As far as dark days go, July 24, 2012, is akin historically to Feb. 18, 1932, when Japan proclaimed the state of Manchukuo as the governing body for the region of Manchuria, which Japan had invaded and detached from China.
This July 24 marks the first anniversary of China’s creation of the “Sansha City” prefecture [...]
China really ought to have more people like Xu Zhiyong. A law professor, legislator, and civil activist, Xu has worked tirelessly over the past decade in ensuring that China lives up to its constitutional ideals. Writing in The New Yorker in 2009, Evan Osnos described Xu as someone “as close to China gets [...]
If we look at how well Western firms have fared in China once they have gained significant market share, we may detect a worrisome pattern. They face unfair scrutiny from Chinese authorities and are often penalized for the same infractions for which their Chinese competitors suffer no consequences.
The most recent example of this pattern [...]
My overall take: Beijing has grown impatient to settle matters on its terms, to the extent of junking the leisurely, relatively low-key “small-stick” approach that held such promise.
Could World War Three start with the click of a mouse in a bedroom in Kabul or an anonymous office block in Beijing?
That is the terrifying question faced by the West’s intelligence agencies every day, and it was thrown into sharp relief by yesterday’s revelation that Islamist terrorists attempted a cyber attack on the [...]
China’s “coercive” behavior in waters around islands at the center of a bitter dispute with Japan is dangerous and could trigger an incident, Tokyo said in a new defense paper Tuesday.
At a cabinet meeting, hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ministers adopted the defense white paper, the first annual report on Japan’s defense [...]
Russia and China appear to have decided that, to better advance their own interests, they need to knock Washington down a peg or two. Neither probably wants to kick off a new cold war, let alone hot conflicts, and their actions in the case of Mr. Snowden show it. China allowed him into Hong Kong, [...]
A Chinese military general told foreign media Thursday that the Philippines plays the character of a “troublemaker” in the South China Sea.
“The role of the Philippines in the South China Sea is actually, in my view, a troublemaker,” People’s Liberation Army Major General Luo Yuan, known as “The Hawk” among Beijing’s military leaders, said [...]
Japan said on Wednesday it has voiced “serious concern” to China at the construction of a drilling rig near a disputed and potentially rich gasfield in the East China Sea.
A Chinese vessel has been seen building what appears to be a drilling platform about 26 kilometres (16 miles) west – the Chinese side – [...]