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  1. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Chinese tourists continue their love affair with Japan despite frosty ties

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 11:44pm by Andrea Chen, Julian Ryall

    ... for Japan hit a record high during the Lunar New Year holiday, despite the frosty ties between Beijing and Tokyo. Japan issued 79,000 visas for mainland Chinese group tourists last month and more ... still refrained from visiting Japan, possibly for political reasons. In August 2012, Japan issued 107,621 visas to mainland Chinese tourists. The next month Abe, as head of the Liberal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1427379/chinese-tourists-continue-their-love-affair-japan-despite-frosty-ties
  2. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Michelle Obama comes face-to-face with Terracotta Warriors

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 04:11pm by AFP

    ... yesterday as part of a week-long tour of the mainland that has taken in several tourist sites while largely avoiding politics. The family stepped into one of the vast pits at the burial site outside ... The statues are a hugely popular tourist draw, attracting five million visitors last year. Since arriving in Beijing on Thursday night for a visit focusing on "soft" issues, Obama has toured ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1456192/michelle-obama-comes-face-face-terracotta-warriors
  3. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    First lady Michelle Obama praises civil rights movement- and tai chi- during China tour

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 05:05am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Tai Chic US first lady Michelle Obama promoted ethnic equality, the civil rights movement and religious freedom on the mainland yesterday, raising ... The first lady cited herself and President Obama as beneficiaries of the civil rights movement, a sensitive issue on the mainland which strictly controls popular protest. "Over time, ordinary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1457308/first-lady-obama-praises-civil-rights-movement-during-china-tour
  4. News - Hong Kong - DIPLOMACY

    Ireland set to open first consulate in Hong Kong

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 04:46am by Lana Lam

    ... and meet members of the local Irish community, which numbers around 3,000. In mainland China there are about 2,000 Irish nationals, mainly living in Beijing and Shanghai. Howlin identified tourism as a key growth area as last year Ireland had just 18,000 visitors from mainland China and Hong Kong out of a total of eight million tourists. Education was another target area, he said. Currently, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1449637/ireland-set-open-first-consulate-hong-kong
  5. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    ‘It’s lonely at home’ says US president, as Michelle Obama kicks off China visit with Peng Liyuan

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 01:33pm by Teddy Ng, Andrea Chen

    ... Friends School in Washington DC, attended by Obama's daughters, Sasha and Malia- the group left and headed to the Forbidden City. Their appearance quickly attracted the attention of tourists ... and daughters, at Beijing's Capital International Airport last night, where they were welcomed by Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Kunsheng. Mainland internet users were quick to point out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1453180/michelle-obama-and-chinas-first-lady-peng-liyuan-attend-first-engagement
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - DIPLOMACY

    Beijing may prefer to play the longer game in Manila hostage dispute

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 02:14pm by TIM COLLARD

    ... in this fight. The Filipino presence in Hong Kong is of an entirely different nature to that on the mainland, and is also, in proportion to the size of the population, far larger. Of course, the central ... to business as usual as soon as possible; the mainland may be preparing to play a longer game. Meanwhile, quite apart from Beijing's wider interests, it remains perfectly legitimate for Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1436996/beijing-may-prefer-play-longer-game-manila-hostage-dispute
  7. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Fashion contest the focus of 'first lady diplomacy' during Michelle Obama's China visit

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 10:38am by Li Jing

    ... and self-assertion". While viewing a woman primarily through the lens of her family or her wardrobe would be antiquated in Europe, the mainland is still feeling its way through post-Mao gender politics. China ... in the United States, with a focus on child obesity. Jin Canrong, a professor of international studies at Renmin University, said expectations on the mainland of "first lady diplomacy" were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1457572/fashion-contest-focus-first-lady-diplomacy-during-michelle-obamas-china
  8. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    I wouldn't be where I am today without education, Michelle Obama tells Chinese students

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 01:01pm by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Obama plays it safe in education pitch After causing a stir by urging free speech on the mainland, US first lady Michelle Obama returned to less ... mainland students, educators and parents education was a personal issue for her. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my parents investing and pushing me to get a good education,” she said. “My ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1455442/i-wouldnt-be-where-i-am-today-without-education-michelle-obama-tells
  9. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    France and China should take the lead in forging Sino-EU relations, says Xi Jinping during tour

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 12:04pm by Andrea Chen, AFP, Reuters

    ... full potential, both economically and politically, mainland scholars said. "The bilateral relationship has gone below expectations in the past decade, despite its high starting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1457608/relationship-france-will-continue-lead-sino-eu-ties-xi-says
  10. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Freedom of expression is 'birth right,' Michelle Obama tells Peking University students

    Posted Mar 22nd 2014, 01:57pm by WU NAN, Amy Li

    ... Wu Nan and Amy Li Michelle Obama defends free speech In a speech to Peking University students yesterday, US first lady Michelle Obama defended freedom of expression and other "universal rights"- sensitive concepts that mainland university professors were banned from teaching a year ago. The remarks- the closest the first lady has so far come to discussing politics ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1454756/freedom-expression-birth-right-michelle-obama-tells-peking

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