Category «China»

Storm over Russia border rages

Last week, a seemingly innocuous news item in China’s state media sparked an unexpected firestorm in China and Russia, exposing the shaky foundation upon which the much-hyped Beijing-Moscow united front challenging the West and the existing geopolitical order has been built. On Nov. 4 official media outlets, including China News Service, Xinhua and the People’s …

Et tu, Jakarta?

In a rare move to avoid further isolation in a region where it has territorial disputes with nearly all of its maritime neighbors, China made a major concession last week by publicly clarifying and acknowledging Indonesia’s sovereign right to the Natuna Islands in the South China Sea. The region has been witnessing a dramatic rise …

Chinese president’s military overhaul tightens Communist Party’s grip

Every 15 years or so, the Chinese Communist Party makes a major structural or doctrinal change to the People’s Liberation Army, the world’s largest. It’s that time of the cycle again as Chinese President Xi Jinping announced last week that a massive defense restructuring was underway. Past PLA overhauls have included opening up to the …

Chinese parade, Russian games

As China gears up for a communist-style extravaganza with a military parade and ceremonial grandiosity next week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II, Beijing is determined and eager to show off its military might to the world. It’s also making a clear attempt to isolate Japan from …

Russia, China still fierce competitors despite recent arms deals

China’s state media were jubilant last month over the signing of a $2 billion arms deal to buy from Russia the much-coveted Sukhoi-35 combat aircraft. That comes on the heels of another landmark arms deal in April between the two “strategic partners” for the sale of six battalions of Russia’s most advanced anti-aircraft missile system, …

The Party commands the gun — and writes the history

“Comrade President, the troops are ready for your inspection!” shouted the People’s Liberation Army general in charge of the extravaganza. “Let the inspection begin!” ordered Comrade President Xi Jinping, in a dapper Mao jacket, standing alone in an open-top inspection vehicle. With that, the world’s largest military parade in recent memory got underway at 10 …

Seoul seeks a border with Beijing

China and South Korea ended another round of high-level maritime border demarcation talks in Seoul earlier this week. And just like the previous 14 rounds of talks on the same issue held between 1996 and 2008, the revived talks failed to produce a final agreement. But Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin, who led the …

Asia’s Donald Trump targeted as ingrate to China

With a net worth of about $30 billion, much of it in real estate investments in China and Hong Kong, Li Kai-shing is the richest man in Asia, known for his shrewd business acumen and extraordinary ability to cultivate cozy relationships with communist officials in China to strike great deals in the world’s fastest growing …