Options, opportunities and obstacles for the EU to engage with Asia as a security actor
This book addresses options, opportunities but also obstacles for the EU to engage with Asia as a security actor. As the geopolitical point of gravity shifts to the east, the EU faces the challenge of dealing with ongoing global power shifts.
Contributors to this book address a number of issues that are key to identifying interests and policy options, including Africa and the Asia nexus, identifying European interests in Asia, the security dimension of the EU’s strategic partnerships with Asian powers, the effectiveness of the EU’s soft power, and the role of Russia in Asia’s security climate.
For a review of the book by David Y.L. Lin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and its former ambassador to the EU, go to: http://euobserver.com/reviews/118179
Keywords: security, defense, asia, china, eu-china relations, eu-asia relations, foreign affairs
Price: 37.74 €
Evaluating China's foreign exchange arrangements under the IMF and WTO
There has been a growing concern in recent years over China’s alleged unilateral and deliberate intervention in the foreign exchange market to prevent the appreciation of its currency relative to other currencies. By engaging in the alleged practice known as “currency manipulation”, China’s critics argue that its maintenance of an artificially undervalued currency in relation to other currencies provides an unfair competitive advantage to Chinese exporters, thereby thwarting global trade. As a result, the consistency of China’s exchange rate arrangements and foreign exchange market intervention with its obligations, namely those under the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization have been called into question. Although exchange rate matters are traditionally viewed as falling under the jurisdiction of the IMF, the trade distorting effects of China’s exchange rate policies have resulted in calls from lawyers, economists, industry and lawmakers alike, demanding remedial trade measures under the auspices of the WTO. By engaging in a historically and empirically informed legal analysis, Undervalued and Manipulated explores whether China’s foreign exchange arrangements and foreign exchange market intervention are consistent with its obligations under the Articles of Agreement of the IMF and whether international trade measures under the auspices of the WTO can be used as an appropriate response to quell China’s alleged manipulation of its currency.
Price: 14.95 €
A fascinating tour of world politics and economics
The Middle of the Map is an exciting and entertaining intellectual journey in history, economics and politics. The author explores how America, China and Europe perceive each other.
“This is a terrific book, easy to follow, and packed with new insights and surprising facts" , JOHN BRUTON, former Prime Minister of Ireland and EU Ambassador to the USA.
Price: 15.00 €