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Rex Tillerson, picked by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to be secretary of state, stirred up a hornet's nest when he condemned Chinese actions in the South China Sea, comparing the construction of artificial islands in disputed waters with Russia's seizure of Crimea and saying that China's access to the islands "is not going to be allowed."
 
Taiwan's leader, President Tsai Ing-wen, arrived in Honduras Sunday for a closely watched four-nation Central American visit. But (in China at least) there was much more interest in her stopovers in the United States: Houston on the way out and San Francisco on the way home.
 
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."
 
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