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  1. China's political force

    Posted Sep 27th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... was the last time the military directly intervened in politics, but it left one thing clear to everyone: the PLA is the ultimate arbiter in China's politics. Absolute control of the military ... in China's politics was much more pronounced. 'Because it played a key role in the founding of the People's Republic, the PLA could direct the party's policies under some special ...

  2. Taipei's man in HK hails watershed year of relations

    Posted Jun 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to Taiwanese officials visiting Hong Kong had almost been eliminated, while the number of Hongkongers visiting Taiwan on civil exchange tours had doubled, Jeff Yang Jia-jiunn told the South China ... 'Relatively few Hong Kong groups wanted to visit Taiwan before May 20 [2008, the date of President Ma Ying-jeou's inauguration], because of political concerns.' Since January, 1,500 ...

  3. Zhao Ziyang alleges Li Peng 1989 scheming

    Posted May 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... were given to three confidants and smuggled out of China, and transcribed and compiled by trusted friends. The book, published in English by US publisher Simon & Schuster, went on sale ... about its usefulness. Every time he mentioned stability, he also emphasised dictatorship.' In the memoirs, Zhao calls for reversing the party's verdict on June 4 and the need for China ...

  4. Memoirs refute legitimacy of June 4 order

    Posted May 16th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan Ousted party chief Zhao Ziyang's secret memoirs provide detailed evidence challenging the legitimacy of using the military to crack down on peaceful civilian protesters in Beijing two decades ago. The brutal crackdown of June 4, 1989 w ...

  5. Cross-strait envoys on Taiwan tour

    Posted Apr 07th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei A delegation from mainland cross-strait negotiating groups has started its first formal fact-finding trip in Taiwan to help Beijing better understand the island. An Min, vice-chairman of the Association for Relations Across the Ta ...

  6. Staying the course

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

    ... to the People's Republic of China. But unless Hu is willing to accept the '1992 consensus' instead of 'one China', there is no possibility of reaching political accord. In fact, ... 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 ...

  7. Cross-strait pacts hailed as 'breakthrough'

    Posted Apr 27th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... challenges,' Professor Shi said, adding: 'The financial co-operation agreement would be of considerable help to recession-hit Taiwan.' Taipei-based political commentator Nan Fang-shuo argued ...

  8. PLA told to face up to 'three forces' threats in Xinjiang

    Posted Aug 19th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... the central government had converted Xinjiang from an impoverished place relied on for limited economic support into a key strategic region. 'Almost all China's imported oil and natural gas ...

  9. Locke renews pressure for yuan to float more freely

    Posted Jul 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... freely.' Mr Locke, the first Chinese-American commerce secretary in US history, was on an official visit to China. 'Every country is suffering from economic woes. There's been a lot ... Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, also a Chinese-American, were both in China to promote co-operation on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases. The Obama administration has been pushing Beijing to let ...

  10. Taiwan's premier linked to ex-con

    Posted Nov 06th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwanese Premier Wu Den-yih is attempting to play down his ties with a convicted gang boss as a scandal threatens to undermine the government and the chances of the ruling party in next month's local elections. The Taiwan ed ...




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