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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Taiwan can play peacemaker in South China Sea disputes

    Posted May 20th 2014, 06:41pm by Frank Ching

    ... development". In practice, of course, it is difficult to square that position with recent events. China and Japan agreed in 2008 to jointly develop natural gas deposits in the East China Sea but nothing ... of the Sea came into force in 1994. This may be difficult since Taiwan itself is a South China Sea claimant and holds Taiping Island, the largest of the Spratlys group. But this is Ma's chance ...

  2. Sorry seems to be the hardest word

    Posted Apr 20th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... in disputed waters in the East China Sea. Now, Japan has begun allocating gas exploration rights in an area also claimed by China. The Sino-Japanese relationship is peculiar in that trade has grown ... wants to hold a summit with President Hu Jintao in Jakarta later this week, when both men will attend an African-Asian conference, to mend fences with China. 'A summit can be different from ...

  3. Staying the course

    Posted Oct 14th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... China' without saying what that means. Using the '1992 consensus' as a fig leaf to cover up their basic disagreement, the two sides have been able to reach accords on such things as air ... of Hu's six points was 'firm adherence to the 'one China' principle,' which to Beijing of course means that Taiwan is part of the People's Republic of China ...

  4. Witness protection

    Posted Jul 29th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Now, he is the Communist Party secretary of Tsinghua Holdings, which controls Nuctech and some 20 other companies. Nuctech is affiliated with Tsinghua University from which both the Chinese ... loan. Even though Namibia has made it clear that Hu Haifeng is not a suspect, Beijing is doing everything it can to keep the story from the Chinese public. According to the US-based China ...

  5. Lesson in civility

    Posted Mar 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... of the disputed islands which are known as the Senkakus to Japan and the Diaoyus to China. The area, like much of the East China Sea, is believed to be rich in oil and natural gas and, while the two ... 'there is a calm, good humour'. Chinese media, too, devoted much space to covering the disaster. China Daily remarked that people reacted calmly and 'there was little panic ...

  6. Healing old wounds

    Posted Aug 27th 2008, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... scientific evidence suggests that the seabed is not as rich in oil and natural gas as previously believed. Another outstanding issue is that of poisonous dumplings imported from China that caused ... of a representative of China, ambassador Cui Tiankai. Even though Hiroshima every year invites all countries to take part, this was the first time China had accepted. And that, in itself, is a sign ...

  7. We can be proud of contribution to China

    Posted Jan 06th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching In recent weeks, there has been a lot of celebrating, but not in Hong Kong. In November, mainland China and Taiwan finally established the 'three links'- direct transport, mail and trade. In December, China celebrated 30 years of reform. On January 1, Washington and Beijing celebrated the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Where does all this leave ...

  8. Ties that bind

    Posted Jul 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... and is now willing to accept cuts in its greenhouse-gas emissions and would like China to do the same. Beijing, however, is reluctant to do this, pointing out that the developed countries ... in a speech at Tsinghua University- from where both his parents graduated- that unless greenhouse-gas emissions were curtailed, rising sea levels would displace more people in China than in any other ...

  9. One country; diametrically opposed values

    Posted Sep 15th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... on the mainland. Two days after the beatings, five other Hong Kong journalists were at a railway station in Urumqi, where police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of people. The five were whisked away ... Correspondents' Club of China says at least 32 foreign journalists were attacked or had photos or equipment destroyed in the 12 months following the Olympic Games last year. Some people, such as Tsang ...

  10. China's visionary gadfly

    Posted Jul 27th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... of the judiciary should be considered vital. 'For China,' he says, 'an election system is not popular. The common people are highly indifferent.' Even the mainland's highly touted ... a Chinese nationalist, he says China could support a Pax Americana. The United States, he says, will find China much more useful than Western Europe. And while China itself cannot become a global ...




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