No place like home

Causeway Bay's connections to Indonesia go back much further than today's weekend crowds of (mostly Javanese) migrant workers in Victoria Park might suggest. Indonesian Chinese have had a significant impact on this district since the late 1940s.

Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am

Beware undertow of race relations

Overseas Chinese everywhere should be concerned about China's aggressive moves in the South China Sea, advancing its territorial claims close to the coasts of littoral states. Specifically, the ethnic Chinese minorities in the concerned Southeast Asian countries need to guard against anything suggesting sympathy for the claims of their former motherland.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Behind the mask

Diplomacy used to be simple for Beijing. During the cold war, Chinese leaders could safely count on shared geopolitical interests of other countries in securing good relations. They did not have to take into account ideological differences or economic benefits.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Patriot games

After unremitting attacks on China, first over the handling of protests in Tibet and then at virtually every stop of the Olympic flame, Beijing may be in a stronger position than before. Its population is now firmly united behind the government, and even Chinese communities overseas are standing with it as never before.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Leaders need to be careful dealing with rising nationalist sentiment

If the aggressive protesters in London, Paris and San Francisco have achieved anything significant by disrupting the Olympic torch relay, it has less to do with what they intended.

They hoped to highlight China's human rights record, its recent crackdown in Tibet , religious freedom and its association with the Sudanese government that is responsible for atrocities in Darfur.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Australia, China at the tipping point?

Australia and China celebrated the 35th anniversary of official ties between the two countries this month. It was in December 1972 when the government of prime minister Gough Whitlam decided to end Australia's hostility towards communist China - which at the time seemed culturally alien and politically dangerous.

31 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

China's image problem in Australia

This has not been a good month so far for China's image in Australia. First, there have been the highly publicised cases of children being admitted to hospital as a result of swallowing beads from the popular Chinese-made craft toy, Bindeez.

14 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Dragon debate reflects Beijing's growing sense of image

A fertility symbol, a benevolent river god, or a fire-breathing menace? The dragon is traditionally all of these, depending upon one's cultural heritage, but it is the belligerent image of a pyromaniacal beast that has prompted one mainland academic to recently suggest China should drop the mythical creature as a national icon.

4 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Spy plane ripples widespread

Even as news that 24 United States air crew members were to be released following 11 days of captivity in Hainan Island, mainland-based US business leaders were expressing concern that the fallout from last week's air collision may cause far greater damage to Sino-US commercial ties than the bombing of China's Belgrade embassy two years ago.

12 Apr 2001 - 12:00am