Sep 21, 2007

China revisits a contradiction

HONG KONG — More than 25 years ago, China’s paramount ruler Deng Xiaoping criticized excessive concentration of power within the Communist Party as the cause of grave problems, including the precipitation of the Cultural Revolution. On Aug. 18, 1980, in an address to an ...

Sep 6, 2007

China's image sinking fast

HONG KONG — Public opinion surveys taken in the United States and other countries around the world show that China’s image has been badly dented in the wake of widespread reports of unsafe food, toxic toothpaste, dangerous toys and poisonous drugs. A recent NBC ...

Aug 23, 2007

China tightens grip on Tibetan Buddhism

HONG KONG — China announced last month new regulations governing Tibetan Buddhism, including a stipulation that senior monks, known as “living Buddhas,” cannot be reincarnated without government permission. “The reincarnation of living Buddhas must undergo application and approval procedures,” the new regulations stipulate. “Living ...

Aug 9, 2007

Product safety issue a blessing in disguise?

HONG KONG — China’s preliminary agreement with the United States on measures to deal with food and drug safety worked out last week is an encouraging development that may well avert a confrontation that could poison the relationship, which is already beset by trade ...

Jul 27, 2007

North Korea will still want its reactors

HONG KONG — The failure of the six-party talks to agree on a schedule for North Korea to declare and disable all of its nuclear programs shows that there are major obstacles ahead, although the first phase — providing for the shutdown of the ...

Jul 12, 2007

China's 'patriotic' church

HONG KONG — The Vatican, through a pastoral letter from Pope Benedict XVI to the 12 million Catholics in China, has called for reconciliation between the so-called patriotic church, which operates independently from the Holy See, and the underground church, which recognizes the supremacy ...

Jun 18, 2007

The first to save the planet

HONG KONG — Focusing on climate change, the most recent Group of Eight meeting, chaired by Germany and attended by five of the world’s biggest developing countries, marked a significant step forward in a battle for nothing less than the survival of humanity on ...

Jun 1, 2007

Name game toughens Taiwanese parties

HONG KONG — The dispute over the renaming of a memorial hall in Taiwan would be hilarious if it were not for the very serious political tensions that are pitting the two main political parties against each other. President Chen Shui-bian, to weaken Taiwan’s ...

Mar 16, 2007

Apologies of dubious quality

HONG KONG — The recent verbal gymnastics of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe show why, more than 60 years after the end of World War II, Japan’s wartime behavior remains a sensitive issue around the region and why the country’s apologies are regarded as insincere. ...

Mar 2, 2007

China makes due with cosmetic changes

HONG KONG — With the approach of the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese government is making all kinds of preparations to host the games and to welcome foreign visitors and athletes. It knows that the eyes of the world are increasingly turning to China. To ...