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  1. US naval chief warns of 'winds of change'

    Posted Sep 13th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode A US regional naval chief has warned of growing strategic uncertainty in the western Pacific, saying the 'winds of change are blowing hard'- a thinly veiled reference to Beijing's rising military power. Vice-Admiral John Bird (pictured), the departing commander of the Japanese-based US 7th Fleet, said that a peaceful status quo was 'far from guaranteed' ...

  2. The winds of change

    Posted May 16th 2005, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... and between ministers and senior civil servants. Those problems look set to be further complicated by the growing pressure of government-friendly parties to share power in policy-making. Since last ...

  3. Major challenges ahead as China seeks to assert power in region

    Posted Sep 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... waters'; Washington feels the need to reassert these rights, in part to ease the fears of old allies and new friends. Then there is China's assertion of its claim to the disputed South China ... The mutual uncertainty was palpable in the past few months. 'International waters or not, routine US military surveillance of China is unacceptable, and the US must learn that,' one PLA ...

  4. China the lever to pump up US defence budget

    Posted Nov 09th 2010, 12:00am by Kristin Jones

    ... to the Pentagon's annual report this year on Chinese military power. The August report, he said, 'validates the need to modernise and increase our navy's force structure'. China ... of the House Armed Services Committee. But with a federal budget stretched to the limit, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that are winding down, how would he justify the increase he seeks ...

  5. Power grab likely to bring Nepal closer to China

    Posted Feb 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer, Foreign Editor Ties with long-time allies India, Britain and the US will suffer, say analysts King Gyanendra's power grab has shifted Nepal closer to China ... agency. The Dalai Lama, who lives in India with thousands of his followers, had had a representative in Kathmandu since China's invasion of his homeland in 1959. Nepal borders Tibet, ...

  6. A climate of conflict

    Posted Jan 13th 2011, 12:00am by Michael Edesess

    ... stimulating its green technology export industry- technologies such as wind power, solar energy, advanced batteries and clean-energy vehicles. If the US acts aggressively on this complaint, it could ... on one among a list of issues brought by the union- to end 'import substitution subsidies' of wind power. The complaint concerns grants that are contingent on local content ...

  7. Olympics marked mainland's entrance exam into the league of great powers

    Posted Dec 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Monetary Fund. Amid calls from western leaders to replenish IMF coffers, Beijing requested more power in its decision-making process. Commentators said China was basking in the kudos of being a key ... to become a major world power,' he said. 'China still lacks everything. The quality of its economy is not sound enough. Its social system is not advanced enough.' China ...

  8. Beijing should focus on economic soft power

    Posted Oct 12th 2010, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih China's hard power is raising concern around the world, but it is the country's soft power, manifest in infrastructure and soft loans, that will extend its global ... business talks underscores China's two sides: its hard power and soft power. Anyone who seriously believes China will benefit from adopting an aggressive militaristic stance towards other ...

  9. China set to grab headlines as world's second-largest economy

    Posted Dec 15th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... slipping to 10th place in the world in the next few decades. However, in terms of purchasing power parity (calculations of what a currency can buy as distinct from market exchange rates), China has long overtaken Japan. IMF statistics using purchasing power parity lift China's GDP to US$8.51 trillion this year, rising to US$9.19 trillion next year, far ahead of Japan's US$4.12 ...

  10. Balance of power at risk, says Pentagon

    Posted Aug 18th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... of power and a 'delicate status quo', according to the Pentagon's latest report on China's military modernisation. An expanded naval presence to protect the five new ... be the US's responsibility, not China's business.' PLA power China's arsenal at a glance: Vessels in PLA Navy: 85 (65 are in the East and South Sea fleets) Nuclear submarines: ...




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