Sunday, August 19, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping returns to public stage with renewed call for military loyalty to the Communist Party

Chinese President Xi Jinping returns to public stage with renewed call for military loyalty...

Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that Communist Party control of the military would endure and gain in strength, as he addressed top brass in his the first public appearance since the country’s top echelon wrapped up an annual informal retreat last week. China Central Television broadcast footage on Sunday of Xi meeting senior People’s Liberation…
Trade war gives South Korean firms hope of a warmer welcome in China

Trade war gives South Korean firms hope of a warmer welcome in China

A South Korean trade group is hopeful Beijing will overcome its rocky relations with Seoul to better heed its members’ corporate needs as China battles the United States over trade. Ties between Beijing and Seoul have been strained in recent years by the deployment in South Korea of a US missile defence system known as…
Pacific islanders feel the squeeze as Beijing bans tour groups from one of Taiwan’s last allies

Pacific islanders feel the squeeze as Beijing bans tour groups from one of Taiwan’s...

Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and closed travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug of war between mainland China and Taiwan. Late last year, Beijing year effectively banned tour groups from visiting the idyllic tropical archipelago, branding it an illegal destination…
Asean’s limits are on display as effort to build a robust Southeast Asian community loses momentum

Asean’s limits are on display as effort to build a robust Southeast Asian community...

The 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, despite its lack of cohesiveness and geopolitical heft, likes to be in the driver’s seat even on initiatives that extend beyond its region. But having placed itself at the wheel, Asean usually needs instructions from back-seat drivers on how to proceed and where to go. One such example…
Divided Asean spins its wheels as great powers become back-seat drivers in Southeast Asia

Divided Asean spins its wheels as great powers become back-seat drivers in Southeast Asia

The 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, despite its lack of cohesiveness and geopolitical heft, likes to be in the driver’s seat even on initiatives that extend beyond its region. But having placed itself at the wheel, Asean usually needs instructions from back-seat drivers on how to proceed and where to go. One such example…
Trump increasingly takes aim at a ‘malign power’ – China

Trump increasingly takes aim at a ‘malign power’ – China

After 18 months of treating North Korea as the top national security threat, US President Donald Trump has increasingly turned his attention to China, taking a more confrontational approach that experts said shows a risky shift in US policy. From an escalating trade war to a new defence budget that counters Chinese maritime expansion, the…
Chinese bombers: the warplanes ‘training for strikes against US targets’

Chinese bombers: the warplanes ‘training for strikes against US targets’

The Pentagon has highlighted China’s growing military clout in a new report, saying the air force is developing its bombers to hit targets as far away as possible – and “likely training for strikes” against the United States and its allies. It said the People’s Liberation Army was pursuing nuclear capability for its long-range bombers,…
Taiwan is developing missiles in response to Beijing’s military build-up

Taiwan is developing missiles in response to Beijing’s military build-up

Taiwan is responding to China’s arms build-up by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing’s military advantage over the self-ruled island, defence experts say. Since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016, Taiwan has deployed one set of missiles, perfected another and sped up production of a third, the analysts say,…
‘Foreign forces’ can’t control religion, Chinese official says amid Vatican talks

‘Foreign forces’ can’t control religion, Chinese official says amid Vatican talks

Religious matters in China cannot be controlled by foreigners, Beijing’s most senior official for religion wrote in a Communist Party journal, amid talks with the Vatican to resolve a dispute over the appointment of Catholic bishops. Pope Francis had voiced optimism in June that ties between the Vatican and China were improving, as the two…
How the next inter-Korean summit only raises the stakes for South Korea’s Moon Jae-in

How the next inter-Korean summit only raises the stakes for South Korea’s Moon Jae-in

Earlier this year, the world eagerly anticipated what was once a rare event: an inter-Korean summit. Following just two previous meetings – involving former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and progressive South Korean presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun, in 2000 and 2007 respectively – current President Moon Jae-in met Kim’s son, Kim Jong-un, on…
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