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International Relations & Development

Chinese Whispers: Why Everything You've Heard About China is Wrong
We have been getting China and the Chinese wrong for centuries. From the Enlightenment philosophes, enraptured by what they imagined to be a kingdom of reason, to the Victorians who derided the 'flowery empire', outsiders have long projected their own dreams and nightmares onto this vast country.

Ben Chu, Wiedenfeld & Nicholson, 10 October 2013

As Obama's Asia 'pivot' falters, China steps into the gap
When then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared two years ago "We are back to stay" as a power in Asia, the most dramatic symbol of the policy shift was the planned deployment of 2,500 U.S. Marines in northern Australia, primed to respond to any regional conflict.
Stuart Grudgings, Reuters, 6 October 2013

Dazed and Confucius: Nine common myths about China
Everything we think we know is wrong: the various China whispers that have warped how we view the country and its people
Ben Chu, Independent, 5 October 2013

Threats to peace are lurking in the East China Sea
While there are obvious historical tensions and competitive power dynamics at work currently in the deteriorating relationship between Japan and China, it is over the islands that the circumstances are most fraught.
Kurt Campbell, Financial Times, 25 June 2013

Good African Coffee wants trade, not aid
Tired of seeing developed nations take the lion's share of profits from his countrymen's coffee crop, Ugandan businessman Andrew Rugasira decided back in 2003 that it was time for a new business arrangement.
Diane McCarthy and Ayesha Durgahee, CNN, 19 June 2013

Escalating territorial tension in East Asia echoes Europe’s descent into world war
The recent activation of Chinese weapons radars aimed at Japanese military platforms around the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands is the latest in a series of incidents in which China has asserted its power and authority at the expense of its neighbours.
John Blaxland and Rikki Kersten, East Asia Forum, 13 February 2013

We Should Pursue A Policy of Trade Not Aid
A topic guide from the Institute of Ideas' Debating Matters Competition
Ed Noel, Debating Matters, 31 January 2013

Money may be tight, but 'smart aid' to developing countries can really work
Far from creating dependency, strategic assistance from the west can help developing countries to help themselves
Larry Elliott, Guardian, 13 January 2013

Trade policy campaign
Poverty, not food shortage, is the main reason for famine. Norwegian Church Aid and ten other organizations therefore advocate making it easier for poor farmers to earn money.
Norwegian Church Aid, 18 December 2012

The EU’s unstoppable ambition is stirring up trouble for the future
Our national differences are the strength of this continent. And the more they are upset by Brussels’s bureaucratic bullies, the likelier a violent response becomes. The reasonable solution to the EU’s current crisis is orderly dismantlement, like the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in the 1990s. The longer political leaders deny this reality, the likelier a Yugoslavia will be instead.
Thierry Baudet, City AM, 10 October 2012

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