FRANK CHING

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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. But little attention has been focused on what Xi considers to be a prerequisite…

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NORTH Korea’s ICBM test last November 29 brought 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 concerned—US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President…

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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.” Li Fei, chairman of the Basic Law Committee under the…

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JAPAN and China are experiencing a definite, if limited, thaw in their relations. Up until last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who assumed office in December 2012, had only met President Xi Jinping four times and Premier Li Keqiang twice, all on the margins of multilateral conferences. The first such…

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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. Trump, while unhappy with China on trade and North Korean issues, had nothing but praise…

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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 2. It also strengthens his hand in dealing with China, including his attempt to rekindle the relationship, which has been…

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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 as to what some of the policies…

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THE long-expected 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China will be held in Beijing next week 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…

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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 in Tokyo 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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