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  1. Political gains only as China goes along for the ride to Mars

    Posted Mar 29th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen China joined the Russian Mars project early this week for political rather than technological reasons, say experts. A scientist working for the nation's deep space exploration programmes in the China Academy of Space Technology said yesterday that Russia's core space technologies were strictly off-limits for the Chinese team. 'It is not easy ...

  2. Playing politics with Sino-Australian trade

    Posted Nov 28th 2007, 12:00am by Greg Barns

    ... of such an outcome need to be thought through carefully by the political forces in Australia; the nation stands to gain some US$18 billion from greater access to China's markets. The newly empowered Australian senate cross-benchers need to remember that derailing the trade deal for the sake of scoring domestic political points is unlikely to lead to improvements in China's environmental ...

  3. Political parties use Tiananmen tragedy as propaganda tool

    Posted Jun 09th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I guess I am sticking my neck out by entering the political argument about Ma Lik's remarks concerning June 4, 1989. So let me first clarify that I attended the big rally that year, wearing a black band. I went not to shout political slogans, but to mourn the dead, and out of deep disappointment at the outcome. When Mr Ma spoke recently, probably unthinkingly, he gave ...

  4. Political fences not all that need mending

    Posted Apr 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China and Japan were characterised by mainland media as 'politically cold yet economically hot', thanks to Mr Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese war criminals ... between Japan and China. In the first of a two-part series, Tom Miller looks at the two countries' ties. Maintaining the thaw in diplomatic relations initiated by Japanese Prime Minister ...

  5. Family politics

    Posted Mar 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Delegates to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference have called for the abolition of China's one-child policy, saying it had caused social problems and personality flaws among mainland youth. Has it? Write to us ...

  6. US domestic politics eclipse trade row

    Posted May 27th 2007, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Ray Cheung in Washington While the agreements of the Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) have not stopped the growing anti-China sentiment in Washington, it appears for now that the anger, particularly from the US Congress, remains more talk than action. Sanctioning trade with China is unlikely to be the top priority for American politicians, who currently have their hands full with more ...

  7. Observers see little hope of political reform

    Posted Oct 13th 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... the country's political system, and opposition would continue to be suppressed. 'China's economic growth has exerted some pressures for more openness, but it has also, through the unfairness of its processes, created more need for repression and stronger solidarity within China's ruling class,' Professor Link said. He said China's political and economic elites were ...

  8. HK$50m bank loan for secret political mission, court hears

    Posted Sep 04th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yvonne Tsui A loan of HK$50 million that a Hong Kong bank injected in a Kuomintang investment arm 10 years ago was alleged to have been paid out for a secret political mission, a court ... documents, Mr Whitehead said the companies, Labour Buildings and China States, contended that the loan, made as a debenture, was void and not binding because about half of the HK$50 million had been ...

  9. HK's political reform an issue with far-reaching implications on Taiwan

    Posted Dec 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... requires the mainland to abandon its dictatorial government. Thus, the crux of the matter for both reunification and the democratisation of Hong Kong boils down to political reform in China ... The issue of political reform in Hong Kong has been put centre stage by the government after the submission of a report on the matter to the Standing Committee of the National ...

  10. Monument names about history, not politics

    Posted Dec 07th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Depending on a person's political affiliation, democracy is either being adhered to or disregarded by a Taiwanese government decision to remove the name from and tear down a memorial gate to first president Chiang Kai-shek. But as much as the issue is being portrayed as one of the people's right to decide, it is nothing of the sort: it is simply about politics ...




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