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At age 20, Hong Kong SAR should be treated as an adult

PRESIDENT Xi Jinping last July 1 congratulated Hong Kong on the 20th anniversary of its return to China and its transformation from a British colony into the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). He said: "According to China's tradition, a man enters adulthood at the age of 20,...
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China's 'sea parade' for projecting power and striking fear

IN his epic speech at the Communist party congress last October, party leader and state president Xi Jinping announced the initiation of "a new stage in strengthening and revitalising the armed forces". By 2035, he promised, "the modernisation of our national defence and our forces...
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Kim's visit ends Chinese isolation but questions remain

THE sudden visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Beijing ended China's fear of being marginalised on the Korean peninsula, but the awkwardness in the Chinese position remains, with Beijing distancing itself from Pyongyang's attempts to make use of the Chinese territory of Hong Kong...
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Xi's new charter shows HK's future hanging by a thread

ON Feb 25, the Xinhua news agency disclosed in a terse report that the Communist Party of China proposed to remove term limits on the President and Vice-President from the national constitution. This happened on March 11, and exactly two weeks later, the nearly 3,000 members of the National People...
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China and North Korea seek improved ties

EVER since China hosted three-party talks involving the United States, North Korea and itself 15 years ago, it had insisted that denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula can only come after direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
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China now holds itself up as a world model

LAST October, China raised its leader Xi Jinping to dizzying heights when it wrote Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era into the Communist Party constitution.
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Trump-Kim meeting: What role should China play?

IT is remarkable that in the short space of three months, the political situation on the Korean Peninsula has moved from the edge of war into an unwonted atmosphere of hope.
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Return to strongman rule dangerous for China

THE decision by President Xi Jinping to end term limits for himself returns China to strongman rule, a style of government that many hoped had died with Mao Zedong in 1976. It also pits him directly against Deng Xiaoping's political reforms, aimed at preventing the concentration of too much...
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The China threat: Theory or reality?

CHINA'S rapid growth and increasingly assertive behaviour are causing alarm in many parts of the world, but Beijing continues to ridicule what it calls "the China threat theory", telling the rest of the world that it has nothing to worry about...
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Russian meddling in US elections: Did China know?

THE indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller charging 13 Russian citizens and three Russian entities provides detailed allegations of what the Russians did when they interfered in the 2016 American presidential elections.
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Doing business in China: Politics is still in command

PEOPLE love quotes, especially inspirational ones. Chairman Mao Zedong's words, "The Chinese people have stood up", spoken in 1949 after the communist triumph in the civil war, still resonates among many, even if they don't remember exactly where and when the words were spoken...
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China to Japan: Work harder if you want to be my friend

THE visit by Japan's foreign minister to Beijing over the weekend marks the first tangible sign of progress in improving Sino-Japanese relations since both countries indicated last year an interest in ending the state of virtual hostility that has persisted since 2012, when China halted normal...
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A new Chinese practice: blowing its own trumpet

CHINA is opening 2018 by doing something that it never used to do: boasting about its achievements and comparing itself favourably with the United States, backed up by a recent Gallup poll that showed more people in the world approved of Chinese than American leadership in the age of US President...
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Will Korea talks lead to US negotiations with Pyongyang?

THE global spotlight, which has been focused on North Korea for much of 2017, has shifted slightly to South Korea, which has assumed an uncharacteristically key role under President Moon Jae-in.
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Inter-Korean talks: Is a corner being turned?

HIGH-LEVEL talks between North and South Korea this week offer a potential for diplomacy - not threats of war - to reduce the increasingly tense stand-off between Washington and Pyongyang, amid the latter's impressive success in developing its missiles and nuclear weaponry...
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HK may regret move to lease railway plot back to China

HONG KONG begins the new year celebrating an odd victory - a voluntary reduction in its China-granted autonomy by "leasing" back to China a portion of a new railway terminal where mainland security personnel will apply mainland law. ...
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US security strategy confirms Trump's toughness on China

IT is no secret that China and the United States compete around the world - although, in certain areas, they cooperate. The newly released National Security Strategy of the United States, unveiling the Trump administration's thoughts of national security, focuses primarily on China as its top...
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Sino-Japan ties: Will there be more trust or just cordiality?

THREE years ago, China for the first time observed a National Memorial Day to mark the anniversary of the Nanjing massacre of 1937 when, according to Beijing, 300,000 civilians and unarmed soldiers were killed by the Japanese Imperial Army.
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Reunification is not a necessary prerequisite to rejuvenation

CHINESE leader Xi Jinping's report to the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China drew international attention to China's vision of its emergence as a "great modern socialist country" by the middle of the century...
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North Korea's nuclearisation: a dilemma for China

NORTH Korea's test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Nov 29 brought about what are now routine responses: a pre-dawn National Security Council meeting in Seoul, similar emergency meetings in Tokyo and Washington, as well as urgent telephone consultations among the leaders...
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Narrowing Hong Kong's autonomy may backfire

FOR the first time in more than three decades, a senior Chinese official has defined Hong Kong's "high degree of autonomy" as joint administration by the central and local governments, with the central government alone dealing with "some major matters"...
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Are China-Japan ties starting to show some improvement?

JAPAN and China are experiencing a definite, if limited, thaw in their relations. Up until last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who assumed office in December 2012, had met Chinese President Xi Jinping only four times and Premier Li Keqiang twice, all on the margins of multilateral...
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Trump's trip to China: Beneath the smiles, a harsh reality

PRESIDENT Xi Jinping gave Donald Trump unprecedented "state visit plus" treatment during the US leader's three-day visit to China, which was hailed as "successful and historic", with a display of affability between the two men...
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Is an improved Japan-China relationship in the works?

SHINZO Abe's stunning electoral victory last month won him a fourth term as Japan's prime minister and raises his chances of becoming the longest-serving government leader since World War II. It also strengthens his hand in dealing with China, including his attempt to rekindle the...
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China now in a position to offer roadmaps to the world

CHINA is basking in the interest that the whole world is taking in the 19th congress of its Communist Party and pondering the weighty speech delivered by General Secretary Xi Jinping, who was given the signal honour of having his name incorporated in the party Constitution.