Charcoals in winter: China comes calling in Europe – Asia Sentinel/Jakarta Globe

DUBLIN – Europe is becoming a new horizon for China’s business-based diplomacy, less than a year after the European Union overtook the US to become China’s second-largest trading partner. Chinese investment expansion is increasingly turning to Europe, and it is finding a grateful audience. Last September, before the arrival of the International Monetary Fund and an €85 billion bailout offer-you-can’t-refuse for the economy once known as the Celtic Tiger, Ireland Prime Minister Brian Cowen tried to sell Chinese investors on the proposition that the country could be a low-tax Anglophone gateway to Europe. After meeting with a Politburo delegation in Dublin, Cowen said that China’s representatives had vowed to be “as helpful as they can to a friend like Ireland in the difficult times that we have.” That friendship appears to include a consortium of Chinese investors who are starting work on “an investment gateway to Europe” – an industrial park in central Ireland.

Hun Sen Upsets Thailand’s Apple Cart – Asia Sentinel/Jakarta Globe

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2135&Itemid=170 http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/opinion/cambodia-thailand-squabble-adds-another-act-to-a-long-running-drama/340623 Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s offer to employ the fugitive Thai ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra as an “economics...

East Timor faces new rebel threat – Asia Times/ISN/Asia Sentinel

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/JB16Ae01.html http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1043&Itemid=172 http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Current-Affairs/Security-Watch/Detail/?ots591=4888CAA0-B3DB-1461-98B9-E20E7B9C13D4&lng=en&id=54128 An apparent coup attempt has left East Timor president Jose Ramos-Horta in critical condition and underlines...