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U.N. panel accuses North Korea of crimes against humanity


Torture, deliberate starvation and other abuses carried out by North Korean authorities — possibly on the orders of supreme leader Kim Jong Un himself — constitute crimes against humanity and should be referred to an international court or tribunal for prosecution, United Nations investigators said Monday. “These crimes against humanity entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions … Continue reading

China’s deceptively weak (and dangerous) military


In many ways, the PLA is weaker than it looks – and that makes it more dangerous. In April 2003, the Chinese Navy decided to put a large group of its best submarine talent on the same boat as part of an experiment to synergize its naval elite. The result? Within hours of leaving port, … Continue reading

Syria is a diplomatic challenge for China


China’s approach to the Syria crisis has been driven by a desire to avoid any US led military intervention. Beijing’s dissatisfaction with the West’s intervention in Libya in 2011, following Security Council decision 1973, has led it to be far more circumspect in the case of Syria. It has joined Russia in vetoing three UN … Continue reading

US investment in Australia helps both countries in China


Massive investments by the US in Australian resources projects are helping both nations develop a healthy relationship with China, says departing American ambassador Jeffrey Bleich. “People like to spin out doomsday scenarios,” Mr Bleich told The Australian in a farewell interview. “They sell books and newspapers,” he said, of the view that China and the … Continue reading

Is the 1950 Korea mess relevant to the new Korean mess?


The North Korean invasion of South Korea began on June 25, 1950 when North Korean troops — many of them battle-hardened veterans of Mao’s fights against Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists — crossed the thirty-eighth parallel to invade South Korea, initially at the Ongjin Peninsula. They met with little resistance as they took Seoul and proceeded largely unimpeded … Continue reading

North Korean missile launchers came from China


Japan has evidence that a Chinese company exported to North Korea vehicles capable of transporting and launching missiles, in possible violation of U.N. sanctions, Japanese media reported Wednesday. China called the reports inaccurate, and denied violating any U.N. restriction. The U.S., which has previously said it took China at its word that it was complying … Continue reading

The Mystery of China’s Restraint in South China Sea


While most Chinese are vehemently calling for their government to order the PLA to deal a heavy blow at the Philippines in order to teach it a lesson, the Chinese government persists in pursuing a peaceful solution even though the face-off was described by former Philippine foreign minister Domingo Siazon as “between an elephant and … Continue reading

China, Russia resist West’s sanctions push for Sudan, South Sudan


China and Russia are resisting a Western push for the U.N. Security Council to threaten Sudan and South Sudan with sanctions if the two countries fail to comply with demands to halt their escalating conflict, U.N. envoys said. The U.N. negotiations on Sudan and South Sudan, former civil war foes that split when the south … Continue reading

Russia and China agree on Syria, North Korea


China and Russia agree entirely with each other’s positions on the crisis in Syria and on North Korea’s nuclear program, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said on Saturday in Moscow. “The sides hold 100 percent coinciding positions on the issues of North Korea and Syria,” Cheng, who was accompanying Vice Premier Li Keqiang on … Continue reading

China lauds North Korea friendship despite tensions


China’s most senior diplomat has vowed to deepen ties with North Korea and praised its young leader Kim Jong-un, despite an international outcry over Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch and the possibility of a third nuclear test by the isolated state. State Councillor Dai Bingguo, who steers Chinese diplomacy and outranks the foreign minister, made the … Continue reading

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