US-China relations

Henry Paulson calls on Xi, Obama to 'reset' relations in California meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive in California on Thursday ahead of Xi's summit meeting US President Barack Obama. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping and United States President Barack Obama should use their meeting in California to “reset” US-China relations to focus on mutual economic benefits, advised former US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Friday, 7 June, 2013, 8:00pm

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's cheap lunch wins praise in China

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (centre) sits down for a meal of dumplings, cold dishes and tea in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Lew's 109-yuan bill (HK$136) - on a meal of dumplings, cold dishes and tea in Beijing - has apparently shocked some people, who expect officials of even lower status to splurge thousands of yuan on luxury meals paid by taxpayers.

20 Mar 2013 - 11:52pm 6 comments

China's foreign policy mantra should be 'economy first'

China's foreign policy mantra should be 'economy first'

The recent Asean Summit in Phnom Penh drew considerable international attention even amid the missiles in Gaza and another crisis in Europe. This attention had little to do, intrinsically, with the group of 10 countries.

27 Nov 2012 - 4:57am 1 comment

Clarity and co-operation key to Sino-US ties

Clarity and co-operation is key to strengthening Sino-US ties. Photo: Xinhua

Xi Jinping, China's new Communist Party chief, made his first visit to the US in 1980. He was a 27-year-old junior officer accompanying Geng Biao, then a vice-premier and China's leading military official. Geng had been my host the previous January, when I was the first US defence secretary to visit China, acting as an interlocutor for president Jimmy Carter's administration.

22 Nov 2012 - 3:18am 3 comments

Sino-US stability helps the whole world, Wen tells Obama

Barack Obama and Wen Jiabao had their last meeting together during the East Asia Summit at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh. Photo: AP

Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday used his last meeting with US President Barack Obama to push for stability between Washington and Beijing’s new leadership.

In a wide-ranging meeting at the Asean East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, the two leaders discussed economic and security issues, including the growing territorial disputes between China and its neighbours.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:45am

US has no intention of trying to contain China

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta reviews a naval honour guard in Qingdao before touring vessels of China's North Sea Fleet, during a visit to the country in September. Photo: AFP

"There you go again" has become one of the most memorable lines in US presidential debate history. It was 1980, and Ronald Reagan used it famously to dismiss president Jimmy Carter's repeated misrepresentations of his plans for social security reform.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:35am 10 comments

China, US focus on exports will cause more economic chaos

If the global economy is to have another sustained growth cycle, both the US and China must have a stable and balanced growth dynamic.

The global economy has been in constant crisis for five years. Muddling through with endless stimulus packages hasn't worked. The logical conclusion should be to try something new. Political changes in the US and China, the world's two largest economies, do not suggest that will happen, however. Continuation of the ineffective policies from the past awaits the world for years to come.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:35am

Asean will need help with big to-do list

A Cambodian worker puts up Asean flags along the road from the airport into downtown Phnom Penh, ahead of the 21st Asean Summit (15-20 November 2012). Photo: EPA

Asean leaders gathering in Phnom Penh for the grouping's summit will find their bags packed full of expectations amid global uncertainties and regional tensions. They must carry and unpack their burdens with care. Can positive steps be taken?

15 Nov 2012 - 2:35am

Obama's Myanmar trip 'no threat to Chinese interests'

Fresh from his re-election, President Barack Obama will embark on a trip to Southeast Asia and become the first US president to visit Myanmar. Photo: AP

A landmark trip by US President Barack Obama to Myanmar this month poses no threat to China's interests in the country, a senior Chinese official from a key border province said yesterday.

10 Nov 2012 - 1:01am

Briefs, November 10, 2012

Prince Charles greets the crowd at Bondi Beach. Photo: EPA

Thousands of Syrians flee border town

10 Nov 2012 - 3:00am

Sino-US relations: A new round begins

How US-China relations will evolve under the helm of the new leaders concerns all.

If there is any truth in the fancy that ears will burn while their owner is being talked about, the collective ears of China must have been ablaze during the past few weeks." These words are from a commentary in the American magazine The Saturday Evening Post in July 1900, amid the Boxer Rebellion.

10 Nov 2012 - 12:56am

Tough talk on China during US elections still mostly talk

In effect, most of Romney's proposals are promises to continue the Obama administration's policy. Photo: AFP

It’s a familiar tableau in American presidential campaigns: the party out of power runs against China policy and promises a tough new approach; the administration in power does its best with an unsatisfactory relationship. Mitt Romney is no different.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:21am 1 comment

Clinton's meetings in Beijing show strength of ties between two powers

American Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's meetings in Beijing with President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi should not have been expected to go smoothly. The US and China are locked in a war of words over territorial disputes in the East and South China seas. The Obama administration's rebalancing strategy towards Asia has irked Chinese leaders.

6 Sep 2012 - 1:22am

Asian order put to the test

Asian order put to the test

For decades, the South China Sea has enjoyed relative calm, despite occasional territorial disputes. This has so far depended on a predominant US military umbrella under which regional states thrive in a China-centric global production-and-supply chain. This stability has now been disturbed on several fronts.

6 Sep 2012 - 1:43am 1 comment

China hangs over US elections as Clinton in Asia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vows the US will remain active in the South Pacific in a speech in the Cook Islands on Friday. Photo: AFP

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is missing the Democratic Party convention to build ties in Asia as the US relationship with China increasingly encroaches on politics back home.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am