China's new national security law, enacted last week by the National People's Congress, the country's parliament, is worrying on several levels, both because of what it says and because of what is left ambiguous.
Chinese sayings are hot these days. The United States Supreme Court, in its ruling on same-sex marriage, cited Confucius. And at the opening of the U.S.-China strategic and economic dialogue last Tuesday, speakers from both sides quoted Chinese proverbs, showing that they at least had something in common.
As expected, the Hong Kong Government's electoral reform package, which had been the focus of heated debate, failed to pass in the Legislative Council, thus blocking Beijing's formula for "one man, one vote" elections for Chief Executive in 2017.
At a time when Chinese capital and Chinese tourists are flooding into every corner of the world, the Chinese government is seeking the return of hundreds, possibly thousands, of former officials who have fled overseas, taking with them vast sums of illicit money to their newly adopted homes.
That old question, what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object, received a new answer on June 4 when tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong poured into Victoria Park for the 26th year in a row to commemorate those who died in Beijing in 1989 when tanks rumbled into the capital and converged on Tiananmen Square.
Over the last two weeks, China and the United States moved dangerously close to the brink of war for the first time in almost two decades, but the annual security forum in Singapore saw the two sides adopt a less hawkish, while still firm, stance on disputes in the South China Sea.1 Comment
The Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity, held annually on the South Korean island of Jeju, dedicates itself to ideas such as diversity and sustainability. This year, the forum has the theme of building a "New Asia of Trust and Harmony."
Sino-American relations are poised to worsen despite another summit meeting between the two leaders being planned for September, with Xi Jinping having accepted Barak Obama's invitation of a state visit.
With barely eight months to go before Taiwan holds its next general election, at which both a new president and the entire parliament will be chosen, much hung in the balance as the chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), Eric Chu, met in Beijing last week with his Communist party counterpart, Xi Jinping, who is both party general secretary and state president.
Last week, on the eve of the annual ASEAN summit meeting, Beijing warned the 10-nation grouping to "refrain from entangling itself" in rows with China, which risked "win-win cooperation" with the emerging superpower.