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  1. Hardline hermit softens stance

    Posted Dec 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... volumes about the octogenarian's hectic but interesting life as a diplomat representing China at the United Nations just as the country opened its doors to the world. The moments were ... gone from an outcast to an influential voice in the United Nations since its seat was restored by a resolution of the 26th General Assembly on October 25, 1971. It is an outspoken champion ...

  2. Beijing takes bigger role in conflict zones

    Posted Dec 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Tze-wei The mainland regained China's seat at the United Nations in 1971, but it did not send troops to participate in peacekeeping missions until 1989. Since then, China has come ... with the Chinese delegation to the United Nations and now a researcher at the China Institute of International Studies. Prior to the late 1980s, China held the conservative view that peacekeeping missions ...

  3. Rising peacekeeper role burnishes China's image

    Posted Jan 25th 2008, 12:00am by David Fullbrook

    ... David Fullbrook The United Nations-African Union force sent to protect civilians from Arab militias in Sudan's Darfur is in trouble. Last July, the Security Council approved sending ... if other nations took peacekeeping as seriously, there might be fewer instances of UN troops abusing civilians. The presence of Chinese troops is also helping to burnish China's ...

  4. America's chance to engage with the world

    Posted Nov 12th 2008, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... but this is to simplify it. The carrot should be offered but, with it, a reciprocal sense of self-discipline and a commitment by the opponent to measure progress against the Charter of the United Nations ... with president Woodrow Wilson's aim to create a League of Nations. We can go even further back, to the time of Theodore Roosevelt. He successfully mediated the Russo-Japanese war, for which he ...

  5. Nothing joyous in Kosovan situation

    Posted Feb 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was taken as a sign by Kosovo's Albanians for revenge. Thousands of UN peacekeepers and Nato security forces were forced to step in when ethnic cleansing of the Serb population began. ... and to dissuade Serbia from a military response to independence. Western nations are in a bind. Having committed so many resources to Kosovo, but there being no negotiated solution in sight, they can only ...

  6. Nation stands tall and united

    Posted Feb 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... to comment that they are held together by a simple desire to stay united, and that unity, rather than uniformity, is the most important quality. Renowned for its watches and other precision ... system of immediate democracy. The Swiss go to the polls several times a year, voting in both national and regional referendums, and on peoples' initiatives. Any major constitutional ...

  7. How Chinese police in East Timor won respect from locals and colleagues

    Posted Dec 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... force in East Timor. Mr Lian, now a third-class police commissioner, became involved in peacekeeping by chance. In 2000, Mr Lian, then 42 years old, had just returned from the United States ... peacekeepers was posted to civil-war-torn East Timor in 2000, all 15 of them were assigned to patrol remote small towns. No one back then knew what Chinese police could do. But one of the 15, Lian ...

  8. Dancing in Shadows

    Posted Jan 06th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... Tom Fawthrop Dancing in Shadows by Benny Widyono Rowman & Littlefield, HK$233.5 After two decades of war and genocide in Cambodia, the United Nations initiated its most ambitious peacekeeping mission in 1991 in a bid to end the conflict, organise elections and transform a one-party quasi-communist state into a liberal democracy. The author was parachuted from his plush UN ...

  9. Peaceful path the best way to go, says Hu

    Posted Apr 13th 2008, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... and would take up its fair share of responsibility. China had sent more than 10,000 peacekeepers to 22 United Nations peacekeeping operations, he said. With this year marking the 30th anniversary of China's 'open-door' policy, Mr Hu hailed the country's achievements and pledged that the nation would continue opening up - a strategy which he said had brought about 'historic ...

  10. International court is fulfilling role on Darfur

    Posted Jul 17th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... against humanity in the Darfur region on the man at the top. It has upset China, Sudan's most influential ally, and drawn an ambivalent response from the United States. But it was the United Nations Security Council that referred events in Darfur to the court. And neither China nor the US, who do not themselves accept the court's jurisdiction, used their power of veto to stop it. ...




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