Thursday, April 19, 2018

China-Philippines oil and gas exploration deal for South China Sea ‘near’

China-Philippines oil and gas exploration deal for South China Sea ‘near’

The Philippines and China are forging ahead with plans for joint oil and gas exploration in the disputed South China Sea, even as both sides recognise and accept each other’s firm “red lines” in protecting their sovereignty claims.  In an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post, the Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said that a…
US Navy’s new Pacific Command chief expected to step up drive to counter China’s submarine power

US Navy’s new Pacific Command chief expected to step up drive to counter China’s...

The nomination of an anti-submarine and electronic warfare specialist as the new head of the US Pacific Command suggests that the Pentagon will be more focused on measures to counter China’s rapid build-up of its submarine forces in the region, military experts have said. Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie said the nomination of Phil Davidson,…
Asean and the art of living with China

Asean and the art of living with China

The unity of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) was shaken after the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea delivered its judgment on the South China Sea maritime claims in July 2016. When the Philippines took China to the tribunal for compulsory arbitration in January 2013, it did not consult the association…
If ignorance is not the reason, why do young Hongkongers still dislike mainland China?

If ignorance is not the reason, why do young Hongkongers still dislike mainland China?

Many young Hongkongers know about happenings in mainland China and watch films made there, but few are motivated to live or work across the border, and an even smaller group believes that both identities are “compatible”, a survey by a pro-Beijing political party has found. The study by the New People’s Party showed that almost…
US aircraft carrier sparks regional fears as it challenges China’s military might in South China Sea

US aircraft carrier sparks regional fears as it challenges China’s military might in South...

As fighter jets streaked overhead, a US aircraft carrier sailed through the disputed South China Sea to the Philippines on Tuesday, sparking regional alarm as strove to display America’s military might in the face of Chinese development in the sea. The US Navy flew a small group of Philippine generals, officials and journalists to the…
CY Leung exhorts Hong Kong’s advisers to Beijing to strengthen society’s love for China and safeguard national security

CY Leung exhorts Hong Kong’s advisers to Beijing to strengthen society’s love for China...

At least seven seminars to spread key messages from China’s recently-concluded annual meetings of its top political advisory body and national legislature have been held in Hong Kong since the start of this month, and on Monday, former chief executive Leung Chun-ying took the stage at one of them. With hundreds of guests watching, Leung, a vice-chairman…
Can President Xi Jinping convince the world at Asia’s Davos that China really is open for business?

Can President Xi Jinping convince the world at Asia’s Davos that China really is...

President Xi Jinping will be keen to show the world that China’s reform and opening up policy remains on track, and that the country is open for business when he addresses the Boao Forum for Asia on Tuesday, but analysts’ opinions are mixed on whether he can pull it off, as trade tensions between Beijing…
Thousands of tombs ‘taking up space of living’ demolished in China

Thousands of tombs ‘taking up space of living’ demolished in China

A county in central China has demolished over 70,000 tombs illegally built by residents to prepare for when they die, according to a news website report. It is a custom among people living in Tongcheng county in Hubei province to commission their tomb while still alive, but the local authorities say the structures sprawl across…
For richer or low-interest loans: the sham marriages – and divorces – built on China’s property market

For richer or low-interest loans: the sham marriages – and divorces – built on...

When Feng Ping (not her real name) was told in 2008 that her home in central Shanghai would be demolished by a property developer, the divorcee’s first thought was to find a new husband.  The 20 square metre (215 sq ft) flat was already home to Feng, her son, her daughter-in-law and her grandson, but…
Calling for an end to communist rule in China ‘is a crime against Hong Kong’

Calling for an end to communist rule in China ‘is a crime against Hong Kong’

Any Hongkonger who opposes the Communist Party’s leadership of China is committing a crime against the city and its mode of government, Beijing’s top man in Hong Kong declared on Friday. Wang Zhimin, director of the central government’s liaison office in the city, said Hong Kong needs to encourage its residents to respect and understand…
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