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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 ..

China's returned students, scholars
The 110th anniversary of the birth of Deng Xiaoping on Aug. 22 has brought forth a flood of articles and speeches on the late reformer, including a 48-part miniseries on his launching of economic reforms, reversing Chairman Mao Zedong's focus on cl..

China polishes up itself
Two years ago, Hong Kong's market regulator, the Securities and Futures Commission, took accounting firm Ernst & Young to court to force it to reveal information on a Chinese utility company that had sought to be listed on the Hong Kong stock excha..

Sino-American ties moving on
The political track of the United States-China strategic and economic dialogue held last week in Beijing was beset by bickering, such as that over Chinas maritime disputes and charges and countercharges over cyber espionage, with little of substa..

Why are rich people leaving China?

 China's 'man-made, unreliable' GDP statistics
Four years ago, China was crowned the worlds second largest economy, having overtaken Japan. Three months ago, the World Bank said that in purchasing power parity terms, China would become number one this year, surpassing the United States. But n..

China eager to make yuan mainstream currency
Last month's $400 billion, 30-year China-Russia deal on natural gas, the biggest such deal ever, has implications beyond energy resources and Sino-Russian relations. For one thing, it reaffirms a decision by major emerging economies to move away fr..

China won't follow American rules
The decision by the United States to indict five officers of the Chinese military on May 19 for commercial cyber-espionage is unprecedented and appears to stem from political rather than economic reasons. Yet, there are strong economic factors at p..

China's support for railway projects in Africa
Premier Li Keqiang made headlines during his eight-day trip to Africa by promising that China would increase aid to the continent by $12 billion and predicting that bilateral trade will double to $400 billion and the cumulative Chinese investment w..

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