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China's rivals seek united front

As China's diplomacy over the disputed South China Sea intensifies, so do efforts by its neighbours and regional rivals.

Thursday, 27 October, 2011, 12:00am

Democracy is a far better system than one-party set-up on the mainland

I take issue with several points laid out by Eric X. Li in his article ('That sinking feeling', October 17).

His premise takes a very narrow view of a real two-party or multiple party system and what that means.

A two-party system also means free and fair elections with vigorous public debate and criticism of the party in power.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

China called on to engage world

A senior United Nations official has called on China to strengthen communication with the international community on how the country makes policy decisions and to do more to support multilateralism.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

How our old characters build culture

Forty-five years ago, Mao Zedong launched the Cultural Revolution, which plunged the mainland into one of its darkest periods in modern history, brought the economy to the brink of collapse and inflicted irreparable damage on China's culture and traditional values, the results of which are still being felt today.

24 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing sees a handy straw man in 'Occupy Wall Street' protests

What do the Chinese people think of the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement as it spreads to many countries? What lessons can people learn and what ideas are they swapping with each other in the limited public sphere allowed by the central government?

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Master spy's secrets revealed

Six books containing formerly classified documents about Kuomintang spymaster General Dai Li during the second Sino-Japanese war have shed light on many mysteries surrounding one of the world's largest intelligence apparatuses.

The books contain copies of documents handwritten by Dai, including his orders to underlings and telegrams and letters to his boss, Chiang Kai-shek.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Small firms find mainland market tough

The mainland continues to be a difficult place for small, private enterprises to do business, according to the World Bank.

In its annual Doing Business survey, the mainland was placed 91st on a list of 183 economies for overall ease of doing business, down from 87th last year.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Red Cross hit by another claim of funds misuse

The scandal-plagued Red Cross Society of China, the mainland's biggest charitable organisation, is embroiled in yet another controversy, accused of holding up the bulk of funds earmarked for Chinese forced to work in Japanese internment camps during the second world war.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Peace treaty with Beijing would need vote, Ma says

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has told the island's voters that a referendum would have to be held before any peace treaty was signed with the mainland.

Ma, who is seeking re-election in January, said yesterday that his peace treaty proposal would have to be backed by public support - one of three conditions before Taiwan could sign any such agreement.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Taiwan opens door to more mainland ties

In another change of policy on one of the thorny issues dogging cross-strait relations, Taiwan has proposed the eventual opening of formal liaison offices in Beijing and Taipei.

Dr Lai Shin-yuan, chairwoman of the island's Mainland Affairs Council, said yesterday that it was something that should be encouraged and pursued gradually.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

GROWING strong

With China's growth one of the few bright spots in the global economy, Beijing's residential property market remains steady with strong buying and leasing demand, although transaction volumes have contracted in recent months due to stricter rules on second and third-home purchases.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Arms and yuan on the table at US-China talks

US and Chinese diplomats met yesterday amid rising tensions between the two powers over currency and Washington's arms sales to Taiwan.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

People, not politics, as Taiwan celebrates

The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China, or the 1911 revolution, was carefully planned to avoid touching on any political issues that could result in Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou winning or losing public support, the head of the festivities said.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

US currency bill 'a threat to trade ties'

Beijing has warned again of a 'trade war' if the United States enacts a law making it easier to impose retaliatory tariffs on China for alleged currency manipulation.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

We're confident that the current water condition is suitable for the race

Ronnie Wong Man-chiu, Amateur Swimming Association, on Sunday's cross-harbour swim

The aspiration of our founding father Dr Sun Yat-sen was to establish a free and democratic nation with equitable distribution of wealth ... The mainland ought to courageously move in that direction

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am