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Diplomatic Relations

Lai See

Number crunchers get down to some serious fun for charity

Good to see Hong Kong's Association of Chartered Certified Accountants taking a break from juggling accounts.

Tuesday, 18 January, 2011, 12:00am

Piping up

Senior PLA figures have been vocal on foreign policy in the past year

February, 2010

Retired major generals Zhu Chenghu, Luo Yuan and Senior Colonel Ke Chunqiao say China should sell US bonds to punish Washington for its US$6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan in January

April

PLA launches two naval exercises in the South China Sea

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Hu's US embrace part of bid to polish legacy

China's legacy-seeking president has sent an overwhelmingly conciliatory and positive message to Washington, calling for the end of a 'zero sum' Cold War mentality and proposing co-operation on common ground.

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Reward public doctors to halt exodus, pioneer says

A brain drain of surgeons is affecting the quality of care of public medicine in Hong Kong, says the city's father of liver transplants.

To keep more doctors from leaving, Professor Fan Sheung-tat proposes that public doctors be allowed to make extra money by treating private patients.

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Louder military voice raises concerns

While US foreign policy is a balancing act between the White House, the Pentagon, Congress and lobby groups, that should not be the case, in theory, in one party-ruled China.

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Era of mistrust

President Hu Jintao is about to meet US President Barack Obama for the eighth time in two years. It is unprecedented for leaders of the two nations to meet so frequently. Does it mean that the Sino-American relationship has entered a honeymoon period? Far from it. It is the sheer number of problems that drags them together.

17 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

New abode changes 'don't go far enough'

New rules designed to allow the adult mainland children of Hongkongers apply for residency have been criticised as inadequate by right-of-abode advocates.

16 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

For Beijing, Taiwan issue is still key to Sino-US ties

Taiwan is still the biggest sticking point in Sino-US relations, a top Beijing diplomat said yesterday, just as news emerged in Washington that another round of arms sales to Taiwan is scheduled after President Hu Jintao wraps up his four-day state visit to the US next week.

15 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

A climate of conflict

Last September, the United Steelworkers, a major United States labour union, filed a 5,800-page petition to the US Trade Representative accusing China of illegally stimulating its green technology export industry - technologies such as wind power, solar energy, advanced batteries and clean-energy vehicles.

13 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Hu to visit Obama's power base of Chicago on US tour

President Hu Jintao's four-day state visit to the United States next week will include Chicago as a second stop.

Mainland analysts say the choice of the midwestern industrial hub is aimed at allaying fears about China's economic growth and demonstrating confidence in US President Barack Obama's re-election next year.

13 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Sino-US relations hinge on a willingness to talk

Meetings of senior officials from nations that do not always see eye to eye, usually produce high expectations that talks will end with a major announcement, or at least a shift in position. As much as this would be welcome from US Defence Secretary Robert Gates' visit to Beijing, a breakthrough of any significance is unlikely.

12 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

China, US closer to security dialogue

China and the United States agreed to explore a formal platform for dialogue on strategic issues between the two militaries despite their deep disagreement over the sensitive Taiwan issue.

12 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Gates spearheads moves for improved Sino-US relations

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates' four-day visit to China, beginning today, sets the seal on the resumption of military contact after almost a year's suspension.

9 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Mongolia's building boom brought to halt by debt pile

Late last year, an intriguing sales leaflet landed in the letterboxes of homes in Mid-Levels, home to cashed-up expatriate bankers.

5 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

China's uphill battle to invest in Myanmar

China is pouring investment dollars into Myanmar in a bid to build bridges with its neighbour, but faces an uphill battle to overcome a deep sense of distrust among the hardline military leadership in the country, analysts say.

3 Jan 2011 - 12:00am