Sep 5, 2010

The yin and yang of human rights in China

HONG KONG — The only lady vice minister in China’s Foreign Ministry is Fu Ying, a well-coiffed, mild-mannered 57-year-old, an ethnic Mongol who speaks flawless English, who has served as ambassador to the Philippines, Australia and Britain, and who is known for her media ...

Aug 19, 2010

Mixed views in rising China

While voices in China continue to be raised against American naval exercises near the China coast and asserting Beijing’s increased influence in global affairs, other voices are now being heard questioning the wisdom of China’s increasing assertiveness. Maj. Gen. Luo Yuan, in a commentary ...

Jul 29, 2010

A clash of interests in Asia

The show of force mounted this week off the Korean Peninsula by the United States and South Korea was the biggest in decades and was intended to warn North Korea not to take aggressive action against the South. China, however, objected to the military ...

Jul 15, 2010

Creative diplomacy papers over the Cheonan incident

The dispute over the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel in March has been papered over with a presidential statement unanimously approved by the 15-member United Nations Security Council. As a result, we have the bizarre situation where the statement was applauded by ...

Jun 17, 2010

U.S. military has Chinese seeing red

Although China voted with the United States and other countries to impose another round of sanctions against Iran in the United Nations Security Council, there is still little political trust between the two countries, especially between their militaries. This was evident when U.S. Secretary ...

Jun 3, 2010

North Korea: the region's 'uniter'

Ever since international investigators concluded that the South Korean naval ship Cheonan, which sank in March with the loss of 46 lives, was struck by a North Korean torpedo, China has been under growing pressure to condemn its close friend and ally in the ...

May 23, 2010

Can 'true friends' talk to China about rights?

PARIS — In September 2007, when Chinese President Hu Jintao was visiting Australia, he was pleasantly surprised to encounter the leader of the opposition Labor Party, Kevin Rudd, who upstaged Prime Minister John Howard by delivering a welcoming address at a state lunch in ...

May 11, 2010

Ma jockeys for domestic and Chinese favor

HONG KONG — Taiwan’s leader Ma Ying-jeou did something unusual late last month. With the next presidential election almost two years away, he held a televised debate with the leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, Tsai Ing-wen, thereby giving her the status and ...

Apr 30, 2010

America's star is rising in world opinion

Despite widespread talk of a rising China and an America in decline, the latest BBC World Service poll shows not just strong residual American soft power but actually an increase. At the same time, the data depict a China whose influence is viewed as ...

Apr 21, 2010

Hong Kong treads the democracy tightrope

The Hong Kong government announced earlier this month that it had nominated a leading jurist, Justice Geoffrey Ma, to be the next head of the judiciary, succeeding Chief Justice Andrew Li, who served in that post since the former British colony became a special ...