Aug 31, 2011

China's economy not a model for emulation

At a time when the United States and Europe are beset by economic crises, it is natural that the Western model of economic development, including a democratic political system, should be viewed with some skepticism while China’s growth model is greatly enhanced. However, the ...

Aug 23, 2011

Joint development in the South China Sea

Unlike last year, when sparks flew at the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Washington had an interest in the resolution of territorial disputes in the South China Sea, this year’s 27-nation forum was relatively calm as ...

Aug 1, 2011

A less blinkered view of the Dalai Lama

As expected, China reacted strongly to the meeting between Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, saying this had “grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, hurt the feelings of Chinese people and damaged Sino-U.S. relations.” This was similar to the reaction to President Obama’s meeting ...

Jul 22, 2011

China takes credit for human rights progress

Two years ago, China issued a human rights action plan for 2009 and 2010. Last week, it announced that all targets have been met. China claims to have paid particular attention to the needs of underprivileged women, ethnic minorities, migrant workers, the disabled and ...

Jul 18, 2011

False report hardly relieves Beijing's paranoia

For a change, the media itself is in the spotlight these days. The scandal over the illegal hacking of mobile phone messages by journalists in Britain has resulted in the closure of a venerable newspaper, the News of the World, and threatens to implicate ...

May 27, 2011

Dalai Lama's words open door for Beijing

The election of Lobsang Sangay, a Harvard Law School scholar, as prime minister of Tibet’s government-in-exile was followed immediately by China’s rejection of any talks with him on the future of Tibet. This should not be taken as a rebuff from Beijing. Ironically, the ...

May 10, 2011

China anticipates 'explosion' over anything

“They feel they are sitting on a volcano,” said a prominent Chinese academic when explaining the government’s crackdown on its critics. “Even though China is very different from Egypt or Tunisia,” the Chinese government realizes that “there are so many people who are unhappy ...

Apr 14, 2011

China's human rights record invites criticism

HONG KONG — The United States has released its latest reports on human rights practices of countries around the world, with Chinese officials being severely cited for cracking down on activists, limiting internet access and repressing minorities. While this is a report on 2010, ...

Apr 1, 2011

Japan-China relations warming up in crisis

HONG KONG — If there is a rainbow behind the dark clouds currently blanketing Japan — the country’s gravest crisis since World War II — it could be this: Relations with China, which were at their worst in decades last year, are taking a ...

Mar 5, 2011

China isn't ripe for a Jasmine Revolution

HONG KONG — The so-called Jasmine Revolution sweeping North Africa and the Mideast has caught the world’s attention and there are now attempts to spread the flames to China as well. But is China ripe for a Jasmine Revolution? Unlike the countries in the ...