Sino-American Relations

On the eve of their summit, China and US are playing to script

Illustration: Craig Stephens

On the eve of the much-anticipated Sunnylands summit between Xi Jinping and Barack Obama, government mouthpieces in the US and China had a brief but revealing spat.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 10:06am 3 comments

Talks needed to avert cyberthreat

The building housing Unit 61398 of the People's Liberation Army is seen in the outskirts of Shanghai. A U.S. security firm alleged cyberattacks that stole information from 141 targets in the U.S. have been traced to the Chinese military unit in the building. Photo: AP

The war of words between Beijing and Washington over cyberespionage has escalated, with the US accusing China of trying to break into government computer networks to obtain information that would help its defence industry and military planning. It is the first time the Pentagon's annual report on China has explicitly claimed that it is targeting government networks.

18 May 2013 - 4:10am

Wind of change

Wind of change

The United States should urge Japan and China to “avoid any steps that might escalate tensions in and around the disputed islands”, says Sheila Smith of the US Council on Foreign Relations.

10 May 2013 - 4:51am 2 comments

China must leave its foreign policy to the experts

Illustration: Henry Wong

For years, China's leaders have been struggling to find a new concept to reset, if not redefine, the Sino-US relationship. So far, they has come up with only vague ideas such as "peaceful rise" and, more recently, "a new type of international relations between major countries".

5 Feb 2013 - 3:03am

Senator Kerry off to right start

Senator John Kerry testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to become the next Secretary of State on Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C. Photo: Xinhua

Even before being confirmed in his new role, the likely next US Secretary of State got international attention with his views on two defining policy issues - ties with China and Washington's strategic pivot back towards Asia and the Pacific.

29 Jan 2013 - 1:42am

Kerry not sure of need for military build-up in Asia

Hillary Clinton hugs Senator John Kerry. Photo: Xinhua

Senator John Kerry, the nominee to be America’s top diplomat, backs closer ties with China and is not convinced the US needs to increase its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. 

26 Jan 2013 - 6:17am

Obama should start second term by reaching out to China

President Barack Obama delivers his Inaugural address at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington. Photo: AP

Barack Obama's swearing in for a second term as US president was appropriately subdued compared with the festive merry-making when he took office four years ago. The hope and optimism of then have been replaced by the understanding that change, no matter how much it is sought by Americans, will not come easily.

22 Jan 2013 - 2:03am

Beijing needs to flex its muscles

I am writing concerning the international issue about the Chinese-Filipino diplomatic conflict about the sovereignty of the Scarborough Shoal - Huangyan Island for Chinese.

I believe the two countries' relationship will carry on getting worse if the Filipinos are not willing to comply with Beijing's requests and leave the disputed territory.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Game of rivals

If anything, the recent Brookings Institution-Peking University report on the strategic distrust between the United States and China points to a difficult period ahead for the world's two most powerful countries.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

US belief of American supremacy endangers its relations with China

When Barack Obama campaigned for the US presidency in 2008, one of his most effective rallying calls was 'Change we can believe in'.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

How Irish eyes smiled on Xi

What a study in contrasts it was when leader-in-waiting Vice-President Xi Jinping went travelling this month.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

State firms' entry into U.S. alarms some in Congress

Vice-President Xi Jinping's recent visit to the United States will not significantly reduce opposition to Chinese state investments in the US, nor help totally dispel distrust among some critics of Chinese state-owned enterprises, analysts say.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Deft moves

Just 40 years ago, US president Richard Nixon arrived in Beijing for what he immodestly but accurately called 'the week that changed the world'. Knowledgeable observers knew that the success of the visit - so crucial to Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign - would turn on how he and his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, dealt with the status of Taiwan.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Spirit of 1972 will make partners of China and US

Today marks the 40th anniversary of US president Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to China, a milestone in contemporary world history. The celebration is also an opportunity for the two countries to contemplate whether they can have another 40 years of peaceful co-operation.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Xi's U.S. visit 'can help to restore trust'

China and the United States are suffering from a 'trust deficit', but the upcoming visit to Washington by Vice-President Xi Jinping can help ease the problem, according to a senior Chinese diplomat.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am