Tibetan Who Self-Immolated Dies on Way to Hospital
The Chinese authorities have secretly cremated his remains.
Hong Kong people dislike mainland Chinese more than Japanese
AFP HONG KONG -- Negative feelings in Hong Kong towards mainland Chinese are at their highest for some years, while sentiment about Japanese people remains comparatively warm, a poll shows. The Hong Kong University survey conducted in November showed 31.8 per cent of Hong Kong people have "negative" feelings for people from mainland China. The same survey in May put the figure at 35.6 per cent, meaning the average figure for this year was the highest since the exercise began in 2007. Hong Kon...
Salesman David Cameron makes up to China
Britain and Western European nations are moving towards a phase in their histories where all remnants of the ‘civilizing mission’ in their foreign policies are being wiped out by the hard realities of economic decline. By Sreeram Chaulia After straining relations with China by meeting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in May 2012, UK Prime Minister David Cameron effected a volte-face this week on an unabashed commercial visit that kept sensitive human rights issues at bay. G...
A South China Sea ADIZ: China’s Next Move
American betrayal: Washington not only gave de facto approval of the East China Sea ADIZ, but also suggested that future Chinese moves would not be met with strong resistance. By Harry Kazianis I hate making predictions. Truthfully, I am the type of person who likes to go to casinos for the latest sporting events or concerts and would never throw my money away in a slot machine or on the blackjack table. However, I can guarantee Vegas would lose its shirt on this bet, an eas...
China needs to change view of Tibet
By Abanti Bhattacharya The source of the problem in India-China relations is not Tibet. The problem is rooted essentially in how China perceives Tibet. China's flawed perception on Tibet both colors and distorts its relationship with India. For India, the intractable border dispute is the primary issue inhibiting closer ties. But for China, Tibet is the determining issue, and it perceives India's giving refuge to exiled Tibetans as an anti-China policy. India is home to some...
Biden Faults China on Foreign Press Crackdown
By MARK LANDLER BEIJING — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. sharply criticized the Chinese government’s crackdown on the foreign press, telling an audience of American business people Thursday that the United States had “profound disagreements” with its “treatment of U.S. journalists.” “Innovation thrives where people breathe freely, speak freely, are able to challenge orthodoxy, where newspapers can report the truth without fear of consequences,” Mr. Biden declared, a day after he met with ...
Kowtowing Cameron comes under fire in China
"UK is not a big power in the eyes of the Chinese. It is just an old European country apt for travel and study." -- The Global Times By Kiran Stacey in Shanghai and Demetri Sevastopulo in Hong Kong David Cameron has suffered a fierce attack from China’s largest Communist party-run newspaper during his visit to the country , undermining the prime minister’s insistence that the relationship between the two nations is “indispensable”. Speaking at a university in Shanghai, Mr Cameron welcomed the...
China stands to lose in island spat
Threat of backlash if Beijing secures islands by force By Geoff Dyer in Washington Two weeks ago, few people had ever heard of an “air defence identification zone”, the Cold War-era set of air regulations that China has decided to put in place across a large stretch of the East China Sea. But the obscure rules have become the latest flashpoint in the region’s unresolved historical disputes. By the end of the week, Joe Biden 's Air Force Two will probably have passed twice th...
Japan caught in dilemma over China air defence zone
By Jonathan Soble in Tokyo and Demetri Sevastopulo in Hong Kong Any Asian country trying to preserve its hold on remote territory coveted by China , the region’s increasingly powerful and assertive giant, faces a daunting challenge. For Japan , the task of retaining control of the disputed Senkaku Islands is especially fraught – as the delicately orchestrated visit to Tokyo by US vice-president Joe Biden highlighted this week. On Tuesday, Mr Biden reiterated US criticism of China’s decision t...
Joe Biden mum on airspace tensions after meeting with Xi Jinping
By Josh Lederman Xi Jinping (R) shake hands with Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday in Beijing, China. BEIJING -- Emerging from a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping , Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that U.S.-China relations depend on trust and a positive notion of each other's motives. Neither leader made public mention of a major clash over disputed airspace that's pitted China against the U.S. and its Asian allies. Vice President Biden meets...
Biden Visit Leaves Tokyo Worried About American Muddle
The approach adopted by President Barack Obama’s White House seems feckless, raising frustration among those fearing China’s military advance. By Yuka Hayashi and Toko Sekiguchi Publicly, Japanese leaders are proclaiming U.S. Vice President Joe Biden ’s Asian swing a success, with the U.S. and Japan presenting a united front in the face of China’s latest territorial muscle-flexing. Privately, many officials and security experts are growing frustrated about what they perceive to be Washington’...
705th Commemorative Anniversary of Nirvana Attainment By Buddha King Trần Nhân Tông
The 705th commemorative anniversary of the attainment of Nirvana of Buddha King Trần Nhân Tông was held on Yên Tử Holly Mountain, northern Quang Ninh province on December 3. The King is known as the founder of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism. … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire
Myanmar’s 88 Generation Group Backs Talks on Constitution Reform
The civil society organization says talks proposed by Aung San Suu Kyi should be held without delay.
Cambodians Regularly Face Pre-Trial Detention: Rights Group
Suspects are rarely given legal representation or informed of their rights.
Over 100 Stones From Degenerative Cartilage Of Shoulder
Comment: It is interesting that degenerative joint disease can happen at young age. This young woman has more than 100 stones around her shoulder joint. More than a hundred stones, which measure 1mm-1,5cm, were recently removed from a 36-year-old woman by doctors … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire
'Her Mental State Has Deteriorated Rapidly'
Activist Zeng Jinyan calls attention to the plight of Liu Xia under house arrest.
Interview: Why There Won't Be a War in the East China Sea
A regional military expert discusses Beijing's controversial air defense zone.
North Korea Cracks Down on Korean-Labeled Imports
The products are refused on suspicion of originating in the South.
Tibetan Father of Two Self-Immolates in Ngaba
The burning protest in Sichuan province triggers clashes and a security clampdown.
Island spat dulls appeal of China as production base for Japan firms
A man walks on a pathway next to a building in Tokyo's business district September 30, 2013. TOKYO (Reuters) -- A territorial dispute and rising labor costs have dulled the appeal of China as a production base for Japanese manufacturers, with Indonesia, India and Thailand more attractive, an annual survey by the Japan Bank of International Cooperation showed Wednesday. China dropped to fourth place in a survey it has topped since it began in 1992, with the proportion of companies naming it th...
China is Cheating the World Student Rankings System
Enough is enough: Beijing must supply national data to assessors and not simply the results of a small minority of elite students By David Stout A Young Pioneer attends the weekly flag-raising ceremony at the East Experimental School in Shanghai November 5, 2012. The results from a global exam that evaluates students’ reading, science and math skills are in and, once again, Chinese students appear to be reigning supreme while American students continued to underperform. But before you shake y...
U.S. Raises Concerns About South Korea Deal With China's Huawei
Cites Fears of Chinese Spying on Sensitive Communications By ADAM ENTOUS The Obama administration is privately raising concerns with officials in South Korea about their plans to let a Chinese telecommunications giant develop the country's advanced wireless network, expanding a quiet campaign to warn key allies against integrating the Chinese technology into their systems. The U.S. effort in South Korea, which followed a similar push with close ally Australia, shows the extent to which the Ob...
U.S. Senators Say South Korea Should Not Hire China Firm Huawei
By DAVID E. SANGER WASHINGTON — Two leading senators have asked the Obama administration to warn South Korea against allowing Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications firm, to build large parts of a next-generation network for the capital city of Seoul, arguing that it could give the Chinese government a way to enter the networks of a major American ally. The issue appears almost certain to come up when Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. arrives in Seoul later this week, the last stop on his As...
Myanmar Charter Change Talks Should Involve All Parties: President
Thein Sein’s office responds to a proposal by Aung San Suu Kyi for four-way talks.
Probe Sought Into Fatal Accident Involving Cambodian Politician
Human Rights Watch calls for a 'serious' investigation into a crash involving lawmaker Cheam Yeap.
Jiangxi Subversion Trial Adjourned Amid Procedural Row
Six top Chinese rights lawyers defending the anti-corruption activists they were prevented from finishing their arguments.
'Now Is the Time—We Can't Wait Any Longer!'
A former aide to late disgraced Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang calls for the release of three New Citizens' Movement dissidents.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un's Powerful Uncle 'Sacked'
Jang Song Thaek may have been eased out in a power struggle with the top political operative for the army.
Tibetan Writer, Eight Others Jailed in Driru
They are sentenced as Chinese authorities further tighten controls in a restive county.
We Need to Stop Letting China Cheat on International Education Rankings
By Joshua Keating Head of the class? The release of the 2012 scores from the Program of International Student Assessment, an exam given every three years that tests students around the world, on reading math and science, is going to provoke a lot of hand-wringing in the United States, and for good reason. U.S. students are sliding down the rankings in all three categories and perform lower than the OECD average in math. The second wave of coverage is going to be about how East Asian cou...
If China's Airspace Grab Turns Violent, Here's How the Dogfight Could Go Down
By Kyle Mizokami Last week China announced a new air defense identification zone over the East China Sea, basically insisting it's in charge of the airspace over the Japanese Senkaku Islands . Japan and the United States said they would not recognize the ID zone and promptly sent in warplanes to underscore the point. U.S. B-52 bombers flew over the Senkakus, practically inviting a Chinese intervention. Two days later, the Chinese air force flew J-11 and Su-30 fighters and a KJ-2000 rada...
Tibetan immolations: Desperation as world looks away
By Damian Grammaticas It's sunrise and 20 degrees below zero. The sound of monks at prayer drifts across the snow-lined valley. We are high in the jagged mountains that rise towards the Tibetan plateau. Harsh and beautiful, this region outside Tibet itself is home to six million Tibetans. A monk is sweeping snow from the steps that lead to a small stupa. Tibetans, wrapped in blankets to keep out the cold, circle inside it, spinning prayer wheels. Further up the hillside, a mo...
Chinese Tweeter Held for ‘Defaming’ Communist Heroes Sues Police
His post had challenged the textbook view of the Five Heroes of Langya Mountain.
UN pledges to support Vietnam in guaranteeing human rights - GlobalPost
UN pledges to support Vietnam in guaranteeing human rights GlobalPost 3 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations (UN) pledged to support Vietnam in ensuring and promoting human rights through the 2012-2016 UN One Plan, said UN Resident Coordinator Pratibha Mehta on Tuesday. Addressing the launching of the Universal Periodic ...
UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan - Global Voices Online
Global Voices Online UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan Global Voices Online A UN group of human rights experts has found that the detention of Vietnamese blogger and human rights defender Le Quoc Quan stands in violation of his right to freedom of expression and a fair trial. Le Quoc Quan was arrested in December 2012 on ...
Kindness One: Motorcycle causes a heap of travel trouble in Vietnam - Los Angeles Times
Kindness One: Motorcycle causes a heap of travel trouble in Vietnam Los Angeles Times As I tried to enter Vietnam from Cambodia, things were not looking good. I had encountered border troubles before. The Thai border guards didn't seem to know what to make of me and my bright yellow motorcycle. I spent six hours at the border trying to ...
Children in Vietnamese commune received beans instead of vitamin A - UPI.com
Children in Vietnamese commune received beans instead of vitamin A UPI.com CAM TRUNG, Vietnam, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A population coordinator in a rural Vietnamese commune distributed beans to children he claimed to be vitamin A, health officials said. Parents brought their young children to a Cam Trung commune clubhouse Sunday ...
Biden Condemns China Air Zone
By YUKA HAYASHI TOKYO—Providing assurance to an ally facing an spiraling territorial dispute with its powerful neighbor, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden strongly condemned China's recent decision to establish a new air defense zone over the contentious waters of the East China Sea Tuesday as he warned that "the prospects of miscalculations and mistakes are too high." Mr. Biden urged China and Japan to create a crisis management mechanism and open the channels of communications to reduce t...
Vietnam Vet Wins $12 Million Malpractice Settlement From VA Hospital - CBS Local
Vietnam Vet Wins $12 Million Malpractice Settlement From VA Hospital CBS Local CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago-area Vietnam veteran will get a $12 million medical malpractice settlement from the federal government. John Johnson was a Vietnam Veteran and heart patient. He went in for oral surgery at the Hines V.A. Hospital in 2007, ...
3000 Vietnamese attend bilateral youth festival in China - Thanh Nien Daily
Thanh Nien Daily 3000 Vietnamese attend bilateral youth festival in China Thanh Nien Daily Nguyen Dac Vinh, First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, reads a letter from Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang at the Vietnam-China Youth Festival. Photo by Ngoc Minh. Some 3,000 young Vietnamese visited Nanning in China's ...
Vietnamese to have 9 days off for Tet - Thanh Nien Daily
Vietnamese to have 9 days off for Tet Thanh Nien Daily Vietnamese to have 9 days off for Tet. 12/3/2013 13:00. The government has increased the number of official Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays from seven days to nine days next year. Accordingly, the official Tet holiday will be January 28 to February 5, 2014.
Vietnam asks Laos to consult Mekong countries before building dam - Thanh Nien Daily
Vietnam asks Laos to consult Mekong countries before building dam Thanh Nien Daily The Vietnam National Mekong Committee has sent a letter demanding Laos honor regional cooperation pledged by the countries in the 1995 Mekong Agreement. According to some sources, Cambodian and Thai committees also sent separate letters to Laos ... Mekong Dams a Long-Term Risk to Food Security The Cambodia Daily (subscription) all 2 news articles »
China's 'UK Is No Big Power' Snub To Cameron
As David Cameron hails "indispensable" ties with China, its state media reminds the PM the UK is only fit for "travel and study". http://news.sky.com Taxi! David Cameron is bid a speedy farewell from China Chinese state media has dismissed the UK as "just an old European country" that is only fit for studying and travel amid David Cameron 's visit to the country to strengthen ties. An editorial in China's Global Times , which reflects the thinking and opinions of the country's leadership, que...
Deutsche Bank Sells Fund's Stake in Controversial Vietnamese Company - Voice of America
Deutsche Bank Sells Fund's Stake in Controversial Vietnamese Company Voice of America PHNOM PENH — Germany's largest bank - Deutsche Bank – announced that one of its funds has sold its stake in a controversial Vietnamese company whose land investments in Cambodia and Laos have been sharply criticized by activists. In a brief email, ... and more »
Companies are operating in high-risk areas. Photo: Louie Douvis - Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald Companies are operating in high-risk areas. Photo: Louie Douvis Sydney Morning Herald The Berlin-based group on Tuesday released its latest corruption perception index, which ranks 177 countries based on their perceived level of public sector corruption . South-east Asian countries including Vietnam , Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and the ... and more »
Blonde Ambition: How Xinhua Used A Foreign “Reporter” To Sex Up Its Propaganda
By Rfh Xinhua host and moonlighter for the Daily Mail ’s venerable China Bureau Nikki Aaron has been blissfully peddling the British tabloid yarns of her “ China adventures ” for the last few months. All well and good. Here’s her latest , on dating, a subject she has visited before . The extremely confessional tone of the Mail piece begs the question: who is Nikki Aaron? On her website, she describes herself as “a versatile news anchor and TV presenter with global network ex...
Safeguarding the Seas
How to Defend Against China's New Air Defense Zone By Michael J. Green A helicopter of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force lifts off from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during Annual Exercise 2013. Much of the coverage of China’s November 23 announcement of a new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over waters claimed by Japan and South Korea has focused on the reactive and blundering nature of Chinese diplomacy. China’s sudden insistence on its right to take defensive ...
China’s Hubris on the High Seas
Despite all the hype, the PLA Navy’s achievements remain relatively modest. By James R. Holmes Hubris is a prime mover in human affairs. Those who yield to overweening pride hear what they want to hear. Herodotus , the crazy uncle of history, relates how King Croesus of Lydia consulted the oracle at Delphi to determine whether to wage preemptive war against a rising Persia ruled by Cyrus the Great . The oracle’s reply: you will destroy a great empire if you march against Per...
My Dinner With Alptekin
In which I break bread with the Uighur democracy movement in Arlington, Virginia. BY ISAAC STONE FISH One day, the Communist Party chief of the vast Chinese region of Xinjiang visits a rural area on a publicity tour. A little girl comes up to him and says, "Mr. Secretary, there's this beautiful Uighur baby -- you should hug her." As soon as he does, the baby starts crying and spits on his face! "What's her name?" the party chief bellows. "Rebiya," the little girl says....
In the East China Sea, a Far Bigger Test of Power Looms
The long-term goal of the Chinese was to push the United States to “the second island chain,” farther out in the Pacific, keeping American air and naval assets ever farther from the region around China’s coast. By DAVID E. SANGER WASHINGTON — In an era when the Obama administration has been focused on new forms of conflict — as countries use cyberweapons and drones to extend their power — the dangerous contest suddenly erupting over a pile of rocks in the East China Sea seems almost a ...