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Tim Collard
Tim Collard spent 20 years in the UK Diplomatic Service, half that time in China, serving as a trade and investment adviser and a political analyst; he also served as British Consul-General in Hamburg. He has now retired from diplomacy and works as a freelance writer on a variety of political and economic topics.
December 7, 2018
Global strategy remains rooted in regional diplomacy
While the G20 summit captured most world attention, there were regional diplomatic developments of significance for China that might have been overlooked.
August 31, 2018
Decoding China's Ambassador to UK article
By addressing a free-trade message to the EU from the Chinese Embassy in London, China is making the point that if the other EU members do not follow the full free-trade agenda, then Britain will get ahead of them.
August 7, 2018
South-South cooperation increasingly important
President Xi's trip to the UAE and Africa provided further evidence that China does not wish to be over-dependent on relations with the West.
July 15, 2018
Revisiting Trump's unusual diplomacy
Donald Trump may at times appear impulsive and erratic, but in practice reveals himself as surprisingly sure-footed in the complicated jungle of international relations.
March 26, 2018
Streamlined gov't prepared to act on trade threats
Consolidation of China's political structures during the "two sessions" has prepared the country to face new challenges, not least of which is trade relations with the U.S.
February 1, 2018
What next for the UK-China 'Golden Era'?
British Prime Minister Theresa May will learn fast that "golden fruits" cannot be plucked without a great deal of effort.
January 16, 2018
France bids for European leadership in relations with China
Britain is France's real rival, not the other nations of continental Europe. And Britain has firmly espoused the free trade agenda to which China is committed.
November 3, 2017
What can be expected from Trump's tour of Asia?
Trump has damaged his position in Asia by a lack of clarity on trade issues and security issues. He now has an opportunity to provide clarity.
September 24, 2017
FM Wang Yi builds bridges in Central America
Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s foray into Central America demonstrates the growing reach of China into every corner of the world.
September 18, 2017
BRICS summit: Overcoming sluggish growth and threats to peace
The recent BRICS summit is part of a growing Chinese recognition that multilateralism doesn’t mean entanglement in risky alliances.
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