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Interview: China on a high


Sam Roggeveen


7 May 2010 07:18

The International Crisis Group yesterday held its first ever Asia Briefing here in Singapore, and in between the sessions of a very busy and stimulating conference, I managed to get five minutes with the ICG's North East Asia Project Director, Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt.

Stephanie argues that China is feeling very assertive and confident in its international relations at present, abetted by the financial crisis but also by some early conciliatory moves from the Obama team that were read in Beijing as weakness. But listen through to the end for the note about 'institutional conservatism' — China is wary of leading, and doesn't want to be isolated.