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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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News Xina 8

China: an objective for Barcelona Barcelona, the ancient Mediterranean metropolis that played a major role in the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages, is now approaching the 21st century with the clear intention of being a city open to the world with a well-known and valued brand. Today´s world geopolitics have changed. The reference point of the planet has moved to the East and is increasingly...

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News Xina 7

Catalonia has always been open to the rest of the world. The Government of Catalonia has worked to secure Catalonia’s rightful role with international prominence to match its potential by exporting our wealth and our values, which define us as Europeans, as a driving force, as a society that is plural, welcoming and caring. We have also welcomed input from the rest of the world: foreign students...

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News Xina 6

The economy is obviously the hub of our bilateral relations. Although economic relations with China today are much closer and produce much higher figures than a few decades ago, they are still below their possibilities. Whereas in 1990 only half a dozen Spanish companies had set up in the People’s Republic (plus some twenty more in Hong Kong), today there are 600. But among more than 600,000...

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News Xina 5

China and the future new world order China has been the fastest growing of the world’s major economies in recent years and thanks to this economic growth the country is strengthening its position as a major world power. With a population of over 1,300 million people, the Asian giant’s macroeconomic figures show that it is one of the most dynamic economies, with annual GDP growth of over 8% in...

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