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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Sino-US relations: a game of defensive play

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 03:25pm by LANXIN XIANG

    ... bilateral relations have sunk to their lowest point since the Nixon- Kissinger period of the 1970s. Leaders in Beijing and Washington have not only disagreed about how to solve major problems ... is a myth. On this issue, Washington seems to have occupied the moral high ground. Similarly, whereas Washington claims its intense military and diplomatic alliance-building activities ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Diplomatic manoeuvring makes for strange bedfellows in Northeast Asia

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 03:47am by SCMP Editorial

    ... for a resumption of six-party talks to negotiate their destruction. The leaders also elevated bilateral relations, signing cooperation deals, billions of dollars in business agreements and vowing ... Abe's agenda is similarly flawed. While he has made political capital at home by forging ground on the abductees issue, shaky relations with China and South Korea have been further damaged ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Polarised views on the ground straining Sino-Japanese relations

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 05:06pm by Karen Ma

    ... stability. Many on the Japanese side have relatively little understanding of their own history. Despite all that's been written about Japan's military aggression in Asia, the topic ... worsen before it gets better. The Genron NPO, a private, independent think tank that conducts a joint China-Japan public opinion poll every year, notes that as bilateral diplomatic ties ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing's double standards on diplomatic 'meddling'

    Posted May 05th 2014, 03:01am by MARTIN MURPHY

    ... in Hong Kong's affairs, the leaked cables simply documented what diplomats from every nation do- work to foster better relations, meet officials and citizens from all walks of political, ... a bit more of it themselves. The future of US-China relations depends on it. Martin Murphy is a former US diplomat. He was head of the economic-political section at the US Consulate in Hong Kong ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Sino-US relations and the benefits of soft power

    Posted Feb 08th 2014, 05:06am by SCMP Editorial

    ... basic form of soft power to help strengthen relations. The ambassador's stepped-up presence comes amid a series of cultural events marking the 35th anniversary of Sino-US diplomatic ... SCMP Editorial The secret of using soft power China's diplomats tend to keep a low profile when abroad, living in closed compounds and rarely being seen outside official functions. ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Disaffection poisons Hong Kong-mainland relations

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 04:13am by Regina Ip

    ... Regina Ip Regina Ip says the growing Hong Kong-mainland divide is a problem not just for Beijing in applying 'one country, two systems'; those professing to care about the city cannot ignore it, either Wrestling with restlessness Last month, aut ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Diplomats and leaders should avoid unwise rhetoric in tense times

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 03:41am by SCMP Editorial

    ... was, though, it was not unexpected as increasingly loose-lipped leaders and diplomats in the region raise tensions. Aquino's remarks came amid tit-for-tat official statements and commentaries between the governments of the region and the US. Beijing and Tokyo have been particularly vociferous, waging public relations campaigns promoting their agendas in speeches, statements ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Harry Potter analogies misplaced in China-Japan diplomatic row

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 09:58am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Diplomats' Potter analogies miss mark Call it the Harry Potter theory of international relations. The Chinese and Japanese ambassadors to Britain have ... in the standoff between the two countries, Potter fans have had a grand time dissecting the latest diplomatic row in proper Potterian terms. As one of those fans, I must take issues with the diplomats ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong's Cardinal Zen and the art of anti-communism

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 04:01am by Alex Lo

    ... it be that antagonism with the Vatican was a factor in this? What's wrong with seeking improved diplomatic relations with Beijing? The Vatican, after all, is by international convention a state. So why ... anti-communism, including his fight for democracy in Hong Kong and his fervent wish to see China's government collapse. The new pope has worked to improve relations with Beijing. Now there is talk ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Gary Locke provided a level head in testing times for Sino-US relations

    Posted Nov 21st 2013, 04:21am by SCMP Editorial

    ... all the credentials. But he will also be remembered for his safe handling of sensational issues that could have led to serious diplomatic incidents- the flight of Wang Lijun, a senior aide ... class, carried his own bags and did his own shopping. Protocol dictates that diplomats steer clear of local political issues, lest they be accused of interference in domestic affairs. However, ...




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