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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.
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Xi may now be newly empowered to reform China

THE major speech delivered by Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the opening of the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China, which makes it clear that China is preparing itself for a much bigger role on the world stage, also provides clues to some of the policies to be adopted domestically in this...
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What's in China's DNA - war or peace?

THE long-expected 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China will kick off on Wednesday in Beijing; and the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, is expected to emerge with an even tighter grip on the levers of power. The party constitution will be changed with the incorporation of his name into that...
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China needs to ponder history, too, for better Japan ties

RELATIONS between China and Japan have taken a sudden turn for the better as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid an unprecedented visit to the Chinese embassy to take part in China's national day celebrations and to mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the...
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Give HK political reform and independence idea will die

ADVOCATES of Hong Kong independence are intolerable, Zhang Xiaoming said last week on his first day as director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office in Beijing...
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China holds all the trumps in Korean crisis

HIGH drama was the order of the day at the United Nations General Assembly this past week when Donald Trump promised to "totally destroy" North Korea if the US has to defend itself or its allies. Four days later, the North Korean foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, accused Mr Trump of being on...
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UN should ensure that it is not dominated by China

LAST week, China's official People's Daily published an essay by Foreign Minister Wang Yi praising China's achievements in human rights ever since Xi Jinping assumed power in 2012. "Only the person wearing the shoes can tell if the shoes are comfortable," he said. "...
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Japan's neighbourhood just got a lot rougher

NORTH Korea's accelerated campaign to develop nuclear weapons capable of hitting North America may be riling the United States but it is striking real fear into the hearts of many in Japan, especially after a ballistic missile flew over Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost prefecture...
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Foreign media undermining HK judiciary unknowingly

MORE than 20 years ago, in the run-up to Hong Kong's handover to China, rumours were rife that the city was finished. Fortune magazine published the infamous "The Death of Hong Kong" article. Books appeared with such titles as The Fall of Hong Kong, The End of Hong Kong and The Last...
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Japan right to tell China to act like a major power

IN Japan as in China, there is a tradition of officials being chosen from members of politically prominent families for senior positions and, often, those politicians exhibit similar political leanings as their forebears.
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China loses arbitration but wins control of S China Sea

A YEAR after China lost an arbitration case brought against it by the Philippines under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea regarding their dispute in the South China Sea, China has emerged the victor in real terms as it flouted the Arbitral Tribunal's decision and the Philippines, under...
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Why China is embarrassed by Nobel peace laureate's widow

IN the month since the death of Liu Xiaobo, China's Nobel peace laureate, world attention has shifted to focus on the fate of his widow, Liu Xia, who had been kept under illegal house arrest ever since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2010 while serving an 11-year...
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Latest from China: fabricated papers, fake peer reviews

FROM the land that brought to you poisonous toothpaste, toxic pet food and milk powder that sickened and killed children now comes a new perilous product: fabricated papers in medical journals with fake peer reviews written by fabricated cancer specialists.
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Let Chinese, US scholars lead the way to cooperation

AT A time when the US-China relationship seems to be drifting, with the very clear potential of a steep downward slide, possibly sparked by events in North Korea, it is encouraging to learn that specialists from think-tanks in both countries have worked together for the past year to analyse knotty...