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  • A free kick to China as America goes AWOL | Business Spectator
    now doing correctly when the mad minority presumed the right to hold the executive to hostage over supply on earlier occasions and now feels free to do it anytime it sees fit The real problem is not Obama s no show in Asia itself but what it says about the state of American governance If the foundations of a functioning government are compromised at home as they are so obviously now America s allies friends and opponents alike must naturally question the credibility if its commitments around the world Chinese commentary on America s problems has been notably cautious Some Chinese insiders worry privately about the message it sends about the democratic process which will not be helpful to progress in China and the China US relationship in the future How can there be trust in American delivery on the deals its leaders propose to others when Congress messes capriciously with the authority of the US government A Gatsby moment Careless US politicians who break things October 8 President Obama and US trade representative Michael Froman were scheduled to wrap up the so called Trans Pacific Partnership deal around the edges of APEC in Bali a deadline already now thrice delayed With neither APEC s host Indonesia nor China among the 12 negotiating parties and a long way to go before there is anything in the way of a substantive exchange of liberalising concessions on the table a deal looked increasingly problematic The goings on in Washington make the TPP look suspiciously more and more like a dead cat that no one in Congress will want to pick up any time soon Among APEC members there was more progress on trade with agreement to push ahead with talks on extending the Information Technology Agreement a World Trade Organisation initiative from APEC s 1996 summit that has underpinned the massive growth of Asian trade in electronic goods The Jakarta Post concluded its editorial last Saturday on why it s China s not America s century observing that Asia s spotlight has not dimmed for the United States but rather the United States has moved further away from it There is little chance of Washington being able to hog the spotlight again especially since it does not wield the economic clout it did in decades past That is not to say that US power does not remain important to the region Many Asian countries are wary of China s territorial ambitions and welcome the pivot as a hedge against Chinese intentions in the South China and East China Seas US troops in Japan and South Korea and its Pacific fleet are still a lynchpin in Asian security Yet US failure to engage weakens vastly its ability to capture Asian economic and strategic opportunities especially those that sensibly acknowledge and capture the reality of China s growing economic role in the region Between 2000 and 2012 the US share in East Asia s trade fell from 19 5 to 9 5 per cent

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  • Peter Drysdale | Business Spectator
    but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Peter Drysdale China must step up to the plate on trade China has been less than proactive in strengthening global trade governance but it has the capacity and motive to make a real difference at the WTO by Peter Drysdale 2 42pm November 04 3 comments A free kick to China as America goes AWOL Its clout in Southeast Asia is already slipping and Barack Obama s absence from this week s APEC summit marks a a serious strategic setback just as China is firing up its own regional development goals by Peter Drysdale 2 46pm October 08 1 comment Age may weary Abenomics Japan is again a growth story and the world is better for it Now the challenge is deploying Abenomoics third arrow structural reform where demographic management will be key by Peter Drysdale 11 16am July 22 3 comments Economic salvage from Japan s LDP landslide The very legitimacy of Japan s election result is being questioned Provided it stands the economy is one of the few policy areas the LDP looks likely to be able to find traction by Peter Drysdale 10 53am December 17 2 comments New guard new broom in China While China s leaders elect are a sure thing as political transition takes place the environment they step into is anything but certain A once unthinkable level of scrutiny awaits them by Peter Drysdale 6 50am November 08 Reading China s leadership tea leaves China will elect a new leader next month The politburo knows however that any potential political reform is deeply connected to getting China s big economic problems sorted out by Peter Drysdale 4 10pm October 03 1 comment China must step up to the plate on trade China has been less than proactive in strengthening global trade governance but it has the capacity and motive to make a real difference at the WTO by Peter Drysdale 2 42pm November 04 3 comments A free kick to China as America goes AWOL Its clout in Southeast Asia is already slipping and Barack Obama s absence from this week s APEC summit marks a a serious strategic setback just as China is firing up its own regional development goals

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  • Asia | Business Spectator
    Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Asia US debt ceiling could hurt China Zhu Senior Chinese official warns of impact a US default would have on China 12 49am October 08 Japan has overcome stagnation Abe Japanese PM insists reforms stimulus have helped Japan move on from crisis 12 11am October 08 Xi reassures on Chinese economy Chinese president says China is on smooth controlled economic slowdown 11 48pm October 07 1 comment Prison may unlock a political opportunity for Bo Xilai China s leaders are hoping that a life sentence will solve the political problem of Bo Xilai But if things go pear shaped for the Chinese economy Bo Xilai may reemerge as a viable socialist alternative by John Lee 6 19am October 02 1 comment Obama to visit Indonesia Malaysia US president to embark on four nation Asian tour in October 3 43am September 14 Can Abbott crack China s FTA challenge Australia can t have everything it wants in a China free trade agreement After eight years of negotiations we ve fallen behind and it s time for Tony Abbott to get moving by Geoff Raby 7 18am September 11 9 comments A late change of direction for Abbott and Labor Change is coming for the Labor camp as tactics are rethought and for the Coalition side as it reveals more plans But neither has mentioned global power shifts we re seeing hints of at the G20 by Robert Gottliebsen Election 2013 7 22am September 05 38 comments Abbott promises to put Asia first As PM Abbott says he would visit key Asian trading partners before US UK 5 28am September 04 How to become China s next top politician Mystery shrouds the workings of China s political elite But new research sheds light on the relative importance of impressive track records versus friends in high places by Ruixue Jia Masa Kudamatsu David Seim Vox EU 2 31pm August 28 1 comment From Bo to Weibo an open China is still on trial Bo Xilai s show trial was touted as a salute to a more open and accountable China but behind its theatre other crackdowns are underway ahead of the Third Party Plenum by Geoff Raby 8 29am August 28 1 comment The Pentagon s plan for an air sea battle with China The US and China both have plans in the event of conflict between them But the Pentagon s AirSea Battle strategy seems like an ill conceived deterrent by John Lee 6 58am August 21 17 comments US seeks to renew Asia Pacific ties Obama appoints senior adviser to lead fresh US focus on Asia Pacific 6 04am August 07 PNG opposition slams asylum plan Opposition calls Rudd led plan an agreement between two madmen 11 02pm

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  • Asia | Business Spectator
    Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Asia The latent danger in Abe s amnesia With regional tensions escalating Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe s decision to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine could not have come at a worse time by Peter Cai 11 23am December 30 9 comments Govt looks to soothe China tension Julie Bishop met criticism in Beijing for comments on China Japan dispute 1 50am December 09 5 comments Counting on a Chinese olive branch While there are concerns that tensions between Australia and China could impact the free trade agreement process escalating regional disputes may compel Beijing to ratify the agreement sooner by John Lee 8 27am December 04 3 comments Aust criticises Chinese defence Defence zone in East China Sea could raise tensions Bishop 12 11am November 27 Iran agrees to nuclear deal Some economic sanctions to be eased as parts of nuclear program halted 7 04am November 25 Hopes grow for China trade pact Free trade agreement with China could be reached within months Bishop 7 25am November 23 11 comments China leaders vow deep reforms Communist Party concludes summit aimed at setting tone for new government 12 56am November 13 Japan can counter China Abe Japanese PM says Tokyo will be Asian hub for nations fearful of China 6 10am October 26 Gillard chastises Obama on Asia US sent really bad message to Asia when it cancelled trip Gillard 5 36am October 25 8 comments China s wall of money An unprecedented liberalisation of financial markets in China is expected at the next CCP meeting This financial free for all would have huge consequences around the world by Alan Kohler 8 19am October 21 18 comments The local growth hoax ruining China s bigger picture Career incentives have led to an explosion in local Chinese government infrastructure spending But resulting structural imbalances are crowding out private sector growth and fuelling corruption by Yao Yang 3 27pm October 18 4 comments US debt crisis prompts China rethink Analysts suggest China may diversify away from US amid impasse 12 08am October 17 Keep it simple Sinophiles China didn t appreciate being taken for a ride by Kevin Rudd even unintentionally Tony Abbott s low key more economically focused strategy will be a better fit if he can sustain it by John Lee 1 47pm October 16 13 comments Japan to remain Asia focus Bishop Amid efforts to improve China ties Bishop says Japan to remain best friend 2 16am October 16 Abbott s in danger of a Chinese checkmate Tony Abbott s plan to seal a Chinese trade deal inside a year is a bad one It puts

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  • Ukraine no-confidence motion rejected | Business Spectator
    real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Ukraine no confidence motion rejected 3 Dec 2013 11 36 PM Politics International News Europe Country s parliament dismisses opposition move in wake of mass protests You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Ukraine s parliament has rejected an opposition no confidence motion in Prime Minister Mykola Azarov s government after the ruling party abstained from the vote The measure gathered 186 out of the required 226 votes in the Verkhovna Rada parliament with support from the three main opposition parties that sought Azarov s resignation over Ukraine s refusal to sign a historic EU trade and political pact The no confidence vote failed after Azarov promised to reshuffle his government and apologised for a brutal police crackdown on weekend protests that drew Western condemnation and sparked even bigger rallies I can guarantee lawmakers one thing I will draw firm conclusions from what happened and make serious personnel changes in the government Azarov told an emergency parliament session On behalf of our government I would like to apologise for the actions of our law enforcement authorities on Maidan Independence Square he added Protests over the Ukrainian government s decision to abandon a historic political and trade agreement with the EU has sparked the largest wave of protests in the ex Soviet nation since the 2004 pro democracy Orange Revolution More than 30 protesters were injured when police used tear gas and batons to push hundreds of angry Ukrainians off Kiev s iconic Independence Square early on Saturday The action prompted more than 100 000

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  • Euro chief touts more Greek aid | Business Spectator
    2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Euro chief touts more Greek aid 27 Nov 2013 2 52 AM 1 Politics International News Europe Economy Global News European Crisis European Parliament president says he is in favour of more Greek aid You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP European Parliament President Martin Schulz says he is in favour of providing additional aid to Greece if the debt wracked country achieves a primary surplus If there is surplus we should discuss immediately to stabilise recovery of the economy Mr Schulz said during a press conference in Athens after his meeting with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Tuesday Mr Schulz estimated that such a discussion could take place in the spring after Eurostat has published its macro economic results for 2013 Greece has predicted a slight primary surplus not including debt servicing costs of 0 4 per cent of GDP or 812 million A1 2 million this year After six years of recession Greece will achieve primary surplus something the country has not experienced for decades Mr Samaras said In November last year the eurozone states agreed that a new write down of Greece s huge debt would be possible if the heavily indebted country fulfils the terms of its bailout deal and achieves a primary surplus We have to stick to our promises Mr Schulz said In 2012 Greece erased nearly a third of its immediate debt nearly 106 billion thanks to an unprecedented write down agreed with private creditors including banks and pension funds The government which presented next year s budget last week predicts Greek debt will drop for the first time in 2014 Mr Schulz nonetheless warned there might be delays in the discussions regarding Greek debt because of the EU Parliament elections set for May 2014 The procedure of the appointment of the next president will last until October he said Print this page Related articles 10 Jan EU approves Snowden hearing 09 Jan Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave 06 Jan Merkel injured skiing 17 Dec Britain approves banking reforms

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  • Eurozone ministers pressured | Business Spectator
    milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Eurozone ministers pressured 23 Nov 2013 6 03 AM Politics International News Europe Economy Global News European Crisis European finance ministers pushed to stimulate growth employment You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Eurozone finance ministers have begun talks under pressure to adjust policy so as to stimulate much needed growth and create jobs across the struggling European economy Some countries may have to do more said Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem who heads the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers There are for all the countries some risks Mr Dijsselbloem said as he went into the talks on Friday The special meeting was called to discuss the first ever report and recommendations on 2014 eurozone member state budgets before their adoption by national parliaments which was drawn up by EU Economic Affairs and Euro Commissioner Olli Rehn Mr Dijsselbloem said the idea was to have a serious debate today and question each other on matching up national priorities in line with the needs of the 17 member eurozone In an interview with German daily Handelsblatt earlier Mr Dijsselbloem said France was under particular pressure having been granted an extra two years to 2015 to bring its public deficit back within the EU ceiling of three per cent of gross domestic product What has been decided in Paris so far is clearly not enough Mr Dijsselbloem said It s obvious France will have to do more French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on arrival that all eurozone partners were being encouraged to have a confrontation of ideas Mr Rehn said last week that France had made adequate progress on the path to fiscal improvement with its 2014 projections but warned Paris has no margin for error The report singled out

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  • IMF downplays Greek risk | Business Spectator
    of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu IMF downplays Greek risk 22 Nov 2013 4 33 AM Politics International News Europe Economy Global News European Crisis IMF sees no near term acute financing pressures on Greece You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP The International Monetary Fund says it sees no near term acute financing pressures on Greece despite a delay in the release of the next loan installment under its international bailout We believe that Greece s financing needs in the coming months can be met from the existing liquidity buffer We see no acute financing pressure IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said at a news conference The IMF said in statement earlier in the day that auditors from the IMF the European Central Bank and the European Commission had wrapped up their latest visit to Greece to review progress on the country s economic program without reaching a full agreement Such audits determine whether or not Greece receives the next instalment of 1 billion A1 45 billion in financial aid The Washington based IMF said that the discussions had been productive on the policies that could serve as a basis for completion of the review It said good progress has been made but a few issues remain outstanding Talks would continue from the headquarters of the three creditor bodies and the auditors would return to Athens early in December the statement said Rice speaking at a regularly scheduled news briefing said that the focus now is on reaching agreement on a set of policies that would facilitate the conclusion of this fifth review The Greek authorities have a strong track record on meeting their fiscal target and are fully committed to those for next year he added Greece lurched into recession when the global economic crisis

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