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  1. Beijing should focus on economic soft power

    Posted Oct 12th 2010, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih China's hard power is raising concern around the world, but it is the country's soft power, manifest in infrastructure and soft loans, that will extend its global ... business talks underscores China's two sides: its hard power and soft power. Anyone who seriously believes China will benefit from adopting an aggressive militaristic stance towards other ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. How China could scupper US naval power

    Posted Jan 10th 2009, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... surveillance using its own satellites in space. They say that China will soon test an ASBM. If they are correct, and the new system works, it could turn potent symbols of naval power into sitting ... former president George H.W. Bush, the ship, which carries 85 planes and more than 5,000 crew, is a potent symbol of America's global power and presence, despite recent US economic ...

  4. African conflicts pressure China's neutrality

    Posted Aug 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... will see both co-operation and competition for resources in Africa between the US and China. 'My hope and expectation is you will see more co-operation.' Key player Currently, about 18 ... and Research Centre at Boston University. 'China engages Africa with the intent of being there for a while. Issues like stability are important to them. How you deal with regimes that oppress ...

  5. On the sidelines

    Posted Sep 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... authoritarian powers in order to secure much needed resources and investment markets for itself. For example, about 3 per cent of China's total oil imports came from Libya when Gaddafi ... and European interests by maintaining a pre-eminent role for Nato. Although the ousting of the Gaddafi regime was initiated by Libyans rather than outside powers, the fact that the National ...

  6. Rising peacekeeper role burnishes China's image

    Posted Jan 25th 2008, 12:00am by David Fullbrook

    ... of international peace, stability and trade. Such order allows China the freedom to focus fewer resources on security and more on developing the economic power that underlies its rise. In time, ... That may be so; international power politics is not known for free lunches and altruism. But it would be odd if Chinese blue helmets were not becoming a common sight in Africa. China will doubtless ...

  7. US vies with China in the new scramble for Africa

    Posted Mar 12th 2008, 12:00am by Hagai Segal

    ... sources of energy and resources, the interest in Africa will only grow. Whether the average African citizen, never mind regional stability, will benefit from America's and China ... Hagai Segal Many people are likely to assume that the current tensions between the US and China are firmly centred in Asia- with Taiwan, North Korea or Central Asia as the likely area ...

  8. China can help in Afghan solution

    Posted Oct 10th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Taliban who might participate in a national government, and talk to China, India and Pakistan about helping to promote economic opportunities. Afghanistan has rich mineral resources and people who ... In the short term, the Taliban would take power, with disastrous consequences, especially for women and children; but, in the medium term, it would let loose a kaleidoscope of potentially clashing ...

  9. Transparency required on defence spending

    Posted Mar 09th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... exercise of its kind since the People's Republic was founded in 1949. As a practical example of China's need to be able to project power and defend its fast-expanding overseas interests, ... The military's role in the emergency evacuation of foreigners from civil-war-torn Libya demonstrated the increasing operational capacity and reach of China's armed forces. ...

  10. Beijing's push for power beyond its borders

    Posted Jan 15th 2007, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... in Asia. Beijing's latest policy document on defence asserts: 'To build a powerful and fortified national defence is a strategic task of China's modernisation drive.' Using code ... the 'second artillery', which is the nuclear force. These are the services whose missions are to project power beyond China's borders. The targeting of US forces in East Asia is sometimes ...




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