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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China deserves credit for sending island dispute to UN

    Posted Dec 20th 2012, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... Jonathan Power applauds China's move to send the Diaoyu Islands dispute with Japan to the UN, and says history is on the Chinese side At last someone has done something sensible ... of Japan's history. China is not an aggressive power and has been more put-upon than most countries. Professor Odd Arne Westad of the London School of Economics writes in his new incisive book, ...

  2. Microcredit still sowing the seeds of success

    Posted Dec 21st 2010, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... It all depends on how it's done. And you can see it at work high in the Himalayas. Jonathan Power is a London-based journalist ...

  3. Europe should keep a spare key for Russia

    Posted Jul 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... Jonathan Power Read it for yourself, and don't dismiss it, as most Western commentators have. The Pan-European Security Treaty, proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is worth ... and work on Mr Medvedev's Pan-European Security Treaty. It is a good place to start if one concludes, as I do, that one day Russia must be part of the EU. Jonathan Power is a London-based ...

  4. Culture is the muscle behind 'soft power'

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 02:16pm by Raymond Cheng

    ... Raymond Cheng One of the most influential international trends in recent years is how countries use "soft power" rather than military, political or financial might to influence global opinion. Britain has been one of the most successful countries in terms of soft power, often topping or nearly topping rankings ahead of countries that are more powerful economically. Soft ...


    Taking soft stance on 'zero tolerance' is wrong

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 09:29pm by William Lai

    ... There is still an in-group attitude among traditionalists to dismiss racist, sexist and homophobic sneers as harmless banter Taking soft stance on 'zero tolerance' is wrong ... in the dark ages and traditionalists in power. Revelations regarding racist phone texts, with 42-year-old Malky Mackay calling Cardiff City's Chinese Malaysian owner Vincent Tan ...

  6. News - World

    China rivalled US for aid to Africa since 2000

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Chinese aid to Africa overlast decade rivalled U.S. China committed more than US$75 billion to Africa in the past decade, coming close to the level of US money although the nature of Beijing's support was far differ ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    K-pop fever sweeps the region, but it's no soft power

    Posted Apr 25th 2014, 06:18pm by REX WANG

    ... Rex Wang Rex Wang says as cribing soft power to currently trendy Korean pop culture is premature: fashion comes and goes while ideals endure Song and dance When the drama My Love from ... Commentators are linking the phenomenon with "soft power" in international relations. Yet, to truly elevate international prestige, there needs to be more than songs and television shows. ...

  8. News - Asia - INDONESIA: ANALYSIS

    Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo: the soft-spoken man of action who promises to shake things up

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 01:38am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Jakarta Indonesian presidential election winner Joko Widodo has promised to shake things up Soft-spoken man of action is break with the old elite To many Indonesians, the election of Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, 53, represents a clean break from the old elite that have clung to power since the fall in 1998 of former authoritarian ruler Suharto. The former ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Sino-US relations and the benefits of soft power

    Posted Feb 08th 2014, 05:06am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial The secret of using soft power China's diplomats tend to keep a low profile when abroad, living in closed compounds and rarely being seen outside official functions. ... basic form of soft power to help strengthen relations. The ambassador's stepped-up presence comes amid a series of cultural events marking the 35th anniversary of Sino-US diplomatic ...

  10. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Envoy tries a little soft power at the Super Bowl

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 05:27am by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng teddy.ng@scmp.com Envoy tries a little soft power at the Super Bowl China's top envoy to the United States took his wife to watch the Super Bowl, enjoying one of the great events in the American sporting calendar as they stayed in the US for the Lunar New Year holiday. A photograph circulating on Twitter yesterday showed ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai and his ...




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