n.38 October 2011

China is now a major actor on the African and Middle East scene. It has major oil interests in Libya, which endure despite recent upheaval, and powerful ties to Algeria, Syria and Turkey.

The presence of doctored or tainted food is becoming an increasingly serious problem in China. Most of it comes from the inability to trace products back to their source, creating a roadblock both for authorities and multinationals.

As a former spitting competition champion, I used to spit a great deal. And most Chinese still do. But as China extends its global influence both politically and economically, selfawareness about habits not everyone finds endearing takes hold and grows.

In Italia is working to make Italy more attractive to foreign investors. It has been particularly successful in wooing major Japanese firms, which have opened companies and centers in Sicily and Florence.