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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Amid visa doubts for US journalists, does China value objective reporting?

    Posted Nov 18th 2014, 12:52pm by Frank Ching

    ... to cover your country?". The reporter said several US news organisations, including The New York Times, "have had issues with residency permits in China being denied". This issue ... or reference materials, based entirely on foreign news reports. If reporters in all countries had to submit to self-censorship, such a journal would have much less value. Frank Ching is a Hong ...

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    Development of party politics will help support reform after 2017

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 01:50pm by Frank Ching

    ... gives "one country, two systems" a lifespan of 50 years, 25 years is a very long time indeed. Hong Kong under Chinese sovereignty today is very different from what it was as a British ... insisting instead that the letter of the Basic Law, drafted in the 1980s, be strictly observed. It is true that civil nomination does not play a major role in most democratic countries. Neither do ...

  3. Wishful thinking in Europe

    Posted Dec 08th 2004, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... on science and technology, customs co-operation, non-proliferation and arms control, are expected to be signed. Premier Wen Jiabao, who will pay an official visit to the Netherlands, is due to meet ... have put forward considering the human rights situation.' The Netherlands currently holds the EU's rotating presidency. Chinese officials insist that they have made 'tremendous ...

  4. Scaling the summit

    Posted Apr 08th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Sarkozy- that is, all the other permanent members of the UN Security Council. Interestingly, when Xinhua reported these meetings, it did not put them in chronological order but listed France ahead ... the Dalai Lama in December. But, only hours before the meeting, the two countries signed a communiqu? in which France said it 'fully recognises the importance and sensitivity of the Tibet ...

  5. One country; diametrically opposed values

    Posted Sep 15th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... and the mainland 12 years after the implementation of the 'one country, two systems' policy. The three journalists, two from TVB and one from Now TV, were tied up, kicked and punched by police ... of incitement 'a fabricated accusation'. It said: 'Hong Kong reporters are only outsiders there [in Urumqi]. How can they incite people to cause trouble?' Many people in Hong Kong ...

  6. One country, two distinct identities?

    Posted Oct 04th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... corruption and intellectual property rights. The WEF pushed Hong Kong down seven places, from 21st to 28th out of 117 economies in the annual WEF World Competitiveness Report. This was a substantial ... Against Corruption, said corruption was under control. Fortunately for these officials, another international organisation came to Hong Kong's rescue: the United Nations reported that, ...

  7. An abnormal country

    Posted Jan 19th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... down unarmed demonstrators, students and civilians. But it is also a reminder that China, even today, is far from being a normal country, where the rule of law holds sway. For one thing, ... This is not to dismiss Deng's huge contributions to the country in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution. It is simply a statement of fact that those who had ostensibly given up their power made ...

  8. Spies? Who, us?

    Posted May 20th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching When one government leader was told of the arrest of two of his citizens by a neighbouring country for espionage, he reportedly said: 'This is no surprise. We do it. ... the same policy as other countries; that is, simply refuse to comment on individual cases. In this regard, a 2002 case provides a model. A reporter at a Foreign Ministry press conference on July ...

  9. Growing pains

    Posted Jun 25th 2008, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... that it acts unilaterally, without taking sufficiently into concern the interests of other countries. In its report of the survey, Pew commented that previous polls had shown that 'publics ... Frank Ching The latest Pew Global Attitudes survey of public opinion in 24 major countries around the world, released this month, shows signs of apprehension of a rising China- ...

  10. Beijing appointees running Hong Kong?

    Posted Mar 31st 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching Recent reports of discussions between representatives of the central government and the Tsang administration, regarding the political role of members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Hong Kong, are very disturbing. The pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po actually reported that a 10-point agreement had been reached. Even though the reports have ...




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