Foreign Relations of the People'S Republic of China

African traders in Hong Kong face up to new challenges

Businessman Cally Clement (left), who moved to Hong Kong from Nigeria, says he sees potential in the association. Photo: Joanna Chiu

African traders and exporters in Hong Kong are facing the challenge of adapting to the changing market landscape in their home countries, especially as Sino-African trade gets stronger.

Wednesday, 26 September, 2012, 11:27pm

China and Russia are no more than allies of convenience

State councillor Dai Bingguo's visit to Russia this week for strategic security talks has once again focused attention on the supposedly close relationship between the two BRICS powers.

23 Aug 2012 - 4:07pm

US regional presence acts as a needed counterweight to China

Fresh from his Asia tour, American deputy defence secretary Ashton Carter recently outlined at the Asia Society in New York the contours of the US "rebalance strategy" in the Asia-Pacific region.

15 Aug 2012 - 1:51am

Emerging economies move in on the big boys

Things are changing in the world. BRICS member states are exerting growing influence on most major global issues, including recovery of the world economy in the post-crisis period, reform of international financial institutions and ensuring food and energy security.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Culture minister calls for forum with Beijing

Taiwan's first minister of culture, Lung Ying-tai, has called for a forward-looking cultural forum with Beijing, saying discussions were required before the two sides can consider signing any cultural co-operation pact.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Respect our path, China tells U.S.

Chinese leaders called on their US counterparts to deepen mutual trust and to respect the nation's right to follow its own development agenda, as annual bilateral talks started in Beijing yesterday.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said bilateral co-operation was crucial to solving global problems.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Taming inflation is key for Beijing

Beijing will use a combination of monetary tools to tackle inflation and steer the mainland towards a soft landing, People's Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan says.

Zhou's comment came as business activities in the non-manufacturing sector rebounded in March on rising market demand, strengthening the case for the world's second-largest economy escaping a bruising slowdown.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Break the bank monopoly, Wen says

Premier Wen Jiabao says the central government is determined to break the mainland's banking monopoly, and if pilot schemes in the special financial zone newly set up in the southeastern city of Wenzhou prove successful they can be promoted and implemented nationwide.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

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

Hu visits Delhi for fourth BRICS summit

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

HK among top places for doing business

Hong Kong has moved up two places to become Asia's third-most competitive economy, with its three 'tiger' cousins also ranking in the top five, according to an annual report released by the Boao Forum.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Getting into the game

The two incidents of Chinese workers being taken hostage in Africa ended with most workers rescued - but their impact on foreign policy may be just beginning.

Along with the political movement in the Middle East, the episodes sparked calls for Beijing to amend its decades-old policy of steering clear of other countries' affairs.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Behind the mask

Diplomacy used to be simple for Beijing. During the cold war, Chinese leaders could safely count on shared geopolitical interests of other countries in securing good relations. They did not have to take into account ideological differences or economic benefits.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing and Berlin taking friendship to next level

China has long seen itself as being confronted by a dominant global power, either as enemy No 1 or chief competitor. Today, that role is played by the United States.

And under its united front strategy, Beijing is seeking friendly relationships with other powers to check and balance that dominant power and seek to build a multi-polar world.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Cards that open doors

Companies using serviced offices often have staff members or overseas visitors who come to Hong Kong frequently on business and might not know that it is possible to get a travel pass that allows them to whizz through immigration.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Why countries like the US over China

In recent years, Vietnam has become friendlier towards the US and less so towards China. Vietnam is hardly alone in Asia preferring the US to the People's Republic.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am