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How Chinese foreign policy is turning its back on Deng's dictum

Ever since Deng Xiaoping advised his countrymen to hide their strength and bide their time, China has favoured reassurance over intimidation in its regional dealings.

30 Dec 2013 - 4:49AM

Ever since Deng Xiaoping advised his countrymen to hide their strength and bide their time, China has favoured reassurance over intimidation in its regional dealings.

How Chinese foreign policy is turning its back on Deng's dictum
After a detour, Chinese help finds its way to the Philippines
Beijing needs to demonstrate its peaceful intent in regional waters
Will Indonesia's idea for an Asian peace treaty fly?
Wading into Okinawan independence debate is not in China's interests

Self-determination, the right to decide one's own political fate, has suddenly become a popular cause in the Chinese media. Academics and newspaper columnists have been lining up to argue that a great wrong - the annexation of one country by another - must finally be righted.

24 Jul 2013 - 3:51AM

Self-determination, the right to decide one's own political fate, has suddenly become a popular cause in the Chinese media. Academics and newspaper columnists have been lining up to argue that a great wrong - the annexation of one country by another - must finally be righted.

Wading into Okinawan independence debate is not in China's interests
China's aircraft carrier accomplishes its mission - bolster Chinese pride
New arms treaty could ease 'robot' drone fears
Asian powers' carrier craze

Aircraft carriers have become the ultimate accessory for Asia's aspiring powers. If you have one - or, even better, a collection - then you're in the big-power club; if you don't, you're still just toiling in the minor leagues of world affairs. Even so, the regional carrier competition has reached a new level of intensity of late, as Japan, India and China (kind of) unveiled new ships within days of each other.

23 Aug 2013 - 3:01AM

Aircraft carriers have become the ultimate accessory for Asia's aspiring powers. If you have one - or, even better, a collection - then you're in the big-power club; if you don't, you're still just toiling in the minor leagues of world affairs. Even so, the regional carrier competition has reached a new level of intensity of late, as Japan, India and China (kind of) unveiled new ships within days of each other.

Asian powers' carrier craze
Fun and games

With 158 festivals a year, the Miao people of Guizhou have plenty to celebrate, unlike their livestock. Words and pictures by Trefor Moss.

8 Dec 2012 - 11:06PM

With 158 festivals a year, the Miao people of Guizhou have plenty to celebrate, unlike their livestock. Words and pictures by Trefor Moss.

Fun and games
China should focus on hi-tech weapons, not plodding old carriers

Technology has a clever habit of outdoing fantasy, and this month the US Navy announced that it has finally produced a working Laser Weapon System (the US military has been trying to develop something like this for decades). After proving itself by shooting down target drones in 12 out of 12 tests, the laser will be on board an active US warship by next year, probably in the Persian Gulf, ready to zap Iranian missiles.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27AM

Technology has a clever habit of outdoing fantasy, and this month the US Navy announced that it has finally produced a working Laser Weapon System (the US military has been trying to develop something like this for decades). After proving itself by shooting down target drones in 12 out of 12 tests, the laser will be on board an active US warship by next year, probably in the Persian Gulf, ready to zap Iranian missiles.

China should focus on hi-tech weapons, not plodding old carriers
Military the weakest link in US 'pivot' to Asia
High-stakes stand-off between Japan and China won't come to war
Bad public relations hides fact China has a good case in territorial rows

China has a secret concerning its territorial disputes with neighbouring countries that it clearly doesn't want you to know about. To keep it concealed, Beijing and its agencies have a policy of blanketing territorial issues in bad publicity and charmless displays of bravado. 

12 Sep 2013 - 10:50AM

China has a secret concerning its territorial disputes with neighbouring countries that it clearly doesn't want you to know about. To keep it concealed, Beijing and its agencies have a policy of blanketing territorial issues in bad publicity and charmless displays of bravado. 

Bad public relations hides fact China has a good case in territorial rows
North Korea's nuclear test gives Beijing a reason to confront Kim

Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, demands your attention. He just set off a nuclear bomb in order to get it. It would be easy to dismiss Kim as Asia's resident megalomaniac - to mock him as a totalitarian goofball who doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. He certainly doesn't look intimidating, chubby and callow as he is, seemingly more into mushrooms than mushroom clouds.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:46AM

Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, demands your attention. He just set off a nuclear bomb in order to get it. It would be easy to dismiss Kim as Asia's resident megalomaniac - to mock him as a totalitarian goofball who doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. He certainly doesn't look intimidating, chubby and callow as he is, seemingly more into mushrooms than mushroom clouds.

North Korea's nuclear test gives Beijing a reason to confront Kim
Obama's no-show at Asia summits a lost chance to buttress US influence

Foreign policy always becomes a favourite pastime of lame-duck, second-term presidents, American pundits always say, because they can never get anything done at home. Well, this week we may find out whether President Barack Obama is doomed to set new standards in second-term lameness - by being gridlocked at home and frustrated abroad.

4 Oct 2013 - 11:10PM

Foreign policy always becomes a favourite pastime of lame-duck, second-term presidents, American pundits always say, because they can never get anything done at home. Well, this week we may find out whether President Barack Obama is doomed to set new standards in second-term lameness - by being gridlocked at home and frustrated abroad.

Obama's no-show at Asia summits a lost chance to buttress US influence
Tracks of time: Nepal

Nepal's Langtang Valley is an ancient yet ever-changing landscape of beauty. Words and pictures by Trefor Moss.

18 Aug 2013 - 12:55AM

Nepal's Langtang Valley is an ancient yet ever-changing landscape of beauty. Words and pictures by Trefor Moss.

Tracks of time: Nepal