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Foreign Relations

Snowden's case will test 'one country, two systems'

By coming here, Snowden has placed Hong Kong in the middle of the storm surge of political power grids in the US and elsewhere. Photo: Bloomberg

Technological advances have rendered borders meaningless when it comes to trade, pollution, diseases and spying; airspace and territorial waters have little relevance in these matters. Former CIA operative Edward Snowden is causing storms that are short-circuiting political power grids in the US and elsewhere.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 4:23am 2 comments

Chinese media picture Xi at home on world stage

A relaxed Xi Jinping with US President Barack Obama. Obama says military ties have lagged behind talks on other issues. Photo: AP

It may be too early to deduce whether Xi Jinping has established his global standing with the audience at home, but mainland media outlets said he had succeeded in telling the world of China's importance and impact on America's role in the Asia- Pacific.

9 Jun 2013 - 6:34am

Philippine envoys face sack over 'rogue' offer to Taipei

Antonio Basilio is said to have exceeded his brief. Photo: Reuters

The pair tried to negotiate a deal with their Taiwanese counterparts in which the Philippine government would apologise for the May 9 incident in which one fisherman died. But the offer backfired and spiralled into a major diplomatic incident when Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou rejected it and imposed economic penalties.

22 May 2013 - 1:07pm 12 comments

We're OK thanks, says China as Japan offers aid after Sichuan earthquake

Japanese leader Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message to President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday expressing sympathy for the victims. He also said he hoped the communities would recover as soon as possible, the foreign ministry revealed.

22 Apr 2013 - 12:24pm 2 comments

Sino-US talks vital for tackling range of global problems

Jacob 'Jack' Lew, U.S. treasury secretary. Photo: Bloomberg

China's relations with other countries all but ground to a halt for six months during the transition to a new leadership. With Xi Jinping affirmed as president and his governing team under Premier Li Keqiang in place, it is once again business as usual for foreign policy. 

21 Mar 2013 - 2:50am 1 comment

China to strengthen regional exchanges amid rising trade

Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister

Beijing will look to enhance exchanges with neighbouring countries as trade between China and the region exceeded the volume of bilateral trade with the United States and Europe, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said yesterday.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Xi wins public support as he attempts peace-driven persona

Communist Party leader, Xi Jinping, gestures as he chats to foreign experts working in China during a Beijing meeting. Photo: Xinhua

In his first month since being named head of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping has attempted to allay fears about China's development by sticking to the rhetoric of his predecessors. But he has also been more confident and decisive in managing the nation's diplomatic affairs, helping him garner public support amid rising nationalistic sentiment.

10 Dec 2012 - 10:49am

China's rise is peaceful, Xi Jinping tells foreign experts

Xi Jinping (centre) prepares to meet foreign experts. Photo: EPA

The new Communist Party general secretary, Xi Jinping, assured foreign experts in Beijing yesterday that China was not seeking hegemony and would continue to open up to the world.

Xi made the remarks during a meeting with 20 experts from 16 countries at the Great Hall of the People, his first meeting with foreign visitors since his appointment.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:04am 3 comments

Myanmar welcomes Obama’s historic visit

Myanmar’s government says it “warmly welcomes” US President Barack Obama’s decision to visit the country this month, noting it will increase the momentum of democratic reform.

Obama will become the first US president to visit the once pariah nation, which is emerging from decades of military rule.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:06pm