Sino-US Relations

US to promote human rights during meeting with China

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. Photo: AP

The United States said on Friday that it would seek improvements in China’s human rights record, including its treatment of ethnic minorities, during talks next week in the Asian nation.

Saturday, 27 July, 2013, 9:34am 1 comment

China tells US there is ‘unprecedented freedom’ in Tibet, Xinjiang

State Councilor of China Yang Jiechi (left), Vice-Premier of China Wang Yang (centre) and US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (right). Yang said China's Tibetan and Uighur minorities enjoyed happiness and “unprecedented” freedom. Photo: EPA

China said on Thursday that its Tibetan and Uighur minorities enjoyed happiness and “unprecedented” freedom as it hit back at US criticism by urging Washington to examine its own record.

12 Jul 2013 - 9:12am

The cold war isn't over, just remade

The cold war isn't over, just remade

The cold war is commonly referred to as a topic of history, yet it is not over - it has just regrouped, and now we face history in the remaking. Today is George Orwell's birthday, and he's looking good for 110.

25 Jun 2013 - 4:09am 4 comments

Universal franchise in Hong Kong can strengthen China-US relationship

Xi Jinping and Barack Obama at Sunnylands. Photo: AFP

Forty-five years ago, I was among some 40 people coming from different countries who attended Henry Kissinger's three-month Harvard International Seminar programme. Among the topics discussed were China and the Vietnam war.

A few years later, Kissinger went to Washington to work with president Nixon, which led to the historic opening of diplomatic relations between China and the US.

20 Jun 2013 - 12:31am

For both China and America, the cybersnooping game will go on

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk at the Annenberg Retreat of the Sunnylands estate. Photo: AP

Last week, some in the US media speculated that former CIA employee Edward Snowden chose Hong Kong as the unlikely destination for his coming-out party because he was either in the employ of China as a spy or he intends to defect to China.

They also wonder how someone in his sensitive position could have used a thumb drive to simply copy all those documents and walk away.

18 Jun 2013 - 2:05am

China, too, can play the containment game

China's President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto as they visit the archaeological site of Chichen itza, State of Yucatan. Photo: AFP

When Xi Jinping sat down with Barack Obama in a luxurious estate on the edge of the California desert over the weekend, the Chinese president delivered a subtle message to his American host: China can play the containment game just as well as the US.

11 Jun 2013 - 10:03pm 3 comments

Japan and US to conduct major military exercise despite Beijing's objection

China had objected to military exercise off California testing forces' ability to retake island

Japan has vowed to go ahead next week with a major military exercise testing US and Japanese troops' ability to recapture a hypothetical remote island, despite a complaint through diplomatic channels from Beijing.

7 Jun 2013 - 1:51am

Xi-Obama Sunnylands summit can foster renewed trust

Illustration: Craig Stephens

The first encounter between President Xi Jinping and Barack Obama since the latter's re-election as US president and Xi's elevation to power comes months earlier than had been expected.

7 Jun 2013 - 10:08am 2 comments

Xi and Obama can find room to bloom in the desert

Stephen Noerper says Sunnylands will give the leaders of the dominant and ascendant world powers a good chance to get a measure of each other. Photo: Reuters

Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping , G2 leaders and likely new pals, are meeting at Sunnylands. Aptly named, this sprawling desert retreat sits two hours from Los Angeles in Rancho Mirage. Deserts loom large in US literary minds, from the Bible to Paul Bowles, and oft suggest blank space for exploration of the soul.

7 Jun 2013 - 1:13am

China strikes right tone ahead of talks between Xi and Obama

China strikes right tone ahead of talks between Xi and Obama. Photo: Reuters

China's delegation to Asia's premier annual security forum, the Shangri-La Dialogue conference, has traditionally been low-key, there more to observe than participate. This year, though, the People's Liberation Army officers who attended were engaged and outgoing, asking questions in flawless English, stating positions and even being personable.

6 Jun 2013 - 2:10am 1 comment

Beijing slams Pentagon over claims hackers accessed weapons designs

A Pentagon report accusing Chinese hackers of accessing US weapons designs contained "misjudgments", a spokesman for the Defence Ministry in Beijing said yesterday, adding China could build weapons on its own.

31 May 2013 - 6:11am

US national security adviser Tom Donilon promotes military ties in Beijing

US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon (left) shakes hands with General Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, at the Bayi Building, in Beijing, on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

Non-traditional military activities such as peacekeeping, disaster relief and anti-piracy operations offer opportunities to boost co-operation and "contribute to greater mutual confidence and understanding", Donilon told General Fan Changlong , a vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission.

29 May 2013 - 3:22am

Xi tells of 'critical' point in Sino-US relations ahead of Obama summit

US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon (left) shakes hands with President Xi Jinping before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. Photo: AP

President Xi Jinping told a senior adviser to US President Barack Obama yesterday that the two countries should forge "a new type of relationship between powers" at next week's summit.

National Security Adviser Tom Donilon was in Beijing to prepare for the June 7-8 talks in California, which will be the two leaders' first encounter since Xi took office in March.

28 May 2013 - 4:19am

Xi says China-US relationship at ‘critical juncture’

US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon (left) shakes hands with President Xi Jinping before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. Photo: AP

The relationship between Beijing and Washington is at a “critical juncture”, President Xi Jinping told a senior adviser to Barack Obama on Monday ahead of meetings with the US leader next week.

27 May 2013 - 6:30pm

A good place for friends to meet

Barack Obama welcomes Xi Jinping in the White House in 2012. Photo: Xinhua

China and the US need a solid foundation for ties if suspicions are to be laid to rest and challenges met. The informal meeting between presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama at a laid-back California retreat next month has every chance of making stronger what is already in place.

27 May 2013 - 5:00am