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 ...

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 ...