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The Belgian sinologist Pierre Ryckmans, aka Simon Leys, recently died in Sydney. He lived in Mao’s China, and was one of the first intellectuals to relentlessly criticise the Cultural Revolution, for which he was scorned by the entire enlightened French left. His China is that which survived the destruction of the Revolution. Leys is not only the best addition but also the best company for those...

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News Xina 17

China, in pursuit of talent and innovation to transform its industry The Chinese government wants to change its low cost production model, which has made it the world’s factory, into a more value added model. A few days ago, Catalan newspaper El Punt Avui’s magazine l’Econòmic published Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s recent statements made at the presentation of the Made in China 2025 plan: “We...

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News Xina 16

Infrastructure: the key to the Chinese bid for world leadership Throughout history, no world power has consolidated its hegemony without investing heavily in infrastructure. This can be seen in the case of China, which has committed to developing a range of highly competitive infrastructure that has bolstered the country's strong economic and social growth. Clearly, Chinese political leaders are...

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News Xina 15

China and the West, equal treatment If you ever have thought that our sophisticated world might be totally different simply by doing the same things another way, seeing objects with other eyes, growing up with other aesthetic criteria, having other sequences of priorities, with other norms and ways of interacting, writing concepts and stories with other sets of symbols and rules, obtaining the...

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News Xina 14

China's place on the global energy map Last May a historic contract was announced between the Russian company Gazprom and China's CNPC, for Russia to supply natural gas to China for the next 30 years. The agreement coincided with a deterioration in Russian-Ukraine relations, which still has Europe on tenterhooks because of its heavy dependence on Russian gas. Contrary to the way in which part of...

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News Xina 13

An Important Step Towards Internationalisation A piece by an industrial engineer published in our Fulls dels Enginyers bulletin in 2010 prompted reader reactions that led to a key meeting on 9 December 2010. Three industrial engineers who wanted to set up a working group to familiarise our members with China met with me; they also wanted to build a network to include expat industrial engineers...

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News Xina 12

Challenges and opportunities for public-private partnerships for infrastructure in China As the largest global operator in infrastructure management for transport and communications, at Abertis we keep a close eye on the infrastructure potential of emerging and 'emerged' economies, especially in Asia, which may become a priority. We have known for some time that modern economies need a robust...

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News Xina 11

The Catalan Economy in 2014 Macroeconomic indicators over the last few months indicate an improvement in the main economic variables. The worst of the economic crisis appears to be over and the economy is beginning to pick up, although most experts agree that the recovery will be slow. At the same time as this incipient economic recovery, the effects of the crisis on our society are still patent...

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News Xina 10

When Joaquim asked me to write an editorial about China, I thought, “But I’m from Figueres!” Indeed, despite my looks, I’m about as Chinese as you, apart from my ancestral genes. The fact is, I feel Catalan and my only experience with China is through work and what I have seen from my parents, who came to Spain to finish their studies over 40 years ago and are now completely integrated into...

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News Xina 9

I am grateful for the opportunity given me by my fellow engineers from the Industrial Policy and Technological Innovation Committee to address engineers interested in developments in China. My activity in this country began in 1987 when I spent three months teaching a course in the Master’s program negotiated by the European Communities for a limited number of years in Beijing. Since then I have...

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