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Vol 4 (AAC) No 9

Published 1st July 2011


Progress noted

In late June, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced its support for the constitutional changes that will allow King Mohammed VI to maintain power while giving more authority to a civilian prime minister and opening the country to more freedom of expression. The leitmotiv of China’s international rise since the 1980s has been the non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries – that now seems to be changing. The ‘Arab Spring’ changes in governments across North Africa and the Middle East have pushed Beijing’s ‘whatever is happening is fine’ attitude to the point of no return.

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