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Dossier / The Trilateral Commission in China
This article is a summary of the annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Group of the Trilateral Commission (November 25-27 2005), held for the first time in Beijing. Since 2000, with the transformation of the Japanese group into the ‘Asia-Pacific’ group, some representatives of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have joined the Trilateral Commission (founded in 1973 by a group of European, North American and Japanese citizens). During the meeting, Chinese politicians and intellectuals insisted that the development of China is ‘peaceful’ and that Chinese communism is a ‘national’ political system that has nothing to do with the internationalist and expansionist vision typical of Soviet policy. As to relations between China and Japan, still very delicate at the political-cultural as opposed to the economic level, it should be remembered that Japanese representatives claim that the people who flaunt nationalist ideas in Japan today belong to an increasingly small minority of a few right-wing extremists and fringes of an old generation that is now disappearing.