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 ...

Oct 27, 2006

Crisis boosts U.S.-China ties

HONG KONG — North Korea’s nuclear test Oct. 9 may have created a crisis atmosphere in the world but, at the same time, it has greatly improved China’s relations with the United States as the two countries work closely together to put pressure on ...

Sep 29, 2006

China-booster on U.S. side needs time

HONG KONG — The new U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s visit to China provides hope that the increasingly bitter stalemate in economic relations between the two countries may be amenable to change. The problem is that protectionists in Washington may not be willing to ...

Sep 1, 2006

Rights awareness spreading like wildfire

HONG KONG — The headlines tell it all. On the front page of the International Herald Tribune: “Activist in China sentenced to 4 years — decision seen as part of a sweeping move to punish dissent.” For the official Xinhua news agency report on ...

Aug 19, 2006

Struggling for transparency in China

HONG KONG — Following the Chinese press, one sometimes gets totally depressed and feels that there is no hope for the country, with its myriad problems. At other times, the opposite is true. This week, it is a mix. On different fronts, one sees ...

Jul 28, 2006

North Korea's waning respect for China

HONG KONG — Strange as it may seem, there was an unofficial American group in Pyongyang on July 5, when North Korea conducted a series of missile tests. Stranger still is that a key North Korean official spoke to them quite frankly about what ...

Jun 30, 2006

Rewriting the line on Japan

HONG KONG — There are encouraging signs that both China and Japan are looking for ways to ease the prolonged deadlock between their two countries and improve relations — an essential prerequisite to any strengthening of East Asian regional integration and the eventual emergence ...

Jun 15, 2006

Reformers edge ahead in Chinese debate

HONG KONG — Since Deng Xiaoping began the process of reform and opening up almost 28 years ago, China has repeatedly had internal debates, often heated, as to whether changes had gone too far. A recent well publicized article in the official People’s Daily ...

Apr 14, 2006

Slow courtship for the Vatican and China

HONG KONG — A senior Chinese official has acknowledged that Beijing and the Vatican have been in contact about the normalization of diplomatic relations. This was the first formal confirmation of hints from Vatican officials that negotiations for the restoration of ties, broken since ...