Expertise : Global Governance; Major Power Relations
The upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE) starting on November in Shanghai will offer a historic opportunity for companies from all over the world to access China's vast market. Since China is the world's second largest importer and consumer market, the relationship between China's import and the development of the world economy becomes self-evident.
The Republic of Macedonia held a non-binding referendum on September 30 to decide whether to change the name of the constitutional state – which has been used since its independence in 1991 – to the "Republic of North Macedonia". Preliminary results released on October 1 showed that 90 percent of voters said "yes", but the turnout was below 50 percent and the referendum may be invalid.