19 January 2019

Greater China

  • According to a recent poll by a Taiwan newspaper, KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu has a 17 percentage point lead over his DPP rival in the Kaohsiung mayor contest. Photo: Reuters

    Why a Kaohsiung race is drawing much focus in Taiwan local polls

    - Nov 15, 2018 11:14am
    With the so-called nine-in-one local elections in Taiwan around the corner, the island’s main political parties — the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) — are firing on all cylinders to mobilize...
  • Beijing should realize that allowing moderate intellectuals to embark on academic exchanges on foreign soil will actually be in its interests, writes Chung Man. Photo: CNSA

    Banning civilian think-tanks won’t do Beijing any good

    - Nov 14, 2018 6:07pm
    This year marks the 40th anniversary of the start of China’s economic reforms. Compared to 10 years ago, it is beyond dispute that both the international status of China and the average incomes of mainlanders have...
  • About 9,800 social media accounts of independent news providers were removed for posting sensational, vulgar or politically harmful content, China's cyber authority said. Photo: Bloomberg

    China erases thousands of social media accounts of news outlets

    Nov 13, 2018 3:41pm
    China’s top cyber authority has scrubbed 9,800 social media accounts of independent news providers deemed to have posted sensational, vulgar or politically harmful content on the internet, Reuters reports. The country’s strict online censorship rules have...
  • As Tencent readies to report its third-quarter results, investors are hoping that chairman Pony Ma (seen in picture) will offer words of reassurance that can help the stock regain its mojo. Photo: Bloomberg

    Tencent chief, in new song, promises not to let you down

    - Nov 13, 2018 2:11pm
    All eyes are on Tencent as the Chinese internet giant prepares to release its third-quarter financial report on Wednesday. For the moment, the bear seems to have an upper hand over the firm’s stock market prospects,...
  • Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng attends the Universal Periodic Review of China before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Nov. 6.

    Reviewing China’s human rights performance: No easy task

    - Nov 13, 2018 8:30am
    In August, when China took part in hearings of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Chinese delegation was repeatedly questioned about reports of “re-education camps” in Xinjiang where up to a million...
  • At least five graduates of Peking University, one of the country’s top universities, were among those picked up on Friday, student activists said. Photo: PKU

    Labor activists, students missing after raids in China

    Nov 12, 2018 4:51pm
    At least 12 Chinese labor activists, mostly university students and recent graduates, have gone missing in recent days in what is believed to be a coordinated effort by authorities to silence the vocal group, Reuters reports,...
  • Breast implant samples are stored in a consultation room in a plastic surgery clinic in Seoul. Chinese women have been flocking to South Korea in large numbers in recent years for cosmetic surgery. Photo: Bloomberg

    Natural vs surgical: The big divide

    - Nov 12, 2018 3:07pm
    To the topics that seemingly throw up a sharp divide between people across the “two systems”, we can now add this: citizens’ attitude toward, and openness to, medical beauty services. According to a new survey, most...
  • Premier Li Keqiang said loans to small firms should not be “willfully withdrawn”. Photo: AFP

    China to help small firms tackle funding woes: Li Keqiang

    Nov 12, 2018 9:22am
    Premier Li Keqiang said loans to small firms should not be “willfully withdrawn”, and China should help small firms tackle their liquidity difficulties, the official Xinhua news agency reports. His comments are the latest from China’s...
  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Beijing on Oct. 26. Photo: Kyodo via Reuters

    Abe visit to China: Two cheers for Japan-China relations

    - Nov 8, 2018 8:32am
    The visit last month by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to China to mark the 40th anniversary of the signing of a treaty of peace and friendship by the two countries has been called a “historic...
  • People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang said private firms, which account for 60 percent of the country's gross domestic product and 80 percent of urban jobs, remain cash-starved. Photo: Bloomberg

    China to step up funding support for private firms

    Nov 7, 2018 9:25am
    China’s central bank will step up funding support for private firms, including developing an equity financing tool, amid a slowing economy, Reuters reports, citing its governor Yi Gang. China’s overall liquidity is ample but more effort...
  • China's President Xi Jinping speaks at the opening ceremony of the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Xi Jinping vows to lower tariffs, increase imports

    Nov 5, 2018 1:09pm
    China will lower import tariffs and continue to broaden market access, President Xi Jinping said on Monday at the opening of a week-long trade expo seen as an attempt by Beijing to counter mounting criticism of...
  • A file photo shows Catholic worshippers at a mass at the government-sanctioned South Cathedral in Beijing. Chinese authorities have established new laws to monitor religious activities. Credit: AFP

    Freedom of religion should be practiced, not just exist on paper

    - Nov 1, 2018 6:37pm
    A nationwide campaign in China to remove crosses from Catholic and Protestant churches has been underway on-and-off for two to three years. But Beijing recently stepped up its crackdown on Christians by outlawing the so-called “family...
  • Rhinoceros, which are an endangered species, need government protection in order to survive. Photo: Reuters

    China should not remove the protection for rhinos and tigers

    - Nov 1, 2018 5:07pm
    The State Council, China’s cabinet, recently released a circular seeking to “control the trade and use of rhinoceros, tigers and their related products … including the whole body, parts of it or any derived products”. The country...
  • China’s export of “digital authoritarianism” has become a major threat to sustaining democratic governance in some countries, Freedom House said. Photo: Reuters

    China exporting restrictive internet policies, says watchdog

    Nov 1, 2018 4:45pm
    China’s restrictive internet policy and digital surveillance have spread worldwide over the last two years, with its government training emerging market countries on the process and its companies furnishing the tools, a democracy watchdog group’s annual...
  • Though China’s birthrate hit its highest level since 2000 in 2016, it fell 3.5 percent last year, and regional data suggests the number will fall even further this year. Photo: AFP

    China birth rate set to continue decline this year: report

    Nov 1, 2018 10:24am
    China’s birth rate is set to decline further this year as well as over the next few years, despite the country’s 2016 move to relax its controversial “one-child policy”, the China Daily newspaper said on Thursday,...
  • China’s embassies, especially some in Europe, have in recent months been issuing statements and taking actions that appear distinctly undiplomatic, observers say. Photo: Reuters

    In China’s ‘New Era’, diplomats go on the offensive

    - Nov 1, 2018 9:30am
    Chinese diplomats around the world seem to have become increasingly assertive in the aftermath of President Xi Jinping’s declaration last year that a new era had arrived that would see China moving closer to center stage....
  • China is challenging the United States not only in the economic field but also in the military sector. Photo: Reuters

    US sees China as a long-term threat

    - Nov 1, 2018 9:01am
    The trade war which US President Donald Trump has launched against China is the start of a long-term conflict between the two countries. The US establishment – Democrats and Republicans alike – has identified China as the...
  • In a society of one-party rule where overwhelming emphasis is placed on economic growth and political reforms are largely avoided, the full-blown development of a market economy mechanism is virtually impossible. Photo: CNSA

    Why China will never be in the top league in WEF rankings

    - Oct 30, 2018 5:37pm
    The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently published the 2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Report, in which some 140 economies around the globe are ranked based on their economic and scientific competitiveness, as well as the...
  • China has led in the global competition in building the 5G infrastructure. Photo: China Daily

    Global 5G race is heating up

    - Oct 29, 2018 1:23pm
    Researcher IHS Markit estimated that the global economic benefit resulting from the fifth-generation mobile service (5G) could be as much as US$12.3 trillion by 2035, more than combined consumer spending of China, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom...
  • Lu Chang-shui, the newly appointed TECOHK head, is still unable to take up his new job as he is still waiting for the HKSAR government to approve his work visa application. Photo: Bloomberg

    Taiwan de facto envoy to HK still in limbo over visa approval

    - Oct 29, 2018 1:04pm
    Lu Chang-shui, the newly appointed head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong (TECOHK), was supposed to arrive in the city and assume office on Aug. 1. But up to now, he is still...

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