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  1. Lesson in civility

    Posted Mar 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... 'there is a calm, good humour'. Chinese media, too, devoted much space to covering the disaster. China Daily remarked that people reacted calmly and 'there was little panic ... officials left first. More than 300 people died in the fire, including 288 children. Comments about the Japanese disaster show that many in China feel that, though their country has now overtaken ...

  2. Miners' lives are priceless, too

    Posted Feb 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching For the past quarter of a century, the Chinese economy has been the envy of the world, growing at something like 9 per cent each year. In the process, 400 million people have been lifted out of poverty. But this miraculous growth was achieved ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing's eagerness to take charge undermines HK autonomy

    Posted Oct 10th 2012, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... What made it worse was that the official China News Service subsequently reported- erroneously- that "professional boats from China successfully rescued 95 people" when the truth ... popularity ratings badly need a boost. Moreover, as this newspaper reported, state broadcaster China Central Television ran a headline in a report on the disaster, saying that President Hu Jintao, ...

  4. The right man at the right time?

    Posted Feb 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... does not regard as a diehard 'separatist', unlike President Chen Shui-bian. In the few days since his appointment, Mr Hsieh has made it clear that he will halt the 'rectification ... not be 'unwilling to talk just because someone is in power'. However, Mr Jia made it clear Beijing still insisted that Mr Chen must first embrace the one-China principle, which stipulates that Taiwan ...

  5. Don't hit a man when he's down

    Posted Dec 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... that Mr Hu had given him a dressing down but said he merely offered 'well-intentioned advice'. In fact, he said, Mr Hu had made similar comments many times before. This suggests ...

  6. Keep the tsunami funds flowing

    Posted Jan 11th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Kong Performing Artistes Guild helped raise more than $36 million through its concert, bringing the total relief fund amassed in Hong Kong close to $700 million. Clearly, the disaster has touched a chord, and Hong Kong people are responding as never before. Even prison inmates have made donations to help people who are worse off than themselves. A week ago, it was reported ...

  7. Riding the storm

    Posted Sep 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... the disaster areas. In response, he said that it was the premier's job to fight typhoons, not the president's. Ma, a Harvard Law School graduate who has served as justice minister, said that, ... of emergency, saying that there was no legal requirement to do so, since the Disaster Prevention and Protection Act already gave the government enough powers to deal with the disaster. Decreeing a state ...

  8. Tempest season

    Posted Sep 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... a separatist, to Taiwan to comfort Morakot survivors. Ma had no choice but to agree to the visit. Beijing made its unhappiness plain but put the blame squarely on the DPP and not on the Ma ...

  9. An olive branch from North Korea

    Posted Jan 20th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Korea is saying is that it hopes the Bush administration will embrace the proposals made by Mr Weldon's delegation. As he explained, this is a two-step procedure. The first step includes ... to defuse the North Korean nuclear problem. On this trip, his delegation has visited the other members of the six-party talks- Russia, South Korea, China and Japan. The group even made a side trip ...

  10. Guess who still calls the shots?

    Posted Jan 12th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... implications of the disaster- and that of the response of various countries- were recognised early on. US President George W. Bush was urged to make a personal appearance to express his sympathy ... the disaster and American efforts to help victims. To some extent, the relief effort has turned into a bidding contest, with the US pledging US$350 million. Japan then jumped in with US$500 million ...




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