Taiwan’s President: Fighting for Reform

by Michael J. Fonte / 

President Tsai Ing-wen is a sophisticated, professional woman with a strong resume: lawyer, World Trade Organization negotiator, Mainland Affairs Council chair, legislator, vice premier, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chair. Organization negotiators will tell you that her attention to detail was stunning and she carries that characteristic today as president. Continue reading “Taiwan’s President: Fighting for Reform”

As U.S. Culls Diplomats, China Is Empowering Its Ambassadors

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While U.S. diplomats endure staff cuts and low morale, China’s own foreign service is undergoing a revival.

The ruling Communist Party has ordered a sweeping overhaul of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs aimed at making China a more effective global player, according to four people familiar with the matter. The plan calls for most agencies to stop replacing staff in Chinese embassies by next year, giving ambassadors direct control over their portfolios, said two of the people, who requested anonymity because they’re not authorized to speak to media. Continue reading “As U.S. Culls Diplomats, China Is Empowering Its Ambassadors”

ASEAN ‘concern’ resurfaces over contested waters with China

by TAKASHI NAKANO/ Nikkei Asian Review/ 7 February 2018

SINGAPORE — The situation in the South China Sea, where China has moved aggressively amid conflicting territorial claims, was highlighted as a source of concern in an ASEAN foreign ministers’ statement released Tuesday, with Singapore taking a more balanced approach as this year’s chair than the Philippines did in 2017. Continue reading “ASEAN ‘concern’ resurfaces over contested waters with China”

China’s tourist numbers to rise this year after record 4.5b trips for 2017, says China think tank

by Jane Li / 25 January 2018/ SCMP

Mainland Chinese tourists made a record 4.53 billion domestic and overseas trips last year, the number equivalent to three times China’s population of 1.38 billion, to top the world list in tourism volume, according to one of China’s top think tanks. Continue reading “China’s tourist numbers to rise this year after record 4.5b trips for 2017, says China think tank”

China and global economic risks

Author: Editorial Board, East Asia Forum

On the surface of it, the global economic recovery looks stronger day by day. The International Monetary Fund has upped its forecasts and the underlying real growth trend in major industrialised country markets seems at last to validate the continuing exuberance of stock markets around the world. Continue reading “China and global economic risks”

How China Is Winning Back More Graduates From Foreign Universities Than Ever Before

by Luke Kelly / 25 January 2018/ Forbes

Where it was once inevitable that those who left to study at prestigious foreign universities would remain on distant shores for years, China’s graduates are now answering the call of home more than ever before — and many are turning down lucrative careers on Wall Street or in Silicon Valley in favor of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Continue reading “How China Is Winning Back More Graduates From Foreign Universities Than Ever Before”

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BEIJING — Winters in Beijing have long been choked by thick, dusty, toxic smog. But this winter, the sky has taken on a once seemingly unthinkable hue: blue.

Now, an analysis of government data by Greenpeace has confirmed what many people could see but that nonetheless seemed too good to be true. Continue reading “A Blue Sky in Beijing? It’s Not a Fluke, Says Greenpeace”

People’s Daily: China should “grasp historic opportunity”

(Xinhua)  / January 16, 2018

BEIJING, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) — The People’s Daily, the Communist Party of China (CPC) flagship newspaper, published an article Monday calling for efforts to grasp the historic opportunity facing China. Continue reading “People’s Daily: China should “grasp historic opportunity””