Apr 3, 2010

Did China trash a treaty?

The high profile case of Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu closed with the three-judge court sentencing the Australian citizen to 10 years in prison on charges of corruption and stealing commercial secrets. Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith termed the sentence harsh and pointed out ...

Mar 18, 2010

China's hollow constitution

In many ways, the Chinese Constitution is a marvelous document. It guarantees Chinese citizens a host of rights, including “freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration.” The problem is that these rights exist only in theory, ...

Feb 16, 2010

China's reaction raises doubt about its intent

HONG KONG — China’s reaction to the announcement by Washington of a large arms sales package to Taiwan suggests that, 20 months after Taiwan replaced hostility with cooperation in its dealings with the mainland, Beijing still believes it will ultimately need to use force ...

Jan 21, 2010

Citizens lose in Google vs. China

The challenge thrown down by Google last week seemed unequivocal: Either China accepts uncensored information on Google.cn or the Internet giant will shut down its operations in the country. “We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn,” ...

Dec 24, 2009

No winners emerge from COP15 conference

If the climate change conference in Copenhagen failed to meet the expectations of both developed and developing countries, it did make one thing clear: The United States remains the most powerful developed country and China is acknowledged as a leading representative of the developing ...

Nov 26, 2009

U.S.-China relations shifting

Observers analyzing the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to China, not unnaturally, looked for signs of a shift in the world balance of power — and they found them. For one thing, the American leader was noticeably respectful of his Chinese hosts and ...

Nov 13, 2009

Highlighting the return to a neglected region

HONG KONG — U.S. President Barack Obama plans to include the prime minister of Myanmar (aka Burma), a country long shunned by Washington, when he meets this week with leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). While in Singapore — part ...

Nov 3, 2009

Missiles crimp Taiwan's thoughts of peace

HONG KONG — Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, in his first interview after taking on the chairmanship of the ruling Nationalist Party (Kuomintang), again urged China to scrap missiles that stand along its coast, aimed at the island. The number of such missiles, rather than ...

Oct 16, 2009

Summit highlights media problems in China

HONG KONG — It seems that almost every week brings new signs of China’s rise, with a commensurate increase in its international influence and soft power as well as in its economic, political and military clout. Last week saw Beijing hosting an unprecedented international ...

Sep 18, 2009

Beijing's 'internal affairs'

HONG KONG — Ever since the 1950s, China has subscribed to the principle of noninterference in the internal affairs of other countries, which was first written into a treaty that it signed with India in 1954. China has loudly upheld this principle and criticized ...