It’s Tibet, not the economy, stupid

China?s cancellation of the planned bilateral summit with the EU is a brutal and unprecedented warning of how little Europe means to China

Three fault lines

Pakistan, Congo and Ukraine are three fault lines separating us from the future

Enhancing the EU’s role in Afghanistan

A new US president will want to see a significant enhancement of the European effort in Afghanistan. The issue is likely to be viewed in Washington as a litmus test of whether Europeans should be taken seriously as strategic partners.

China – a challenge for the long term

The basis of a new EU-US partnership should be close trans-Atlantic coordination and cooperation on China at every level, harmonising positions and pooling leverage and influence

From Atocha to Waziristan

Germany?s decision to increase its troops in Afghanistan is both courageous and necessary: the security of both European and Afghan citizens is inseparable

Losing the ‘good’ war

Afghanistan was always the ?good? war and Iraq, the bad one. But what if Bush?s legacy becomes losing the good war and winning the bad one?

The trouble with India

The EU may have to base partnership with the world’s largest democracy not on values, but on dealing with Afghanistan

Can China save Afghanistan?

With Afghanistan’s reconstruction on the brink, what could the EU and U.S ask Beijing to do?

China Olympics blog

A daily blog following key political stories in China during the Beijing Olympics