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  1. US diplomats seeking China's help to put pressure on N Korea

    Posted Dec 10th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... and to avert a potential crisis. Lieutenant General Ma Xiaotian, a deputy chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army, will meet Michele Flournoy, the US Department of Defence's undersecretary for policy, in Washington at the weekend. They will head delegations comprising defence officials and military officers. And US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/732900/us-diplomats-seeking-chinas-help-put-pressure-n-korea
  2. China, US differ on how to upgrade ties

    Posted May 20th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... to specify China's global responsibilities. Shortly after he took office, US President Barack Obama and Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao agreed to seek to create a partnership for the 21st century, ... cope with common challenges. The second meeting of the strategic and economic dialogue will be a two-track meeting. The economic track will be chaired by Vice-Premier Wang Qishan and US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/714835/china-us-differ-how-upgrade-ties
  3. US criticises lack of democracy in HK

    Posted Mar 13th 2010, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung and Fanny W. Y. Fung in Beijing The US government has criticised the Hong Kong government for limiting the ability of its people to change their government. It singled out functional constituencies for giving 'disproportionate political influence' to certain sectors of the community. In its annual worldwide human rights report released on Thursday, the US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/708477/us-criticises-lack-democracy-hk
  4. Manila to get US$434m in aid from US agency

    Posted Aug 10th 2010, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila A US government aid agency will give Manila US$434 million in aid in a move seen as a vote of confidence in the new Aquino administration's commitment to fight corruption. The grant by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US-funded aid agency that ties aid to a developing country's ability to curb graft, represents a big boost to an initial US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/721794/manila-get-us434m-aid-us-agency
  5. A long history of commercial and political misunderstanding

    Posted Nov 01st 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland When Hillary Clinton visited Hainan over the weekend for talks with senior Chinese officials, the US secretary of state stepped into a minefield of potential misunderstandings. Consider the US offer to host talks between Beijing and Japan over the disputed Daioyu/Senkaku islands, a cluster of uninhabited and inhospitable rocks in the East China Sea that may ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/729118/long-history-commercial-and-political-misunderstanding
  6. Politics and capital collide over Potash

    Posted Sep 07th 2010, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... early last year that the Australian mining giant had Potash in its sights. So it should have been no surprise when BHP last month launched a US$130 a share bid totalling US$39 billion for the Canadian company. It was a brilliantly opportunistic bid. BHP Billiton's offer was way above the languishing Potash shares, which hit a 52-week low of US$88.68 in July, but soared towards ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/724133/politics-and-capital-collide-over-potash
  7. Thaksin bashing won't solve political crisis

    Posted Jun 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Pavin Chachavalpongpun

    ... department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is considered of junior rank, but has been tasked by Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya- another Thaksin antagonist- to work with US officials to undermine Thaksin's legacy and influence. The US has been a staunch ally of the traditional Thai power holders. In the aftermath of the coup of September 2006 that ousted Thaksin's elected government, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/717730/thaksin-bashing-wont-solve-political-crisis
  8. Beijing denies rare earths being used as political tool

    Posted Oct 29th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang, Naomi Rovnick

    ... Naomi Rovnick and Cary Huang in Beijing A Beijing official has insisted China will not use rare-earth exports as a bargaining tool to gain political leverage with other countries. Zhu ... sparked complaints from the US, German and Japanese governments after reducing shipments. In July, Beijing imposed a 72 per cent cut on rare-earth exports for the second half of 2010. Last month, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/728786/beijing-denies-rare-earths-being-used-political-tool
  9. Cross-strait political tussle at film festival

    Posted Oct 26th 2010, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Even in cultural matters, there seems room for political tug-of-war. Beijing wanted a Taiwanese delegation to the Tokyo International Film Festival renamed; ... to again attack President Ma Ying-jeou's engagement policy. 'This incident has enabled us to realise the reality that China will never ease its grip in suppressing us in terms ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/728564/cross-strait-political-tussle-film-festival
  10. Wen returns to hot topic of political reform

    Posted Sep 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with overseas Chinese media bosses gave him the chance to revisit the highly sensitive topic of political reform. Wen got to elaborate on his bold call last month- made in an eyebrow-raising speech in Shenzhen- for his country's political system to be liberalised and more rights granted to its people. His talk with overseas Chinese media in New York on Wednesday, which only received sketchy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/725916/wen-returns-hot-topic-political-reform

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