Presidency of Barack Obama

Don't hold your breath for stimulus, state media says

Growth-challenged China is unlikely to launch massive stimulus measures like the four trillion yuan (HK$4.54 trillion) package three years ago, Xinhua said yesterday.

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am

Washington wants to strengthen co-operative ties with Beijing

Neoconservatism has haunted American politicians since the ill-fated invasions by the US of Iraq and Afghanistan.

However, the argument by Lanxin Xiang ('US belief of American supremacy endangers its relations with China', March 23), that the Obama administration seeks a new conflict with China with its 'pivot' towards Asia is false.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Turning a toast into a roast is poor diplomacy

Don't get me wrong. Abject kowtowing is no way to forge an honest and productive relationship with anyone, including China. The US has differences with Beijing - and Beijing with the US. Covering them up will allow them to fester.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

US outlook change hits HK, China stocks

Stock markets on the mainland and in Hong Kong fell yesterday after rating agency Standard & Poor's cut its outlook on the United States to negative because of signs of political gridlock over plans to deal with the budget deficit and government debt.

20 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Gary Locke the perfect man for Beijing post

At first glance, US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke's nomination to be the next ambassador to China would appear to be a demotion. His present job, although not the most glamorous in President Barack Obama's cabinet, is still important.

12 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Ask what Asia can do for the US and Obama

The agreement on free trade concluded this month between the United States and South Korea is important not only for the two countries; there are wider implications for the US and Asia.

14 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

US-China relations must be put on better footing

For two nations whose ability to get along with one another matters to the whole world, China and the United States have stretched the relationship of late.

8 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Obama ticks the right boxes on Asia

US President Barack Obama can look back at his administration's first year of engagement with Asia with satisfaction. There were no serious missteps or opportunities lost. A sturdy platform has been created on which can be built solid relationships. The future will remain bright as long as policies continue to be carefully thought out and pragmatically implemented.

20 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

With eye on China, East Asia warms to Obama the listener

As George W. Bush surveyed the wreckage of his failed US presidency early last year, he considered his dealings with China and East Asia generally to be among the highlights. A year on, his replacement, Barack Obama, is in a similar predicament after one of the most bruising starts to a presidency in modern US political history.

20 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Trading threats

Beijing and Washington are again at loggerheads over trade, this time over steel pipes. The United States this month imposed antidumping duties of up to 99.14 per cent on mainland-made steel pipes, with the mainland denouncing the duties as 'abuse of protectionism' and 'discriminatory behaviour'.

24 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Success of visit can't be read in black and white

Go, the strategy game invented in China more than 2,500 years ago, is known for its simple rules and parity. Two players alternately place black and white stones on a grid, with the simple objective of winning a larger portion of the board.

But as any Go player will testify, it may be the most complex of games, involving constant reading ahead, plotting and strategising.

23 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Obama is saving the best for last

US President Barack Obama will end his first trip to Asia since he entered the White House in January with a visit to Seoul. South Korea, where Obama's visit was originally scheduled as an afterthought, will prove to be the most rewarding stop.

16 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Flame of conscience

Sunday will mark US President Barack Obama's first visit to China. Will he be stricken by Marco Polo-itis? The Great Wall and the Forbidden City can be mesmerising. But so, too, can Obama, especially if allowed to speak freely on Chinese television.

12 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Obama must win over the sceptics

A year ago this weekend, US President Barack Obama was celebrating an election victory based on a clarion call for change, and a striking ability to convince American voters to embrace it. Yet as he approaches his first trip to East Asia, he must confront scepticism and changes of a different sort - and not all that serve American interests.

7 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

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23 May 2009 - 12:00am