Dec 19, 2008

Chinese reporters push bad-news envelope

HONG KONG — Strange things are happening in the Chinese media. Articles that would normally be expected to be censored have appeared in the establishment press, exposing the possibly illegal behavior of Communist Party officials. For example, the Beijing News, a state-owned newspaper, recently ...

Dec 5, 2008

Dissing those who give Dalai Lama an ear

HONG KONG — The decision by China to cancel, or at least postpone, a summit meeting with the European Union scheduled this week in Lyon, France, is unprecedented and shows the extent of its unhappiness with the Europeans in general and with Nicolas Sarkozy, ...

Nov 11, 2008

China, Japan can help by helping themselves

HONG KONG — As much of the world continues to move toward a recession that many fear will be deep and prolonged, eyes increasingly are turning to China in the hope it can somehow help the rest of the world in its moment of ...

Oct 24, 2008

There's no ignoring China

HONG KONG — Earlier this month, when Washington announced the sale of a $6.5 billion arms package to Taiwan, China reacted with anger. It has canceled a series of military and diplomatic contacts with the United States, including port calls by naval vessels, and ...

Oct 10, 2008

Distressed Chinese dairy companies get help

HONG KONG — At a time when the United States — and now Europe — is acting to rescue financial institutions such as Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch and AIG, it is interesting to note that Chinese authorities are offering a hand to distressed companies ...

Sep 28, 2008

Bush will go away as a true friend to China

HONG KONG — As the world prepares to bid farewell to U.S. President George W. Bush in a few months, his foreign policy lies in tatters. Wars continue in Iraq and Afghanistan, a crisis looms in Iran, relations with Russia are badly strained, and ...

Sep 11, 2008

China's Africa policy changing for the better

China refused to allow Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, to take part in the opening session of the Olympic Games, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The paper said Mugabe had traveled to Hong Kong but was then persuaded by China to go home. While ...

Aug 31, 2008

Ma pursues defense plus China's blessing

PARIS — Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, who marked his first 100 days in office last week, has wrought major changes in Taiwan’s relations with both China and the United States, mending relations damaged by his predecessor, the pro-independence Chen Shui-bian, who insisted on pushing ...

Aug 14, 2008

China's slow march toward a normal society

In the months leading up to the Beijing Olympics, there was much talk about the state of human rights in China. Some declared that human rights continued to deteriorate while others insisted that the situation had been improving for the last 30 years. Still ...

Jul 31, 2008

Better for China to allow journalists freedom

After long months of controversy, the Olympic Summer Games will finally open in Beijing next week. However, the world’s eyes are on not the athletes but on the Chinese authorities and the way they handle protests, which will inevitably be held. The danger is ...