FRANK CHING

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CHINESE leader Xi Jinping, in a July 1 speech to mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover, brought up the Opium War, under which a victorious Britain wrested Hong Kong island from “a weak China under corrupt and incompetent feudal rule.” To underline China’s humiliation, he said the British…

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CHINA’s leader, Xi Jinping, has been busy traveling the world to deliver the message that China is a responsible power, ready for world leadership. The official Xinhua news agency said of his visit to Hamburg for the G20 gathering: “Chinese President Xi Jinping has demonstrated China’s readiness to join the…

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CHINA’s President Xi Jinping displayed a velvet glove at the beginning of his three-day visit to Hong Kong, saying upon arrival last Thursday that he offered good wishes on the 20th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China and the support of the central government to ensure the…

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THE United States and China held the first round of the newly established diplomatic and security dialogue last week with North Korea as the principle topic. The Americans emphasized the need for China to do more. The Global Times newspaper reported that the dialogue was “the equivalent to that of…

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THE recent establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Panama marks the further international isolation of Taiwan. Panama’s defection from Taiwan leaves barely 20 countries still maintaining relations with the island, using its formal name the Republic of China. The move itself is not surprising, since Panama had sought ties…

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TWENTY years ago, on July 1, 1997, Britain turned Hong Kong over to China under the Sino-British Joint Declaration which provided that the territory would be largely autonomous under the “one country, two systems” formula devised by then paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. By and large, for the last two decades,…

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THE annual summit meeting of China and the European Union held in Brussels last Friday was overshadowed by President Donald Trump’s announcement of the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change. The European Union and China responded by reaffirming their commitment to implementing the 2015…

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THE release by China’s Ministry of Commerce of a research report on economic and trade relations with the United States is an opportunity for the two countries to narrow their differences over trade. In particular, it is an opportunity for the US to take a more balanced view regarding its…

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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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