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Council on Foreign Relations

How the mighty have risen only to fail

The power and experience accumulated over a thousand years may be gone in a single morning. So goes a well-known Cantonese saying.

Thursday, 10 May, 2012, 12:00am

A new maturity in Sino-US ties

The extraordinary complexity of the relationship between China and the US has inevitably led to them viewing one another with a jaundiced eye. Ties have frequently been unpredictable, marked by a succession of highs and lows, often rocky and rarely smooth.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bully in a China shop

They're so helpful, aren't they? Willing to take in blind dissidents or runaway policemen, without a thought for themselves. Keen to offer endless advice on economic management, even though most of it doesn't work. And always enthusiastic to make friends with the neighbours, and not just the troublesome ones.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Activist's case casts shadow on talks

High-level Sino-US talks starting in Beijing on Thursday are meant to be an opportunity for the two sides to smooth bilateral ties ahead of a leadership transition in China and a presidential election in the US.

But analysts say the dialogue will be overshadowed by recent political and human rights events in China.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Protester shouts down zoellick

A man disrupted a press conference by World Bank president Robert Zoellick in Beijing yesterday to protest against recommendations that the government reduce its intervention in the economy and encourage private participation.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Being American mustn't again be key criterion for World Bank presidency

Robert Zoellick's announcement that he will leave the World Bank in June, when his five-year term as president ends, sparked a storm of speculation about his successor, which makes me despair about the quality of so-called global leadership.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Chief justice and minister open legal year

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

We've taken too soft an attitude towards people that loot and pillage their own community

British Prime Minister David Cameron commenting on the London riots

They say to me ... it's too expensive

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Asia Society takes half-step forward

No one can accuse the Asia Society of being over-hasty. After a mere 55 years, the influential body dedicated to strengthening ties between Asia and the United States has named an Asian to lead it - Hong Kong property tycoon Ronnie Chan Chi-chung.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing: Fannie Mae cash safe as houses

Beijing yesterday denied speculation that it faced losses on its investments in the troubled US mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

12 Feb 2011 - 12:00am