Feb 22, 2008

'Asian Arc' doomed without Australia

HONG KONG — Kevin Rudd, the non-Chinese world’s first Chinese-speaking prime minister, has dealt a lethal blow to a budding “Asian Arc of Democracy” that was actively pushed by former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a notion that appeared designed to isolate Beijing. Instead, ...

Feb 14, 2008

Crises cast light on China's problems

HONG KONG — More snow, even blizzards, are expected this week, but for the most part, China has weathered the crisis brought on by weeks of unusually bad weather, including severe snow and ice storms that affected most of the country, paralyzing transport systems ...

Feb 1, 2008

Nice words no match for border dispute

HONG KONG — Forty-five years ago, China and India — the world’s two most populous countries — were at each other’s throats, fighting a bloody war along their common border. Ten years ago, when India conducted underground nuclear tests, its defense minister said the ...

Jan 25, 2008

Kuomintang won't flaunt election win

HONG KONG — The electoral defeat of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan was expected, but the magnitude of the loss took everyone by surprise, including the DPP itself and the opposition party, the Kuomintang. The election transformed the situation from one where ...

Dec 28, 2007

World leader for president

HONG KONG — The 187 countries meeting to discuss climate change in Bali, Indonesia, this month narrowly averted a total breakdown by agreeing to set 2009 as the deadline for a new treaty to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. For that deadline to be met, China ...

Dec 15, 2007

Can Kim do the right thing?

HONG KONG — The six-party talks hosted by China on North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program have reached a critical stage, and signs are that while the disabling of the nuclear reactor at Yongbyon is going well, the overall denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula may be ...

Nov 29, 2007

Building better Japan-China relations

HONG KONG — The deterioration of China-Japan relations during the five years of Junichiro Koizumi’s premiership has been reversed, but concrete progress needs to be made if the dramatic improvement in relations in the last 14 months is to be sustainable. Already, both sides ...

Nov 16, 2007

Taiwanese scion strains to catch the sun

HONG KONG — Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian’s greatest successes were scored in 2000 and again in 2004, when he won two presidential elections. His performance as president in the last seven years, however, has been mediocre. No doubt, that is why he is spending ...

Nov 1, 2007

CCP changes but elitism remains intact

HONG KONG — Oh, what a difference a few decades make! Back in the days of Chairman Mao Zedong and his little red book, China was proud to proclaim the Communist Party as the party of workers, peasants and soldiers. And now? Two of ...

Oct 18, 2007

Signs of progress on Pyongyang problem

HONG KONG — What a difference a year makes. Last October, North Korea shocked the world by conducting a nuclear test. This month it agreed to disable all its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon and to provide a full declaration of its nuclear programs by ...