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Flurry of China-Japan maneuvers could ease tensions before Obama’s Asian tour

Hu Deping met privately with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  /NTD.TV

Special to By Willy Lam, There are signs of behind-the-scenes maneuvering to elevate China-Japan relations out of the Cold War-like atmosphere that has engulfed bilateral ties since late 2012. Last week, Hu Deping, son of late general secretary Hu Yaobang, held a private meeting in Tokyo with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The older […]

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Analyst warns Chinese incursion could ‘drain’ critical Israeli tech

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 8.  /Reuters/Jason Lee

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has undergone a debate over whether to allow major Chinese penetration in the business sector of the Jewish state. Chinese companies, which began their effort in 2010, have sought controlling shares of major Israeli producers, most of them non-defense firms. One Chinese company, Bright Food, has been […]

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Trilateral this, trilateral that but in Northeast Asia, three’s a crowd

The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat is in Seoul. Above is the Gangnam section of the South Korean capital.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — The word “trilateral” has a certain allure among those in search of ways to pull disparate nations or regions together. A group of three might cooperate while a group of two might form an alliance and fight the third one, the odd man out. Rather than […]

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Beijing makes a point of delivering pointed remarks to the visiting Chuck Hagel

Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Beijing on April 7. /

Special to By Willy Lam, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to Beijing will be remembered as the first time that People’s Liberation Army generals publicly lectured a top official of the United States. Responding to remarks made by Hagel earlier this week about the U.S. standing by Japan and other Asian allies against […]

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China gets vulgar about White House meeting with Hong Kong leaders

Martin Lee and Anson Chan meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Special to Traveling to the U.S. to appeal to foreigners was a bad move made by Hong Kong’s pan-democracy advocates, China’s state media said in a series of rhetorical blasts against Martin Lee and Anson Chan. The two prominent pro-democracy leaders met the U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in the White House last […]

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China invests heavily in Sudanese energy sector, infrastructure


Special to CAIRO — China and Sudan have agreed to expand crude oil exploration. The two allies signed several agreements to explore for oil in the Arab state. Under the accords, signed last month, China would fund the exploration projects, expected to be conducted by the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. Officials said China, […]

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Loyalty drive pre-empted resistance to Xi’s selective PLA spring cleaning

Xu Caihou, left, is regarded as loyal to Jiang Zemin. At right is Lt.-Gen. Gu Junshan. /SCMP/Simon Song

Special to By Willy Lam, President and Commander-in-chief Xi Jinping has orchestrated a large-scale loyalty campaign to ensure the success of his anti-corruption measures in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Military authorities announced early this week that Lt.-Gen. Gu Junshan will shortly appear before a military court for corruption-related charges. A former deputy […]

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Ukraine continues weapons sales to China in the midst of turmoil

Il-78 aerial refueling tanker.

Special to By Miles Yu, As the 6th largest arms export country in the world, Ukraine has counted China as its top customer for the past two decades. On March 25, a Russian-designed Il-78 aerial refueling tanker plane conducted a final test flight after a major upgrade before being delivered by Ukraine to […]

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Student protestors warn China would do to Taiwan,what Russia did to Crimea

Student leader Lin Fei-fan speaks in Taiwan’s parliament during the ongoing protests opposing the controversial trade agreement with China, on April 5. / Reuters

Special to By Parris H. Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan — Hundreds of thousands of “black-clad army” members rallied for democracy at Ketagalan Blvd. in front of the presidential office and streets nearby here on March 30. They wore black to symbolize what they call the “black box” (no transparency and no due process) decision-making of […]

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Turkey might opt for ‘indigenous’ missile defense system in quiet, dodgy deal with China

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.  /AFP/Getty Images/Adem Altan

Special to ANKARA — Turkey, which is under intense pressure from NATO over its procurement of  a China’s ballistic missile defense battery, might copy it and claim it as an indigenous system. Western diplomats said NATO has assessed that Ankara could indefinitely delay signing an agreement for China’s HQ-9 BMD system. Instead, the government […]

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