Presidents of the United Nations Security Council

Diplomat He to take job at Overseas Chinese Affairs

The central government appointed He Yafei, a professional diplomat, as vice-director of the State Council's Overseas Chinese Affairs Office yesterday in a move that appears to put him in line to replace office director Li Haifeng.

Tuesday, 21 February, 2012, 12:00am

Quotes of the week

I'm proud to finally say these two words: Welcome home

Barack Obama marks the end of the Iraq war by thanking troops

I intend to defend a certain idea of France

Former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin, announcing his candidacy for next year's presidential election

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Obama-Dalai Lama meeting could cool ties

The on-again, off-again relationship between Beijing and Washington has been put to the test once more by US President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama at the White House on Saturday.

18 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Questions over absence of China's First Lady

When President Hu Jintao stood between US President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, for photographs ahead of the state banquet, the absence of Liu Yongqing, China's First Lady, could not have been more conspicuous.

Many wondered why Liu was not there. She has accompanied her husband on many overseas visits - the latest being a trip to Seoul in November.

21 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Reward posted for missing woman

Family and friends of Hong Kong businesswoman Carole Day have offered a HK$35,500 reward as Philippines police step up efforts to find her a month after she vanished in Manila.

13 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Is US setting policy for terra incognita?

Former US defence secretary Robert McNamara raised an issue in his 1995 book on the war in Vietnam that applies today in Afghanistan: What did the president and his senior advisers know about the country in which they intended to wage war before getting the United States deeply engaged?

5 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing observers make convention debut

In an unprecedented move, the Chinese Communist Party sent two senior party members to observe the Democratic National Convention in order to 'learn more about future policies of the US', the semi-official China News Service reported.

30 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Memo To The President Elect

Memo To The President Elect

By Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward

Harper HK$216

17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Anxiety at prospect of a Mrs President

In the state rooms and diplomatic salons of East Asia two whispered questions have been echoing for months: is the United States really prepared to elect a woman president and how would more conservative parts of Asia deal with it?

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Al Gore's Churchillian moment

He still has the same patrician manner - friends would say aloof, others might say pompous. He still carries a mountainous chip on his shoulder, believing that he was robbed of the US presidency seven years ago.

15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Foreign Ministry tipped for sweeping changes

Rising stars expected to gain posts in reshuffle

The Foreign Ministry is expected to see a major reshuffle of its vice-ministers soon, with a group of rising political stars taking the diplomatic centre stage.

5 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Retiring minister no stranger to applause

Outgoing Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing took many by surprise when he appeared at a function last night for foreign diplomats and media representatives.

Despite the news on Thursday that he would retire in favour of Yang Jiechi, he was expected to give a speech on foreign policy, which had been arranged some weeks ago.

28 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Negroponte: a negotiator with right touch to deal with China

When John Negroponte first trod the corridors of power as a junior recruit at the US Department of State in 1960, Dwight Eisenhower was America's president and Mao Zedong chairman of the Chinese Communist Party.

Cold war tensions were high and the US had begun dipping its toe in a conflict that would dominate the next decade: Vietnam.

3 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Star foreign service pair named assistant ministers

Two rising stars in the Chinese foreign service have been appointed assistant foreign ministers as part of a reshuffle ahead of a key Communist Party congress next year.

The decision to promote former Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan and a top diplomat in charge of Middle East affairs, Zhai Jun, was made last week and announced on Tuesday.

27 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Condoleezza Rice - bull in a china shop?

And so, this week, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is visiting Asia. By any logic, and in all fairness, I should applaud. And I do. But the truth is that good things do not always happen when American secretaries of state visit Asia.

18 Mar 2005 - 12:00am