(The Washington Post) In a rare pressure campaign, the Chinese government is demanding that the U.S. Congress back off passing new laws that would strengthen the U.S. relationship with Taiwan. Beijing’s efforts are the latest sign that it is stepping up its campaign to exert political influence inside countries around the world, including the United States.
War of the Dragons: Why North Korea Does Not Trust China
By Franz-Stefan Gady / September 29, 2017 / The Diplomat
The idea that China holds the key to solving the ongoing political and military crisis on the Korean Peninsula has been the standard jack-in-the-box of U.S. North Korea policy for the past seven decades, set to pop up whenever U.S.-North Korea tensions escalated and the threat of war thought imminent. Continue reading “War of the Dragons: Why North Korea Does Not Trust China”
How will China’s sweeping pollution crackdown affect its economy?
by Jane Cai/ Sept 14, 2017/ SCMP
An unprecedented campaign against environmental pollution has led to 18,000 companies being punished across the country since last summer and more plant shutdowns. But the crackdown’s economic implications are just beginning to unfold.
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Indonesia & China: The Sea Between
by Philip Bowring / Sept 13, 2017 / NYR Daily
Indonesia has long been cautious in confronting China’s claims in the South China Sea, so its announcement on July 14 that it was renaming a part of the area the “North Natuna Sea” may have come to many as surprise. The new name encompasses a region north of the Natuna islands that partly falls within the infamous “nine dash line,” by which China claims the sea stretching fifteen hundred miles from its mainland coast almost to the shores of Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, and Indonesia. China immediately demanded a retraction—which it will not get. Continue reading “Indonesia & China: The Sea Between”
Beijing gnaws at rule of law in Hong Kong
Author: Alvin Y H Cheung, NYU / East Asia Forum
The decision by Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal to drastically and retroactively increase the sentences of activists Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law has prompted widespread international concern. Continue reading “Beijing gnaws at rule of law in Hong Kong”
As World Watches Kim, China Quietly Builds South China Sea Clout
By Jason Koutsoukis and Dan Murtaugh / September 6, 2017 / Bloomberg
As Kim Jong Un’s antics in North Korea capture global attention, China is quietly moving to bolster its grip on disputed territory in the South China Sea. Continue reading “As World Watches Kim, China Quietly Builds South China Sea Clout”
Taiwan appoints new premier amid tense China relations
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s president on Tuesday appointed a new premier seen as willing to reach out to rival China amid ongoing tense relations between the two sides. Continue reading “Taiwan appoints new premier amid tense China relations”
Explainer: what will China’s national anthem law mean for Hong Kong?
Back then, the local soccer governing body was fined by international football authorities over the jeering. But such acts could soon become punishable by law in Hong Kong under proposed national anthem legislation currently making its way through the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature. Continue reading “Explainer: what will China’s national anthem law mean for Hong Kong?”
China issues textbooks educating children about the country’s ‘legitimate sovereignty’ of Tibet and the South China
By SOPHIE WILLIAMS FOR MAILONLINE / 30 August 2017
China is introducing new textbooks into its elementary and middle schools next month that it hopes will help make children aware of ‘national sovereignty.’
These new textbooks will cover three main subjects including Chinese language, history along with moral and legal education. Continue reading “China issues textbooks educating children about the country’s ‘legitimate sovereignty’ of Tibet and the South China”