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  1. 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 ...

  2. Winds of change blow gently

    Posted Oct 01st 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... the backbone of the country's future leadership. China watchers, however, are divided over the extent of change. Speculation is rife over the size and make-up of the Politburo Standing Committee ... and Premier Wen Jiabao had strived to build a different China, steering the country away from obsessively pursuing economic growth. While stressing that the mainland needed to maintain its economic ...

  3. Standing firm to winds of change

    Posted Apr 20th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the party's 75-year grip on power. Both issues- party openness and a multiparty system- were barely even mentioned in public by top officials just a few years ago. Dissidents are still monitored ... on but Prime Minister Phan Van Khai is almost certain to bow out after nine years in power. ...

  4. Blair represents hope for another wind of change

    Posted Jun 09th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the world's poorest people and reduce child mortality rates by 2015. But such good intentions began disappearing by 1998 with China's rapidly expanding economic strength, rising tension between ... that figure is going to rise- despite US military spending being more than the next 32 most powerful countries combined. Such figures do not bode well for the good intentions of those like British ...

  5. Young people being misled by power-hungry pan-democrats

    Posted Apr 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in social or political problems until the early 1980s, especially 1984, the date when China and Britain signed the Joint Declaration concerning the future of Hong Kong. Suddenly this group, ... the people against China with what they like to call 'democracy'. Our extremely good, though politically in need of support, former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa had to succumb ...

  6. Deft power broker kept in step with changing of the guard

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... godfather who rivalled President Hu Jintao in actual power with a silky smoothness. Shrewd, well-connected and able to sense the change in political winds better than anyone else, the 68-year-old ... Choi Chi-yuk Zeng Qinghong: Zeng Qinghong, the de facto leader of China's princelings and a man regarded in some circles as an ultimate opportunist, will hold sway over ...

  7. Leung's wind of change can stifle hollow howls of critics

    Posted Mar 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... it that there will be a pendulum effect from one election to the other. If that is the case, the dissidents will have a tactical advantage in the September election to balance the power of Leung, who is believed to be very pro-establishment and pro-Beijing. But the winds have already changed, and the failure of Leung's opponents to notice this proved to be their downfall. After a full 15 years ...

  8. Political winds reshape HK's top job

    Posted Dec 12th 2010, 12:00am by Regina Ip

    ... of the head of the city since Hong Kong's reversion to China. It can be argued that the job of the chief executive of Hong Kong has grown lighter in some ways. Since the reunification, ... as the poster child of free trade and the free market philosophy became increasingly eclipsed, if not marginalised utterly, by the much greater clout now wielded by China and other turbo-charged ...

  9. Winds of change

    Posted Apr 24th 2007, 12:00am by Simon Montlake

    ... Critics fear a draft Thai constitution will cause instability and erode democracy, writes Simon Montlake When Thailand's military seized power in a bloodless coup last September, one ... shredded the 1997 constitution and adopted an interim charter that gave them the power to rewrite the rules of the game. The result, due to be unveiled on Thursday at a handover ceremony, is a new ...

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    China will reshape East Asian politics

    Posted Sep 28th 2012, 12:00am by Lau Nai-Keung

    ... Lau Nai-Keung Lau Nai-keung explains the factors working in Beijing's favour How China will reshape East Asian politics for a new era When former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa came out to discuss the health of China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping, it served as a reminder that the 18th national congress of the Communist Party is drawing near. Yet for months now ...




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