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  1. 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 ...

  2. News - China Insider - DIPLOMACY

    Chinese scholar blasts US defence chief Hagel over ‘force and intimidation’ comments

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 04:52pm by Chris Luo

    ... China’s historical claims to sovereignty that it says have existed for centuries. Hagel on Monday became the first diplomatic visitor invited onboard China’s first aircraft carrier, a symbolic ...

  3. 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, ...

  4. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Xi Jinping becomes first president to visit EU HQ for top-level talks

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 05:03pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... opened a new rift in the longtime turmoil dividing Belgium’s rival Dutch- and French-speaking communities. The problem is that the rare bears, a reliable draw for visitors, are in a zoo ...

  5. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Singapore, Jakarta in diplomatic row over deadly 1965 bombing in city state

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 11:02pm by AFP

    ... spokesman Suropati said the "Usman" and "Harun" models proved to be a hit. "We gathered up the most beautiful female navy officers for our booth but, unbelievably, visitors ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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

    ... for their perceived arrogance and insensitivity, not to inconvenience the whole nation. But some lawmakers have called for an end to all visa-free treatment for visitors from the Philippines by mid-2015, ... 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 ...

  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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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