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 ...

Jul 16, 2009

World sympathy lies with Tibet, not Xinjiang

The rioting in Xinjiang last week echoed violence in Tibet last year but, interestingly, the international reaction has been very different. Last year, Western countries put pressure on Beijing to hold a dialogue with representatives of the Dalai Lama, with President Nicolas Sarkozy of ...

Jun 5, 2009

Suspect in stabbing death a national hero

HONG KONG — A public outcry in China over the case of a woman arrested for stabbing to death a local official who assaulted her after she refused to provide sexual services reflects the widespread distrust of officials and sympathy for the underdog — ...

May 8, 2009

'Mr. Democracy' fell short after 1919 demonstration

HONG KONG — Ninety years ago this week, thousands of students from Peking University and elsewhere gathered in the then much smaller Tiananmen Square before marching through the city in protest. They were demonstrating against a predatory Japan and against the Western powers’ decision ...

Apr 12, 2009

Welcome development in U.S.-China dialogue

HONG KONG — All indications are that the first summit meeting between the new American president, Barack Obama, and his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, went extremely well. The American leader has already accepted an invitation to visit Beijing later this year. Beijing made sure ...

Mar 27, 2009

China shelves dispute over right of passage

HONG KONG — Ahead of the first meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao, scheduled to take place in London next week, China has backed down, temporarily at least, in its dispute with the United States over whether U.S. Navy ...

Mar 16, 2009

Clinching a free trade accord with Beijing

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao recently offered to hold political and military talks with Taiwan in order to end the state of hostility between the two sides, which has existed for 60 years. Taiwan immediately rejected the offer, with President Ma Ying-jeou saying through a ...