Sep 6, 2012

Nationalists making waves in Japan-China ties

Forty years ago this month, Japan and China established diplomatic relations. However, the two countries are clearly in no mood to celebrate because of a heated territorial dispute over tiny uninhabited islands called the Senkakus by Japan and the Diaoyus by China. They are ...

Aug 24, 2012

China seems loath to wait for Romney to learn

During the American presidential campaign of 2008, China was virtually a nonissue. During the televised debates between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, China was barely mentioned. This year, however, things are different. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, has made China a ...

Aug 14, 2012

China betting on wrong side in Syrian conflict

On the weekend before last, the United Nations General Assembly voted, 133 to 12, for a resolution that condemned the violence in Syria and called for a “political transition that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people.” The vote showed just how isolated the ...

Jul 28, 2012

China deepening aid and trade ties with Africa

Having overtaken the United States as Africa’s biggest trading partner two years ago, China is continuing to cement its relationship with the continent, with President Hu Jintao pledging $20 billion in loans over the next three years at a meeting in Beijing attended by ...

Jun 18, 2012

Beijing censors target leads to collective action

When Barack Obama visited China in 2009, the American leader made it a point to publicly declare himself “a big supporter of noncensorship” and said criticism made him a better president. “I think that the more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes, ...

Jun 4, 2012

Persecution goes on against Chen's kith and kin

Beijing has scored points in its handling of the case of Chen Guangcheng, first by agreeing to guarantee his safety by relocating him and his family to another city where he can study law and then, after the blind activist changed his mind and ...

May 17, 2012

Beijing tightens the screws on foreign journalists

In 2001, when it made a successful bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing promised there would be complete freedom for the foreign media to report in China. While this did not occur, more liberal rules were introduced, such as not requiring official ...

Apr 20, 2012

How Beijing demonstrates a lesson in harmony

From the outside it seems as though China’s leadership is facing its biggest crisis in a generation with the country’s most prominent political star, Bo Xilai, the czar of Chongqing, suddenly dismissed from all of his posts while his wife and a household assistant ...

Mar 19, 2012

Chief executive falls on Hong Kong's reputation

Chief Executive Donald Tsang, chastened by the disclosure that he had accepted favors from Hong Kong and mainland tycoons, was on the verge of tears when he appeared March 1 before the Legislative Council and pleaded: “No matter whether you still trust me or ...

Feb 28, 2012

Effects of China's Cultural Revolution revisited

More than 45 years ago, Chairman Mao Zedong launched the tumultuous Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, which led to the destruction of millions of Chinese lives. It was a tragedy of unparalleled proportions, and yet the Communist Party continues to honor Mao and refuses to ...