The “Islanders” of the Falklands were called to a referendum on the 10th and 11th of March, centering on the archipelago’s continued association with the United Kingdom. The vote yielded unsurprising results, given that asking a crowd of Brits whether they think they ought to remain British smacks somewhat of an exercise in the absurd. This is however rather irrelevant when this affair is regarded from the point of view of diplomacy rather than democracy. A move which has played into a conflict taking place between China and Japan an ocean away .
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There is no perfect human being. We all have virtues and flaws. The same thing somehow applies to states, considering that there is no absolutely self-efficient, developed and environmentally conscious country. Countries cooperate with each other and build up “friendships” to cover their needs and maximize their various interests. A “friendship” of complementary interests is found between the EU and China with a view to end up their crises.
Historically, China has strictly stuck to the non-interference principle. But, this sacred principle as interpreted in the Chinese foreign policy may appear quite ambiguous. It has been during a long time pushed by the Chinese diplomacy to its limits but appears somewhat flexible, depending on what it is at stake.
Nowadays, this principle seems to be sometimes overworked. So much so the concept is losing its substance. Therefore, let’s go back to the origins…
Contrary to common perceptions, the so-called Euro-zone crisis is far from affecting only the seventeen countries of the single currency. The effects of the crises can be felt even further, outside Europe. African countries that have barely recovered from the troubles of the 2008 financial crisis, already realise that they may also be indirectly affected in, at least, two different ways by the Euro-crisis.
December’s topic of the month invites your contributions! “Chinese invest ments in Africa – how to compete with the dragon?” is what we ask this time. Submit your concrete topic proposal!