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  1. Europe should keep a spare key for Russia

    Posted Jul 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... Jonathan Power Read it for yourself, and don't dismiss it, as most Western commentators have. The Pan-European Security Treaty, proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is worth ... and work on Mr Medvedev's Pan-European Security Treaty. It is a good place to start if one concludes, as I do, that one day Russia must be part of the EU. Jonathan Power is a London-based ...

  2. Network of ocean patrols will monitor key resources

    Posted Apr 07th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... 1999, with the East China Sea as one of its three main monitoring zones. It has become one of the powerful civil defence organisations, equipped over the past eight years with a fleet of 34 ... Minnie Chan Beijing has set up a network of regular air and sea patrols in the East China Sea to monitor traffic and strengthen its claims over the area- efforts that have already resulted ...

  3. Soft-power play

    Posted Feb 24th 2010, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... the use of chequebook diplomacy, neither side has given up the contest for influence among ordinary people around the world- something that is often called soft power. Taiwan's president, Ma Ying-jeou, made this clear when he recently disclosed that Taipei will establish a string of academies around the world to promote Chinese language and culture. In this, mainland China has a big head ...

  4. Power in too few hands causes graft, says Wen

    Posted Mar 26th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... to diversify power and improve transparency. The government also needed to regulate its spending and make better use of public resources through the market mechanism. Beijing has initiated an ambitious ... Cary Huang in Beijing Premier cites need for more checks and balances on officials Excessive power concentrated in too few hands and the lack of an effective checks-and-balances mechanism ...

  5. The power of public opinion

    Posted Apr 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Kong's reunification with China both before and after 1997. Yet, not having been appointed to any significant public body since the reunification, establishment elites have tended to look upon ... of his plan to resign from the Executive Council probably compelled Tang to bring forward his campaign timetable, thus depriving Tang sooner of the protection and resources he was enjoying ...

  6. Hu's succession ushers in new era of military power

    Posted Sep 21st 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest in Beijing Critics say his predecessor focused too much on wealth, not strength The stage is set for China's transformation into a dominant military power ... of senior military personnel because he was seen as lacking strategic vision and having focused on building wealth over power. However, 'Mr Hu will correct that', the analyst said. Before ...

  7. County governments to get more power and autonomy

    Posted Aug 01st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... narrowly focused on dozens of big cities. This has limited growth potential and created uneven development. By handing more power and resources back to county administrations, Beijing hopes ... controlling most resources... so taking this extra layer of power out could be a huge boost to county economies,' he said. Their distance from central and provincial powers also led to widespread ...

  8. Security forum asks how northeast Asia's powerful neighbours can avoid conflict

    Posted Jun 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... be prevented in an increasingly integrated region that is home to a China and Japan that are both powerful at the same time? Will the US continue to be the dominant player in the region? How ... that the challenges presented by China's rise, Japan's potential militarisation and a habitually recalcitrant North Korea are moving into a new realm of uncertainty. Many in the room agreed current ...

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    Chile shows the power of political consensus

    Posted May 02nd 2013, 12:00am by MARIO IGNACIO ARTAZA

    ... Mario Ignacio Artaza Mario Ignacio Artaza says a film about a Chilean democratic movement inspires hope of what effective political consensus can do Power of yes Many democratically ... Co-operation forum; and the first non-Asian country to reach a free-trade pact with China (Chile was the first South American country to recognise Beijing as the legitimate representative ...

  10. China's position on Tibet

    Posted Mar 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma From Beijing's perspective, Tibet has been an inseparable part of China since ancient times. It says Tibet had long been a society of feudal serfdom under theocratic ... and religious power, and was the chief representative of the feudal serf owners. These serf owners, although accounting for less than 5 per cent of the population of Tibet, possessed most ...




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