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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.
April 1, 2017
2017 Boao forum: A welcome projection of soft power
Faced with the non-performance of some international trade agreements, the recent Boao Forum for Asia took timely steps to chart ways to deal with this problem.
March 17, 2017
Li Keqiang gives new impetus to the Belt & Road project
The recent NPC session proved that China is moving "full steam ahead" on the Belt and Road project, and it is hoped that the May forum will provide added impetus.
March 15, 2017
China doubles down on global free trade
China's commitment to free trade is evidence of the complete transformation of China and the success of her consistent policy of "reform and opening up."
February 23, 2017
Does China plan an East Asian security structure?
China is demonstrating the will to take up a share of responsibility commensurate with her growing global prominence.
February 8, 2017
China and the Middle East - a rapidly changing picture
China's global rise and leadership of the AIIB and the Belt and Road initiative have made it much harder to avoid the politics of the Middle East.
January 26, 2017
What does Trump's Asia policy amount to?
The Trump administration must proceed cautiously with its Asia-Pacific policy if it hopes to avoid serious misunderstandings.
January 20, 2017
President Trump's inauguration: rhetoric becomes reality
On Jan. 20 Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America, bringing to an end a very strange 72-day period in international relations.
January 17, 2017
President Xi climbs the Magic Mountain
Xi Jinping's attendance at Davos amid Trump's absence is a needed symbol of stability in an uncertain world.
December 5, 2016
Security Council attempts to get tough on DPRK nuclear tests
China is a vitally interested party in achieving success for the new UN sanctions on the DPRK, but it's going to be a sensitive balancing act to get Pyongyang to the negotiating table.
November 30, 2016
Trump's repudiation of TPP leaves the ball in China's court
Trump decisively pulls out of the TPP that would afford corporations with much power over governments, leaving space for China to guide the norms of world trade.
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