Oct. 27 – China and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have pledged to improve agricultural cooperation to help improve economic development and to prevent a food crisis.
China and ASEAN countries have agreed to a “Nanning Consensus” to allow more agricultural exchange and cooperation during a summit forum last week in Nanning, Guangxi Province. “Agriculture is a major field for strategic cooperation among China and the ASEAN members, which is an important part of the construction of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (FTA)”, Qin Ruixiang, deputy director of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Guangxi, was quoted by Xinhua as saying. Continue reading
By Chris Devonshire-Ellis
The recent spat between China and India over border issues in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, which resulted in urgently convened meetings taking place between the two nations has wakened the real issue between the two countries: the Dalai Lama. China’s incursions into territory in Arunachal Pradesh in particular are not really aimed in my opinion at a serious claim on the state, but more to do with the immediate future of the Dalai Lama, and his claims for Tibet.
Following the movement of China into Tibet in the late 1950’s, the Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala in northern India, where he now runs his government-in-exile on Indian soil. China and India already fought a border war directly linked to the Tibet issue in 1962. Recently, China has been feeling that India has not been putting serious thought on its handling of the Tibet issue. The Chinese foreign office expressly called for India “to ban activities aimed at splitting Chinese territory” just a year ago. That call was in response to the Dalai Lama calling together his government in Dharamsala to chart a new course of action following the breakdown of the eighth round of talks on Tibetan autonomy in Beijing earlier that year. Continue reading
Oct. 27 – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao met during the sidelines of the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits held in Thailand this weekend, with Singh stressing that the border question with China is a “complex issue” and that both sides have an obligation to maintain peace and tranquility pending a solution.
Chinese and Indian foreign ministers are scheduled to meet today in Bangalore to further discuss the matter. According to Indian Express, Singh said he had discussed with Mr. Wen all issues, including the boundary question, problems concerning common rivers and matters related to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Continue reading
Oct. 26 – The global services office business, Regus, surveyed 11,000 corporate organizations spread across 15 countries, including their extensive networks in China, India, Europe and the United States and concluded that the global recovery is being led by India and not China as commonly thought.
The Regus Business Tracker survey says that while the aftermath of the global economic crisis has been taking time to settle down globally, the Indian market has led the way with economic growth and confidence. The results are also reflected in the form of increased foreign investments and increasing IIP numbers marking strong industrial production. Continue reading
Oct. 26 – India and Russia are considering returning to a rupee-ruble trade arrangement to end the dependency on the dollar and step up economic interactions, which are set to triple in bilateral trade within five years.
Indo-Russian trade was based on rupee-ruble transactions during the Soviet era, which led to India emerging as the biggest trade partner of the former USSR in the developing world. Bilateral trade between India and the former USSR was US$5 billion in 1991. Continue reading
By Chris Devonshire-Ellis
Oct. 23 – China has been granted a total of 67,948 patents against India’s 7,539 according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
China also filed more applications than India, a total of 245,161 against 28,940. The statistics illustrate the rapid development China has been making in terms of its intellectual capabilities and desire to move the country onto the next level of development. A China moving up the value chain, conducting R&D and being inventive is now a reality. It follows the same path taken by Japan thirty years ago, when it too, moved away from cheap production and copying others, to a truly innovative society. Continue reading
Oct. 23 – Chinese automakers are piling into the fast growing Indian car market by selling competitively priced components and kits to its automakers.
Cheap production costs combined with cost-effective Chinese made components will allow India’s automakers to offer more affordable products to its ASEAN and African markets.
Chinese automotive manufacturers such as Chery, FAW, Great Wall and Zotye are all looking into the Indian market after expansion plans into Latin America, Eastern Europe and Russia. Continue reading