Fu Ying, now vice foreign minister, explained China’s position on economic sanctions in a major speech on China’s relations with the West in October 2008 when she was ambassador to the United Kingdom. She said: “Economic sanctions and military force are not serious options in China’s diplomatic toolkit. China will become strong, but never hegemonic.”…
So who can Putin III be? How will he use the enormous powers granted the Russian president in a political system that lacks any real checks and balances?
Putin’s pre-election monologues and articles suggest an ominous answer: his presidency will be based on a genuine misunderstanding of the structure of contemporary international relations, markets, and [...]
The ideological conflict – between American liberal democracy and China’s one-party state – has grown sharper in recent years. Those who advocate engagement with China have based their argument on the assumption that China’s economic modernization and integration with the West will promote political change and make the one-party state more democratic. This “liberal evolution” [...]
Facta quoted a British MI-6 intelligence expert in London as saying: “It seems Chinese experts hacked the RQ-170′s communication system and rewrote it to make the plane misjudge that it was approaching its base and to make it land on the Iranian territory.” The source also said: “This is a typical example of attacks in [...]
Anonymous has long defended Wikileaks, most notably in its attacks against Visa, Mastercard and Paypal after those companies blocked customers from using their services to donate money to the secret-sharing site last year. But this appears to be the first time the two organizations have cooperated so directly.
Analysts say that Anonymous’ collaboration with Wikileaks, [...]
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah scolded Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last week for failing to coordinate with Arab states before vetoing a United Nations resolution demanding that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down. Emboldened by the lack of international action, Assad’s forces are now slaughtering civilians in the streets at an [...]
If you join Islam, but later change your mind, then you could end up like this Christian pastor. He has been sentenced to death for leaving Islam.
Supporters fear Nadarkhani, a 34-year-old father of two who was arrested more than two years ago on charges of apostasy, fear he may be executed at any time, [...]
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (Reuters) – When Lieutenant-General Juancho Sabban received an urgent phone call from an oil company saying two Chinese vessels were threatening to ram their survey ship, the Philippine commander’s message was clear: don’t move, we will come to the rescue.
Within hours, a [...]
The Chinese Communist Party knows it has a problem. A billion Gordon Gekkos are blooming, but moral standards are withering on the vine. Corruption pervades. Villainy abounds.
Everybody seems to be cutting corners. Contractors add too much sand to their concrete, causing bridges and buildings to collapse. Shoddy designs [...]
A report out of the World Bank on Monday called for China to scale back on the dominance of state-owned companies and complete the transition to an open market economy, or face potential collapse. The report apparently has the endorsement of Beijing’s most powerful leaders. But can it really be as simple as that? And [...]