13 OCTOBER 2017
China-India relations: Millennia of peaceful coexistence meet modern day geopolitical interests
The China-India dispute over the Doklam plateau and the two states’ subsequent fence-mending at the BRICS summit have brought into focus what will be one of the most important relationships in the future world order
17 SEPTEMBER 2017
China backs UN Security Council’s first Myanmar statement in nine years as ethnic bloodshed forces 380,000 Rohingya to flee
Myanmar said last week it was negotiating with Russia and China to ensure they blocked any censure by the Security Council over the violence in Rakhine state
10 JULY 2017
Beijing says US apologises for ‘Republic of China’ gaffe
China said on Monday (Jul 10) the United States apologised after Beijing officially protested a White House statement that mistakenly described Xi Jinping as the president of the « Republic of China »
7 JULY 2017
China’s Xi Jinping and India’s Narendra Modi meet on G20 sidelines amid simmering border tensions
President Xi Jinping met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday, at a time of heightened tensions between the two countries over the worst border dispute in years
5 JULY 2017
China-Russia diplomatic double act exposes Trump’s crudeness
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin vow to work together on peaceful solution to North Korea crisis – in sharp contrast to US president’s sabre-rattling
21 JUNE 2017
US and China officials meet under North Korea cloud
Top US officials began talks with their Chinese counterparts on Wednesday (Jun 21) seeking a tougher line on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions – after President Donald Trump implied that Beijing had already tried and failed
1st JUNE 2017
How Trump’s unreliability is pushing EU and China closer together
At a time of great flux in global politics, the EU and China want to show they are willing to work together to tackle the daunting challenges facing the world, from trade and investment to security and climate change
28 MAY 2017
China ‘strongly dissatisfied’ with G7 statement on East, South China Seas
A senior Chinese official says his country is “strongly dissatisfied” with the mention of ongoing disputes in regards to the South and East China Seas in the final communiqué of the recent G7 summit in Italy
14 MAY 2017
China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of North Korea missile
Beijing: China touted on Sunday its new Silk Road as “a project of the century” at a summit highlighting its growing leadership on globalisation, but a North Korean missile test intruded on the meeting
11 MAY 2017
Xi calls for more bilateral cooperation as he hosts Vietnamese president
President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for China and Vietnam to boost bilateral cooperation as he received Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, despite the two communist countries being at odds over territorial disputes in the South China Sea
12 APRIL 2017
In a phone call, China’s Xi urges Trump to peacefully resolve North Korea tensions
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has urged US President Trump to seek a peaceful resolution with North Korea after both sides traded fresh provocations. Trump has threatened unilateral action over Pyongyang’s nuclear program
6 APRIL 2017
Xi-Trump summit: Trump says he will have ‘very, very great relationship’ with Xi
US President Donald Trump said he thinks he will have a « very, very great relationship » with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the two leaders met for the first time
21 MARCH 2017
Chinese flirt with Russia over the Ukraine crisis
As a global player China has a possibility for independent actions following its interests. Due to its economic and military power, the country can choose the most favorable foreign policy development with no regard to most of the other states. China is considered to be one of few supporters of Russian latest foreign policy, however, the statement is very controversial and need to be carefully analyzed
20 MARCH 2017
China and Israel vow to deepen relations
China on Monday vowed to boost cooperation with Israel in Beijing’s latest move to step up engagement with the Middle East, after signing deals worth US$65 billion with Saudi Arabia last week
18 MARCH 2017
US, China to cooperate on ‘dangerous’ North Korea situation
The US and China pledged on Saturday (Mar 18) to work together in addressing the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear programme, as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the situation had reached a « dangerous level »
17 MARCH 2017
China, Russia block UN statement on Myanmar
China and Russia blocked a proposed UN Security Council statement on Friday that would have expressed concern over the tense situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, diplomats said
28 FEBRUARY 2017
Russia, China Block UN Sanctions On Syria Over Gas Attacks
Russia and China have blocked a push by Western governments at the United Nations to punish the Syrian government over chemical weapons attacks
China’s top diplomat in talks with Trump in Washington
China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi met US President Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday to discuss “shared interests of national security” and a possible summit between the American leader and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping
24 FEBRUARY 2017
Could China’s Trump tactics actually be working?
It’s been a month and adjusting to Donald Trump as US president has been an enormous challenge for China, as for many around the world
10 FEBRUARY 2017
Trump agrees to support ‘One China’ policy in Xi Jinping call
Donald Trump has held his first telephone conversation with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, since entering the White House, telling the Communist party leader he will not challenge Beijing by upending longstanding US policy towards Taiwan
9 FEBRUARY 2017
In a first, Trump writes a letter to Chinese President, and China is pleased
In a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Trump said he looked forward to working with him « to develop a constructive relationship » that benefits both countries, the White House said in a statement
4 FEBRUARY 2017
China warns US after James Mattis says disputed isles covered by Japan treaty
China warns Washington that it is risking instability in Asia after US defence secretary Mattis vowed to back Japan in any military clash with Beijing over disputed isles in South China Sea
23 JANUARY 2017
China congratulates Trump – and warns to tread carefully on Taiwan
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to Donald Trump congratulating him on becoming the United States president, as it warned Washington to abide by the one-China Policy
18 JANUARY 2017
Xi Jinping calls for world without nuclear weapons, equality for all nations
Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a world without nuclear weapons at the UN on Wednesday (Jan 18) and urged a multilateral system based on equality among nations large and small
15 JANUARY 2017
One-China policy can’t be bargaining chip, Beijing warns Trump
China’s foreign ministry said its One-China policy isn’t negotiable and urged Donald Trump to recognise the « high sensitivity » with which it views Taiwan, a day after the president-elect hinted for the second time in a month at a reset of US-China relations
22 DECEMBER 2016
What China and the US must do in 2017 to improve relations
Wang Jisi says the Sino-US relationship has entered a new normal, with cooperation and competition both increasing, leading to a repeated pattern of escalation and de-escalation of tensions
19 DECEMBER 2016
Norway and China resume diplomatic ties after 2010 row over Nobel peace prize going to dissident
Norway and China have resumed diplomatic relations and negotiations on a free-trade agreement, ending a six-year diplomatic freeze caused by the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident
12 DECEMBER 2016
Beijing ‘seriously concerned’ after Trump questions ‘one China’ Policy
China has warned that it’s « seriously concerned » after President-elect Donald Trump questioned whether the United States should keep its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of « one China. »
10 DECEMBER 2016
China ‘blocks’ Mongolia border after Dalai Lama visit
Mongolia says China has closed a key border crossing, creating huge congestion, nearly a week after the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, visited the country
5 DECEMBER 2016
Donald Trump rails against China as team runs damage control over Taiwan
President-elect Donald Trump railed against China on Sunday, only hours after his transition team denied that his call with Taiwan’s president signaled a new US policy toward Pacific power
27 NOVEMBER 2016
China freezes bilateral diplomacy with Mongolia over Dalai Lama visit
China has postponed all bilateral interactions with Mongolia over the Dalai Lama’s visit. The immediate result of the Chinese decision is that upcoming talks on Chinese loans and infrastructure initiatives in the country will not go forward
24 NOVEMBER 2016
Xi’s visits boost Asia-Pacific cooperation, China-Latin America ties
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visits to Ecuador, Peru and Chile and his attendance at the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting have promoted Asia-Pacific cooperation and China-Latin America relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said
10 NOVEMBER 2016
Chinese official Meng Hongwei to head Interpol
Vice Minister of Public Security Meng Hongwei is the first Chinese citizen to hold the four-year post. His appointment begins immediately
28 OCTOBER 2016
China warns India against Dalai Lama Arunachal visit
China on Friday warned India that bilateral ties may suffer “damage” and affect peace and stability of border areas if it allows Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims is part of southern Tibet
15 OCTOBER 2016
Xi, Modi held talks amid India frustrations
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed during talks late on Saturday (Oct 15) to work to resolve recent frustrations between the regional rivals
14 OCTOBER 2016
China’s Xi elevates ties with Bangladesh to strategic partnership as two countries ink deals worth billions
Xi’s trip, the first by a Chinese head of state to Bangladesh in 30 years, is part of China’s ambition to advance its “One Belt, One Road” initiative
13 OCTOBER 2016
Chinese president in Cambodia to cement friendship
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni at Cambodian Royal Palace, vowing to carry forward the traditional friendship between the two countries
1 OCTOBER 2016
US and South Korea will ‘pay the price’ for missile system, China paper says
The US and South Korea are destined to “pay the price” for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system which will inevitably prompt a “counter attack”, China’s top newspaper said on Saturday
26 AUGUST 2016
Beijing will train army troops of Bashar Assad
The Chinese army will offer training in medicine and medical care to soldiers of Bashar Assad, engaged for over five years in a civil war which has bloodied the country
23 AUGUST 2016
Syria crisis: China claims Omran images are ‘fake’ and being used as ‘Western propaganda’
Chinese state media have suggested that haunting images of Omran Daqneesh, who was pulled from rubble after an air strike in Syria, could have been faked and used as part of a “propaganda war” by the West
19 AUGUST 2016
Why India’s South China Sea stand matters
During his visit to New Delhi last week, Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The agenda for discussion is said to have included a number of sticky bilateral issues
16 AUGUST 2016
Chinese military to provide ‘aid and training assistance’ to Syrian government
The Chinese military will provide aid and training assistance to the Syrian government, as a Chinese military envoy agreed with Syrian defence minister in Damascus on Sunday
12 AUGUST 2016
China Maintains Quiet Pressure on India
China continued to exert quiet but sustained pressures on India on the South China Sea issue. Beijing wants New Delhi to endorse its position on UN the International Tribunal award on the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS)
9 AUGUST 2016
Japan says ties with China ‘deteriorating’ over disputed islands
Japan warned China on Tuesday that ties were “deteriorating markedly” over disputed East China Sea islets, and China’s envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing’s stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the row
15 JULY 2016
China warns Australia: stay out of the South China Sea or risk damage to bilateral relations
China’s Foreign Ministry has said it was shocked by remarks Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made on AM on Wednesday, that China should abide by the UN ruling and Australia would continue freedom of navigation exercises
25 JUNE 2016
Russia’s President Putin hails ‘all-embracing’ bilateral partnership with China with nations due to sign more than 30 trade deals
Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted on Saturday about its “all-embracing and strategic partnership” with China during his latest visit to Beijing, as the two countries try to present a united front amid increasing tensions with the West.
23 JUNE 2016
Putin : Russia and China are ‘close allies’
Mutual trust between Russia and China has reached an unprecedented level and laid a solid foundation for bilateral cooperation, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Xinhua
15 JUNE 2016
Barack Obama angers China by meeting Dalai Lama at White House
The meeting between US President Barack Obama and exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been condemned by China – leading Beijing to lodge diplomatic representations with Washington
12 JUNE 2016
Beijing is leading opposition to the US move to include India in the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group
China said on Sunday that more talks were needed to build a consensus on which countries can join the main group controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology, after a push by the United States to include India
7 JUNE 2016
Why China must take Donald Trump seriously
Now that Donald Trump has become the Republican nominee for the US presidential race, China will have to sit up and take notice of the rhetoric being bandied about by the brash billionaire in his campaign speeches. China is Trump’s favourite whipping boy (even more than Mexico). In recent months, he has amped up his tirade against China from “China is ripping us off” to “China is raping us”. So far, the reaction from Beijing has been sanguine, with the belief that his trade threats against China are bluster, and, just like his predecessors, the trade policies of a potential Trump administration will not reflect the campaign rhetoric.
5 JUNE 2016
China hits out at US, Philippines over South China Sea, says ‘doesn’t fear trouble’
A senior Chinese defence official on Sunday (June 5) slammed the United States for double standards and irresponsible behaviour on the South China Sea dispute and scolded the Philippines for taking the spat to an UN arbitration court, saying that China « does not fear trouble » when it comes to upholding its sovereignty
30 APRIL 2016
Chinese, Japanese FMs hold talks on relations
China and Japan both expressed a willingness to improve strained relations on Saturday after a rare meeting between their two foreign ministers in Beijing, though China said Japan should stop pushing the notion that China is a threat.
21 APRIL 2016
US, China envoys discuss N.Korea
A senior US official has stressed the importance of US-China cooperation in steadily implementing sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear test and missile launches. US special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, met with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, in Beijing on Thursday.
29 MARCH 2016
China accuses Japan of threatening Pacific peace with military law
China has accused Japan’s “warlord” prime minister, Shinzo Abe, of threatening peace in the region, following the enactment on Tuesday of controversial laws allowing Japanese troops to fight on foreign soil for the first time since the end of the second world war.
17 MARCH 2016
Gambia, China resume ties in lieu of Taiwan
China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia on Thursday, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president.
16 MARCH 2016
Argentina sinks Chinese vessel, cites illegal fishing
Argentina’s coast guard says it sank a Chinese fishing vessel that was fishing in a restricted area off the South American country’s coast.
8 MARCH 2016
China and the Iran Nuclear Deal
The deal offers some significant and sobering lessons on “multilateralism with Chinese characteristics.”
26 FEBRUARY 2016
Chinese govt officially acknowledges thaw in Vatican ties
China Friday officially acknowledged a thaw in bilateral ties with the Vatican in an semi-official government newspaper. Beijing further opened the possibility of a papal visit to China in the wake of Asia Times’ historic interview with Pope Francis in late January.
19 FEBRUARY 2016
China accuses US of militarizing South China Sea
China on Friday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea, just days after it was revealed Beijing had deployed surface-to-air missiles on an island in the hotly disputed area.
2 FEBRUARY 2016
Pope extends new olive branch to China in bid to mend ties
Pope Francis has expressed his great admiration for China and declined to criticize its longtime one-child policy in a bid to heal decades of estrangement between Beijing and the Holy See and open a new era of dialogue
29 JANUARY 2016
What does China want from the Afghan peace process?
China is one of four countries directly involved in talks aimed at resuming the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. DW takes a look at what’s driving Beijing’s diplomatic push
27 JANUARY 2016
China’s pivot to Persia
As the Middle East enters a new brave world, marked by the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and an emerging detente between Iran and the West, China has begun to recalibrate its regional Policy
23 JANUARY 2016
China’s vision of the Middle East
Xi Jinping’s first visit to the Middle East since becoming China’s president three years ago reflects three emerging, defining elements in the conduct of Beijing’s foreign policy in the region
23 JANUARY 2016
Iran’s leader says never trusted the West, seeks closer ties with China
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for closer economic and security ties with China, saying Iran had never trusted the West, as the two countries agreed to increase bilateral trade more than 10-fold to $600 billion in the next decadehttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-china-idUSKCN0V109V
21 JANUARY 2016
China, Egypt agree to boost cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative
China and Egypt agreed on Thursday to expand cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the North African country.
13 JANUARY 2016
China And Russia: The Partnership Deepens – Analysis
Relations between China and Russia became noticeably closer in the past year and, if the numerous agreements they have appended their signatures to come to fruition, they are apt to become still closer in 2016.
8 JANUARY 2016
China frets over relations with Myanmar
China is clearly anxious over the trajectory of relations with Myanmar, concerned that a West-ward shift in policy under President U Thein Sein will go even further in that direction under the new government to be led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
28 DECEMBER 2015
China hits India where it hurts
China has moved for the first time to demonstratively erode India’s ‘influence’ over one of its small neighbors, Nepal. The disclosures following the weekend talks in Beijing by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal Kamal Thapa during his 5-day visit point in that direction
22 DECEMBER 2015
China to replace Japan as second-largest funder of U.N. peacekeeping
China is set to replace Japan as the second-largest financial contributor for U.N. peacekeeping operations in the next budget year, according to estimates by the United Nations
17 DECEMBER 2015
China Protests Sale of U.S. Arms to Taiwan
The Obama administration’s announcement that it would sell $1.83 billion worth of arms to Taiwan, including two warships and antitank missiles, has drawn a swift rebuke from China, which threatened to penalize the companies that made the armaments and summoned a United States diplomat to register an official protest
7 DECEMBER 2015
Today, Washington’s relations with both Beijing and Moscow are difficult, while China and Russia increasingly cooperate in the economic, military, and political spheres. How durable is today’s Sino-Russian cooperation, and how worried should the United States be?http://cogitasia.com/sino-russian-cooperation/
4 DECEMBER 2015
Xi pledges US$60b for development in Africa
Chinese President Xi Jinping told African presidents on Friday at a summit that his country would provide US$60 billion to fund development on the continent, outlining the Asian economic giant wanted to build a relationship of equals
23 NOVEMBER 2015
China’s regional isolation
The Asian giant is suffering increasing diplomatic isolation due to its aggressive manoeuvres across contested waters
16 NOVEMBER 2015
India, China agree to deepen defence ties, maintain peace at Line of Actual Control
India and China on Monday decided to deepen bilateral defence ties and maintain peace and tranquillity at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) besides strengthening cooperation against terror, including at the international level
6 NOVEMBER 2015
China and Vietnam pledge good ties and maritime peace
China and Vietnam have pledged to be « good neighbours » and agreed to maintain peace in the South China Sea. It comes at the end of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first of its kind for a decade
1 NOVEMBER 2015
South Korea, China, Japan put hostility aside at rare summit
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme
20 OCTOBER 2015
China’s president Xi Jinping arrives in Britain for first state visit set to begin ‘golden era‘
The visit — the first since 2005 by a Chinese leader — has been hailed as the beginning of a ‘golden era’ for the two countries
17 OCTOBER 2015
How China pipped India at Nepal post
As Nepal arrives on the South Asian political landscape as its brand new secular, democratic republic, it is ‘Communist’ China that is in celebratory mood. India is sulking. Beijing is obviously pleased with the election of a communist leader as the prime minister of Nepal, who, by the way, also used to be a ‘Maoist’ at one time in his long chequered political life. The contrast could not be sharper
16 OCTOBER 2015
China hosts ASEAN Defense ministers meeting amid South China Sea tensions
China hosted Southeast Asian defense ministers on Friday in an effort to burnish its reputation in a region wary of its territorial ambitions, while expectations grow that the US might directly challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea
13 OCTOBER 2015
China reopens border with Nepal for goods movement
Amid mounting pressure on Nepal’s government over dwindling supplies of goods from India due to the ongoing violent agitation over the new Constitution, China reopened its border with Nepal in Tibet which Chinese officials say will see “explosive growth” in trade
22 SEPTEMBER 2015
Xi Jinping begins US state visit
Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Seattle on his first state visit to the United States
21 SEPTEMBER 2015
Israel to bring in 20,000 Chinese construction workers
Israel plans to bring in 20,000 Chinese construction workers to help build new apartments as part of efforts to lower housing costs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said
24 AUGUST 2015
How to normalise Sino–Japanese defence relations
Since the end of the Cold War, Japan and China have steadily developed their defence and security cooperation on top of maintaining their long-term economic and political partnership
30 JULY 2015
China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea
China’s Defense Ministry Thursday accused the United States of « militarizing » the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, leading to raised tensions in the disputed region
29 JULY 2015
Erdogan in China Amid Tensions on Uighurs, Missile System
Turkey’s president is meeting top officials in China to strengthen ties that have been strained over the delayed sale of a and Beijing’s treatment of its Turkic-speaking Uighur minority
5 JULY 2015
Beijing warns citizens in Turkey of anti-China protests
Beijing has warned its citizens travelling in Turkey to be careful of anti-China protests, saying some tourists have recently been « attacked and disturbed »
24 JUNE 2015
China blocks UN action against Pakistan in move seen as India snub
Sino-Indian relations took a downturn when China blocked an Indian move at the United Nations to seek an explanation from Pakistan for releasing from prison an alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks
9 JUNE 2015
China and Russia step up cooperation in Central Asia
The growing Sino–Russian partnership is evidence that the Western policy of isolating Russia has failed. The policy has only served to push Russia deeper into Chinese arms
26 MAY 2015
India-China Relations Advance by Inches, Not Miles
Where do relations between New Delhi and Beijing stand following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China? Pretty much the same as before. The trip did little to alter the pattern of heightened strategic competition and modest economic engagement that began to congeal in late 2014
21 MAY 2015
CNN: China navy warns U.S. spy plane in disputed South China Sea
The Chinese navy warned a U.S. surveillance plane flying over artificial islands that Beijing is creating in the disputed South China Sea to leave the area eight times, according to CNN, which was on board the flight on May 20.
16 MAY 2015
Beijing rebukes US over South China Sea islands row
China’s foreign minister told top US diplomat John Kerry on Saturday (May 16) that Beijing was « unshakeable » in its defence of sovereignty, as tensions between the powers mount over Chinese island-building in strategic but disputed waters.
14 MAY 2015
India’s Modi arrives in China for trade talks
India’s prime minister has arrived in China on a visit focused on boosting trade ties between Asia’s rival superpowers as they attempt to set aside their historic mistrust
22 APRIL 2015
China, Japan leaders meet in sign of easing tensions
The leaders of China and Japan held talks on Wednesday (Apr 22) for only the second time since taking office, seeking to repair a relationship damaged by territorial disputes and a bitter wartime legacy
20 APRIL 2015
Pakistan and China sign 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor.
A historic ceremony was organised at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday, where Pakistan and China signed 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor
13 APRIL 2015
China falls short of backing India for a permanent U.N. seat
China, on Monday, fell short of backing India for permanent membership of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), despite supporting New Delhi’s aspiration of playing a big role in international institutions
3 APRIL 2015
China evacuates foreigners from Yemen in first such operation
China evacuated 225 people from 10 different countries from war-ravaged Yemen, Beijing said Friday, an unprecedented move underscoring the country’s growing global reach
24 MARCH 2015
India, China agree to foster peace on disputed border
India and China agreed Tuesday to foster peace along their Himalayan border after wrapping up two days of talks designed to resolve a long-festering boundary dispute
21 MARCH 2015
China, Japan, South Korea hold first FM talks for three years
The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan gathered in Seoul on Saturday for their first meeting in nearly three years, aimed at calming regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes
19 MARCH 2015
China and Japan hold first security talks in four years
Japan and China held security talks Thursday after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings « more frequently » to speed up a thaw in once-frozen relations, officials said http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/502123/japan-china-in-security-talks-after-4-year-break
20 FEBRUARY 2015
Sri Lanka, China and India: rivalry in the Indian Ocean
For smaller Asian countries it is no surprise that China has emerged in the last decade as an essential trading partner, Sri Lanka is no exception: becoming it’s largest foreign finance partner in 2010, overtaking India and Japan
20 FEBRUARY 2015
China protests Indian PM’s visit to disputed Arunachal Pradesh border region
China said on Friday it had lodged an official protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to a border region claimed by both countries.
6 FEBRUARY 2015
Beijing and Bangkok aim to boost military ties
China and Thailand agreed yesterday to expand military links over the next five years, from increasing intelligence sharing to fighting transnational crime, as the ruling junta seeks to counterbalance the country’s alliance with Washington.
China denounces interference after Obama welcomes Dalai Lama
China is opposed to foreign countries receiving the Dalai Lama, a government spokesman said Friday, the day after US President Barack Obama held a symbolic first public encounter with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader
26 JANUARY 2015
In Indian Republic Day message, China tells India ‘don’t fall into trap’ laid by U.S.
China has offered to lift its strategic partnership with India to a “higher level,” and prompted New Delhi to avoid a “zero-sum trap” that was being set up by Washington and its allies.
8 JANUARY 2015
China’s Xi woos Latin America with $250 billion investments
Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Jan. 8 $250 billion in investment in Latin America over the next 10 years, as part of a drive to boost Beijing’s influence in a region long dominated by the United States.
26 DECEMBER 2014
China raises Nepal aid five-fold in regional diplomacy push
China will increase official aid to Nepal by more than five times from fiscal 2015-16, officials said on Friday, to develop infrastructure in the landlocked nation where regional rival India has long wielded political influence
14 DECEMBER 2014
A new era in China-Malaysia relations
Cementing four decades of diplomatic relations with a commitment to address regional security issues, the home ministry has made great strides forward in fostering strong collaborations with China
8 DECEMBER 2014
China angered by US bill allowing Taiwan warship
China’s foreign ministry rebuked the US Congress on Monday after legislators passed a bill allowing the sale of second-hand warships to Taiwan, the self-ruled island which Beijing claims as a renegade province
6 DECEMBER 2014
The invisible ‘third wheel’ in US, Japan and China relations
Relations between the US, China and Japan are essentially conducted bilaterally, but in each of these bilateral relations, there is a tacit acknowledgement of the fingerprint of the third country, states an analysis piece in Guangzhou-based South Reviews.
1 DECEMBER 2014
UK-China row over Hong Kong escalates
A row between London and Beijing over China’s refusal to allow British MPs to visit Hong Kong escalated on Monday, with Downing Street describing the decision as “mistaken” and “counter-productive”.
28 NOVEMBER 2014
Sino-Japan Ties Improving?
Graded on a curve, there was progress at the APEC summit
China Rebukes Turkey Over Uighur Refugees
China on Friday lashed out at Turkey for offering shelter to roughly 200 Uighurs from the western Chinese region of Xinjiang. They were rescued from a human-smuggling camp in Thailand.
22 NOVEMBER 2014
Extensive Network of Secret Chinese Military Units Attack US on Daily Basis
One military unit of China’s hacker army, Unit 61398, was revealed by a security company in February 2013. It is just one of around 20 similar units operating under the GSD’s Third Department, and alongside the Third Department are the Chinese regime’s other spy departments fighting against the West.
17 NOVEMBER 2014
China will never use force to achieve its goals: Xi
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday vowed always to use peaceful means in pursuit of Beijing’s goals, including in maritime disputes, just days after US President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia.
10 NOVEMBER 2014
China and Japan leaders hold talks in Beijing
The leaders of China and Japan have held one-on-one talks for the first time since they took office, signalling willingness to put on the back burner a bitter row over disputed islands and Japan’s war-time aggression.
8 NOVEMBER 2014
Pakistan says will help China fight Xinjiang-militants
Pakistan will help China with its fight against extremists that Beijing says are active in its unruly far western region of Xinjiang, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
7 NOVEMBER 2014
China and Japan smooth over East China Sea island row
Beijing officials said a crisis management mechanism had been set up to prevent the situation from worsening.
31 OCTOBER 2014
China pledges $81.43m in aid to Afghanistan
China on Friday pledged to provide non-reimbursable assistance of 500 million yuan (about $81.43 million) to Afghanistan this year at an international meeting on Afghanistan held in Beijing.
22 OCTOBER 2014
China-Japan talks fuel hope of meeting to end tension
Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has met China’s Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli in Beijing, fuelling speculation of a possible meeting between the two countries’ leaders.
19 OCTOBER 2014
China says it’s hard to resume cyber security talks with US
Resuming cyber security cooperation between China and the United States would be difficult because of « mistaken US practices », China’s top diplomat told US Secretary of State John Kerry
17 OCTOBER 2014
China, Vietnam pledge to ‘address and control’ maritime disputes
China and Vietnam have agreed to “address and control” maritime disputes, Chinese state media said on Friday, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have spoiled relations between the two countries and other neighbours.
14 OCTOBER 2014
Moscow and Beijing ‘natural allies’ Putin tells China
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday praised growing economic ties with « natural ally » Beijing as he hosted Chinese premier Li Keqiang for high-profile talks
10 OCTOBER 2014
Li seals German deals worth $18b
Deals worth more than $18 billion were signed as Premier Li Keqiang met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday in the third round of top-level talks this year between the Asian and European export powerhouses.
9 OCTOBER 2014
China and Iran: Friends in Need
While energy has clearly become a central part of the relationship, it is by no means the only, or most significant, component of bilateral ties. http://www.chinausfocus.com/foreign-policy/china-and-iran-friends-in-need-2/
6 OCTOBER 2014
China cyber-war costing US billions: FBI chief
China is waging an aggressive cyber-war against the United States that costs American business billions of dollars every year, Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey said.
17 SEPTEMBER 2014
China’s Xi makes maiden India visit, seeking to reset ties
India’s new prime minister rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping in his home town on Wednesday, as the Chinese president began a maiden visit with both sides seeking to reset the relationship between Asia’s rival superpowers
13 SEPTEMBER 2014
China Urges Central Asian Neighbors to Step Up Extremism Fight
China’s President Xi Jinping urged Central Asian states to step up the fight against religious extremism and cyber terrorism, state media said, as Beijing reaches for help across its borders in addressing security concerns in its restive Xinjiang region.
8 SEPTEMBER 2014
In paper to U.N., China renews call for restart of N. Korea nuclear talks
China has renewed its commitment to an early resumption of six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program ahead of the United Nations General Assembly later this month
30 August 2014
China’s APEC Diplomacy
From India and the US to Japan and Taiwan, the 2014 APEC summit presents interesting diplomatic opportunities for China.
28 AUGUST 2014
Vietnam and China agree to restore relationship
The Party, State and people of Viet Nam have always attached great importance to pursuing the consolidation of Viet Nam and China’s comprehensive strategic partnership, together with the Party, State and people of China, and ensuring the partnership’s sound and long-lasting stable development
23 AUGUST 2014
US slams China over spy plane ‘provocation’
The United States has accused the Chinese military of provocation after one of its fighter jets conducted an « intercept » of a US Navy spy plane in international air space over the South China Sea.
15 AUGUST 2014
China seeks to conduct dialogue with Vatican
China hopes to conduct constructive dialogue with the Vatican and promote the improvement of bilateral relations, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said after Pope Francis sent a message to President Xi Jinping while flying over China.
14 AUGUST 2014
Pope sends unprecedented greeting to Beijing
Pope Francis sends unprecedented greetings to China amid one of the most intense periods of repression for Chinese Christians for year
2 AUGUST 2014
Uncertainties linger over future Korea-China relations
Uncertainty lingers over how the relationship between the former Cold War foes will evolve amid shifts in the regional security landscape that were triggered mainly by China’s reemergence as a major power in the Asia-Pacific
26 JULY 2014
China denounces British parliament’s inquiry into Hong Kong affairs
China denounced the launch of a British parliamentary inquiry into the affairs of Hong Kong that has begun 30 years after the two countries agreed on the return of the financial hub to Beijing
22 JULY 2014
The Promise and Peril of China-India Ties
President Xi Jinping and Premier Narendra Modi are seeking a detente. But will it last?http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/the-promise-and-peril-of-china-india-ties/
21 JULY 2014
China stays quiet on MH17 disaster
Closer Sino-Russian relations mean Chinese leaders are loth to apportion blame for downing of Malaysia Airlines plane
16 JULY 2014
China accuses Britain of interference over Hong Kong
China on Wednesday accused London of interfering in its internal affairs after British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg met two leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activists urging greater freedoms from Beijing.
9 JULY 2014
China and India ignore border tensions to forge economic ties
While the countries stand to gain much from improved cooperation, political animosity and territorial disputes dating back to the 1962 Sino-Indian Border Conflict have undermined progress, writes World Review guest expert Vaughan Winterbottom.
8 JULY 2014
US, China Split Over More Active Japanese Military
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are in Beijing for talks with their Chinese counterparts on economic and military issues. Washington and Beijing disagree over Japan’s military taking a more active role in conflicts outside its borders
4 JULY 2014
China attacks Japan for ‘barbarous’ past
China’s president has sharply criticised Japan’s history of military aggression in China and South Korea, during a speech in Seoul that came days after Tokyo changed its pacifist constitution
3 JULY 2014
China and India’s top brass meet in Beijing
The vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, Fan Changlong, met with the chief of the Indian Army, General Bikram Singh, in Beijing on Thursday. Singh is the first Indian Army chief to visit China since 2005
3 JULY 2014
China, S. Korea summit pushes North over nuclear weapons
In a joint statement after their talks, the Chinese and South Korean presidents, Xi Jinping and Park Geun-Hye, reaffirmed their « firm opposition » to the development of nuclear weapons on the peninsula, but seemed divided on how best to persuade the North to give up its bombs.
17 JUNE 2014
Top China Diplomat Travels to Vietnam for Talks to Ease Tensions
China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi is in Vietnam for talks aimed at easing tension over territorial disputes.
12 JUNE 2014
Chinese PM demands audience with Queen on visit to Britain
The Chinese prime minister threatened to scrap an upcoming visit to the UK unless he was granted an audience with the Queen, it has been claimed
9 JUNE 2014
China ships ‘rammed 1,400 times by Vietnamese vessels’
Chinese officials have accused vessels from Vietnam of launching more than 1,400 ramming raids on its ships near a drilling rig in the South China Sea.
8 JUNE 2014
India, China Hold Talks on Boosting Trade, Border Disputes
The Chinese and Indian foreign ministers have discussed ways to ease border tensions and enhance economic engagement in the Indian capital. It is the first high level interaction between the Asian giants since a new government took power in India
25 MAY 2014
China and Japan trade blame over plane action
Japan and China have traded accusations after China scrambled fighter jets when Japanese military aircraft entered an air defence zone declared by Beijing over the East China Sea
22 MAY 2014
Russia and China veto UN move to refer Syria to international criminal court
Russia and China have vetoed a draft UN resolution calling for the crisis in Syria to be referred to the international criminal court – ignoring support for the measure by 65 other countries and all other members of the security council.
Malaysia stresses China ties despite Asian rows
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has distanced himself from growing territorial conflicts in Asia, telling a Japanese newspaper they should not jeopardise the « strategic importance » of his country’s ties with Beijing
23 MAY 2014
Challenged by China, ASEAN States Seek Common Response
Over the past few weeks, tensions in the South China Sea have once again bedeviled relations between China and the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
19 MAY 2014
U.S. Charges Chinese Army Personnel With Cyberspying
The Department of Justice said on Monday it had charged five individuals in China’s People’s Liberation Army in connection with stealing trade secrets from some of the largest American companies, including Westinghouse, United States Steel and Alcoa.
Chinese ships evacuate 3,500 from Vietnam
More than 3,500 Chinese citizens were evacuated from riot-hit Vietnam by sea on Monday, as Hanoi stifled fresh protests over a territorial dispute and foreign investors counted the cost
18 MAY 2014
China evacuates 3,000 nationals from Vietnam
China has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam after a wave of unrest in the Southeast Asian country following China’s deployment of an oil rig in contested waters
17 MAY 2014
China evacuates workers after Vietnam deadly riots
The Chinese government has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam following a wave of anti-Chinese riots, Chinese media report.
Japan, China ministers hold first meeting since war shrine trip
The Japanese and Chinese trade ministers held talks Saturday in the first high-level meeting between the two countries since a visit by Japan’s premier to a controversial war shrine sparked a furious diplomatic row in December.
16 MAY 2014
China-Vietnam tensions: Beijing vows to continue drilling
China says its oil rig will continue drilling in contested waters in the South China Sea, despite deadly anti-Beijing riots in Vietnam.
6 MAY 2014
Norway criticised over snub to Dalai Lama during Nobel committee visit
The Norwegian government is facing increasing pressure over its decision to snub the Dalai Lama when he arrives in the country on Wednesday, despite the fact that he has been invited by the Nobel committee to mark the 25th anniversary of his Nobel peace prize
4 MAY 2014
Japan delegation leaves for Beijing to mend ties with China amid territorial dispute
A delegation of senior Japanese lawmakers left for China Sunday to try to mend ties amid a territorial dispute which has prevented a leaders’ summit
3 MAY 2014
Sino-Venezuelan Ties: Strong Despite Unrest
China is now Venezuela’s second largest trade partner and Venezuela is China’s biggest investment destination in Latin America. In recent years, there have been several multi-billion-dollar agreements on investments in oil, energy, construction and high-tech industries between the two nations. Additionally, China has provided more than $36 billion in loans to Venezuela since 2008
28 APRIL 2014
Obama seeks to soothe China while boosting ties with Philippines
President Barack Obama said Monday he had no desire to contain or counter China despite clinching a defence pact with the Philippines which will inject US forces close to the volatile South China Sea
25 APRIL 2014
Norway govt turns back on Dalai Lama to woo China
Norway said Friday that its government would not meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Oslo in May, in a controversial decision aimed at warming up icy relations with China
22 APRIL 2014
Japan lodges protest against China ship seizure
Tokyo said Tuesday it has lodged a formal protest against China’s seizure of a Japanese ship over unpaid bills dating back to the 1930s, in the latest row to underscore the bitter enmity between the Asian giants
21 APRIL 2014
Chinese Court Orders Japanese Boat Seized for Wartime Compensation
A court in Shanghai has ordered the seizure of a Japanese ship as reparation for a debt dating back to the 1930s. The move is considered the first confiscation of Japanese assets in a lawsuit over wartime compensation
14 APRIL 2014
Anxious China emerges as diplomatic player in Afghanistan
China is quietly preparing for a more robust role in the future of Afghanistan, concerned that the withdrawal of NATO troops will leave a hotbed of militancy on its doorstep
8 APRIL 2014
US, China Exchange Tough Words on Regional Policies
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Chinese counterpart challenged each other over China’s policy goals in the region during a meeting in Beijing Tuesday. Hagel is on a three day trip to China aimed at improving military ties between the two countries
28 MARCH 2014
Soldiers’ remains returned to China decades after they died in Korean war
The remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean war returned home on Friday, more than 60 years after an armistice ended the fighting.
23 MARCH 2014
Korean and Chinese presidents reaffirm opposition to North Korean nukes
The leaders of South Korea and China on Sunday reaffirmed their opposition to North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons, pledging to work closely together for peninsular denuclearization
21 MARCH 2014
Pope Francis hints at warming ties with Beijing
Relations between China and the Holy See could take a big step forward this year after Pope Francis revealed that he has been exchanging letters with China’s president, Xi Jinping, for a year, reports Hong Kong newspaper Wen Wei Po
18 MARCH 2014
China Splits with Russia Over Ukraine
« China always respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states. The Crimean crisis should be resolved politically under the frameworks of law and order. We call on all sides to remain calm and exercise restraint to avoid further escalation of the tension, » said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei
16 MARCH 2014
China urges restraint on Ukraine after UN resolution veto
China abstained from voting on a United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn the referendum in Crimea because it does not agree to a confrontational move, its foreign ministry said Sunday
6 MARCH 2014
Sri Lanka’s Growing Links with China
Trade, investment and a strategic Indian Ocean location bring the two countries closer together
2 MARCH 2014
China And The Middle East: More Than Oil
26 FEBRUARY 2014
China steps up propaganda war on Japan
China has embarked on a major propaganda campaign, including plans to mark the ‘rape of Nanjing’ in new national holiday, to discredit Japan on the world stage
18 FEBRUARY 2014
China rejects UN report on North Korea’s crimes against humanity
China is rejecting the charge of a U.N. human rights inquiry that suggested Beijing was aiding and abetting crimes against humanity by returning defectors to its ally, North Korea.
15 FEBRUARY 2014
China Promises to Pressure N. Korea Back to Nuclear Talks
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has completed a two-day visit to China, pleased at Beijing’s commitment to pressure North Korea to return to nuclear talks.
11 FEBRUARY 2014
Spain court signs ex-Chinese leaders’ arrest warrants
A Spanish court has issued international arrest warrants for several former Chinese leaders, including retired President Jiang Zemin, as part of an investigation into alleged genocide in Tibet.
5 FEBRUARY 2014
Philippine president compares China’s expansion to Nazi Germany
The West’s failure to confront China over its increasingly vocal territorial ambitions is similar to the disastrous appeasement of Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s, the Philippine president has claimed.
29 JANUARY 2014
Purge raises fears over North Korea-China links
The execution, in December 2013, of Jang Song-thaek, uncle and close advisor to North Korea’s 31-year-old leader Kim Jong-un, has serious ramifications for North Korea’s external relations. Mr Jang was China’s best business partner among North Korea’s leadership
24 JANUARY 2014
China loses control of its foreign policy
To some people, President Xi Jinping’s efforts to consolidate his control over China’s military and government are a welcome development, especially given China’s haphazard approach to crisis management. Xi’s actions might even be interpreted as a sign that China is transitioning towardshu a more « advanced » political system in which the military and foreign policy are controlled by a strong civilian chief executive.
20 JANUARY 2014
China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud
Japan on Monday protested against a Chinese memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official over a century ago, branding him a terrorist and saying the move did not help repair deteriorating ties
17 JANUARY 2014
China’s Central Asia focus challenges Moscow’s ambitions
Russia’s main cause for concern can be found in Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – which Moscow has long considered its own turf. Beijing has raised its profile there considerably over the last year
15 JANUARY 2014
China slams ‘troublemaker’ Japan after Africa visit
China launched a scathing diplomatic attack against Japan on Wednesday, warning African nations of an impending « resurrection of Japanese militarism » and branding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a « troublemaker »
13 JANUARY 2014
France announces fast-track visas for Chinese tourists/p>
The measure was announced as part of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Paris establishing full diplomatic ties with Communist China. The new visa regime under which travel requests from Chinese visitors will be processed within 48 hours is due to come into force on January 27.
11 JANUARY 2014
China’s Dictatorship Diplomacy Implodes
A few years back it was fashionable in some circles to talk about China’s dictatorship diplomacy. This term referred to Beijing’s close economic and sometimes political cooperation with international pariah states, particularly resource rich ones. Core members of this group included Iran, Venezuela, Sudan and Zimbabwe, and to a lesser extent, North Korea and Burma.
10 JANUARY 2014
China postpones private exchange programs with Japan
China has postponed its private sectors’ exchange programs with Japanese counterparts scheduled this month, the government’s top spokesperson said Thursday.
9 JANUARY 2014
China takes Japan shrine dispute to UN
China has taken its feud with Japan to the UN, questioning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s « erroneous outlook » on history after he visited a shrine commemorating former leaders convicted as war criminals.
6 JANUARY 2014
China trying to help broker South Sudan truce: Chinese FM
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday his country was trying to help in efforts to broker an end to fighting in South Sudan
30 DECEMBER 2013
Why Chinese-Japanese Economic Relations Are Improving
When it comes to Japan, China seems torn. On security issues, it is becoming increasingly hawkish — witness its recent declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands in the East China Sea. But on economic ties — from Japanese imports to Japanese investments — it is becoming increasingly dovish. In short, China has started to delink economics from politics.
25 DECEMBER 2013
Arab monarchies eye stronger ties with China
The six energy-rich Arab monarchies of the Gulf are seeking to strengthen ties with China, Gulf Cooperation Council chief Abdullatif al-Zayani said Wednesday after talks with the Chinese foreign minister.
19 DECEMBER 2013
China steps back from expelling journalists
The Chinese government appears to have stepped back from expelling 24 reporters from the New York Times and Bloomberg after weeks of negotiation and an appeal by Joe Biden, the American vice-president. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10527425/China-steps-back-from-expelling-journalists.html
12 DECEMBER 2013
US and China are competitors but not enemies: report
A report published jointly by Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Beijing-based China Strategic Culture Promotion Association on Dec. 12 says China and the United States do not see each other as enemies, though they do view each other as competitors, according to China’s Global Times.
4 DECEMBER 2013
Joe Biden mum on airspace tensions after meeting with China’s Xi Jinping
Emerging from a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that U.S.-China relations depend on trust and a positive notion of each other’s motives. Neither leader made public mention of a major clash over disputed airspace that’s pitted China against the US. and its Asian allies.
25 NOVEMBER 2013
China slams ‘inappropriate’ U.S. remarks on territorial dispute with Japan
China has told the United States to butt out of a territorial dispute with Japan in the East China Sea after Washington warned that a military claim by Beijing to airspace in the region raises the risk of « misunderstanding and miscalculations. »
22 NOVEMBER 2013
Japanese team in China to mend ties
A 178-member Japanese business delegation visited Beijing yesterday, the largest business group to visit China since bilateral ties soured due to territorial disputes over the Diaoyu/Senkaku isles in September last year. The visit was organised by the Japan-China Economic Association, which has visited China yearly since 1975 but shelved their trip last year due to the disputes.
8 NOVEMBER 2013
China to loan Pacific island nations $1.24 billion to support construction projects
China will provide a concessionary loan of up to US$1 billion (S$1.24 billion) to Pacific island nations, a part of the world where Beijing and Taiwan compete for influence, to support construction projects, state media on Friday cited Vice-Premier Wang Yang as saying.
27 OCTOBER 2013
Japan will stand up to China, says PM Shinzo Abe
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says other countries want Japan to adopt a more assertive leadership role in Asia to counter the growing power of China.
24 OCTOBER 2013
Beijing Unveils New Strategy for ASEAN–China Relations
ASEAN–China relations have improved dramatically over the past decade since the inking of their strategic partnership on August 29, 2003. Two-way trade increased more than six-fold over the last ten years to top $400 billion last year, while investments exceeded $100 billion during the same period
23 OCTOBER 2013
China-India reach border defence pact
China and India have signed a deal aimed at soothing tension on their contested border, as the two countries try to break a decades-old stalemate on overlapping claims to remote stretches of the Himalayas.
Vatican Diplomacy Looks to China
The new course set by Pope Francis with the reshuffle going on in key Vatican ranks could open a window of opportunity for a future rapprochement between the Holy See and China.
17 OCTOBER 2013
China and Iran : Destined to clash ?
An expanding Chinese presence in the Middle East could pose the greatest long-term threat to Iran.
Japanese cabinet minister Shindo visits shrine to war dead
The visit came a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his third ritual offering to the shrine since returning to office in December. Abe has not visited the shrine in person to avoid further straining ties with China and South Korea.
13 OCTOBER 2013
China, Vietnam set up working group to discuss sea issues
China and Vietnam will establish a bilateral working group to discuss joint maritime development, a move analysts said is a « breakthrough » for the neighbors to peacefully handle disputes. The countries will establish two other working groups regarding infrastructure and financial cooperation, Premier Li Keqiang and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung told reporters at a news conference after their talks on Sunday
12 OCTOBER 2013
China’s foreign policy debate
Xi Jinping may have grabbed the APEC Summit limelight, but China still needs to resolve some foreign policy questions.
11 OCTOBER 2013
China criticises Spain lawsuit over former president
China on Friday criticised a lawsuit in Spain against former Chinese president Hu Jintao over allegations of human rights abuses in Tibet.
With Li Visit, Thailand, China Move to Strengthen Ties
Thailand and China have moved to further strengthen bilateral economic ties during an official visit by China’s Premier Li Keqiang, who kicked off the trip by addressing parliament on Friday.
10 OCTOBER 2013
Spanish court indicts China’s ex-president Hu Jintao on genocide charges
On Thursday, the court’s criminal division ruled in favour of an appeal by Tibetan exile groups allowing the indictment of Hu, a request which had been dismissed in June by the same court.
3 OCTOBER 2013
China president makes historic speech in Indonesia
Chinese President Xi Jinping made history in Indonesia on Thursday by becoming the first foreign leader to address the democratic country’s Parliament, using the platform to call for greater cooperation with Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and the region as a whole. http://asiancorrespondent.com/114022/china-president-makes-historic-speech-in-indonesia/
1st OCTOBER 2013
Chinese rule out summit with Japan
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong has ruled out summit talks between Japan and China on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit meeting in Bali, Indonesia, on Oct. 7-8.
20 SEPTEMBER 2013
A New Type of Major Power Relations on North Korea
Earlier this year it appeared to some that Chinese and U.S. approaches to North Korea were converging. More recently, however, the gap between Beijing and Washington in its policies toward Pyongyang is widening. The absence of effective coordination between the United States and China will undoubtedly work to North Korea’s advantage. In addition, if cooperation on North Korea between the United States and China unravels, it will have a negative impact on their efforts to build a new type of major power relationship. http://cogitasia.com/a-new-type-of-major-power-relations-on-north-korea/
13 SEPTEMBER 2013
Beijing backs truce bid in Syria
China supports Russia’s proposal that Syria hand over its chemical weapons to international control for their eventual destruction, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.
8 SEPTEMBER 2013
Xi proposes a ‘new Silk Road’ with Central Asia
President Xi Jinping on Saturday proposed that China and Central Asian countries build an « economic belt along the Silk Road », a trans-Eurasian project spanning from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea.
6 SEPTEMBER 2013
Leaders of China, Japan hold ‘brief talk’ at G20
China’s president and Japan’s prime minister held a brief, surprise meeting Friday at a Group of 20 summit in Russia in the first contact between leaders of the Asian neighbors since tensions flared a year ago in an island dispute.
29 AUGUST 2013
Philippines says China withdraws Aquino invite
The Philippine government said that China has withdrawn an invitation to President Benigno Aquino III to visit a trade fair in an apparent snub as the two countries are locked in a territorial dispute.
28 AUGUST 2013
Can China And India Now Press The Reset Button? – Analysis
On Monday, a delegation of the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi had occasion to talk with a cross-section of Chinese think tanks, under the auspices of the Central Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing. This is the school that not only trains Chinese diplomats, but helps diplomats from various countries, including India, learn the Chinese language.
26 AUGUST 2013
China supports UN investigation in Syria
China supports an independent and objective investigation by UN experts into allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, China’s foreign minister said on Monday, while urging a cautious response and political resolution to the crisis.
24 AUGUST 2013
Why China charms Cambodia
Cambodia’s persistent infatuation with China was blatantly displayed on the world stage in 2012 when, as ASEAN Chair, it refused to address the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
23 AUGUST 2013
China’s troubled Myanmar policy
A self-serving approach has clouded local perceptions of China’s presence, especially in troubled Kachin State.
26 JULY 2013
New Chinese Thinking on Sino-U.S. Relations?
Chinese analysts have been assessing whether recent developments, especially the presidential and U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) meetings, have affected U.S.-China relations in major ways. Their general sense is that relations have improved significantly since the nadir of 2010. This assessment, however, downplays the fact that the improvements have been primarily at the declaratory level rather than in major changes to policy or underlying thinking.
23 JULY 2013
Can South Korea and China become equal partners?
South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s recent visit to China represents a fresh start to ROK–China relations. After North Korea’s sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in 2010, ROK-China relations became strained, with Beijing supporting the North. The two countries had enjoyed a rapid 20-year development in their relations since they first opened diplomatic ties in 1992, but the sudden strain demonstrated that their much-envied partnership was limited to economic interdependence. There was little mutual trust in important areas such as politics and security. Now, this might be changing.
16 JULY 2013
Chinese investment and aid in Cambodia a controversial affair
China is now Cambodia’s largest foreign investor, a major donor of aid and an increasingly important trading partner. But this growing relationship is also accompanied by renewed controversies. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/16/chinese-investment-and-aid-in-cambodia-a-controversial-affair/
1 JULY 2013
US nudges China on sea disputes
US Secretary of State John Kerry nudged China on Monday to agree a code of conduct to prevent clashes in the South China Sea after the Philippines accused Beijing of a « massive » military build-up. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-nudges-china-on-sea/730674.html http://globalnation.inquirer.net/79351/us-pushes-code-of-conduct
27 JUNE 2013
Seoul, Beijing Agree on Denuclearized Korean Peninsula
South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, agreed at a summit in Beijing Thursday to push for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. http://www.voanews.com/content/seoul-beijing-agree-on-denuclearized-korean-peninsula/1690379.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130627-432972.html
26 JUNE 2013
Myanmar’s “Look West” policy: Is China being sidelined ?
Under Thein Sein, the country is seeking to evolve from its reliance on China. http://thediplomat.com/2013/06/26/myanmars-look-west-policy-is-china-being-sidelined/
22 JUNE 2013
Beijing’s Aggressive New Foreign Policy and Implications for the South China Sea
The Xi Jinping leadership is embarking on an ambitious and all-rounded diplomacy that official Chinese commentators have called large-scale or high-powered diplomacy (dawaijiao). Its essence, according to the Xinhua News Agency, is “taking relations with big powers as crucial; giving priority to [China’s] neighbors; treating ties with developing countries as fundamental; and deeming as a major platform the country’s multi-lateral obligations” http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41056&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=b702a69617a58b57006dbc4430cfb900
21 JUNE 2013
Vietnam and China work towards warmer ties
Beijing’s welcome ceremony, and Ha Noi’s decision to send its president – the first Vietnamese leader to visit China since President Xi Jinping took office in March – reflect a mutual desire to improve the close, but complex and often-strained ties between the communist allies and one-time war foes, say observers. »The pomp and ceremony reveals Xi’s personal endorsement for warmer ties, » said Singapore-based analyst Euan Graham.
20 JUNE 2013
China, Vietnam Agree on Hotline to Resolve Maritime Disputes
China and Vietnam have agreed to set up an emergency hotline to help quickly resolve territorial disputes that have occasionally strained relations between the two neighbors. http://www.voanews.com/content/china-vietnam-agree-on-hotline-to-resolve-maritime-disputes/1685504.html
12 JUNE 2013
China-Russia Ties on the Rise
After several years of steady growth, the close ties between China and Russia is becoming a major factor in world politics. At their meeting earlier this year in Moscow, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed their historically unprecedented close ties, pledged solidarity regarding many important global issues, and announced dozens of economic and other partnerships. http://www.chinausfocus.com/foreign-policy/china-russia-ties-on-the-rise/
8 JUNE 2013
Obama calls for ‘new model’ at China summit
Hosting Xi at a two-day summit in a luxurious desert estate in southern California, Obama said on Friday that the US welcomes China’s « peaceful rise » but made clear that Beijing must play by the same rules of economic world order as other major nations. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136813018281398.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22828678
6 JUNE 2013
Nicaragua gives Chinese firm contract to build alternative to Panama Canal
Nicaragua has awarded a Chinese company a 100-year concession to build an alternative to the Panama Canal, in a step that looks set to have profound geopolitical ramifications. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/nicaragua-china-panama-canal
23 MAY 2013
China and its Southeast Asian neighbours need more strategic capital
Early this year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited the ASEAN Secretariat and four ASEAN member countries to strengthen mutual understanding and strategic trust, and show support for ASEAN community building. Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan also visited Brunei and held a consultative meeting with the 10 ASEAN Defence Ministers on the sideline of the seventh ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting to exchange views on regional security issues and discuss measures to reduce tensions in the region, particularly in the South China Sea. Yet there is still a long way to go before a true partnership between ASEAN and China can take hold, with greater investments in strategic trust required. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/23/china-and-its-southeast-asian-neighbours-need-more-strategic-capital/
22 MAY 2013
Chinese premier begins Pakistan visit
Chinese premier Li Keqiang has arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit where he will meet prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif, as the long-time allies look to boost trade ties. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135224581824859.html
22 MAY 2013
China turns friendly with India – but why?
When China’s former premier, Wen Jiabao, visited India in December 2010, he was full of talk about the two countries’ joint aspirations, their friendship, their co-operation, and about how their two-way trade would almost double to US$100 billion a year by 2015. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5435&Itemid=174
21 MAY 2013
Obama, Xi bid to boost ties with June meeting
China’s new leader Xi Jinping will confer with President Barack Obama next month in California, months earlier than expected, as both sides seek to stem a drift in relations, troubled by issues from cyberspying to North Korea. http://asiancorrespondent.com/107966/obama-xi-bid-to-boost-ties-with-june-meeting/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22605278
20 MAY 2013
China and India pledge to improve ties
India and China will study new ways to ease tensions on their ill-defined border after an army stand-off in the Himalayas, Chinese premier Li Keqiang has said during his first official foreign trip. http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/20/chinese-leader-seeks-trust-in-india/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201352014448364150.html
19 MAY 2013
Indian, Chinese Leaders Meet to Strengthen Ties
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in India Sunday at the start of a three-day visit, just days after the peaceful end of a tense border standoff in the Himalayan mountains. China says placing India first on the itinerary of new Premier Li Keqiang demonstrates the importance Beijing places on the relationship between the two countries. http://www.voanews.com/content/indian-chinese-leaders-meet-to-strengthen-ties/1663864.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/107862/chinese-premier-heads-to-india-to-boost-ties/ http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/19/china-india-ties-lessons-from-a-himalayan-standoff/
18 MAY 2013
Will China mediate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
An official visit to Beijing by Israeli and Palestinian leaders last week has prompted speculation that China may finally be ready to claim its place as a world power by trying to negotiate an end to one of world’s most caustic conflicts http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/18/18321247-will-china-mediate-the-israeli-palestinian-peace-process?lite
11 MAY 2013
Sino-Indian Relationship: New Paradigm
India has trapped itself into an anti-Chinese matrix set in place by the United States. This has led to a situation where the military is increasing its say in foreign and domestic policy and pushing aggressive postures on to the civilian government. Unless India abandons its aspirations to great power status and pursues a foreign policy which builds on Asian strengths and cooperation, it will continue to become cannon-fodder for Western strategic aims. http://www.epw.in/web-exclusives/sino-indian-relationship-new-paradigm.html?goback=%2Egde_1791498_member_238609841
8 MAY 2013
China welcomes Binyamin Netanyahu
Chinese leaders welcomed Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Beijing on Wednesday, hard on the heels of the Palestinian president, in a piece of diplomatic choreography that has highlighted the country’s growing interest in the Middle East. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/08/china-welcomes-binyamin-netanyahu
7 MAY 2013
Pentagon accuses China of trying to hack US defence networks
China is using espionage to acquire technology to fuel its military modernisation, the Pentagon has said, for the first time accusing the Chinese of trying to break into US defence computer networks and prompting a firm denial from Beijing. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/07/pentagon-accuses-china-hack-defence http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10040757/China-denies-Pentagon-cyber-attack-claims.html
6 MAY 2013
China rebukes Israel ahead of Netanyahu visit
The Chinese government had stern words for Israel at the start of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s five-day visit to the country. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/07/world/asia/china-israel-talks/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
30 APRIL 2013
China Provides Fighter Copters to Burma Armed Group
China has provided missile-equipped helicopters to Burma’s largest armed ethnic rebel group, a report said this week, in a move that one Burmese military analyst said could hurt bilateral ties.
26 APRIL 2013
China’s Middle East footprint
Despite concerns about stability, oil and Islamism, Beijing will continue to let Washington underwrite security in the gulf region. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-0426-schenker-china-middle-east-20130426,0,5765641.story?goback=%2Egde_150544_member_236172881
23 APRIL 2013
Nepal promises China to crack down on Tibetan refugees
On a visit to Beijing, the leader of the Maoist party in Nepal Prachanda promises Xi Jinping to repress any anti-Chinese protests. « The national stability and integrity of both countries will not be compromised in the name of religious freedom and human rights. » http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal-promises-China-to-crack-down-on-Tibetan-refugees-27732.html
22 APRIL 2013
China denies its troops crossed into India
China dismissed as « speculation » on Monday complaints in New Delhi that its troops had crossed into Indian territory and set up a camp in a remote disputed area of the Himalayas. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130422-417752.html http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/india-will-take-every-step-to-protect-its-interests-defence-minister-ak-antony-on-china-incursion-in-357177
13 APRIL 2013
US, China agree on ‘nuclear-free Korea’ push
US Secretary of State John Kerry and China’s foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi said Saturday that both countries are committed to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a « peaceful manner » following talks in Beijing.
12 APRIL 2013
Xi, Putin share bed, with their own dreams
The Chinese have a saying, « Dream different dreams while on the same bed » – meaning that even the closest partners are never alike in their minds. It is tempting to cast the China-Russia relationship in the spirit of the proverb. But then, if Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Moscow in late March drew enormous attention it is for a variety of other reasons as well.
10 APRIL 2013
China and Russia urge North Korea to step back from missile launch
North Korea’s two closest allies, China and Russia, have put pressure on Pyongyang to step back from launching a missile, the South Korean Foreign minister has said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9984010/China-and-Russia-urge-North-Korea-to-step-back-from-missile-launch.html
China anger at Japan-Taiwan disputed island fishing deal
Japan and Taiwan have signed a deal allowing Taiwan to fish near a group of disputed islands, prompting China to express « extreme concerns ». http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22092853
29 MARCH 2013
Xi charts fresh era for Africa relations
In addition to meetings and talks with African leaders on Wednesday, Xi began his Thursday routine in Durban with a breakfast meeting with 13 African and regional leaders. The main topic of conversation was China-Africa cooperation.
26 MARCH 2013
China’s exploitation of Latin American natural resources raises concern
Even more than Africa, Latin America has become a major focus of Beijing’s drive for commodities. A study last year found that the region has been the leading destination for Chinese foreign direct investment – mostly for raw materials and by big government-run companies such as Chinalco and CNOOC. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/26/china-latin-america-resources-concern
23 MARCH 2013
Xi Jinping in Moscow: Russia-China ties ‘guarantee world peace’
Xi Jinping has said China’s friendship with Russia guarantees « strategic balance and peace » in the world, on the second day of his trip to Moscow. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21911842 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/770022.shtml http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130323000094&cid=1101
22 MARCH 2013
New China president arrives in Moscow
First official trip abroad by Xi Jinping expected to bolster « strategic partnership » and trade that hit $87.5bn in 2012.
19 MARCH 2013
China, India should accommodate each other’s core concerns: Xi
China’s new President Xi Jinping today unveiled a five-point formula to improve ties with India, proposing accommodation of each other’s core concerns and proper handling of differences while seeking peace on the border as a resolution of the dispute « won’t be easy »
18 MARCH 2013
China counter-pivots on Myanmar
A quiet, modulated dance is being played out in Myanmar. It is not a waltz, with its rhythmical, proper movements, and only on the surface are events in Myanmar equally decorous. If China and the United States are the dancers, then Myanmar is the master of ceremonies. Underlying this proper facade rivalries are apparent. When and how the music will stop is unclear
15 MARCH 2013
Beijing-Vatican breakthrough not expected
Chinese mainland bishops and Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong Hon expressed their hopes Thursday that China-Vatican relations could improve after the election of Pope Francis. But analysts said that although the Vatican is likely to continue to seek dialogue with China under Pope Francis, major breakthroughs in Beijing-Vatican relations are not expected http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/768314.shtml http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/inherits-03152013141804.html
15 MARCH 2013
Chinese, French presidents agree to promote strategic partnership
Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Francois Hollande discussed over phone topics concerning bilateral ties and cooperation late Friday. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-03/16/c_124465432.htm
14 MARCH 2013
Chinese contractors’ rise in Vietnam: Causes, problems, and implications
By the end of 2009 Chinese engineering companies were involved in projects worth US$15.4 billion in Vietnam, making the Vietnamese market their largest in Southeast Asia. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/14/chinese-contractors-rise-in-vietnam-causes-problems-and-implications/
14 MARCH 2013
China and Latin America: Big Business and Big Competition
China is becoming a major player in Latin American and Caribbean economies.
12 MARCH 2013
Sino-Indian Relations Full of Contradictions
The punditry gods were smiling when Beijing and New Delhi declared 2012 as the Year of Sino-Indian Friendship. After all, it was a most curious designation, and not just because 2006 had received the same appellation with little to show for it. Indeed, the Chinese that year revived their territorial claims over all of Arunachal Pradesh, a state in India’s remote northeast that lies along their long-contested Himalayan border and which Beijing now insists on calling “South Tibet.” http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/sino-indian-relations-full-of-contradictions/?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_221087468
11 MARCH 2013
Beijing protests Tokyo’s one-China policy violation
China on Monday lodged strong protests to Japan over violations of the one-China policy related to Tokyo’s anniversary commemoration of its devastating earthquake. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-03/12/content_16299877.htm
9 MARCH 2013
China Says It Won’t Forsake North Korea, Despite Support for U.N. Sanctions
China’s foreign minister said Saturday that Beijing would not abandon North Korea, reiterating China’s longstanding position that dialogue, not sanctions, is the best way to persuade the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/world/asia/china-says-it-will-not-abandon-north-korea.html?ref=asia&_r=0 http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-foreign-minister-says-sanctions-not-solution-to-north-korea/1618337.html
8 MARCH 2013
China warns against Korea escalation
China has appealed for calm on the Korean peninsula, hours after North Korea said it had scrapped all peace pacts with the South and threatened pre-emptive nuclear strikes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21713340
7 MARCH 2013
China-Russia partnership to combat Obama’s ‘Asia Pivot’ strategy
A potential partnership may be formed between China and Russia in Northeast Asia to combat the « Asia Pivot » strategy of the United States, reports Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130307000087&cid=1101
5 MARCH 2013
US, China Agree on N. Korea Sanctions
U.N. diplomats say the United States and China have reached a tentative deal on new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, as Pyongyang threatened to disregard the armistice that ended its 1950 to 1953 war with South Korea http://www.voanews.com/content/un-security-council-to-discuss-north-korea-sanctions/1615283.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1258063/1/.html
3 MARCH 2013
Shifting emphasis: Beijing’s reactions to North Korea nuclear test
Beijing’s policy on North Korea has always been a balance between two objectives: stability and denuclearisation. Beijing desires stability in the Korean Peninsula because it believes that a stable and friendly North Korea is in China’s long-term strategic interest. But similarly, China does not want a nuclear-armed North Korea, also for strategic and practical reasons. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/03/shifting-emphasis-beijings-reactions-to-north-korea-nuclear-test/
28 FEBRUARY 2013
US hackers attacked military websites, says China’s defence ministry
Hackers from the US have repeatedly launched attacks on two Chinese military websites, including that of the Defence Ministry, officials say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21615448
27 FEBRUARY 2013
China likely to appoint expert on N.Korea & Japan as foreign minister
Barring last-minute changes, Wang Yi (above), 59, China’s ambassador to Japan from 2004 to 2007, was likely to be appointed foreign minister during the annual full session of parliament next month, the sources said. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130227-405120.html
25 FEBRUARY 2013
China’s Xi vows friendly ties with Taiwan
New Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed Monday to pursue friendly ties with Taiwan and keep seeking « peaceful reunification » in a meeting with an influential politician from the island, state media reported http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1256403/1/.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/99398/china-taiwan-unification-xi-jinping/
24 FEBRUARY 2013
China living in denial of NK’s status as an ally
There used to be some sympathy in Asia for North Korea and its striving defiance of the US and others that it sees as enemies. But now, even China, the long viewed ally of North Korea, sees North Korea’s defiance as a nuisance. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/763728.shtml