FRANK CHING

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LAST week, China hosted a large-scale international conference to discuss the vision of its leader, President Xi Jinping, of connecting Asia, Europe and Africa through a network of roads, ports, bridges, tunnels, pipelines and other projects that will involve 68 countries in three continents and about two-thirds of the world’s…

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THE election of Moon Jae-in as South Korea’s President marks the re-emergence of a major player that had been silenced for five crucial months because of the country’s political paralysis, which ended with the impeachment and arrest of his conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye. Moon in many ways is the opposite…

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WITH only weeks to go before Carrie Lamis sworn in as the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, attention naturally is focused on how she is going to govern and the role the Beijing government will play. The head of legal affairs of China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, Wang Zhenmin,…

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WHAT a difference a year makes. Last year, at the 29thAsean summit in Laos, a Chairman’s Statement, without mentioning China, “took note of concerns expressed by some Leaders on the land reclamations and escalation of activities in the area, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine…

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While China tightens its grip, US reliability appears in doubt IN a few weeks, Tsai Ing-wen will mark her first anniversary as President of Taiwan. However, celebrations are likely to be subdued since she is facing intractable problems with the world’s two most important powers – China, which is an…

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PYONGYANG’s failed missile test on Sunday provides an opportunity for the United States to press for more stringent sanctions and for China to demonstrate its willingness to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. Even though the missile blew up, the attempted launch was a violation of UN Security Council resolutions. This means…

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CHINESE leader Xi Jinping’s two-day summit meeting with Donald Trump, overshadowed by the US attack on Syria, gave each President the chance to take the measure of the other and, apparently, each liked what he saw. From the Chinese perspective, things went very well indeed, with China taking the initiative…

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AS expected, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor triumphed in Sunday’s election, winning 777 votes from the 1,194-member Election Committee to become Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive. She will be the first woman to lead Hong Kong since its emergence as a free port in the 19th century. Lam will take office…

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IN October 1939, when World War II was just beginning, Winston Churchill, in a radio broadcast, described Russia as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Today, the same can be said of North Korea, which continues to defy the world with its nuclear and missile programs, despite…

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