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India and China- A hope for the future


The India–China relationship has always been troubled, but the visuals of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to China were certainly heartwarming. President Xi returned Mr Modi’s gesture of breaking the protocol to receive him. That aside, 24 deals were signed between the sides. The visit did turn out to be ‘successful’ considering the fact that deals … Continue reading

India plays soft power game in China’s backyard


To those who wonder why Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, was in distant Mongolia this week trying his hand at archery, playing a traditional fiddle and receiving the gift of a racehorse called Kanthaka (after Buddha’s mount), the short answer is: China. Just as a resurgent China fears containment and encirclement by the US and … Continue reading

Taiwan’s leader uses term “Republic of China” to mainland China’s leader Xi Jinping, despite threats by China to invade Taiwan if they ever use that name


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: Taiwan’s United Daily News says in its report on the meeting between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s KMT leader Eric Chu today that Zhu mentioned the “Republic of China” in the face of Xi Jinping. There is a strict understanding that Taiwan … Continue reading

China changes its strategy towards Japan: unrelenting pressure has produced far greater costs than benefits for China


Over the past several months a gradual but significant shift has taken place in China’s policy toward Japan. The change is a result of Beijing’s recognition that its unrelenting pressure on Tokyo since the Japanese Government purchased several of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands from a private owner in September 2012 has produced far greater costs than … Continue reading

How did U.S. go from “constructive engagement” to containing China?


Admit it: the American question on “Contain China” has been changed from “Should?” to “How?” in view of the brewing consensus that the ‘constructive engagement’ policy since President Nixon was a mistake [Note 1]. In an originally titled “Wake up America, China must be contained” article and their March 2015 report issued by Council on … Continue reading

China’s and India’s charity in Nepal has a hidden political agenda


Perched atop the Himalayas, and wedged between the world’s most populous nations, Nepal has always been of strategic importance that belies its small size. Home to one-third of the Himalayan mountains, also known as Asia’s water tower thanks to the rivers that flow down both sides of the range, Nepal has served as a buffer … Continue reading

Asean chief says ‘can’t accept’ China’s South China Sea claims


The secretary-general of Southeast Asia’s 10-member trade and security bloc Sunday said the group can’t agree to China’s use of its so-called nine-dash line to claim the contested waters of the South China Sea as Beijing continues its land-reclamation efforts in the area. China’s island-building project in the Spratly Islands in particular has raised concerns … Continue reading

‘Fear and greed’ drive Australia’s China policy, says Prime Minister


Tony Abbott has admitted at the highest international level that Australia’s policies towards China are driven by two emotions: “fear and greed”. The Prime Minister’s candid appraisal of Australia’s primordial motivations, given with a grin in private conversation with Germany’s Angela Merkel last November, is a long way from the prolix platitudes of official documents. And it … Continue reading

China’s dilemma: How to discipline 90 million people


China’s extensive crackdown on government corruption, which has already ensnared hundreds of thousands of officials in the People’s Republic, is now spilling over the country’s borders. The State Department recently confirmed that China’s legal authorities had provided a list of 150 corrupt Chinese officials believed to be hiding in the United States, and vowed cooperation … Continue reading

In the global game of power in Asia, America is beating China hands down


When Hillary Clinton joined Barack Obama’s “Team of Rivals” in 2009 she announced her foreign policy priorities by flying straight to Tokyo, Jakarta, Seoul and Beijing. This realignment from George W. Bush’s adventures in Iraq grew into her “pivot” to Asia, and Obama’s “rebalancing” and, eventually, a region-wide hedge against Chinese aggression. In contrast, when … Continue reading

Mass suicide bid by 30 Chinese cabbies in Beijing was caused by government indifference


The following is based on reports in Chinese media: Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily and SCMP both carry a report on petitioning taxi drivers conducting a mass suicide attempt last Friday, in a busy street in Beijing, in protest of local despotism in their hometown Suifenhe City, Heilongjiang Province. Those cabbies are all self-employed taxi operators … Continue reading

China says Central & Eastern European countries should implement attractive tourist visa policy for Chinese people


Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) should accelerate the implementation of visa on arrival, visa-free, and multiple entry visa policy for Chinese tourists, according to Li Jinzao, head of the China National Tourism Administration who was at the China tourism information day conference in Budapest on Thursday. Increasingly, countries have been implementing very attractive and … Continue reading

China can’t be contained; it has to be accommodated


At the start of the twentieth century, Britain, the superpower of the time, was faced with a strategic dilemma: what to do about a newly unified and nationalist Germany, which was rising fast economically and building up its military. One school of thought held that Germany could be accommodated within the existing international system; the … Continue reading

Why the US should worry about Russia, not China


Last Friday, the United States released its updated Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower (CS-21). One of the biggest critiques of the first Cooperative Strategy concentrated on the difficulty of fitting China and Russia into the “cooperative” frame. China continues to expand its navy and has obviously undertaken a set of assertive actions in the East … Continue reading

China Premier says respects Ukraine integrity, won’t be drawn on Crimea


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday that his government respected the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, but would not be drawn on whether China considers Crimea to be Ukraine’s or Russia’s. “On the issue of Ukraine, China has adopted an objective and just position. We respect Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Li … Continue reading

China to tighten control of Hong Kong?


In monitoring developments in China, one has to be very careful about any minor change in wording, as it may have quite serious meaning. We Hong Kong citizens are quite worried by the omission of the two key phrases “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong” and “high degree of autonomy” in the Chinese People’s Political … Continue reading

The real winner of the Ukraine crisis could be China


The crisis in Ukraine has plunged U.S.-Russian relations to their lowest point since the Cold War. Crimea is now Russian territory. Although prisoners of war have been exchanged and both sides have agreed to pull back heavy weapons, the accord signed on Feb. 12 in Minsk, Belarus, has failed so far to stop the fighting in … Continue reading

United States succeeds in pitting India against China


Some people regard the territorial disputes between India and China as a major issue to exploit in pitting India against China. In fact, the disputed areas give neither China nor India advantage to attack the other as their geological layout facilitates defence. The two countries deploy heavily armed troops there for defence instead of attack. … Continue reading

China plans international tourism zone with North Korea, Russia


China is planning an international tourism zone in its northeastern border area with Russia and North Korea, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday, in Pyongyang’s latest push for new investment. Jiang Chaoliang, governor of China’s northeastern Jilin province, said the province would draw up a blueprint for the Tumen River Delta international tourism area … Continue reading

Why America won’t help China with its ‘corruption crackdown’


China has solicited the help of foreign governments in tracking down and seizing the assets of corrupt Chinese officials, but the extent to which each country can help may be limited by their respective laws. In July 2013, China began working with Canada and the United States to seize the proceeds of crime after implementing … Continue reading

Twice as many expatriates leaving China than arriving, as China loses its appeal


For years, China was a promised land for expanding multinationals and manufacturers, drawing hordes of expatriate employees eager to capitalize on the country’s billion-plus consumers. Could those days be over? A new study by UniGroup Relocation, which moves over 260,000 families per year worldwide for work, suggests they might be. According to the company’s customer … Continue reading

China warns Hong Kong not to confront Beijing


In its report titled “Zhang Xiaoming: Dissemination of views on Hong Kong independence not tolerated”, Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily says that Zhang Xiaoming, Director of the Central Government’s Liaison Office, summed up for the first time the 79-day Occupation Movement. He stressed that Hong Kong’s high-degree of autonomy does not mean that Hong Kong was … Continue reading

India and Russia back China’s call for ‘new world order’ to counter US


Russia and India added their voices on Monday to China’s call for a new world order and endorsed Beijing’s plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war. The foreign ministers of the three nations met in the capital for talks just a week after US President Barack Obama made … Continue reading

The twilight of China’s Communist Party


“I can’t give you a date when it will fall, but China’s Communist Party has entered its endgame.” So says one of America’s most experienced China watchers to a small table of foreign diplomats at a private dinner in Washington, D.C. The pessimism from someone with deep connections to the Chinese government is notable. Washington … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, January 26


US Congress questions HK: Beijing vets HK politicians; is HK not China? “Experts” say Washington appeases Beijing, but the big issue: Don’t pee in the international pool, consider HK’s Hague membership. Washington and Beijing have only found excuses to raise Pacific tensions, including China’s nine-dash line and Kerry’s extradition request of espionage witness, Snowden. Appeasing … Continue reading

China is pushing South China Sea situation to the brink of miscalculation


Security experts believe China is pushing the region to the “brink of miscalculations” in the South China Sea with its expansive land reclamation in disputed territories as the Philippines anticipates more blockades by the Chinese in the West Philippine Sea once their facilities become fully operational next year. “The bases are being constructed very fast, … Continue reading

As Obama visits, signs that India is pushing back against China


When Sri Lanka unexpectedly turfed out President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an election this month, it was the biggest setback in decades for China’s expansion into South Asia – and a remarkable diplomatic victory for India. Despite New Delhi’s protestations, diplomats and politicians in the region say India played a role in organising the opposition against … Continue reading

China’s Xi Jinping to establish his powerbase through leadership reshuffle


Jiang Zemin, the core of the third generation of CCP leadership, has chosen Xi Jinping as his successor as the core of the CCP Dynasty, with a core like an emperor (see the section “Signs of Jiang Zemin’s Intention to Have Xi Jinping Succeed Him as the Core” in Chapter 16 of my book Tiananmen’s … Continue reading

2014 Protests in Asia


I was in Hong Kong a few weeks before the Umbrella Movement broke out. And I made a prediction: The protests would change nothing, China would do nothing, there would be a lot of noise, then it would fizzle out and the 2017 elections would go forward as planned. It looks like I was right. … Continue reading

Sri Lanka’s new president bids farewell to China’s dominance in Sri Lanka; thwarts China’s plans in Indian Ocean


Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa just conceded defeat to his one-time ally, Maithripala Sirisena, in an upset that will have an impact far beyond the teardrop-shaped island and its 20 million residents. Sri Lanka currently has a limited impact on global affairs, thanks in part to an economy crushed by years of civil war. Nevertheless, it … Continue reading

China is bailing out the world’s teetering oil producers – on terms that could cripple them


Oil-exporting nations are facing budget crises, political instability and social upheaval thanks to the cratering of crude oil prices in recent weeks. Enter China. Despite an economic slowdown of its own—which has been a factor in plunging oil prices—Beijing is stumping up billions of dollars in loans to many of these countries, in exchange for what some analysts … Continue reading

Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin returns to Beijing in challenge to President Xi Jinping


I have pointed out in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements (Expanded 2nd Edition) that there are three black boxes in China: The CCP Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), the group of powerful elders who control China behind the scene and the secret police. I described how Xi Jinping obtained the powerful elders’ support for his cyclone … Continue reading

China’s Maoist revival seeks to eliminate all western thought


They pounce on bloggers who dare mock their beloved Chairman Mao. They scour the nation’s classrooms and newspapers for strains of Western-inspired liberal heresies. And they have taken down professors, journalists and others deemed disloyal to Communist Party orthodoxy. China’s Maoist ideologues are resurgent after languishing in the political desert, buoyed by President Xi Jinping’s … Continue reading

2014 revealed the insecurity behind China’s economic might


Hong Kong protests, terrorist attacks and a crackdown on corruption by Xi Jinping characterised the year for China. On Sunday 28 September, Hong Kong exploded. Pro-democracy protesters barricaded major roads, as riot police tried in vain to disperse them with teargas. The former British colony had been tightly wound for months over Beijing’s rising influence. … Continue reading

The things China banned in 2014, including adultery, Ramadan, and puns


In 2013, China’s Communist Party, led by Xi Jinping, silenced human rights defenders and popular internet voices, while also setting new austerity rules for party members. This year, the crackdown became even more expansive, as Xi worked overtime to oust corrupt officials and jail moderate critics. But it also started to get decidedly weird, as China rolled out restrictive new … Continue reading

When will enmity between India and China end?


Since Mao’s foolish military attack of India, there has been tension between China and India along their disputed border for half a century. Now China is giving Nepal substantial aid in order to prevent the Dalai Lama’s followers from crossing the Chinese-Nepalese border to go to the Dalai Lama. It seems to have nothing to … Continue reading

China ‘voids’ Hong Kong rights


Before Deng Xiaoping opened China to the world, a popular way to glimpse the sealed-off mainland was by peering across the border from Hong Kong. Decades later, that remains a great vantage point. The 75 days of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement protest, broken up last week, showed how far Beijing officials go to suppress demands … Continue reading

Xi Jinping’s rise in China threatens human rights and worries neighbours


The Chinese president Xi Jinping’s swift ascent to power raises human rights concerns and has caused anxiety among China’s neighbours, President Barack Obama warned on Wednesday. Obama told members of the Business Roundtable that Xi “taps into nationalism that worries his neighbours” and that his consolidation of power carries inherent dangers “on issues of human … Continue reading

Is this the end of China’s economic miracle?


Ma Jijiang and his once poor family are the flesh and blood of China’s modern economic miracle, living proof of how radically the country has been reshaped since the late Deng Xiaoping changed the world in 1978 by proclaiming that to get rich is glorious and launching China’s experiment with market economics. Ma grew up … Continue reading

China, Taiwan each making efforts to absorb the other peacefully


When I was young, there was serious tension between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. Mao even bombarded Taiwan’s islands near the mainland, and according to Henry Kissinger might have triggered a nuclear war. Deng Xiaoping stopped the bombardment and tried to ease tension in order to attract Taiwanese investment. Seeing Taiwanese businessmen’s contributions to China’s … Continue reading

Taiwan is playing on China’s clumsiness, and China doesn’t know what to do


China could just take Taiwan by force with its 2.29 million troops and 2,800 aircraft, ending debate about whether the democratic, self-ruled island is part of Chinese territory. But that move would park an enraged, rebellious population just offshore and anger the major countries that back China’s huge economy. China prefers peaceful unification with Taiwan. … Continue reading

New China urges increased hostility towards the west


Even as his government was making red-carpet plans to host President Obama this week, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, praised a young blogger whose writing is best known here for its anti-American vitriol. In one widely circulated essay published by state news outlets titled “Nine Knockout Blows in America’s Cold War Against China,” the blogger, … Continue reading

Taiwan resolves to resist China’s embrace; says no to unification


Hong Kong is a cautionary tale for Taipei: this is what happens if you get too close to Beijing. If you want a symbol of peaceful rebellion against the immovable force that is Beijing, your first thought might be the umbrella. The flimsy parasol, wielded by Hong Kong students to protect themselves against pepper spray … Continue reading

China rejects UN call for political rights in Hong Kong


China rebuffed a U.N. call for full political rights for Hong Kong on Friday, saying that an international covenant on such rights was not a “measure for reform” in the Chinese-ruled territory. The U.N. Human Rights Committee on Thursday said residents in the former British colony, now a “special administrative region” of China with wide-ranging … Continue reading

China: Conservatives ideological attack to bring down President Xi Jinping


Ideology is always important in Chinese politics, especially in a power struggle. Now, Xi Jinping has offended many powerful officials with his anti-corruption and mass-line campaigns, and his mentor Jiang Zeming is 88 years old. Conservatives believe that they now have the golden opportunity to disrupt once for all Xi’s thorough economic reform. Like their … Continue reading

An open letter to the Chinese Communist Party regarding the Hong Kong protests


Recent events in Hong Kong present the Chinese Communist Party with an unprecedented opportunity to consolidate power in the territory. After the teargas used on the first night backfired, figuratively and at least once, literally, it’s time to reassess your options. The “guerilla strategy” of occupying many locations simultaneously to spread out the police, combined with … Continue reading

China’s annoying habit of insulting western leaders


When Deng Xiaoping arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington in January 1979, his country was just emerging from a long revolutionary deep freeze. No one knew much about this five-foot-tall Chinese leader. He had suddenly reappeared on the scene after twice being cashiered by Mao, who famously described him as “a needle inside … Continue reading

Hong Kong college students take the lead in fighting for true democracy


In my post on March 31 titled “College students are China’s hope for democracy; Over 100,000 protest in Taiwan,” I said, “We Chinese are proud of our college students. “They are the driving force of Chinese history. “See how similar are Taiwan college students’ Sunflower Campaign to Chinese college students’ campaign for democracy at Tiananmen … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, September 29


Inside Report—Hong Kong has one problem that is unaddressed in the media: Hong Kong can’t and doesn’t have its own military. Military service is the unwritten rule of any democracy. As much as Hong Kong needs freedom, they aren’t big enough to have their own military. That creates many problems and misunderstandings. Hong Kong has … Continue reading

China claims diplomatic victories in easing tensions with India and Japan


According to a popular Chinese article, China is certain to fight six wars in the coming five decades with seven of its neighbours: Russia, Taiwan, Japan, India, Mongolia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Russia is China’s close ally. As for the border issue that may give rise to a war according to the article, China and … Continue reading

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