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  1. Grounded: China's political reforms

    Posted Oct 16th 2003, 12:00am by Wenran Jiang

    ... expanded elections and political reforms, but he has also retreated from confronting these issues. While China has succeeded in sending a man into space, its political reform is grounded for now. ... reform. China cannot sustain its economic miracle and its space programme without a successful political reform agenda. Wenran Jiang is a political science professor in the Faculty of Arts ...

  2. China Daily attacks 'political' Bishop Zen

    Posted Jul 26th 2003, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... China Daily newspaper slammed Bishop Zen for dipping 'a finger in every pie' in recent political controversies, including the right-of-abode saga and the Article 23 controversy, ... Kong's Catholic diocese, accusing him of turning it into a political organisation that breached the separation between church and state. But Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun dismissed the article ...

  3. US-China trade: a political thriller

    Posted Nov 05th 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching More than 30 years ago, when the US-China relationship was first forged, its rationale rested on geopolitics. Trade was an afterthought, a not terribly significant adjunct. In fact, when president Richard Nixon first visited Beijing, it was against the law for Americans to do business with China. In the three decades since then, trade has moved to the front and centre ...

  4. The politics of growth

    Posted Oct 13th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Two years ago, China-watchers were worried because they thought official statisticians were exaggerating economic growth. Now they think official figures underestimate economic growth. Officially, China's economy grew by 8.2 per cent in the first half of the year. That figure is almost certainly too low. Electricity and steel consumption have grown at well over double ...

  5. Political choice

    Posted Aug 28th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that the letter misses is that Taiwan is a democracy, whose people may freely choose their political destiny, whereas China is an authoritarian dictatorship, which denies basic civil and political rights. ... deliberately. The process of Chinese incorporation of Taiwan would be called Anschluss in a certain European language. I had hoped that such ideas passed from political credibility with the Third Reich. ...

  6. Playing politics

    Posted Oct 21st 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... recalled. 'But it got bogged down because he wanted an FTA with Taiwan as a political entity. But if we go down that route, then we would have a problem with China, breaching the rules that we ... relations. The only one willing to explore such a possibility was Singapore, but now talks have broken down. The reason: Taiwan's insistence on making it a political, not economic, agreement. ...

  7. Political reform tops list of cadre concerns

    Posted Dec 19th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Zhiqiang, the China Youth Daily reported. The report said 30.2 per cent of cadres polled said political reform was their top priority, while 19 per cent ranked reform of the party's appointment ... Ray Cheung Political reform remains the top issue for most local-level cadres polled in a survey by the Communist Party School. The survey asked cadres, including county party secretaries ...

  8. Yuan complaints just a political Snow job

    Posted Sep 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... cabinet and his line on it is clear. It is that China cheats in trade with the US because it has pegged the yuan at too weak a rate against the US dollar, thus giving Chinese producers much lower ... in with bouts of high inflation in China. Now let us assume that prices in China were roughly in balance with prices in the US when the yuan was valued at two to the US dollar 20 years ago. ...

  9. India open to military exercises with China

    Posted Oct 09th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... India has for the first time expressed its willingness to hold military exercises with China. The development came as Premier Wen Jiabao announced the date for a new round of talks ... speaking yesterday, would not elaborate, but said India was ready to hold military exercises with any 'friendly' country. China has recently stepped up military contacts with its ...

  10. China shows its diplomatic mettle

    Posted Aug 13th 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... North Korea's agreement to take part in multilateral discussions of its nuclear weapons programme could not have been obtained without China's efforts. The success of these efforts over the last few months has won China goodwill from some of its most important neighbours, such as South Korea and Japan, and earned it a place as one of the world's major players. ...




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