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Editorial

A New Free Trade Tax Strategy To Redevelop And Incentivize The Commonwealth

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis     With the British economy now well out of Europe, and with the Johnson Government seemingly committed to replacement trade deals in emerging Asia, now is an opportune time to evaluate what trade agreement assets the UK actually has lined up that would compensate for the loss of EU trade.  The DTI have stated that many agreements with non-EU nations will continue with the UK on the same basis as existed prior to Brexit, with a view to “upgrading” these in time, presumably to improve UK market access.  There is a double-edged sword though as concerns the positioning of the...

How The US, EU, UK and China Financial & Geopolitical Differences Could Be Resolved By London At The Upcoming Cop26 Glasgow Conference

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  The EU and US media propaganda machine went into overdrive this week, based on US President Biden’s apparent ‘launch’ of the ‘Build Back Better World’ (B3W) alternative, and EU media talking up their version, the so-called ‘Global Gateway’. To illustrate the extent of this, any search of ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ online will produce reams of anti-BRI articles, all written in the West. On the popular, British News...

The EU’s Global Gateway: A Belt & Road Alternative?

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis The EU has launched its ‘alternative’ to China’s Belt and Road for the EU, with EU Commision President Ursula von der Leyen stating “We want to create links and not dependencies” while clarifying this by stating “It does not make sense for Europe to build roads between a Chinese owned copper mine and a Chinese owned harbour” The Global Gateway is to be positioned as “a trusted brand...

The G7 Meeting in Cornwall – A Distant Corner of Britain to Set New Rules for the Four Corners of the World

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  US President Joe Biden is a man on a mission.  He and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who’s hosting the Group of 7 (G7) top global economies, in the UK as this year’s presidency of the bloc, are looking to save “Western civilisation” from the rise of the East. This perceived threat is mainly arising out of Asia in the form of China’s fiery-dragon economy, Russia’s militarily-confident...

Could the Pitcairn Islands Become the New Asia-Pacific Hong Kong?

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis The United Kingdom has put into place a mechanism to join the Comprehensive & Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in a Free Trade Agreement. The CPTPP currently includes Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, and is seen as an Asian-Pacific bloc. Several of these nations are also part of the Commonwealth of Nations. The UK’s ability to claim membership of such a...

Prince Charles Versus Xi Jinping : Where The Commonwealth Meets The Belt And Road Initiative

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis The pre-covid British Royal Tour to New Zealand was somewhat overshadowed by the media coverage of Prince Andrews ill-advised interview concerning dodgy sexual escapades, however in an overlooked incident, a Gentlemanly gesture has the potential to create a little push-back against China’s Belt & Road Initiative. As part of the New Zealand trip, the Prince visited the Solomon Islands, which maintains the Queen as Sovereign Head of...

UK Joins ASEAN as Dialogue Partner, Looking at Joining CPTPP Asia-Pacific Free Trade Agreement

The British House of Lords International Agreements Sub-Committee has launched a new inquiry on the potential accession of the UK to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, (CPTPP) The agreement between eleven countries includes four ASEAN states in Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam (the last two with whom the UK has recently signed off Free Trade Agreements), in addition to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Chile, Mexico,...