Another country lining up to support additional oversight of financial markets. We’ve seen the U.S., Latin America, Europe (Italy, Britain, France, Germany) and now China support a move for more regulation – all within the past 2 weeks. We’re going to see more and more articles like this in the coming months as the global elite continue to push their agenda forward.
OCTOBER 27, 2008
China Backs Europe's Push for Oversight
By IAN JOHNSON
Wall St. Journal
BEIJING -- After several days of talks between European and Asian leaders, China apparently has allied itself with Europe in calling for a vigorous system of international regulation.
In closed-door talks with European leaders Friday and Saturday, senior Chinese officials said they would back Europe's effort to overhaul international regulatory systems, European diplomats present at the meetings said. China most strongly stated its position Friday in a talk between Chinese President Hu Jintao and José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission.
Mr. Hu, according to diplomats at the meeting, said China would "actively cooperate" with the EU, which has been pushing an ambitious new system of global oversight. Formal talks on the new overhauls would begin in mid-November in Washington.
"The Chinese said they'd back more vigorous reforms," a senior European diplomat said in an interview. "They rely on the global economy and are afraid it's become very unstable."
Chinese officials had no comment on the closed-door meeting. In public statements, Chinese leaders issued milder endorsements of reforms. At the close of the seventh Asia-Europe Meeting on Saturday, for example, Chinese leaders backed the 45 nations' statement, which expressed "the need to improve the supervision and regulation of all financial actors, particularly their accountability."
Foreign diplomats have been keen to see how China would come down on the issue of regulation. On one hand, China values stability and thus would seem naturally to support regulation. On the other, it likely doesn't want international institutions that curb its sovereignty or constrain its financial flows.
In Brussels, EU officials said they weren't surprised China agreed to side with the EU in pushing for new rules for financial markets. "They want a seat at the table in whatever is going to happen," said an EU official who attended an Oct. 15-16 summit that drafted the EU's plan.
U.S. officials said that the Beijing meetings underscore the importance of President Bush's global economic summit, scheduled for Nov. 15 in Washington after the presidential election. The White House hopes to use the summit to discuss the crisis's underlying causes, analyze responses and develop principles to reform the global financial architecture.
Bush administration officials acknowledged their concerns that some countries could seek to use the financial crisis to move against free trade and promote more centralized economic models. "Whatever else we do, the summit needs to enhance our commitment to free markets and free trade -- the fundamental policies that have increased standards of living," said a U.S. Treasury Department official.
—John W. Miller in Brussels and Jay Solomon in Washington contributed to this article.
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