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China's vaccine scandal highlights HK's special status

IN MID-JULY, China's state drug administration ordered Changsheng Bio-technology, a company headquartered in Changchun, in northeastern China, to stop production of rabies vaccines after it uncovered evidence of forged data. ...
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China claims a victory on Korean nuclear issue

AT a time when much of the world is concerned about how to implement the denuclearisation agreement reached between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, China is quietly patting itself on the back even though it wasn't party to the talks...
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China steps in as the Quad fades away

WHILE having lunch with an Asian diplomat a couple of weeks ago, I happened to mention the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue - which comprises the United States, Japan, India and Australia; and is commonly known as the Quad. That on-and-off security dialogue focused on China when it started 2007, and...
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Laureate's widow is free but her brother is a hostage

FINALLY, after frantic appeals from around the world and much suspense, the Chinese Communist Party has agreed to let Liu Xia, the 57-year-old widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, leave the country and go to Europe.
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Time for Hong Kong's leader to act on pressing issues

WHEN Chinese President Xi Jinping came to Hong Kong a year ago to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and to officiate at the inaugural ceremony of the new government with Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor as the Chief Executive, he gave a...
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China stepping up efforts to forcibly integrate minorities

IN March, China-watchers' attention turned to amendments to the constitution, especially one that lifted term limits for the presidency, to see if Xi Jinping would be made president for life. But there were other amendments that attracted little, if any, attention...
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China, US avert Taiwan collision during Mattis visit

THE first visit by an American Defence Secretary to China in four years went off relatively well last week, with Jim Mattis making clear that he was approaching talks with an open mind and that he wanted to "do a lot of listening" and then "have a conversation"...
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China will play bigger role in North Korea

AFTER hours of intensive talks with the North Korean leader in Singapore, President Donald Trump held a rambling press conference during which he praised Kim Jong Un as "very talented", someone who took over the running of his country at the age of 26 and was "able to run it and run...
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A post-North Korea Asia: what will it look like?

WHO came out on top in Singapore, where the president of the most powerful nation on earth met the North Korean leader, a dirt-poor country that has made significant steps towards becoming a nuclear power? The world's press seems agreed on the answer: neither the United States nor North Korea...
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The US is finally taking China seriously

DURING the US-China rapprochement of the 1970s, China's goals were clear. It wanted to break through its diplomatic isolation - partly self-imposed - develop the economy and enhance its international standing, all with the ultimate goal of national reunification, with Hong Kong, Macao and...
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Africa is China's success story

THE decision of Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in west Africa, to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and establish relations with China is the latest evidence of Beijing's phenomenal success in Africa, especially since the turn of the century...
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Is China now imposing 'unequal treaties' on others?

THE reverberations from Malaysia's electoral earthquake, which saw voters sweeping aside the party that has been in power for 60 years, are likely to be felt for a long time, especially in China, which had signed huge infrastructure agreements with the outgoing Najib government, which the...
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China's messages: Worse than 'Orwellian nonsense'?

CHINA has reacted strongly to the White House for characterising its insistence that American air carriers remove references on their websites or in other materials suggesting that Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao are "countries" as "Orwellian nonsense"...
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Mending fences: Will China succeed in a charm offensive?

THE world - in particular China's neighbours - has been anxiously watching Beijing's increasing assertiveness over the last decade, especially since the rise of Xi Jinping. Quite a few countries are taking steps to enhance their own security by linking up with others in a similar...
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Korea peace talks: Is China in or out?

THE inter-Korean summit meeting was political theatre of a high order, where two heads of state expertly played their parts, including skipping back and forth between the line dividing their two countries like schoolchildren playing hopscotch.
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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.