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China announces break in contacts with Japan, without informing Tokyo

BEIJING – Japan said Monday it was not officially informed of China’s decision to break off high-level government contacts over the extended detention of a fishing boat captain arrested after a ship collision near disputed islands. The rare move pushed already tense relations to a new low, and showed China’s willingness to play hardball with […]

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Most productive responses to economic fears? Look to China and Russia

Gregory R. Copley, Global Information System Fear and uncertainty create patterns, paths of their own. And societies are again in a mosaic of uncertainty — and resultant fear — over the fate and durability of the social and security frameworks once taken for granted. Mass reaction to these fears will trigger transformative change. But there […]

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Ideological split surfaces in one of world's most secret political parties

Ideological split surfaces in one of world's most secret political parties

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com A top priority of China’s labyrinthine propaganda apparatus is to convince Chinese and foreigners alike that the Chinese leadership is a picture of unity and camaraderie. Yet a sizeable chink in the armor was exposed by talks given in Shenzhen by Premier Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao within a space […]

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Japan frees crew of Chinese trawler, Beijing's state media reports

Japan frees crew of Chinese trawler, Beijing's state media reports

BEIJING (AFP) – Japan on Monday released the crew of a Chinese fishing trawler involved in a collision with two Japanese coastguard vessels in disputed waters, China’s state media reported. The incident sparked a diplomatic row between the Asian powers, with China calling off planned talks over oil and gas fields in a contested area […]

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Hit with regional blowback over its N. Korea policy, Beijng renews push for talks

Hit with regional blowback over its N. Korea policy, Beijng renews push for talks

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com President Hu Jintao has put pressure on Kim Jong-Il to re-start the Six-Party Talks during the North Korean dictator’s just-ended tour of two northeastern Chinese provinces.This is partly to offset the damage done to China’s international reputation due to Beijing’s refusal to condemn Pyongyang for its role in sinking the South […]

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'Indisputable': China stakes claim to South China Sea

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Claiming “indisputable sovereignty” over the South China Sea, the People’s Republic of China has roiled the political, strategic and diplomatic waters throughout Southeast Asia. Beijing’s recent claim that over one million square miles of sea, including the busy commercial sea lanes of communication used by a score of […]

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Kim Jong-Il ends secret trip to China in 35-vehicle motorcade

Kim Jong-Il ends secret trip to China in 35-vehicle motorcade

CHANGCHUN, China – North Korean leader Kim Jong Il left China’s northeastern city of Harbin on Monday in the latest leg of a secretive trip believed aimed at drumming up support for a succession plan involving his youngest son, news reports said. Reporters have followed a 35-vehicle motorcade — apparently used by the reclusive Kim […]

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Vietnam is not repeat not Mighty Mouse

Vietnam is not repeat not Mighty Mouse

By Sol W. Sanders, WorldTribune.com The setting was hardly one conducive to grand geopolitical discussion. There was tea — but no crumpets — in my tiny, less-than-fashionable Hudson Street West Village studio. It was 1951. I had just been cashiered as a scriptwriter for Voice of America, in part for ferociously advocating Vietnam’s independence. My […]

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World's most irresponsible power is coming in for a landing

By Sol W. Sanders, WorldTribune.com There’s little good news for the world economy. The Fed is now cautioning a slowed recovery if not a double-dip recession. The Euro is again under pressure from its debt-ridden members. The UK is undertaking serious but politically dangerous surgery against its welfare state. Germany continues to pump out subsidized […]

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Suddenly, 'The China model' is not looking so progressive

Suddenly, 'The China model' is not looking so progressive

By Sol W. Sanders An outbreak of strikes in China’s high-tech industries may not constitute the Marxist ” revolutionary situation”. But they must alarm Beijing leadership, gripped in an unresolved transfer to so-called fourth generation leadership. Strikes are technically illegal in China. But the most publicized, a series of “walk abouts” at Honda, continues despite […]