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The new Chinese leader Xi Jinping is currently on his first overseas trip as president, visiting Russia as well as three countries in Africa —Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo.
The United Nations has issued its latest Human Development Report, which shows “a profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world,” of which China is the most prominent.
Almost 24 years after the Chinese military cracked down on protesters in Tiananmen Square and across the country, the American public's view of China is still largely unfavorable, according to the latest Gallup World Affairs survey.
China's parliament, the National People's Congress, this week and will nominate Xi Jinping, the Communist Party leader, as the country's new president, and Li Keqiang as premier.
When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington last week for a summit meeting with President Barack Obama, he was asked about Japan's relations with South Korea, in view of the common threat from North Korea.
Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet American President Barack Obama for the first time on Friday in Washington in an attempt to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance in the face of security threats in the region, primarily from North Korea and China.
In 1961, China and North Korea signed a treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance that provided for either country to go to the assistance of the other if attacked by a third country. It was a military alliance with a difference — it had no termination date, an alliance that was meant to last forever.
Since mid-January, tensions over the disputed islands in the East China Sea known as Diaoyu in China and as Senkaku in Japan have noticeably declined, largely as a result of conciliatory words and actions by Japanese political figures visiting China.
China, with US$3 trillion in its foreign reserves, is looking for investment opportunities around the world; surprisingly, perhaps, it is discovering that its money is not welcome in certain countries.
The territorial dispute between China and Japan over a group of islands in the East China Sea continues to worsen, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warning Beijing over the weekend not to try to change the status quo in which the uninhabited isles are under Japanese administration and the Chinese responding that Clinton's words would embolden right-wing forces in Japan and lead to further tension.
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