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For Taiwan independence
During the campaign leading up to Taiwans Jan. 16 elections, Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the Democratic Progressive Party, took part in singing the national anthem at public events, but her lips visibly stopped moving when it came to the words our ..

Abe's China conundrum
Since early this year, Beijing has been capitalizing on the fact that 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and has repeatedly sought to embarrass Japan by reminding the world of its aggression against China in the 1930s and 19..

Time for China to live in the present
In November 2012, two weeks after becoming leader of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping visited the National Museum in Tiananmen Square. There, after viewing a grand exhibition called The Road to Revival, which recalls Chinas century of humiliati..

AIIB should be open to more countries
The United States is opposed to the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank ostensibly out of concern that it would adopt poor governance standards. But Washingtons far greater fear is that China could undermine and ultimately replace the ..

China should heed calls to save elephants
Chinas development will generate huge opportunities and benefits and hold lasting and infinite promise, President Xi Jinping told business executives gathered in Beijing for the Apec meeting. "As China's overall national strength grows, China ..

US, China vie for trade group leadership
When Barack Obama was in Beijing in November for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) annual meeting, the U.S. president met with the leaders of 11 other countries - Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysi..

HK government tells conflicting stories
Last Thursday, student leader Joshua Wong was at Hong Kong Commercial Radio to record a program when he ran into Chief Secretary Carrie Lam. The 18-year-old immediately reached into his schoolbag and pulled out a criticism of the government's publi..

Brewing dispute in South China Sea
Early in 2013, the government of the Philippines initiated international arbitral proceedings against China over their maritime dispute in the South China Sea. Beijing announced that it would not take part, as is its right under the United Nations ..

Taiwan's political landscape after local elections
The rout of the Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang, in Taiwan by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party in local elections Nov. 29 changed Taiwans political landscape overnight, making the DPP candidate for president in 2016 the odds-on favori..

Self-restraint the Beijing way
A couple of weeks ago, IHS Janes, a leading British publishing company specializing in military topics, reported that China was reclaiming land at Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea. The report said China was transforming permanently submerg..

Will China drop 'one country, two systems' policy?
In the 1980s, when China's paramount leader Deng Xiaoping introduced the concept of "one country, two systems," people in many foreign countries were skeptical that it could be done. China proved them wrong. Ironically, now, after 17 years of exper..

Will Xi Jinping create personality cult?
For someone whose public life is an open book, many people are still puzzled by China's leader Xi Jinping, who became general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission two years ago.

China's concern on Western interference in Hong Kong
China's relationship with Russia has strengthened in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, despite Moscow's clear violation of the Chinese principle of noninterference in other countries' internal affairs.

India's foreign policy under new premier
"I'm a very modest man," Narendra Modi, who as a young man sold tea by the railroad but who became India's prime minister in May, told 18,500 cheering fans in New Yorks Madison Square Garden. "That's why I plan to do big things for modest people."

Controversy over 'Confucius Institutes'
Last week, President XiJinping addressed the International Confucian Association to mark the 2,565th anniversary of the birth of Confucius. This would have been impossible for a Communist leader in earlier times. During the reign of Chairman Mao Ze..

Rule of law in China
Chinas Communist Party has announced that a plenary session of its Central Committee will meet next month and the focus will be on the rule of law. While no one expects the party to allow a fully independent judiciary, there may well be progress ..

China's economic muscles and Hong Kong
China is warning Britain in no uncertain terms not to stick its nose into Hong Kong affairs, despite the fact that the two countries co-signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984 and registered it with the United Nations as an international ..

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