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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. The ball's in your court, Beijing

    Posted Jun 28th 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... to resume the security dialogue and to move faster to resolve differences over gas deposits under the East China Sea. Beijing should keep up the momentum, taking advantage of next month's ... Frank Ching There are encouraging signs that both China and Japan are looking for ways to ease their prolonged deadlock. Better relations are an essential prerequisite to any strengthening ...

  3. The uneasy partners

    Posted Mar 29th 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Understandably, the media focused on the Russian agreement to build two large gas pipelines to China- costing up to US$10 billion- within five years. Each pipeline would be capable of delivering 30 ... Frank Ching Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to China last week marked yet another step in the two countries' move towards closer economic and political relations. ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Nothing good can come from it

    Posted Apr 19th 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... The exclusive economic zones claimed by China and Japan overlap, and the two countries have not been able to resolve outstanding issues despite holding a series of high-level talks. Another ... Frank Ching A year after anti-Japanese demonstrations broke out in China, the two countries are no closer to resolving their many differences- over history, the demarcation ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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