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  1. Chinese navy in Somali waters far from gunboat diplomacy: experts

    Posted Dec 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Somalia, it would be the first time in modern history the Chinese navy has ventured out of its territorial waters on a military expedition. Beijing has said it would consider sending frigates ... was a far cry from gunboat diplomacy. 'The nature of this operation is akin to a peacekeeping mission at sea, and China sees itself as fulfilling an international responsibility,' said Li ...

  2. Panda diplomacy

    Posted Feb 06th 2008, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... to assume responsibility for its actions. In the past, Chinese were virtually absent from international organisations but, today, the World Health Organisation is headed by Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, from Hong Kong. And another Chinese, Justin Lin Yifu, has just been named the World Bank's chief economist. China has truly arrived. Under Deng, China had set as its goal the creation ...

  3. The primary colours of successful diplomacy

    Posted Nov 05th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... printed in the traditional Chinese characters used on the island and the simplified ones preferred on the mainland. The ceremony, which brought together Taiwan's top negotiator, Chiang ... of the covers made some people at the ceremony wonder whether they represented the Communist red and the Nationalist blue. The Chinese Communist Party favours red, while the Kuomintang uses blue. After ...

  4. Hu a success in ping pong diplomacy 2

    Posted May 09th 2008, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Japanese table tennis player Ai Fukuhara, drawing rounds of huge cheers- although his repeated wins did surprise some. Then Chinese table tennis queen Wang Nan joined in the game and, despite ... diplomacy' of the 1970s, when exchanges of table tennis players helped thaw ties between Beijing and Washington. Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda stood on the sidelines throughout the game, ...

  5. Art of diplomacy

    Posted Jun 13th 2008, 12:00am by Jacqueline Tsang

    ... for a westernised wedding, with a western-style wedding gown and reception, which may be frowned upon by more traditionally minded parents who want a Chinese wedding complete with a banquet and tea ... banquet can be held later for the parents' benefit. Trickier situations include having to deal with western and Chinese beliefs that directly contrast each other, and colour choice is often ...

  6. 'Disaster diplomacy' helps polish mainland's image

    Posted Jun 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... from not only overseas politicians but from formerly critical international media. Although some observers maintain that the impact of this 'disaster diplomacy' will only ... the torch relay,' said Ilan Kelman, a disaster-diplomacy specialist at the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo. Beijing's diplomatic skills have been put ...

  7. Summit of giants a success for diplomacy

    Posted May 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The first visit to Japan by a Chinese head of state- former president Jiang Zemin in 1998- was marred by disagreements over Japan's past aggression. Since then, the relationship ... in Tibet in March aroused criticism in Japan, culminating in clashes between Chinese students and Japanese carrying Tibetan flags during the Olympic torch relay there. The two leaders exchanged ...

  8. Sunshine diplomacy for China and Australia

    Posted Feb 12th 2008, 12:00am by Greg Barns

    ... opposition to an independent Taiwan and ensure that proposed Chinese government investments in Australia are treated the same way as any private foreign investment. No wonder, as one newspaper ... was watching nervously to see if Mr Rudd's government got twitchy about the prospect of a serious wad of Chinese government money being used to buy strategic mineral resources. But so far, ...

  9. Disaster diplomacy a welcome ice-breaker

    Posted May 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Call it disaster diplomacy. The quake-hit province also happened to be one of the most extensively bombed Chinese areas during the Japanese invasion during the second world war. So both ...

  10. Hu scores quick coup with panda diplomacy

    Posted May 07th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Beijing and Tokyo zoos exchanged panda cubs to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Panda diplomacy has witnessed the ups and downs of Sino-Japanese relations. The last time a Chinese president visited Japan, Jiang Zemin in 1998, the trip did not generate a gift of pandas given the tense atmosphere surrounding ...




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