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  1. Pyongyang calling

    Posted Aug 12th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... that it will never return to the six-party talks, but has indicated that it is open to bilateral talks with the US. Since China hosted the six-party talks, refusal to return to this venue suggests ... with Pyongyang over nuclear weapons, the journey by the former president could potentially have a profound impact on the US-North Korean relationship. While the administration was anxious to declare ...

  2. Two steps forward, one step back

    Posted Mar 09th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... them of interfering in its internal affairs. However, on Sunday, it became clear that the mainland government would not allow the incident to be an obstacle to developing Sino-US relations. Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, at a press conference held to mark the opening of the annual session of the National People's Congress, reiterated Beijing's opposition to the bilateral ...

  3. Light in the WTO's gloom

    Posted Oct 08th 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... a resolution on agriculture. It called on developed countries to substantially reduce agricultural subsidies, which amount to more than US$300 billion a year. The EU subsidy per cow is more than what most sub-Saharan Africans earn in a year. The group - known as the G22 - showed it would resist attempts by the US and Europe to force their markets open while continuing to subsidise their own ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Next in cross-strait dialogue: Taiwan's status?

    Posted Oct 22nd 2013, 08:00pm by Frank Ching

    ... fraught with grave implications for the island's future. During a meeting with a US group, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Ma said that the establishment of representative ... towards official political dialogue is now open. "Cross-strait relations are not international relations," he asserted, pointedly distancing himself from the position taken by his ...

  5. Suspect intentions

    Posted Nov 19th 2008, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... by the Democratic Progressive Party. Twenty legal scholars from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia have published an open letter warning that Taiwan's hard-earned democracy was in jeopardy. ... fainted at the opening session of the trial and has since been absent from court 17 times, on the grounds of poor health. At the time, prosecutors said they had enough evidence to indict Mr Chen ...

  6. Cause for celebration

    Posted Sep 30th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... turn as it plays host to Expo 2010. Ten years ago, China marked 20 years of continuous growth after the launching of its reform and opening-up policy. Gross domestic product had reached US ... and Japan. Its growth seems inexorable. While the US and Japanese economies are shrinking this year, as a result of the global financial crisis, China continues to grow at 8 per cent per annum. While ...

  7. We come as equals

    Posted Aug 05th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching By all accounts, the first Sino-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue last week was a success, with 200 Chinese officials- 28 of ministerial rank- flying to Washington for two ... of understanding and, hopefully, trust. Trust and understanding between Beijing and Washington is vital in the 21st century, when few global problems 'can be solved without the US and China ...

  8. Trouble in the pipeline

    Posted Sep 17th 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... to be able to please both. Two years ago, China and Russia signed a strategic agreement concerning the construction of a 2,400km pipeline at a cost of US$1.7 billion to bring Russian oil from ... to be supplied, contractual terms and pricing formulas. Everything appeared set for Russia to provide China with oil for 25 years, from 2005 to 2030, at a cost of US$150 billion. China, like Japan, wants ...

  9. Scaling the summit

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

    ... to use the occasion to hold important bilateral meetings on the sidelines. Thus, he met Mr Brown, US President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas ... on other European countries to fall in line. At the G20, China generously agreed to contribute US$40 billion to the International Monetary Fund, highlighting, in Xinhua's words, China's ...

  10. Time to reconsider class action lawsuits

    Posted Nov 11th 2008, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching Hong Kong lacks a legal tool that is available to people in the US and Australia, as well as certain European jurisdictions- that of the class action lawsuit. A class action ... to legal justice as a result of this avenue being opened. The fact that lawyers aren't paid if they lose means that they are much more likely to pick only cases that they believe have merit. ...




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