South China Sea standoff

Apr 14, 2015

South China Sea standoff

Beijing must be feeling the pressure from the U.S. to stop its campaign of turning tiny reefs in the South China Sea into artificial islands capable of military use.

Is Beijing breaching the Joint Declaration?

Dec 9, 2014

Is Beijing breaching the Joint Declaration?

Thirty years ago this month, Britain and China signed the declaration on the Question of Hong Kong under which London agreed to restore Hong Kong to China in 1997 and Beijing agreed to allow it a "high degree of autonomy" until 2047. But China's ...

Hong Kong a growing thorn in Sino-American relations

Oct 14, 2014

Hong Kong a growing thorn in Sino-American relations

Just as China and the U.S. are preparing for another Xi Jinping-Barack Obama summit, this time in Beijing for the annual APEC leaders meeting, China is stepping up charges that Washington is secretly supporting student-led pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Oct 3, 2014

Structure self with propriety, Confucius said

When President Xi Jinping addressed the International Confucian Association to mark the 2,565th anniversary of the birth of Confucius, he did not remind listeners that Mao Zedong had launched a nationwide campaign to flame the philosopher.

Sep 5, 2014

Will China's tough stance backfire in Hong Kong?

The Beijing government may think that by blocking Hong Kong's progress toward the democratic election of a chief executive, it is safeguarding both the region's and the nation's economic interests. But it is quite likely to have the opposite effect.

May 18, 2014

China plays down GDP size

China's government does not sound comfortable with new World Bank figures indicating that China will overtake the U.S. this year and become the No. 1 economy.

May 1, 2014

Heavy metal contaminants stalk China's farms

China released a report in April disclosing that much of its arable land is contaminated with heavy metals that are entering the food chain. It doesn't bode well for consumers and suggests that China increasingly will have to import food.