Archive for December 20th, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mr Premier, are you ready?

climate: maybe it doesn't matter after all

climate: maybe it doesn't matter after all

U.S. president Barack Obama ran into a Chinese Wall of resistance and and delaying tactics, writes Austria’s online service OE24. The president had to get into China’s chief state councillor’s conference room after Wen Jiabao was reportedly overdue for a meeting, calling (in an ice-cold voice): “Mr. Premier, are you ready to see me? Are you ready?”

Plus “It’s up to you”, according to OE24. According to Germany’s biggest tabloid Bild he sort of joined Wen and India’s, South Africa’s and Brazil’s heads of government or state after Wen had stood him up at an appointment earlier, and only sent a lower-ranking official to talk with the American president.

Many Chinese observers may like the show – if this is really how it went. But Obama apparently returned to Washington pretty much at ease: He had shown good will, without committing himself. And the electorate at home is much more interested in health reform and the economy, than in global warming, writes Der Spiegel. Many Americans don’t believe in a link between global warming and carbon-dioxide emissions anyway.

Pretty much the same as in China, probably.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Press Review: Another visit by Chen Yunlin

Shamelessly biased of course, this piece from Taichung, Taiwan offers some useful background information to the agenda of another visit to Taiwan by China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) chief negotiator Chen Yunlin (陈云林). Chen is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan for a three-day visit on Monday.

Meantime, the DPP’s secretary-general has advised Chen not to travel around on Taiwan, to avoid giving the impression of “conducting an inspection,” which could be provocative.

EastSouthWestNorth has some polling data about how the Taiwanese public views the Economic Cooperative Framework Agreement (ECFA), the core of the negotiations between Taiwan’s not-quite-official negotiators and their not-quite-official-either Chinese counterparts (neither government recognizes the other).

“Pacts” on fishing crew cooperation, agricultural quarantine inspection, industrial product standards, inspection and certification, and the avoidance of double taxation are among the topics for the upcoming round of negotiations, reports the China Post.

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