An IMF boost for China’s currency

Shyam Saran, Business Standard 9 June 2015 In a recent report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) declared that the Chinese currency, the Yuan, was no longer under-valued. The IMF head, Christine Lagarde, also let it be known that in its forthcoming October review, the Chinese currency may well be included in its basket of benchmark currencies, which is…

Is China’s Maritime Silk Road A Military Strategy?

Anthony Kleven, The Diplomat 8 Dec 2015 Did Xi Jinping just acknowledge that the Maritime Silk Road has, in fact, a strong military dimension? That seems to be the case, following a joint declaration made with his Djibouti counterpart, Ismail Omar Guelleh (IOG), on the sidelines of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in…

China’s Claim to the South China Sea

Akshan de Alwis Diplomatic Courier, November 27, 2015 On July 7, a high-profile legal team representing the Philippines began oral arguments at the five-judge Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague. The issue at hand: China’s claim to the South China Sea. It was the first time that China’s claim to nearly 90% of…

Australian Senate Approves China Trade Deal

Bridges, ICTSD 12 November, 2015   The Australian Senate approved on Monday 9 November the implementing legislation for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), overcoming the last barrier in Canberra for the deal’s ratification. The decade-long negotiations for the trade deal were concluded last November, with the agreement then signed by both sides this past…