Dec 26, 2012

Abe's ascent provides China with a chance to improve ties

Shinzo Abe, widely viewed as a rightwing nationalist, assumes office Wednesday as prime minister of Japan, the seventh time the country’s leadership has changed hands in six years and his second turn at the helm since 2007. The election manifesto of Abe’s party, the ...

Nov 29, 2012

China should reconsider the land-grabber look

The installation of a new generation of leaders in China, albeit still incomplete, provides an opportunity for change in the Sino-American relationship, now that U.S. President Barack Obama has been re-elected. Both countries recognize that the bilateral relationship needs a new anchor. China has ...

Sep 20, 2012

Give Deng's proposal to share Senkaku resources a chance

“Our generation is not wise enough to find common language on this question,” Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping said in 1978 about his country’s territorial dispute with Japan. “Our next generation will certainly be wiser. They will certainly find a solution acceptable to all.” In ...

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 ...