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Commentary > China Post > Frank Ching
Twenty years ago, Hong Kong was handed over to China by Britain, its colonial master for 156 years. The decision had been made earlier by China's diminutive but doughty leader Deng Xiaoping, and the reputedly unbending "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher had little choice but to acquiesce.
 
China's craving for hegemony
As 2016 draws to a close, China's economic, political and military posture is higher than ever.
 
During the American presidential campaign, Donald Trump didn't disguise his admiration for the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin. And now, as president-elect, Trump has nominated ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson, a recipient of Russia's Order of Friendship, as secretary of state.
 
This month marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, who is revered as the father of modern China throughout the Chinese-speaking world.
 
The surprise election of Donald Trump has left many people uncertain what he will be like as the 45th president of the United States.
 
China's chief official newspaper, the People's Daily, is gloating over the discomfort Washington finds itself in after Philippine President Rodolfo Duterte visited China and publicly said that he was leaving the United States, followed two weeks later by Malaysia's prime minister, Najib Razak, who also tightened relations with China, including signing security agreements.
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China's leader, Xi Jinping, has been given an important new title that has been unused for the last 14 years. And with that comes an elevation of his status to a level clearly higher than that occupied by his predecessor Hu Jintao.
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's four-day visit to China was packed with drama, including his hyperbolic assertion that he was separating from the United States and that, from now on, "there are three of us against the world -- China, Philippines and Russia."
 
Last Tuesday, the British Government issued its long-awaited six-monthly report on Hong Kong -- something it has done regularly since the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, and which the UK government promised parliament that it would do for 50 years.
 
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen refused to bow to Beijing's pressure when she delivered her first National Day speech Monday, Oct. 10, but she called on China to value the positive results of cross-strait exchanges over the past 20 years and called for talks as soon as possible.
 
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