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The Afghan-China relationship can dismantle the Indo-Pacific containment of China


TOLO News reported on Jan 10 that Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib “hold talks with senior Chinese officials on Afghanistan-China relations, an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and strategic cooperation between the two countries … His visit comes as President Ghani’s special envoy Umer Daudzai is on a four-day visit in Pakistan to discuss … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, December 24, 2018


China detains two Canadians with remark and in the wake of a single Huawei executive’s arrest. Given the surfacing connections the executive’s family had to Mao, China likely views the value of arrested people as equally balanced; the West merely views China as having committed three criminal acts. Huawei has gotten into more and more … Continue reading

China’s most famous foreigner Mark Rowswell


Mark Rowswell liked to tell his Chinese audience a joke that when he showed his father his Chinese name 路士伟 , his Dad said, “it looks good, but … what are the plus and minus signs in the middle for?” Rowswell is a Canadian and began learning some basic Chinese at the age of 19. … Continue reading

China’s first lady attacks US because Michelle Obama ate Tibetan food


The following is a translation from Chinese media: It has been stressed that there was no politics in US first lady Michelle Obama’s China visit, but the arrangement of her last meal at a Tibetan restaurant gave China the message of US support for the Dalai Lama. In return, Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan wrote … Continue reading

From his Pakistan hideout, Uighur leader vows revenge on China


Entrenched in secret mountain bases on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, Uighur fighters are gearing up for retribution against China to avenge the deaths of comrades in Beijing’s crackdown on a separatist movement, their leader told Reuters. China, Pakistan’s only major ally in the region, has long urged Islamabad to weed out what it says are … Continue reading

Australia’s defence forces must gear up for South China Sea, says expert


Naval tensions over territorial disputes in northeast Asia and the South China Sea are nearing the dangerous point where serious incidents or armed conflict could become inevitable, one of Australia‘s most respected strategists says. Paul Dibb, key architect of the defence of Australia strategy, will warn in a speech to a naval conference this week … Continue reading

Australian navy to protect sea lanes to China, Japan and South Korea


Protecting the massive resources projects in northern and Western Australia and export supply lines to China, Japan and South Korea will be a major Defence priority for the Abbott government. New Defence Minister David Johnston said last night that this was one reason the navy needed highly capable long-range submarines to complement its surface warships. … Continue reading

Australia sees China and US both central to future


Whoever wins the next Australian election will need deftness and subtlety in managing Australia’s foreign relations. This year’s Lowy Institute Poll indicates that Australians want a strong relationship with the US, are wary of China but think we should be able to maintain good relations with both countries. Three in four Australians choose China ahead … Continue reading

China’s Central Asia problem


Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, China and its Central Asian neighbours have developed a close relationship, initially economic but increasingly also political. Energy, precious metals, and other natural resources flow into China from the region. Investment flows the other way, as China builds pipelines, power lines and transport networks linking Central Asia to … Continue reading

As America pivots east, China marches west


In November, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. President to visit Burma, and the first to visit Cambodia. As part of his administration’s pivot to Asia, Obama has ratcheted up his diplomacy in the region. Besides Southeast Asia, which is moving closer to the United States at the cost of its relationship with China, Obama … Continue reading

New Cold War: Sino-Russian bloc more active and expanding


At its recent summit meeting, China and Russia’s major bloc, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, was more active and expanding. More active China provides USD10 billion loan to other 5 members and member states have vowed to intensify their economic cooperation; Its leaders signed an announcement expressing its stance to counter the West: It opposes resolving … Continue reading

China invites Afghanistan to join Shanghai bloc as observer


The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) – a bloc comprising China, Russia and four Central Asia countries – accepted Afghanistan as an observer yesterday as it ended two days of talks in Beijing. Member states also jointly criticised Nato for establishing a missile defence system, and opposed any use of force against Iran. However, China, host … Continue reading

Expansion of Shanghai Cooperation Organization


China’s official Xinhua News Agency says that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a press conference on May 23 to reveal information on the coming June summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing. In my Jan. 19 post “China’s Greater Co-Prosperity Sphere“, I mentioned China’s efforts in setting up a North Korean … Continue reading

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