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Xi Jinping, a nationalist and a reformer

What to make of President Xi Jinping, who holds his first summit with President Barack Obama this week? The hope is that Xi is a reformer, who will guide China through domestic transformation and to responsible statecraft.

Thursday, 6 June, 2013, 2:12am 4 comments

Soldier's killing revives far-right group's anti-Islam campaign

For a movement that was on the verge of implosion less than a month ago, the English Defence League (EDL) has staged a major show of force in central London, signalling that the death of Drummer Lee Rigby has breathed new life into the far-right protest group.

28 May 2013 - 6:23am

Japan's leaders are fanning the flames of war-time enmity

The sensitivities of East Asian history require that Japan be ever-mindful of its militaristic past. Yet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government appears intent on doing otherwise. In recent weeks, the leader and other senior members of his cabinet have seemingly gone out of their way to infuriate further a region already at odds over territorial disputes.

21 May 2013 - 4:15am 2 comments

Chinese nationalism flares up ahead of Xi's visit to Russia

Angry Chinese nationalist comments demanding the return of territories flooded the official microblogs of Russia's embassy to China on Tuesday, ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:18pm 1 comment

Asia's new scion leaders inherit their nations' pressing problems

Plenty of tensions divide northeast Asia: island disputes involving Japan, Korea and China; military tensions between the two Koreas, between China and Japan, and of course, the perennial China-Taiwan face-off as status quo.

31 Dec 2012 - 3:23am

Shintaro Ishihara wants to restore pride in Japanese nationalism

At 80, most Japanese men are content to play more golf with their buddies, spend their savings on foreign holidays or lavish gifts on their grandchildren.

But Shintaro Ishihara has never been a conventional sort of man and even in his ninth decade, he is convinced that his vision is the right one for Japan.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:43am

Nobel Peace Prize a vote of confidence in European project

The Nobel Peace Prize is, this year, an award for the European Union's success in bringing peace, security and prosperity to what used to be a war-torn and divided continent.

10 Dec 2012 - 1:28am

Hong Kong identity caught between political reality and insecurity

When many Hong Kong people are abroad and are asked where they are from, their answer is usually "Hong Kong". They consciously avoid answering "China". This small thing reflects Hong Kong people's effort to mark themselves apart from their mainland counterparts, and shows that Hong Kong people regard Hong Kong as an entity, sufficiently well known to grant them a unique identity.

17 Oct 2012 - 3:13am 15 comments

China's aircraft carrier accomplishes its mission - bolster Chinese pride

There's a war on (you must have noticed). It is a war on several fronts: China is fighting Japan to the east, the Philippines and Vietnam to the south, and the United States wherever you choose to look. And it's escalating.

29 Sep 2012 - 2:28am 2 comments

China and Japan must replace nationalistic rhetoric with diplomacy

Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party has always looked frostily towards China, but a new chill is in the air with former prime minister Shinzo Abe's re-election to its leadership. The dispute over the Diaoyu Islands gives this staunch nationalist greater cause to push his agenda.

27 Sep 2012 - 2:39pm 1 comment