talkfest on 27 August, Powell put an end to the Inflation Targets that were decreed in the 1990s.[i] Although the Bank of Canada (BoC) and Reserve Bank...
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With the fifth anniversary of the China-Britain Comprehensive Strategic Partnership approaching, it is remarkable to see how dramatically this much-heralded “golden era” of relations has turned into one of deepening mistrust and bitter acrimony. In the past few weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has banned Huawei from involvement in Britain’s 5G networks, suspended its...
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The Successful Front-line States Official date continues to suggest that while China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam to have imposed significant control over Covid 19, they are far from eliminating it and continue to take measures to deal with generally highly localised spikes in cases.[i] These include: The closure of Da Nang to...
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GPI opinion is that the deal is to be welcomed but the process of negotiation shows up inherent weaknesses in EU governance. The approval of the European Commission borrowing facility and the total 1.1 billion Euro 7-year budget indicated a willingness to compromise on the part of all Member States find the necessary funding to...
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The current health crisis has exacerbated the rivalry between great powers. But it has also given Europe a few more opportunities to engage with Russia. In a world increasingly framed by great power rivalry, deepening ties between Moscow and Beijing have been one of the most salient features of global politics in recent years. Yet...
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