An international court in The Hague has ruled that China's trump card in its claims in the South China Sea -- its long historical relationship -- as depicted in a nine-dash line shown on official maps enclosing up to 90 percent of the waters has no legal validity in an arbitration case brought by the Philippines.1 Comment
Even before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague announced in late June that the arbitral tribunal in the case of the Philippines against China will issue its award, or decision, on July 13.
Disclosures by released bookseller Lam Wing-kee of his treatment in mainland China and the resultant outcry have spurred Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to ask for a review into the notification mechanism between the police forces of Hong Kong and the mainland.1 Comment
The British referendum on quitting the European Union, which is causing tremors across Europe, is being used by China to strengthen its arguments against democracy.
Lam Wing-kee. Lam Wing-kee. Lam Wing-kee. Remember that name. That is a name that should go down in history -- Hong Kong's history and China's history as well.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) finds itself in a dilemma: Should it rejoice over the decline this year in the number of Hong Kong people who commemorated the anniversary of the June 4, 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square or should it be more worried that many of those not taking part don't consider themselves Chinese anymore?
Minister Wang Yi's scolding of a Canadian reporter for daring to ask a question about human rights in China has made headlines around the world. The unexpected rant reflects China's attempt to export its own values, especially censorship, to the West.
The visit to Hong Kong by Chinese leader Zhang Dejiang -- third-ranking official of the Chinese Communist Party, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and the top official responsible for Hong Kong affairs -- was clearly an attempt by Beijing to appear to be conciliatory, with Zhang holding a brief meeting with four pan-democratic legislators.
In response to the thoughtful inaugural address by Taiwan's new president, Tsai Ing-wen, China's Taiwan Affairs Office had a simple rejoinder: her speech was an "incomplete test answer." In China's view, she must do the test over and fully meet China's demands before she can get a passing grade.
Fifty years ago this week, China embarked on what would turn out to be 10 years of turmoil known as the Cultural Revolution. It was not a revolution in the usual sense, in that it was initiated from above, by Chairman Mao Zedong himself, as he set out to destroy the party....