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 ...

Jul 17, 2008

New world order is long overdue

George Herbert Walker Bush, when he was president of the United States, used to talk a lot about a “new world order” emerging after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Seventeen years later, that new order is still not in place as ...

Jul 4, 2008

One small step for stability

HONG KONG — The June 18 announcement of the Beijing-Tokyo agreement to jointly develop gas fields in the disputed waters of the East China Sea should help ease tensions between the two countries as they try to forge a new, forward-looking cooperative relationship, but ...

Jun 21, 2008

Baptism by fire for Taiwan's President Ma

The success of the first round of talks between Taiwan and the China mainland is a feather in the cap of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, who made improved relations with Beijing the central theme of his campaign platform. But he has yet to display ...

Jun 5, 2008

Quake warms Japan-China ties

The Sichuan earthquake disaster has highlighted many changes in China, such as its willingness to accept outside aid in contrast to the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, when Beijing insisted on self-reliance and refused all offers of assistance. In terms of foreign relations, it also had ...

May 23, 2008

Asia's rise befalls the West

HONG KONG — “When many Western observers look at China,” the former Singaporean diplomat Kishore Mahbubani writes in his latest book, “The New Asian Hemisphere,” “they cannot see beyond the lack of a democratic political system. They miss the massive democratization of the human ...

Apr 24, 2008

U.S. candidates' top target: China

Ever since the Tiananmen Square military crackdown of 1989, China has become an issue in domestic American politics, usually with the party in power — either Republican or Democratic — being attacked by the opposition party for not being tough enough toward Beijing. In ...