Xi Jinping’s New Year Speeches – And What They Mean for International Diplomacy

Jonathan Baltensperger – To analyze speeches of Chinese leaders can prove an almost forlorn task, given that these speeches usually abound with Communist parlance and pleasant-sounding phrases. However, these speeches are an important indicator of the party’s official rhetoric and international actors would be well-advised to take those statements seriously. Furthermore, comparing these statements with China’s deeds should not be seen as antagonistic act by […]

Small states in a challenging world

Dr David Skilling – The rumours of the end of the small economy model in response to a more challenging global environment are much exaggerated. My assessment is that small advanced economies will continue to out-perform.