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3 big threats to China’s economic miracle

December 20, 2007

By Jim Jubak
MSN Investing

To many people in the United States, the China story goes like this: A huge emerging industrial power eats U.S. jobs and buries the U.S. economy under a mountain of cheap imports while erecting barriers to U.S. goods. The only suspense in that story is whether America will fight back or simply roll over.That storys easy to grasp, and theres enough real pain in the U.S. economy these days over lost jobs to China to give it emotional clout.

Unfortunately, its wrong.

It’s much more complicated
That story is too narrowly focused on the relationship between the United States and China. In fact, China (with a big assist from other big-population developing economies such as India and Vietnam) is a leading player in a global economic makeover that presents much of the rest of the world with challenges that dwarf any U.S. problems.

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China wants to freeze emissions at 2005 levels: Wen

November 21, 2007

SINGAPORE (AFP) – China will seek to increase cooperation with Asian nations on climate change and will try to freeze its key pollution emissions at 2005 levels, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said Wednesday.

Wen said he would propose an international climate change forum in China next year to improve the region’s ability to address global warming.
A man pedals a cart filled with coal briquettes in
western China’s Shaanxi province.

“China in the next five years will be determined to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent (per unit of GDP) to reduce carbon emissions and will strive to keep carbon emissions at 2005 levels,” Wen told journalists.

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Vietnam: Squarely In the Middle

July 8, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
July 8, 2007

On Friday, July 6, 2007, in New Delhi, India, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed a new strategic cooperative agreement with India which is designed to build closer strategic relations between the two nations. That same day in Hanoi, the government of Vietnam announced that it supported the “One China Policy” Beijing is pushing in order to deny Taiwan a seat at the United Nations and in other international bodies. Beijing still expects reunification with Taiwan; and now Vietnam has reiterated its support for the People’s Republic on this issue.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam (left) is greeted in New Delhi by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India.  (Photo: Nhan Dan, Vietnam Communist Government News)

These two events dramatically signal both the plan Vietnam has adopted for dealing with its traditional protagonist, China, and the place this puts Vietnam in Asia both geographically and politically. On many issues Vietnam agrees with China’s position. And yet Vietnam has a large reliance upon aid, cooperation and trade from others such as India, regional Asian allies and the United States.

The New Strategic Partnership between Vietnam and India includes bilateral relations in the political, economic, security, defence, cultural, scientific and technological arenas. The Prime Minister from India H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh represented his government at negotiations, announcement and ceremonies.

The two prime ministers laid the groundwork for this week’s events at the January 2007 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Cebu, Philippines.

During this last week the two nations also agreed to cooperate more fully in international organizations like the United Nations and in regional and multilateral arenas.

Besides the over-arching strategic agreement, India and Vietnam signed eight pacts that include cooperation in the fields of nuclear science, agriculture, fisheries and education.

During the week of meetings, negotiations and consultations, India reaffirmed its commitment to assist Vietnam through grants and concessional lines of credit. Both nations also agreed to work together to establish an Asian community as part of India’s “Look East” policy.

Vietnam hopes that the next steps of its relationship with India will include a free trade agreement. Vietnam also believes it can lure more Indian companies to Vietnam to do business. Vietnam and China are both communist nations and so share an ideology. Additionally, many ethnic Chinese peoples live in Vietnam and many others in Vietnam have adopted Chinese cultural identities. In many places the two peoples seem as one but the Vietnamese take great pride in retaining their own traditions and their own identity.

India supported the communist Vietnamese who went to war against France and then the United States. Therefore, India and the communist of Vietnam have a relationship tracing back more than 50 years. In fact, Prime Minister Nehru of India and President Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam formally established the relationship in 1954.

President Ho Chi Minh once said: “The people of our two countries have got an age-old fraternity. The culture and Buddhism of India traveled to Vietnam since the ancient time”; and this is the only culture that came to Vietnam in a peaceful way. Following the independence for Vietnam in 1945 and India in 1947, friendship and formal cooperation between our two countries gradually came into being.

In January, 2007, Vietnam’s Ambassador to India Vu Quang Diem wrote in India’s national newspaper, The Hindu, “Our two nations have always stood shoulder to shoulder, sharing all the woes in the hardest of times.”Of the current agreement, the Ambassador wrote, “Today, we are reliable partners in the process of building together a new framework for cooperation in the 21st century.”

But India is something of a competitor of China. And India’s “Look East” policy may clash with plans that China has for Asian regional involvement.

And Vietnam has a shadow hanging over its strong economy. Organizations like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International criticize Vietnam for it abysmal record on Human Rights.

Human Rights activist Mike Benge said, “This is the same Vietnamese communist regime responsible for the murder of more than 1 million Vietnamese.”

Vietnam continues to maneuver for its most advantageous position in Asia.

For now, Vietnam remains squarely in the middle.

Mr. Carey is a frequent contributor to The Washington Times.


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From Asia Times

“Of two minds on Vietnam”
The Washington Times