The Chinese economy grew by a factor of thirteen between 1980 and 2010. It is still growing by more than 6% per year. China is justifiably proud of this accomplishment and Chinese economists should be strutting across the global policy stage alongside Chinese exporters, offering sage insights to all comers. The problem is that Chinese economists have not formulated a distinctively Chinese approach to understanding growth and development in their own country - writes Prof. Salvatore Babones (University of Sydney) in CIR's comment "Learning from China. Do what they do, not what they say".

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Algeria is our third major trading partner among Arab countries and second in Africa, behind South Africa. Poland has recorded an increase in trade turnover with countries outside Europe also because while having our own attractive products, we at the same time appreciate the attractiveness of foreign goods – said deputy prime minister Janusz Piechociński while opening Algerian craftsmanship days. Algerian Ambassador, HE Salah Lebdioui, ambassadors of Morocco and Cuba, as well as dr Małgorzata Bonikowska, CIR's president, took part in the event.

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The first independent Republic of Georgia, created on 28 May 1918, was a European country, with democratic institutions, elected parliament, non-violent foreign policy, gender equality and social responsibility. These values had not been destroyed by years of totalitarianism, despite repressions and the merciless suppressing of numerous patriotic uprisings. Today, when Georgia is again an independent country, we declare that we are an integral part of Europe – said Nikoloz Nikolozishvili, Georgian Ambassador to Poland, during the Independence Day reception with CIR's participation.

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