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Developing a positive public relations image for China beyond its borders - and problems thereof

Sharing the East China Sea, almost in a world of their own, are three fractious nations, China, South Korea and Japan. China is now the world's second largest economy while Japan comes in third and South Korea ranks as one of the greatest economic miracles of the last 50 years.

The three have much in common for good and ill. It is said, with considerable evidence, that they share great hatred towards each other, a hatred for deeds done more than 70 years ago to and for people who have been long dead for the most part.

According to a 2014 BBC World Service poll, three per cent of Japanese people view China's influence positively, with 73 per cent expressing a negative view, ranking as the most negative perceptions of China in the world, while five per cent of Chinese view Japanese positively with 90 per cent being starkly. These most negative perceptions of Japan in the world today.

Beyond trade: Changing attitudes on China promises to be an increasingly uphill struggle

WITH the United States and China settling into a prolonged trade war, it is apparent that BCOs with production facilities in Asia are thinking of where to set up if they want a tariff-free ride into American consumers.

The percentage of China-exiting businesses, surveyed by quality control and supply chain auditor QIMA, was 80 per cent for American companies and 67 per cent for those based in the European Union.

QIMA itself is feeling the heat, reports Forbes Magazine. Demand for their China-based audits dropped 13 per cent as mainland manufacturers are either losing their foreign clients faster due to costs associated with tariffs or are relocating part of their manufacturing out of China to avoid such impediments.

In the eye of eagle, has the dragon changed from a force for good into something else entirely?

When US Vice President Mike Pence talked about US relations with the "Indo-Pacific" in Port Moresby, he suggested a growing American presence in the region to counter Chinese diplomatic and naval activism and a wider scope of operations than has been specified before.

One sensed that there was a time when the United States recognised Chinese communism as an evil, but one that seemed to be finding its way to the uplands of peace and prosperity as it distanced itself from total state control as it moved ever closer to rule of law.

But that no longer appears to be the case. It now appears that China is returning to its earlier Marxist Maoist roots of stricter population control to produce a well-upholstered Orwellianism world where Big Brother is always watching, noting whether citizens are naughty or nice.

Global shipping has changed more in the last two decades than it has in the previous century

A situation has come to pass when containerships are able to sail at competitive rates between the western Mediterranean ports and Canadian ports located between Gulf of St Lawrence and the Great Lakes, says forward-thinking shipping analyst Harry Valentine.

Writing in Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive, Mr Valentine, who has two decades of transport research behind him and a degree in mechanical engineering, sees both the Suez and the Canadian Arctic route as playing a major role in the future in shipping Asian cargo to North America.

"As the Suez Canal Authority develops to transit larger ships in less time, the authority will need to develop the canal to transit as a large a containership as could sail via the Canadian transarctic route," he said.


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