Trump Hands the Chinese a Gift: The Chance for Global Leadership

 WASHINGTON — President Trump has managed to turn America First into America Isolated.

In pulling out of the Paris climate accord, Mr. Trump has created a vacuum of global leadership that presents ripe opportunities to allies and adversaries alike to reorder the world’s power structure. His decision is perhaps the greatest strategic gift to the Chinese, who are eager to fill the void that Washington is leaving around the world on everything from setting the rules of trade and environmental standards to financing the infrastructure projects that give Beijing vast influence. Continue reading “Trump Hands the Chinese a Gift: The Chance for Global Leadership”

Traveling With Chinese Characteristics

05·16·2017/ by Hatty Liu/ The World of Chinese

Founder and CEO Liu Shaojun of China’s boutique hotel chain, The Emperor, says he got into the hospitality business by accident. While looking at a rental property for a business incubator he was intending to develop, he came across a building belonging to Tsinghua University just outside the eastern wall of the Forbidden City. “As soon as I saw that view across the rooflines of the palace, I knew,” he said, and the rest, is history; quite literally. Continue reading “Traveling With Chinese Characteristics”

Full text of Constitutional Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage

By S.C. Chang / May 24, 2017 / Focus Taiwan

Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that the Civil Code provisions that do not allow same-sex marriage are unconstitutional and asked the government to amend relevant laws within two years to protect gay couples’ rights. Continue reading “Full text of Constitutional Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage”

WIDODO’S PEACE FORMULA FOR SOUTH CHINA SEA

BY ZURAIDAH IBRAHIM / 29 APR 2017/ SCMP

States involved in the South China Sea dispute should engage in “concrete cooperation” well before any code of conduct is developed, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has proposed. Continue reading “WIDODO’S PEACE FORMULA FOR SOUTH CHINA SEA”

How well-off is China’s middle class?

by Chinapower/csis.org

Over the past several decades, China’s economic development has lifted hundreds of millions of Chinese out of poverty and resulted in a burgeoning middle class. Middle class households typically have enough income to satisfy their primary needs – food, clothing, and shelter – with some disposable income left over for additional desired consumption and savings. In 2002, China’s middle class was only four percent of its population. A decade later this number had climbed to 31 percent, constituting over 420 million people. China’s growing middle class presents an array of new economic opportunities, but also poses significant political and demographic challenges. Continue reading “How well-off is China’s middle class?”

Taiwan, not China, is its own worst enemy

By Robyn Mak / Reuters/ April 24, 2017

(Reuters Breakingviews) – Taiwan faces a bigger threat than Chinese invasion: its own economic mismanagement. President Tsai Ing-wen has outlined plans to bolster growth, including a $29 billion stimulus package, but bolder reforms favoured by the business community look hobbled by politics. The irony is that a politician whose party is defined by resistance to Beijing may leave Taiwan more dependent on the mainland than ever. Continue reading “Taiwan, not China, is its own worst enemy”

Beijing official rejects need for development of democracy in Hong Kong over next decade

by Stuart Lau Jun Mai / April 22, 2017/ SCMP

Beijing has poured cold water on Hong Kong’s ­electoral reform aspirations, saying the city had pressing livelihood concerns to handle in the coming five to 10 years.

The remarks by Wang Zhenmin, the legal chief for the central government’s liaison office, drew the ire of pan-democrats, who said universal suffrage was a goal contained in the Basic Law and the city’s social problems were tied to the “flaws” of its political ­structure. Continue reading “Beijing official rejects need for development of democracy in Hong Kong over next decade”

It’s unbelievable: Hong Kong pan-democrat denied entry to Macau

by Jeffie Lam / April 16, 2017

Hong Kong accountancy sector lawmaker Kenneth Leung, a moderate pan-democrat who had no problem travelling to mainland China over the weekend, called it “unbelievable” after he was denied entry to Macau on Sunday. Continue reading “It’s unbelievable: Hong Kong pan-democrat denied entry to Macau”