Articles on Asia

For Tibet, Barroso's China visit is key (Commentary)

François Godement - 22 April 2008

During his upcoming visit to China, EC President Barroso will need to convince the Chinese leadership to begin talks with the Dalai Lama.

Tibet - avoiding the tie-break (Commentary)

François Godement - 10 April 2008

EU governments should put concrete demands to the Chinese government, including a comprehensive review of its Tibet policy.

The threat of a boycott (Commentary)

John Fox - 28 March 2008

European leaders need to follow France and Poland's example and take a tougher line on China, with real political threats, if the situation in Tibet does not improve.

Seeking a new international approach on Afghanistan and Pakistan (Commentary)

Shada Islam and Daniel Korski - 28 March 2008

Kai Eide's appointment as the UN envoy in Kabul provides an opportunity to craft a new international strategy for Afghanistan and the region.

One China against one dream (Commentary)

François Godement - 17 March 2008

The events shaking the wider Tibetan area should lead both the Chinese government and its international partners to a deep reconsideration of past policies.

What's next for Tibet? (Commentary)

John Fox - 17 March 2008

The EU needs to act to ensure that China does not use violence to put down protests in Tibet, but engages the Dalai Lama in real dialogue.

China?s African propaganda offensive (Commentary)

John Fox - 04 March 2008

A new propaganda offensive by China on its activities in Africa provides an opening for the West. We should use this to persuade China to take responsibility for its impact in Africa.

Don't mention the war (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 22 February 2008

European defence chiefs should help improve the EU's lacklustre performance in Afghanistan

Boycotting the China Olympics (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 16 February 2008

Spielberg was right to step down but governments should look at China's policies within a historical context, and have a strategy for influencing Beijing beyond the summer of 2008.

Democratic Asia changes course (Commentary)

François Godement - 12 February 2008

In the past few years, almost all of East Asia's fully fledged democracies have changed leadership - but this has gone rather unnoticed by European observers who focus on China alone.