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  1. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Justice steps in where stability once ruled

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 06:02am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... "Asia pivot"- have locked horns with Beijing over territorial disputes, raising the possibility of accidental military conflicts and heightening international concerns over China's ...

  2. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Aggression is not part of national character

    Posted May 19th 2014, 03:47am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... tensions over the South China Sea, while Beijing has countered that the US has inflamed the situation with its military "pivot" to Asia, encouraging some of China's neighbours to use the policy as an excuse to provoke trouble. While the chance of direct and large-scale military conflict is remote, unintended military clashes are very much possible. In this context, Xi's ...

  3. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Xi Jinping goes hunting for the 'tigers' of the PLA

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 03:53am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei The arrests of two top generals said to have amassed private fortunes have put the military on notice that the days of plunder are over Xi goes hunting for PLA tigers Xu ... performance for retired senior military officers. As 70-year-old Xu walked into a room before the performance began, his presence immediately attracted attention among serving and retired military ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Is Malaysia fit to lead widened search for missing flight MH370?

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 04:24am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... and passengers. Najib's statement confirmed much of what had been leaked to the media in the preceding few days- that military radar and satellites had picked up signals of what may have been ... and military leaders had been aware of this information much earlier but failed to disclose it promptly and publicly. Instead, from the day the plane was reported missing, Malaysian officials gave ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Too much at stake for Beijing and Tokyo to risk in war over islands

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 04:22am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Are China and Japan hurtling towards a military conflict, possibly over the disputed Diaoyu Islands (called the Senkakus by Japan) sooner than later? That question is always a compelling and heated ... of a more assertive military and national security policy that could see a revision of Japan's pacifist post-war constitution, has confirmed the worst fears in China and deepened anger among ...

  6. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Xi follows in Mao's footsteps on path to consolidate power

    Posted Apr 29th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... of his efforts to shake up the military and boost morale, according to Xinhua. "Officers should prepare their own daily necessities and pay board fees as others do, and they are forbidden ... for a modern military, but it does send a strong message about who is in charge. It also says something of Xi's courage to force the big-belly generals, who are accustomed to luxury, to eat, ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    China and US should work together to rein in Abe

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 04:56am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... known for his conservative views on the subject. Since he came to power nearly a year ago, he has increased military spending and passed a secrecy law. He also sought to revise the country's pacifist constitution, which would set the stage for the country to once again have a fully fledged military instead of a self-defence force. This has aroused great concern in China ...

  8. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Opaque policymaking is the breeding ground of corruption

    Posted Nov 04th 2013, 06:14am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... for money and sex. Last week, the state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) aired a special programme detailing how two fraudsters used fake military identification papers and military ... who believed that he had the power to get their children admitted to military academies, to obtain promotions for military personnel, or to settle court cases. Along the way, he used fake ...

  9. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Time for Xi to clean up the sleaze pervading the PLA

    Posted Aug 05th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com The president has made a good start in reining in the excesses of the military. He should lift the veil of secrecy that often cloaks the guilty Time for Xi to clean up thesleaze pervading the P.L.A. Thursday marked the 86th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army, the first key military occasion overseen by President ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    China and US must work together to ease zone tensions

    Posted Dec 02nd 2013, 04:35am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... but Washington, Tokyo and even Seoul have defied Beijing by flying military patrols through the zone without prior notice over the past week. In response, Beijing scrambled fighter jets and early warning ... the mainland coast led to a major setback in Sino-US ties. While these worries are legitimate, the chances of any military confrontation, intended or unintended, are very low so long as Washington ...




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