Most Chinese simply aren't happy with the status quo. Even rich people no longer trust the government. How long can the Communist government survive in this atmosphere of withering public discontent? Is Taiwan growing to be a powerful democratic role model?
Hardly a day goes by without America-bashers accusing the U.S. of 'imperialism' or 'interventionism.' Meanwhile, China is largely exempt from that sort of criticism from the same crowd. If only they'd listen to a few of the other voices
The significance of the shift from Europe to the Pacific is overrated, since Europe is much richer and more important to the American economy than China or any other Asian nation other than Japan. The US could in fact do well with a movement toward isolationism
The most interesting thing about China's new President Xi Jinping's first official trip to Latin America was that he did not visit Cuba, Venezuela or any other of China's political allies in the region - which would have received a huge propaganda boost
Nicaragua's $40 billion deal with a Chinese company to build a trans-oceanic waterway that will compete with the Panama Canal will either be Latin America's most important economic project in more than a century or the biggest government scam in the region's history
In 2012, China became the world's champion saver with a gross national savings amounting to 53 per cent of GDP. More than half of the nation's savings are accumulated by the corporate sector and government but that still leaves a very high rate of household savings
China's working-age population reached a peak in 2010 at 70 per cent of the total population. The peak moment of enjoying the Chinese demographic dividend -- when the ratio of working-age people to dependents is highest -- has passed
The key to China's acceptance in Africa has been its strictly businesslike approach: economic investment without political engagement. Yet there is some evidence that Chinese companies are beginning to wear out their welcome on the continent
China's activities in Africa have long been a target of criticism. Its support of controversial leaders and massive hunger for resources have led some to question its intentions. Changing that perception has been a key point for Chinese President Xi Jinping
China is earnestly striving to become a respected world power, one that finally surpasses the United States. The day could conceivably come. But its biggest problem right now is the nation's 'soft power.' China appears to have very few true friends in the world
China's alliance with North Korea seems like a Cold War relic with little reason for persisting. However, Beijing's continued support for Pyongyang is not rooted in shared ideology or past cooperation nearly as much as in China's own security calculations
We have lived in the post-Cold War world since 1991. The post-Cold War world had two phases. The first lasted from Dec. 31, 1991, until Sept. 11, 2001. The second lasted from 9/11 until now. We are now entering a new period
The global financial crisis has slowly yielded to a global unemployment crisis. This unemployment crisis will give way to a political crisis. The crisis involves all three of the major pillars of the global system -- Europe, China and the United States
As China's Communist Party leaders step up their efforts to fight corruption, a rapidly developing district in Guangzhou is one of the areas that has been chosen to lead the way. Soon, officials will be required to disclose a wide range of financial details
Greece and China are perhaps like David and Goliath when it comes to economic strength. But there's no animosity between the two countries - this David is after help. The Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is on a five-day state visit to the world's second largest economy
The recent Russia - China presidential summit in Moscow yielded a clear message. Both governments want a comprehensive relationship, but they want one that is practical and based on common interests. Shop-worn Cold War ideology has nothing to do with it
The Asian 'little Tigers' -- Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Macau -- have small families. In one ranking of total fertility rates, these places are at the bottom, with rates of 1.25 or below. The consequences of this are stark
China has become the world's workshop and Europe has an insatiable appetite for its exports. Most now arrive on giant container ships. But as ports become clogged and delivery times critical, China is once again looking to the old land routes across Asia
A silver and white Bullet train rolled out of Beijing on its maiden journey. It was a proud moment for China, the inauguration of the world's longest high-speed rail line, running from the north to south of China, from Beijing to Guangzhou
A senior official in China's economic planning agency is under investigation for corruption.
According to Xinhua News Agency , Liu Tienan, a vice-chairman of the agency, was under investigation for alleged "grave violations of discipline."
Last year, a senior editor of Caijing, the Chinese financial magazine, reported on his Weibo account that Mr Liu was suspected of fabricating academic credentials, loan fraud and making threats against others.
China's exports jumped 14.7 per cent in April from the previous year, higher than the 10 per cent growth rate in March and surpassing most expectations. Imports climbed 16.8 per cent last month from a year ago, inching up higher from the 14.1 per cent pace posted in March and also beating analysts' estimates.
The latest result means China recorded an $18.2bn trade surplus in April, a reversal from the slight deficit in the previous month.
Recent data has shown signs of a gradual recovery in demand for Chinese goods abroad. However, the growth is not line with the performance of other exporting nations in the region like Taiwan and South Korea, which have seen weak export figures amid soft global demand.
China's export performance usually tracks those of Taiwan and South Korea because a large part of these two countries' shipments wind up in China for processing then to be re-exported to other countries worldwide.
Many analysts think some Chinese exporters may be overstating their figures as a method to avoid capital restrictions, which Beijing has imposed to keep a tight grip on capital that flows in and out of the country.
General Motors Co. said it received approval from Chinese regulators to build a Cadillac plant to increase sales of its luxury vehicle in the world's largest automobile market.
GM, the biggest foreign carmaker in China, announced that local authorities signed off in the project to construct an 8bn yuan ($1.3bn) factory to manufacture its luxury Cadillac brand that will have an annual production capacity of 150,000 vehicles.
The approval comes at a time when leading foreign premium brands such as BMW AG and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz are expecting slow growth this year as the premium car markets faces a slowdown. BMW saw its sales in China surge 40 percent last year.
China's National Development and Reform Commission has approved the plant, which will be based in Shanghai's Jinqiao zone, according to GM spokeswoman Dayna Hart. The agency had recently approved the project, but Ms Hart did not specify a date.
The Detroit-based automaker announced in April last year that it plans to build at least one Cadillac factory in China. Construction of the plant will begin in June.
Sales of the Cadillac brand last year stood at 30,010 units, which trail Audi's 405,838 units, BMW's 327,341 and Mercedes-Benz at 196,211, according to GM data. The U.S. carmaker halted production of the Cadillac SLS in China when it was replaced with the XTS model.
Four more people have died from a new strain of avian flu, bringing the total number of deaths to 31.
Chinese officials meanwhile said that a total of 129 people, mostly in eastern China, have contracted the H7N9 virus since it was first reported in humans in March.
One man in Taiwan has also been diagnosed with the virus. Officials believe he contracted bird flu while traveling in China.
Chinese researchers have confirmed that the virus crossed from birds to humans at live poultry markets where chickens and other poultry are slaughtered and sold.
With this London-based Nature said in an editorial in its online edition on 24 April lauded China's prompt response to the virus.
India and China have started pulling back troops from disputed territory in Himalayan border after talks started aimed at resolving the dispute.
The two countries dispute several Himalayan border areas and fought a brief war in 1962.
Indian officials accused Chinese troops of straying over 10km (six miles) into Indian territory on 15 April and putting up tents in the Depsang valley in Ladakh, in eastern Kashmir.
China had denied reports of an incursion.
Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid's will visit China on May 9 , while Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visit India on may 20.
Chinese authorities arrested more than 900 people for selling fake or tainted meat in the last three months, according to Xinhua News Agency.
The report said authorities seized almost 400 such cases and 20,000 tons of fake meat.
The report stated that the suspects were alsoselling fake mutton from foxes, mink and rats after adding chemicals.
China has been in the limelight for selling fake meats and hazardous food practices that range from butchering cats to pass as poultry to thousands of dead pigs dumped in a river.
Japan's Coast Guard reported that three Chinese government ships sailed into the waters of disputed Tokyo-controlled islands
The maritime surveillance ships entered the 12-nautical-mile zone off the Senkaku islands, which China calls the Diaoyu, around 11:00 am (0200 GMT).
The move of China has spark diplomatic row with Japan. This was not the first Chinese government ships sailed around the five islands in recent months.
Researchers from the United States have discovered a new species of meat-eating dinosaur in northwestern China.
According to internet news, the fossil remains of the small theropod dinosaur show that the individual in question was a juvenile when it died.
The new species has been named Aorun zhaoi, after the Dragon King of the Chinese epic Journey to the West.
The fossils were found by James Clark, the Ronald B. Weintraub Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences of GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, in Xinjiang region of China, back in 2006.
At the site of the find, a skull, a mandible and part of the skeleton of the dinosaur were discovered. The new species is estimated to have been about 1 meter long (over 3 feet), and likely only weighed around 3 pounds.
The research said that it lived more than 161 million years ago. Its small, numerous teeth suggest that it would have eaten prey like lizards and small relatives of today's mammals and crocodilians."
The work of Chinese who have created deadly new strains of influenza is receiving criticism in some quarters.
According to internet news, the research was carried out at China's National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, has mixed the H5N1 bird-flu virus—which is lethal but not easily to humans—with a 2009 strain of H1N1 that is very infectious to humans.
Since 2003, H5N1 has infected 628 people, killing 374, according to the World Health Organization.
H1N1, which erupted in Mexico, is highly transmissible and infected a fifth of the world's population in a 2009-10 pandemic, but is about as lethal as ordinary flu.
The new mutant virus was easily transmitted between guinea pigs through respiratory droplets — which the Chinese team said proved the deadly H5N1 virus may need but a simple genetic mutation to "acquire mammalian transmissibility."
Flu hybrids can arise in nature when two virus strains infect the same cell and exchange genes in a process known as reassortment, but there is no evidence that H1N1 and H5N1 have done so yet.
However some says that a leak may put mankind at risk.
Transmission of bird flu to humans slowed after China restricted live poultry sales in cities with the most H7N9 infections, according to Chinese news.
There are no new cases in Shanghai since April 13.
Health authorities have yet to pinpoint how infections are occurring, with contact with infected poultry identified as the most probable source.
China, which annually faces almost every disaster possible - including earthquakes, floods, cyclones and landslides - is doing something right in the field of disaster risk reduction (DRR), experts say.
"China has learned from the experience of many years of heavy human and economic losses how important it is to put a cap on annual acceptable losses if it is to succeed in protecting its economic and social development. It is now aiming to keep disaster losses at no more than 1.5 percent loss of GDP," UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRR Margareta Wahlström told IRIN on 29 April. "They are the first government in the world to publicly announce such a move and we hope others will follow this example."
"The Chinese government sees the importance of DRR and response," Karen Poon, operations coordinator for the disaster management unit of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for the Asia-Pacific, echoed, "and are putting a lot of effort into it."
In 2012, the world's most populated nation, home to more than 1.3 billion inhabitants, saw 23 natural disasters or almost two a month, the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) reported, with statistics suggesting a downward trend in fatalities over the past decade.
In 2012, 771 people were killed in natural disasters against an average of 1,046 from 2002 to 2011, while the average number of people affected is also falling, the centre reported.
Much of China's efforts are focused on the National Committee for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), which coordinates 34 bodies including government ministries, departments and the Chinese Red Cross . This centralized network is then replicated at the local government level.
NCDR is responsible for all aspects of disaster reduction and relief, from early warning to post-disaster reconstruction. It is advised by a board of over 100 disaster experts and works closely with the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC), an agency providing information and technological support, including a national disaster database which local civil affairs departments access to enter details about the disaster.
Emphasis is placed on cooperation and coordination particularly in emergency response, which is led by the public security bureau, police and military, and supported by the Red Cross and other volunteer groups.
For Poon, the coordinating nature of the NCDR and its inclusion of the Red Cross are fundamental to China's DRR success.
"It is this coordination which stands out when a disaster happens - who is doing what on the ground" - said Poon.
China's DRR strategy is driven by the National Comprehensive Disaster Prevention and Reduction Plan (2011-15), which defines the development guidelines, main tasks, and major projects of China's DRR work over a five-year period.
The plan includes the setting of measureable targets and places DRR within the wider development portfolio of the government, strategies experts agree are essential for successful DRR.
"By setting a measurable outcome a government hopes to achieve, it is easier to determine the scale of resources and the mix of investments needed to achieve these outcomes," said Jerry Velasquez, senior regional coordinator for the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Asia & Pacific.
Other focuses of the plan include early warning, with several of the departments under the NCDR providing an early warning function, and the development of three-dimensional monitoring via satellites. A national earthquake warning system is planned in the next five years.
Strategy into action
A four-level response system operates, with the level determined by the scale of the disaster and decided by the State Council in consultation with government ministries, based on data and reports from the affected area.
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake in China's southwestern Sichuan Province on 20 April triggered the highest level 1 response mobilizing both national and provincial rescue and support teams.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 207 people were killed, 11,500 were injured, and more than 1.5 million people were affected across 69 counties.
And while it is too early for a full evaluation, initial reports by CRED suggest the response was swift with relief items arriving within hours and 136 medical teams operational by the following morning, supported by over 18,000 military and police.
The largest earthquake to strike China in recent years - on 12 May 2008 - was also in Sichuan, killing over 80,000, thousands of them children. It triggered a strong public outcry over the collapse of school buildings due to shoddy construction and allegations of corruption.
"Some disasters, such as earthquakes, will kill a lot of people regardless of how well prepared you are," CRED director Debby Guha-Sapir told IRIN. "What is important is how good the response is and China's response to the Sichuan earthquake was close to exemplary."
Casualties extracted from the most recent earthquake zone were treated at an advanced care unit, then transferred to a front-line hospital.
"The patients arrived at the hospital very quickly and the survival rate of these patients was very high," said Guha-Sapir.
In addition to treating patients the doctors kept their approach scientific, completing records which were later used by Guha-Sapir and her team to carry out post-disaster studies.
While China is a leading example in earthquake relief, flooding is arguably the biggest recurrent disaster the nation faces, affecting on average a 100 million people a year and last year accounting for 65 percent of all disaster-related economic losses.
"Attention is required in terms of flood management, both prevention and increased understanding of the human impact," said Guha-Sapir.
One issue is the sheer size of China's rivers and the vast population within the flood basins. The country has tens of thousands of rivers.
While large-scale flood control has received investment by the government, it is localized flash floods, landslides and debris flows, often occurring in remote, underdeveloped areas, which require an improved response, say experts.
"Flash floods accounted for two-thirds of all flood-related fatalities in the'90s," said Liu Minquan of Beijing University's School of Economics "and the share is rising."
Measures required include better weather forecasts, increased risk awareness and evacuation plans for the local population, and more investment in water-related infrastructure.
"China's investment in water-related infrastructure has been extremely low in recent years," said Liu. "Before'80 it accounted for approximately 7 percent of total infrastructure investment, even 15 percent in some years, but after'81 it dropped to 1-3 percent."
According to government figures, in 2012 China's total spending on water infrastructure was reported to be some US$48.6 billion, while the Chinese Water Digitalization Service Report of 2013-2017 forecasts total expenditure in 2013 to be $64.8 billion.
In addition to new infrastructure, investment is required to improve existing reservoirs and dykes. Earlier this month, China's State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters reported some 3.5 million hectares of cropland in Yunnan, Gansu, Henan, Sichuan and Hubei were suffering from drought conditions, resulting in millions short of drinking water
"Over the last 60 years 87,000 reservoirs and 286,900km of dykes have been built," said Liu. "However, most were built before'80 and the engineering standards were generally poor."
But China is working to address these concerns.
"China has spent a lot of money strengthening control of small and medium-sized rivers, reinforcement for unsafe reservoirs, prevention of flood-triggered geological disasters and comprehensive treatment of the ecological environment in disaster-prone areas," said Wang Dongming, a research fellow with the NDRCC. "At the community level, a programme has run since 2008 where experts train and help local communities make disaster emergency response plans, conduct disaster relief drills and build their own rescue teams from volunteers."
National Disaster Reduction Day in China on 12 May this year marks the fifth anniversary of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and is an indication of the emphasis placed on DRR.
In 2012, the Chinese government spent some $14 billion on DRR and relief efforts. And while there is no doubt that its strong centralized government structure and a healthy bank balance are advantageous in terms of DRR, there are lessons that China's less well-organized or well-heeled neighbours can learn.
"As the world ponders the successor to the Hyogo Framework of Action," said Velasquez, "we need to look closely at what countries like China are doing to reduce disaster risks, and learn what works, and more importantly how to make it work."
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China's industrial companies saw their profit growth eased in the first three months of the year, an indication that that the economic recovery in the world's second-largest economy may be losing steam.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on its website during the weekend that net income rose 5.3 per cent to 464.9bn yuan ($75bn) from a year ago, compared to the 17.2 per cent gain in the first two months. The bureau also said that profit climbed 12.1 per cent to 1.17tn yuan in the first quarter.
Revenue of China's industrial companies jumped 11.9 per cent in the first quarter to 22.2tn yuan, down from 13.1 per cent rise in the first two months, according to the report. Distortions caused by Lunar New Year holiday is the reason why the January and February data was not broken down by the bureau. Sales data for March was not available.
China's gross domestic product (GDP) accelerated 7.7 percent in the quarter ending March compared to the previous year, but was slower than the 7.9 per cent pace posted in the fourth quarter.
JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and RBS have all cut their China full-year GDP growth estimates to 7.8 percent.
China's President Xi Jinping said China should "give no mercy to terrorists, and eradicate them", this is after a clash broke out between the Uighurs and Chinese police officers, resulting to the death of 20.
China has claimed international terrorist groups influence the violence in Xinjiang.
Xinjiang province is home to Muslim people (Uighurs)- who number some 10 million.
In 2009 there was a riot in Xinjang which killed nearly 200 people.
A clash in Xinjang region of China resulted in the death of 21.
According to reports, the clash occurred on Tuesday afternoon in Bachu county, Kashgar prefecture.
The Xinjiang local government said that 15 police officers and local government officials, were among the 21 who died.
The release further added that the clash was a "terroristic act."
The release said 10 of those killed on the government side were Uighurs, three were Han, and two were from the Mongolian ethnic group.
Porsche has already launched its bid to compete with Maserati over China's growing luxury car market, unveiling its newly-enhanced Panamera coupe at the Shanghai Auto Show.
China's biggest auto show also featured the debut of Daimler AG (DAI)'s Mercedes-Benz GLA compact SUV, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)'s X4 coupe-like sport-utility vehicle, and a sedan version of the popular Audi A3 hatchback.
China's presence as an emerging hot spot for high-end cars prompted luxury car makers to shift their focus from Europe to the Asian giant.
"There's still a lot of growth potential in China," Volkswagen Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told reporters in Shanghai, according to Bloomberg on Sunday. "The premium segment accounts for about 9 percent of the total market and that share could grow to between 12 percent and 15 percent."
Europe's car market hit its lowest mark in 20 years due to poor demand in Germany. To cater the preference of Chinese luxury car buyers, car makers are starting to jack up the production of more SUVs and sedans than hatchbacks and wagons which are popular in Europe.
Daimler AG is working to keep up with BMW AG and Audi AG in the Chinese market by increasing the number of dealers for its Mercedes-Benz luxury car brand and streamlining sales.
The German carmaker said recently that sales of Mercedes-Benz in China dropped in the first quarter compared to the previous year, despite sales rising in March by 5.4 per cent. Mercedes was overtaken by BMW in terms of worldwide luxury-car sales in 2005 and gave up second position to Volkswagen AG's Audi two years ago.
Mercedes' underperformance in China has been cited as why BMW and Audi have surged ahead in global sales over the past year.
This year, the difference has even widened as Mercedes' first-quarter sales in China fell 12 per cent to 45,440 cars and sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) compared to 7.5 per cent increase for BMW to 86,224 units and a 14 per cent rise in Audi deliveries to 102,810 vehicles.
The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported that overall passenger-car sales in the world's second-largest economy jumped 7.1 per cent to 15.5 million vehicles in 2012.
Daimler plans to address its weakness in China by adding 75 showrooms in the country before the year ends, higher than its earlier plan of setting up 50 sales outlets there every year, according to newly appointed Daimler head of Chinese operations Hubertus Troska. Mercedes' total dealerships in China currently stands at 260, which lags behind BMW and Audi that have more than 300.
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With its export-dependent economy faltering, and with limited military options, China must pursue a strategy of neutralizing the United States politically
Chinese cyberattacks are stealing priceless intellectual property and crucial military secrets from companies and governments around the globe
Almost the entire world wants to see Syrian President Bashar al-Assad thrown out of office -- every nation save for Russia, China and a few other states like India that revel in being contrary
While the details are unclear, China has reason to invest in Rason. North Korea is eager to accept the investment because economic uncertainty during a time of transition could be catastrophic for the new regime
Supporters claim that the President has established a foreign policy vision for the next century. Sceptics point out that there is more political spin than substance to the Obama Asia pivot
China's increasing maritime assertiveness is bringing Manila and Washington closer
More than ever, North Korea will likely turn to China as its primary provider of food, money and material resources
The United States' central challenge over the next several decades is to revitalize itself, while promoting a larger West and buttressing a complex balance in the East that can accommodate China's rising global status
2011 witnessed India's firm responses to bilateral issues and China's appreciation of the Indian position, thus providing a positive momentum to India-China relations
What is at stake between China and the United States? We are on the opposite sides of the world with next to nothing to fight about. Industrial domination of the world? What does that actually mean, and what is it worth? Bragging rights about who is top nation? That's what Washington seems to care about
Only the United States seems to have an affinity for protecting tiny, vulnerable countries. Israelis, anti-communist Chinese, Kurds, Greeks and Armenians have a few things in common. They have relatively small populations, aggressive neighbors, few strong allies, many expatriates and refugees in the United States, and a tragic history of persecution and genocide
In seemingly yet another attempt to emphasise the benign nature of China's rise, the Information Office of the State Council released a white paper entitled 'China's Peaceful Development'
Imagine that there's a country exactly like the United States. Exactly the same size. It's got the same cities. It's got the same number of rich people and poor people. It's just like us. And now add 1 billion peasants. That's China
An unidentified Tibetan monk set himself on fire at the Boudhanath stupa, a religious site on the outskirts of Kathmandu that is heavily populated by Tibetan immigrants
Brazil has been able to avoid a major setback from the global financial crisis, due largely to its burgeoning trade relationship with China
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh agreed to establish a regular bilateral strategic economic dialogue mechanism during Wen's visit to India last December, and the first one-day meeting of the China-India Strategic Economic Dialogue was held in Beijing on 26 September
China's development of a space station is not only for the purpose of scientific experimentation but also to showcase its technological and economic strength
In recent years, a new threat has emerged: the mafia state. Across the globe, criminals have penetrated governments to an unprecedented degree
A recession in the world's third-largest economy (Europe) combined with the current slowdown in the world's second-largest (China), spells trouble for the world's largest -- the United States
The United States does not intend to desert Asia at a time when China's power is growing
This is an opportunity to review Washington's strategy is in Korea and how the countries around North Korea (China, Russia, South Korea and Japan) view the region
Zimbabwe's ruling party is attempting to ensure its continued dominance ahead of a presidential election
Lodged between Russia and China, Mongolia is looking to Japan to play the role of its 'third neighbor'
As Mars looms within reach and China ramps up its space program, the United States is turning its back on the stars through stinginess and partisan bickering
Wages in China are rising faster than expected, leading multinational firms to move their manufacturing plants to Mexico and other countries closer to the U.S. market
Regionalists need a reminder that development doesn't end politics and that contemporary Latin America has its own power dynamics
Will Asia's growing economic power be accompanied by a similar rise in its military power? This is a key question for today's policy-makers searching for signs of a shift in the world's military balance
When the Seychelles announced the invitation for China to set up a military presence, Indian, American and Taiwanese policy analysts wrote that this was further evidence of a 'string of pearls' strategy to encircle India with naval bases leased by China
If Chinese currency gains international dominance, the U.S. economy might benefit
Asia has one of the largest concentrations globally of aging persons, creating a host of potential challenges
If you want to copy China because its authoritarian capitalism is better than our democratic capitalism, it seems pretty obvious that what you envy is the authoritarianism
China's commerce ministry says its exports face 'severe challenges' because of economic problems in its key Western markets
China is emerging as the leading economic force in Burma, and the Burmese are starting to get uncomfortable
By clinging to a paternalistic attitude and an antiquated Washington Consensus, the United States has opened up space for a broad Chinese role in Africa
China's interference in markets to limit its currency appreciation is under increasing fire from US politicians who claim that the policy is costing American jobs. But several recent studies indicate that changing China's currency policies alone would not necessarily benefit the US economy or its workers
Although China has made remarkable economic progress over the past few decades, its citizens' health has not improved as much. A look at China's disease burden also reveals a worrisome picture
Libya may have to turn to Asian countries such as China and India for long term financial help as also for construction and white collar workers
The South China Sea issue and China's position on it have become subjects of much deliberation, especially since the ASEAN Regional Forum Meeting at Hanoi last July. It is generally believed that the South China Sea will emerge as the hot-spot of conflict in the coming years. Here's why
Over the last few years, use of China's currency for international trade has been growing steadily. Some argue this is the start of a journey that will see the renminbi displace the dollar and become the international reserve currency within a decade. This column asks whether such prophecies are realistic by looking at how other international currencies established themselves
Afghanistan's war enters its second decade with the Taliban emboldened and the United States enfeebled. But the power-play between Pakistan, India and China is also now central to an assessment of what comes next
Officials of the Chinese city of Chonqqing ordered the closure on Monday of 13 Wal-Mart stores for 15 days because of mislabeling of pork. The world's largest retailer had advertised the meat as organic
The world's biggest consumer of iron ore raw material, China, launched its own iron ore price index in an effort to have a greater say in global pricing
The eyes of the world were turned to the fishing village of Wukan in Guangdong province. Angered by illegal land grabs, the villagers drove out local officials and Communist Party chiefs and faced down a police siege
The era of the Fourth Generation of Chinese Communist Party leadership is coming to an end
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said the Philippines won't go to war with China over the ongoing territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea
Some 4,500 American troops and 2,300 Filipino troops will conduct war games in the Philippines as part of an annual drill while Manila is embroiled in a territorial dispute with China
Asia is spending more on the military and selling more weapons to the world
Why should anyone believe that catering to the interests of U.S. corporations located in or returning from China will make American workers any better off?
How to deal with North Korean refugees is currently one of the hottest issues in China and South Korea's bilateral relationship
India and Japan have had their historical ups and downs. Now, wariness of China and common interests in the Asia-Pacific region are bringing Japan and India together
The debate over how to reform China's pension fund system has intensified with rumors that locally managed funds would soon be allowed to invest in the stock market. However, such a plan would carry significant risks
The capture of Chinese construction workers by rebels in Sudan has presented China with an opportunity to flex its muscles and show it not so shy to use military force to protect its citizens abroad
China has announced an ambitious five-year plan that includes the launch of space laboratories, a manned spaceship to the moon and the creation of its own global satellite navigation system that will almost certainly be used for military purposes
Europe and the United States will have a lot of pull on China's 2012 economic and stock-market fate. There's little Chinese officials can do about that. But domestically, officials appear to have orchestrated a soft landing
According to a growing chorus of pundits and economists, China -- already the world's most prolific exporter, largest sovereign creditor, and second-largest economy -- will someday soon provide the world's reserve currency
Is a superpower confrontation over the Falkland islands a real possibility?
Exchange-traded funds that track China had been high-flyers over the past few years. This year has been a different story, featuring a double-digit percentage drop that has now run into a mild late-year bounce
The Chinese economy continues to grow at a fast pace. But signs of distress lurk just below the surface
Right now, China is obsessed with the Occupy Wall Street movement, deathly afraid that it will spread there
China currently is at the center of long-term Washington policy and of its military preoccupations particularly. Today, the United States may still be the world's leading military and economic power, but in both respects the fiery Chinese dragon's breath is felt and feared, with implications being debated. However, the fear is misplaced.
There's plenty of blame being thrown around Washington between Democrats and Republicans. But conveniently for both parties gearing up for election mode, there's also a scapegoat outside the American political system: China
The U.S. government should not respond to China's allegedly undervalued renminbi by raising taxes on Americans who buy imports. The lower the value of the renminbi the wealthier it makes Americans
China has cut its holdings of United States debt in response to Standard & Poor's downgrading of the credit of the U.S. government
The composition of the Indian delegation to the ongoing Strategic Economic Dialogue is suggestive that issues such as telecom, water, infrastructural development and railways are being discussed on a priority basis
President Hugo Chavez has long desired to minimize his country's economic dependence on the United States, and since China's huge and growing energy demands have resulted in expanded business with Venezuela, he may very well get his wish
The appearance of the new Japanese leader already attracted the attention of neighboring countries. China has viewed the appointment of Japan's new premier with more anxiety than enthusiasm, given Yoshihiko Noda's conservative views
The people accept the autocratic Communist Party with its corruption and minimal public participation, and the regime delivers improvement in the economic standard of living. But that social contract is now at risk, as China is on an unsustainable economic path
Recent months have witnessed renewed tensions over disputed territories in the South China Sea. In response to China's encroaching military maneuvers and the country's designation of the whole area as part of its indisputable sovereignty, several South East Asian countries have found themselves dangerously vulnerable
The United States and China are likely to find themselves competing for access to Middle East oil as China's booming economy demands increasing amounts of energy and the U.S. becomes increasingly reliant on the region for its petroleum, experts said
China has been taking the code of Western corporations -- 'ye who enter the marketplace, abandon all ethics' -- to the next level
After a decade of record Latin American exports to China, which helped the region grow significantly despite the recent global recession, there are signs that the honeymoon may be coming to an end
Chinese consumers saw inflation ease a bit in August after the inflation rate reached a three-year high in July, according to the National Statistics Bureau
The world's second largest economy edged up its economic growth forecast to 10.4 percent from the earlier projected 10.3 percent
Credit-rating agency Fitch warned it might downgrade China's credit rating within the next two years because of bad debts held by local governments could lead to systemic stress
The financial breakdown gripping most global economies today might have little effect or perhaps none at all to China's wealthiest
The global economic crisis has turned out to be little more than a pothole on the road of China's economic growth. Most economists continue to predict rapid growth for the country well into the future. However, these predictions are at once cautious about the near future and optimistic about the distant future. By coincidence or design, they are moderated extrapolations of current trends
British scholars Rosemary Foot and Andrew Walter put U.S. - Chinese relations into a global context. Rejecting the realist assumption that norms do not matter, Foot and Walter try to identify the factors that shape Chinese and U.S. behavioral consistency (or lack thereof) with global norms
China has the right to be critical of American economic behavior. But China should also be looking more carefully at its own economic challenges.
China's first ever -- and still unfinished -- aircraft carrier completed its maiden trial voyage. The shakedown cruise marks a genuine milestone for China. But for the United States, which remains the world's strongest naval power, it's little more than a reminder that the People's Liberation Army, China's military arm, could pose greater challenges down the road
China has overtaken the United States as the world's largest consumer market for PCs. During the second quarter, global PC sales saw China take a 22 percent share of the market while the U.S. took a 21 percent share
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is making another push to restart nuclear disarmament talks in the hopes of getting aid for his impoverished country
Just weeks after China confirmed that it was secretly building its first-ever aircraft carrier, the Defense Ministry on Wednesday announced that its carrier is ready to start its inaugural sea trial
China's inflation rate rose to a 3-year high in July, which was higher than expected despite government efforts to control price increases
China's exports increased in July causing its trade surplus to surge 41 percent to $31.5 billion compared to a trade surplus of $22.3 billion in June
Joseph Stiglitz is quite upbeat about Latin America, Asia and other emerging economies when I interviewed him extensively about the possibility of a new world recession
The current economic crisis is best understood as a crisis of political economy. Moreover, it has to be understood as a global crisis enveloping the United States, Europe and China that has different details but one overriding theme: the relationship between the political order and economic life
Indonesia has become a geopolitical focus of three forces -- China, Islamists and the United States.
America's biggest creditor -- China -- is signaling deep unhappiness over the deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and the way it was accomplished
A growing number of people around the world believe that China will eventually surpass the United States as the world's premier superpower, if it hasn't already, according to the latest survey of 22 countries released by the Pew Global Attitudes Project
Drama and disquiet have been par for the course in Washington these days as the August 2 debt ceiling deadline draws nearer. Americans, for the most part, are used to the fractious nature of Congress and might argue it's all worth it in the name of democracy. But China -- which buys more of America's debt than any other country -- sees it differently
The U.S. ambassador to the Philippines reassured Manila of Washington's support on issues of the former with China relative to the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea
A core tension in the U.S. - China military relationship is U.S. frustration over China's unwillingness to reveal more about its military capability, its budget and its strategy. Some have questioned whether U.S. openness toward the Chinese makes strategic sense