Republic of China

Lessons of the revolution unfulfilled

As Chinese on the mainland, in Hong Kong, in Taiwan and elsewhere in the world mark the 1911 revolution that ended imperial rule and eventually led to China emerging from more than a century of national humiliation inflicted by foreign powers, they have much to celebrate

Monday, 10 October, 2011, 12:00am

Something to celebrate?

As celebrations marking the centenary of the 1911 revolution near their climax on the mainland, the usually politically sensitive anniversary has become a rare opportunity to revive debate about democracy and political reform - even in a year that's seen intensified efforts to stifle dissent.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Mergers still on radar

With stock markets and economies battered in the past six weeks or so, very few investment bankers would be looking forward to the lucrative mergers and acquisitions markets in the latter half of this year.

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Tourism conquers the great divide

National Day also marks the split between the mainland and Taiwan, but 62 years later the divide between Beijing and Taipei is shrinking thanks to tourists and students.

Setting the scene for improved cross-strait relations is the mainland-friendly Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang, who became the island's leader in 2008.

1 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

'Wage war in South China Sea'

There is logic, benefit and good reason for China to wage a war in the South China Sea, with the Philippines and Vietnam being the two key targets, an energy expert says.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

US consulate accused of encouraging secession

A senior official from Beijing's liaison office has lashed out at the US consulate in Hong Kong for stirring up trouble and trying to encourage the city to secede.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Keeping Sino-US relations on track

The dance is as familiar as it is dispiriting: another round of American arms sales to Taiwan announced, swiftly followed by angry words and suggestions of retaliation from Beijing. Like US claims of Chinese currency manipulation, the issue is hardly new, yet neither side has been able to deal with it as pragmatically as they should.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Foreign Ministry reasserts South China Sea rights

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Exile's parents to see him in Taiwan

Wang Dan, a former leader of the mainland pro-democracy movement, plans to have a family reunion with his parents in Taiwan - possibly late next month.

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Taipei hails U.S. upgrading of fighter jets

Taiwan hailed the US decision to upgrade the island's ageing fighter jets, calling it a consolidation of the American commitment to aid the island's defence.

The latest offer to overhaul Taiwan's 145 F-16 A/B jets to a level comparable to the more advanced C/D versions was billed by Taipei as a valuable sign of the firm foundation of US-Taiwanese relations.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing condemns US arms sale to Taiwan

Beijing condemned the United States yesterday for selling arms to Taiwan, demanding that the Obama administration retract the decision and saying it must take sole responsibility for damaging Sino-US ties.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Affluent mainlanders: young, and often single

Looking for a mister or miss right with a healthy bank balance?

Then the mainland could be just the place to start looking.

Among eight regional economies, the mainland and Australia tie for the highest proportion of singles among the affluent - 20 per cent. This compares with 12 per cent in Hong Kong and a measly 8 per cent in Taiwan.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

There's a price to be paid for US politicians' China-bashing

The next US presidential election is more than a year away, but already the potential candidates are competing desperately for public attention.

And one sure-fire way US politicians of all stripes have foundbelieve they can win popular approval is to blame America's economic problems on China.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Fighter jet deal to put sino-U.S. ties to the test

Sino-US ties are facing a further test with a decision looming in Washington over arms sales to Taiwan. Analysts say the dilemma for Beijing is whether to react as strongly as it did early last year.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Desire and riches are dividing families

Intergenerational wealth transfer among rich families in China is creating tensions, as younger people place materialism above other values.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am