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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How they see it

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 12:00am by CHINA DAILY, GUARDIAN, Gulf News

    ... Xi Jinping's formal election as president 1. China Daily Hopes are running high for the coming decade, as Xi Jinping has made a stir with his refreshing no-nonsense style … His ... for people to swim in five years from now. (Beijing)   2. The Guardian It has been a long time since China has had a presentable first lady. But marriage to the folk singer Peng Liyuan has imbued ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1192540/how-they-see-it
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    China's currency swap deal with Switzerland is just plain dumb

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 04:01am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp China's currency swap deal with Swiss is just plain dumb Switzerland stepped closer to becoming an offshore yuan hub yesterday after it signed a bilateral currency swap agreement with the People's Bank of China... The SNB [Swiss National Bank] also obtained a yuan investment quota, with which it could invest part of its foreign exchange reserves ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1559951/chinas-currency-swap-deal-switzerland-just-plain-dumb
  3. News - China - RELIGION

    Christian missionaries ‘forced out’ in droves as China cracks down on North Korea border city

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 02:00pm by Reuters

    ... and harassment China is cracking down on Christian charity groups near its border with North Korea, missionaries and aid groups say, with hundreds of members of the community forced to leave the country ... Korean missionaries working in China, largely near the North Korean border, have been forced out, most by having their visas refused, said Simon Suh, a Christian pastor who runs an orphanage ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1572017/christian-missionaries-forced-out-droves-china-cracks-down-n-korea-border
  4. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA: ANALYSIS

    North Korean outreach to Southeast Asia part of regional balancing act

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 06:42am by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... tour, analysts said, was the latest effort by North Korea to relax the country's international isolation and reduce reliance on its biggest ally, China. "North Korea faces the same ... with the execution of Jang Song-thaek, who was North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's uncle and a key intermediary between the two neighbours, in December. Under President Xi Jinping, China has been slightly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1575074/north-korean-outreach-southeast-asia-part-regional-balancing-act
  5. News - World - IRAQ

    Islamic State fighters extend gains in north Iraq as tens of thousands flee

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:45pm by Reuters

    ... a humiliating defeat on Kurdish forces in a weekend sweep in the north. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria it controls, clashed with Kurdish forces on Wednesday ... in the plains of the northern province of Nineveh are particularly vulnerable. Sunni militants have been purging Shi’ite Muslims of the Shabak and ethnic Turkmen minorities from towns and villages ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1568381/islamic-state-fighters-extend-gains-north-iraq
  6. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea's foreign minister, once Kim Jong-un's guardian, makes Asia diplomacy debut

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 05:02pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Naypyidaw But no hoped-for talks with Japan or the United States likely on minister Ri Yu-song's visit North Korea’s new foreign minister arrived in Myanmar’s ... in the Asean Regional Forum, Asia’s biggest annual security gathering, joined by his counterparts from nearly 30 countries including China, Japan, South Korea and the United States. Ri was known ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1570011/north-koreas-foreign-minister-once-guardian-kim-jong-il-makes-political
  7. News - China

    Chinese police investigate US citizen near border with North Korea

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 08:25am by Reuters

    ... sweep of Christian-run NGOs and businesses along the Chinese side of the border with North Korea. While China can be suspicious of Christian groups and President Xi Jinping has launched a wide ... ideology that venerates its leaders. It was not immediately clear why China, North Korea’s main ally and economic benefactor, was cracking down on missionaries in the region, but experts said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1568943/china-police-investigate-us-citizen-near-border-north-korea
  8. Lifestyle - Books - POLITICS

    Book review: A Capitalist in North Korea, by Felix Abt

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 11:57am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall A Capitalist in North Korea: My Seven Years in the Hermit Kingdom by Felix Abt Tuttle 2 stars Julian Ryall Felix Abt spent a remarkable seven years in North Korea representing the ABB Group, a Swiss power company, with plenty of adventures along the way. Few Westerners have had a similar opportunity to meet and work alongside ordinary North Koreans- let alone socialise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1564136/book-review-capitalist-north-korea-felix-abt
  9. News - China Digest

    The Post's daily China news round-up- August 20, 2014

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 07:29am

    ... In China, myths of social cohesion |Source: New York Times China’s Communist Party has devoted enormous resources to composing historical narratives that seek to legitimize its rule and obfuscate its failures. China chides US over Ferguson violence, American racism |Source: McClatchy This week, Chinese state media has stepped up coverage of the Ferguson violence and protests. China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-digest/digest/1577445/posts-daily-china-news-round-august-20-2014
  10. News - Asia - RELIGION

    Pope sends message to Beijing as China bars Catholics from attending South Korea event

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 12:01pm

    ... support to North Koreans who flee persecution and poverty in their homeland and illegally enter China before going on to other nations, usually ending up in South Korea. China is North Korea’s ... Reuters in Seoul Pope Francis extends ‘best wishes’ to President Xi Jinping and Chinese citizens, offering blessing for China on first visit by pontiff to Asia since 1999 Pope Francis sent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1573415/pope-sends-message-beijing-chinese-catholics-barred-south-korea-event

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