Good for Alibaba? SCMP Quashes Column on Xi-linked Tycoon

The steady erosion of the journalistic independence of the South China Morning Post, once the region’s most influential English-language daily, was demonstrated last week when the paper’s editors pulled an article linking an investor in Hong Kong’s Peninsula H...

Xi Jinping’s Massive Urban Monument to Himself

In a bid to decongest the sprawling and polluted capital of Beijing, the government is developing a “subsidiary capital” covering 2,000 sq. km. about 160 km. south of the capital city that President Xi Jinping ...

The Red Dragon and the White Cross

The Chinese President Xi Jinping visited for Switzerland for the first time, stepping onto Swiss ground to attend the World Economic Forum WEF in Davos. But he used the chance for a state visit, stopping off in...

Xi-Ma Meeting to Bolster China’s Territorial Claims

The widespread feeling in Taipei is that the unprecedented Singapore meeting on Nov. 7 between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou may be an election ploy that won’t have much effect saving the disastrous election campaign of the f...
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Xi Visit: Little Impact on Sino-US Relations

Despite the apparent amity displayed during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States last week, US-China relations are not undergoing any change that might really transform their rivalry into...
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China Dissolves Part of Another ‘Unequal Treaty’

Further evidence is emerging of the opportunistic nature of Chinese relations with Russia despite the recent ostentatiously friendly visit to Moscow of President Xi Jinping. That evidence belies the recent surg...
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Can the Sino-Russian Lovefest Last?

The recent surge in apparent Sino-Soviet friendship may be of some concern to ASEAN countries fearful of a new axis that would make it more difficult for them to deflect Chinese ambitions for hegemony in east Asia. But they may not need to worry too much. F...
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China’s US$46 billion Gift to Pakistan

The one thing to take away from the visit of President Xi Jinping to Pakistan is that both are in trouble diplomatically if they have to regard each other as their closest friends in Asia. Even by its standard...