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An introduction to CSOs in China and Japan

The following essay, written by Vanessa Bramwell, introduces Civil Society Organisations in China and Japan. CSOs are non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and exist separate from family, state and business organisations. Civil Society Organisations are gradually becoming more significant and influential around the world, and especially in the Asia Pacific, which is experiencing a general democratic transformation. … Continue reading

China to enforce fishing ban in disputed waters of South China Sea

China is set to enforce its annual fishing ban in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), but the Philippines says it will not recognise the ban in waters both countries claim. The ban that begins Wednesday is meant to conserve resources and curb overfishing. The official Xinhua News Agency cited a South China Fisheries … Continue reading

China is testing Philippines determination to defend against intrusion

The Chinese dragon’s hunger for black gold relates to its continuous growth as an economic powerhouse. China imports seventy percent of its oil needs – supplied mostly by Russia. Fearing the prospect of disruption of oil supplies and being hostage to the demands of supplier countries, China is recklessly embarking on grabbing the rich oil … Continue reading

China, Japan and South Korea take firm line on North Korea nuclear issue

China, Japan and South Korea warned North Korea yesterday they would not tolerate further nuclear tests, according to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, amid fears Pyongyang is preparing a third atomic blast. The president made the remark after talks in Beijing with Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda that also saw the … Continue reading

Beijing’s island claim crazy, says Japanese owner

Hiroyuki Kurihara has a one-word comment on Beijing’s claim to his islands in the East China Sea: crazy. Kurihara’s family has owned three of the eight islands and reefs that make up the disputed Diaoyus since 1981. But they found themselves in the middle of a diplomatic showdown last month when Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara … Continue reading

East Asian powers agree on trade pact talks

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao urged northeast Asian powers to cooperate more in the face of global economic headwinds, as China, Japan and South Korea agreed at a summit on Sunday to soon launch negotiations on a three-way free trade pact. The three nations are major traders, and together accounted for 19.6 percent of global gross … Continue reading

Dalai Lama reveals warning of Chinese plot to kill him

In an interview with this week’s Sunday Telegraph, the 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winning Dalai Lama revealed he had been passed reports from inside Tibet, warning that Chinese agents had trained Tibetan women for a mission to poison him while posing as devotees seeking his blessings. The Tibetan Buddhist leader said he lives within a … Continue reading

China criticizes Philippines on South China Sea protest

China on Friday accused the Philippines of escalating an already tense territorial dispute over the South China Sea following a noisy but peaceful anti-Beijing protest in Manila. About 200 protesters, well below initial estimates, rallied in front of the Chinese consular office in Manila. Both Beijing and Taiwan had warned their nationals to stay indoors. … Continue reading

Chen’s escape spawns conspiracy theories in China

Sino-American relations have long been plagued by unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that undermine needed efforts to develop mutual trust between the world’s two most important countries. Yet events continue to spawn intriguing speculative possibilities, and who can resist spinning out seductive hypotheses to explain apparent riddles in the behaviour of either or both governments, especially when … Continue reading

U.S. plans 10-month warship deployment to Singapore

The first of a new class of U.S. coastal warships will be sent to Singapore next spring for a roughly 10-month deployment, the Navy said on Wednesday, spotlighting a move that may stir China’s fears of U.S. involvement in South China Sea disputes. Deployment of the shallow-draft ship “Freedom” will help refine crew rotations, logistics … Continue reading

China warns citizens ahead of Manila protest on Friday

China warned its citizens in Manila to stay off the streets and take precautions during planned anti-Chinese protests on Friday, a sign of mounting tensions during a standoff in the resource-rich South China Sea. The planned protest of about 1,000 people could heighten tensions between China and the Philippines over what is known as the … Continue reading

China considers delay of key party congress amid internal debate

China‘s ruling Communist Party is seriously considering a delay in its upcoming five-yearly congress by a few months amid internal debate over the size and makeup of its top decision-making body, sources said, as the party struggles to finalise a once-in-a-decade leadership change. The two most senior posts, of president and premier, are not considered … Continue reading

Al-Jazeera English closes Chinese bureau

The Chinese authorities have forced the closure of the Beijing bureau of Al-Jazeera English by refusing to renew the journalist visa of its long-time correspondent Melissa Chan. Requests by colleagues have also been rebuffed. It is the first expulsion of an accredited foreign correspondent in over a decade. Chan was said by China‘s foreign ministry … Continue reading

News of Assassination Attempt on Chinese Leader Uncensored

At around 7:00 a.m. on May 1, a Chinese blogger found news on Baidu.com about the attempted assassination of Chinese leader Hu Jintao in 2006. Baidu is the largest search engine in China. NTD Television confirmed that when using keywords like “assassinate Hu on the North Sea Fleet,” “assassinate Hu at the Yellow Sea,” and … Continue reading

Faction a good training ground for future leaders

The Communist Youth League, the Communist Party’s youth recruitment and training apparatus, has become a key power base within the party since the 1980s, competing with the princeling faction representing the offspring of former party leaders. Founded in Shanghai and other cities in August 1920 as the Socialist Youth League to prepare for the formal … Continue reading

US hails openings in China for finance firms

The Obama administration hailed pledges from China for greater access to the securities and insurance markets in the Strategic and Economic Dialogue. China agreed to let foreign banks raise their stake in domestic-securities joint ventures to as much as 49 per cent, a US official said. Authorities will also consider curbing the power of state-owned … Continue reading

‘Breakthroughs’ in Sino-US talks

China and the US concluded two days of annual high-level talks in Beijing yesterday by reaching a series of investment and trade agreements which Premier Wen Jiabao described as “major breakthroughs”. But this year’s strategic and economic dialogue was overshadowed by more than a week of drama surrounding blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng . As … Continue reading

Extra patrol vessels set to fuel tension in South China Sea

Tension in the South and East China seas is likely to escalate as Beijing deploys more patrol vessels to demonstrate its sovereignty in disputed waters also claimed by many Southeast Asian countries. Beijing has sent at least 14 vessels to Scarborough Shoal – which it calls Huangyan Island and the Philippines calls Panatag Shoal – … Continue reading

China paper calls Chen a U.S. pawn; envoy is a “troublemaker”

One of China’s main official newspapers accused blind dissident Chen Guangcheng on Friday of serving as a “tool” for American subversion of Communist Party power and called the U.S. ambassador a backpack-wearing, Starbucks-sipping troublemaker. The commentary in the Beijing Daily was the strongest Chinese state media condemnation yet of the U.S. administration in a standoff … Continue reading

U.S. triples military aid to Philippines in 2012

The United States will nearly triple its military funding for the Philippines this year, the Philippine foreign ministry said on Thursday, as tensions rise with China over disputed islands and Washington bolsters its alliance with Manila. However, the Philippines expressed concern over what it said was a sharp decline in its share of U.S. foreign … Continue reading

Officials accounted for half of 800 guests to billionaire son’s luxurious wedding

According to “Xiandai Kuaibao (Modern Express)”, a subsidiary of People’s Daily in Nanjing, China, Mr Chen, a billionaire who has been doing business in Wuxi City for over two decades, gave a wedding banquet for his son at the cost of RMB300 per head the day before yesterday. Among the more than 800 guests, there … Continue reading

The Mystery of China’s Restraint in South China Sea

While most Chinese are vehemently calling for their government to order the PLA to deal a heavy blow at the Philippines in order to teach it a lesson, the Chinese government persists in pursuing a peaceful solution even though the face-off was described by former Philippine foreign minister Domingo Siazon as “between an elephant and … Continue reading

Young rally for democracy in Macau

Hundreds of young people in Macau staged a rally yesterday calling for universal suffrage. They were protesting against their government’s legislative and election reform plans and “unprecedented” censorship of media coverage of the public consultation. Protesters said the media were portraying the public as having reached a consensus on the government’s proposals. And in a … Continue reading

China, Russia resist West’s sanctions push for Sudan, South Sudan

China and Russia are resisting a Western push for the U.N. Security Council to threaten Sudan and South Sudan with sanctions if the two countries fail to comply with demands to halt their escalating conflict, U.N. envoys said. The U.N. negotiations on Sudan and South Sudan, former civil war foes that split when the south … Continue reading

China reach in focus at U.S.- Philippine security talks

China is likely to be high on the agenda at top level U.S.-Philippine security talks on Monday as Washington refocuses its foreign policy on Asia and Manila realises its limits in trying to solve territorial disputes with Beijing alone. China has maritime spats with several countries in the South China Sea, believed to be rich … Continue reading

Chongqing torturers now the hunted, ex-lawyer says

Chongqing authorities plan to punish law enforcers linked to the use of torture to extract confessions during a sweeping triad crackdown initiated by former municipal Communist Party secretary Bo Xilai , according to former lawyer Li Zhuang . “Relevant departments have urged Chongqing police officers who were involved in the extortion of evidence to report … Continue reading

Blind lawyer case tests China’s commitment to human rights

Beijing’s handling of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng‘s purported escape to the United States embassy in Beijing will test its commitment to improving human rights and adherence to the rule of law, activists and lawyers say. Yang Jianli, a US-based mainland dissident, said Chen’s ordeal was a typical case of human rights abuse and violation … Continue reading

Chinese play cat and mouse with censor to discuss dissident escape

Chinese played cat and mouse with the censors on the popular Twitter-like microblog service Weibo on Sunday to express support for escaped blind dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng, while China maintained its silence on what has happened to him. Neither China nor the United States has commented on whether Chen has sought refuge in the U.S. … Continue reading

Beijing orders legal rights event called off

Authorities in Beijing forced the cancellation yesterday of a major conference on legal protection for private industry amid heightened sensitivity over the country’s biggest political scandal in years, organisers said. A leading Beijing lawyer said legal authorities in the capital called him yesterday to demand the two-day event to be held in a hotel in … Continue reading

Prominent China dissident Hu Jia freed from jail

One of China’s most prominent dissidents, Hu Jia, was reunited with his family in the early hours of Sunday after serving three-and-a-half-years in jail on subversion charges, but he was not ready to speak in public, his wife said. Hu was convicted in 2008 for “inciting subversion of state power” for criticizing human rights restrictions … Continue reading

Blind activist escapes from house arrest

Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, who has been deprived of his freedom for years for campaigning against forced abortions, has fled house arrest. There is speculation he has taken refuge at the US embassy in Beijing. Chen’s escape came just days before China and the United States hold their annual strategic and economic dialogue in … Continue reading

Manila stuns the world by standing up to Beijing

Sino-Philippine ties have sunk to an all-time low with armed vessels from both sides staking out a tiny atoll in the South China Sea that sinks at high tide. Continue reading

China’s Wen says Auschwitz visit “unforgettable, dark”

China‘s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said on Friday a visit to the Auschwitz death camp where Nazis gassed to death 1.5 million people had left an indelible impression, and reinforced the importance of learning the lessons of history. “This is an unforgettable, dark page in the history of humankind and cannot be forgotten,” Wen said … Continue reading

Russia, China to announce progress on fund during Li visit

Russia and China will announce progress on a joint investment fund during a visit by the man expected to be China’s next premier, while their leaders hinted on Friday at differences behind a show of amity and common ground on global issues. Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, who is on track to succeed Premier Wen … Continue reading

China gives the yuan more muscle

Beijing set the reference rate for the yuan at a record high yesterday, one week ahead of an economic summit between the nation’s top policymakers and their United States counterparts. The People’s Bank of China put the central parity rate at 6.2829 per US dollar yesterday, 0.15 per cent higher than Wednesday’s 6.2923 per dollar, … Continue reading

Tibetan quake victims fight China government land grab

For two years after a cataclysmic earthquake struck a remote and wild part of China’s northwestern Qinghai province, Baobao and 29 other homeless ethnic Tibetan residents occupied the area outside several government buildings to denounce a land grab. But no officials in Gyegu – known in Chinese as Yushu – would listen to their pleas, … Continue reading

Bo Xilai and the threat of military coup in China

Bo Xilai’s disgrace turned the spotlight on more than the shady dealings in Chongqing; it also prompted questions about the army’s loyalty to the party Continue reading

China hopes U.S. Myanmar moves not aimed at Beijing

A senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday he hoped moves by the United States to re-engage with Myanmar were not aimed at Beijing, underscoring China‘s concerns about influence in its strategically located neighbour and close economic partner. Chinese state-run media and academics have expressed concern Washington’s renewed interest in slowly democratising Myanmar, formerly known as … Continue reading

SEC probes movie studios over dealings in China

U.S. regulators are investigating major U.S. movie studios’ dealings with China as the entertainment companies try to get a greater foothold in one of the fastest-growing movie markets in the world. The Securities and Exchange Commission has sent letters of inquiry to at least five movie studios in the past two months, including News Corp’s … Continue reading

US condemned as a money-mad fake democracy

State-owned media have stepped up their attack on Western democracy, targeting the United States in particular with accusations of corruption and lack of real democracy. The Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily said Western democracy worshipped money and was “fed by money”. “Wall Street is so powerful that it can hold the [US] Congress hostage and … Continue reading

Key players in Bo scandal may learn fate soon

Further details about the former Chongqing police chief whose dramatic attempt to defect to the US brought down political heavyweight Bo Xilai and unleashed China’s biggest political storm in decades have emerged as Beijing begins briefing senior officials in Hong Kong about the case. According to sources who attended the latest briefing in Shenzhen, central … Continue reading

China lauds North Korea friendship despite tensions

China’s most senior diplomat has vowed to deepen ties with North Korea and praised its young leader Kim Jong-un, despite an international outcry over Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch and the possibility of a third nuclear test by the isolated state. State Councillor Dai Bingguo, who steers Chinese diplomacy and outranks the foreign minister, made the … Continue reading

China central bank: Yuan, interest rate reform to be gradual

China will take a gradual approach to yuan reform and will not be in a hurry to free up deposit rates offered by banks, as it seeks to rebalance its economy and deepen its financial markets. Beijing doesn’t plan a one-off revaluation of the currency and will instead allow market forces to determine the yuan’s … Continue reading

All at sea over disputed waters

China faces difficulty in alleviating tensions in the South China Sea because of contrasting mandates and a lack of co-ordination among its own government agencies, according to a study conducted by an international non-governmental group that strives to prevent conflicts. The International Crisis Group said in a report it will release today, and which was … Continue reading

Wives of jailed police say torture used

The wives of three jailed policemen in Chongqing, swept up during the mega-city’s controversial clamp down on crime and corruption, say they are seeking to have the cases reopened because their husbands were falsely accused and tortured during their interrogation. The women, speaking to the South China Morning Post on condition of anonymity, said they … Continue reading

The Sudans put China in a policy bind

When one of your big oil suppliers splits into rival states, that’s a problem for any country. When you’re China, with its huge appetite for energy and a tradition of never wanting to take sides, it becomes a foreign policy migraine. China’s balancing act between South Sudan and Sudan will take centre stage when the … Continue reading

The Not-So-Great Firewall of China

Every news organisation needs a social media strategy. Even China’s government-controlled Xinhua News Agency now “tweets” news bulletins through Twitter-like microblogs called weibo — through which more than 300 million users share details of their daily lives, jokes, gossip, and news. Chinese companies running weibo services are required by the government to censor and monitor … Continue reading

China military warns of confrontation over seas

China’s military warned the United States on Saturday that U.S.-Philippine military exercises have raised risks of armed confrontation over the disputed South China Sea to the toughest high-level warning yet after weeks of tensions. China’s official Liberation Army Daily warned that recent jostling with the Philippines over disputed seas where both countries have sent ships … Continue reading

Loans to poor countries – China has strings attached

“China is a very aggressive and pernicious economic competitor with no morals. China is not in Africa for altruistic reasons. China is in Africa for China primarily.” This was the argument put forth by a confidential US State Department memo in February 2010, later published by Wikileaks. The secret memo reinforced Western perceptions, not often … Continue reading

Scapegoat Politics: China’s Problem with Universal Values

“Values are not central to today’s world,” or so proclaimed the author of an article published in the Global Times covering the recent BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in New Delhi. The article is an unapologetic and only marginally ungrammatical pre-emptive strike against Western ne’er-do-wells seeking to undermine the union by … Continue reading

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