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Obama Lifts Embargo on Vietnam Arms, Sparks Fury from China

Obama Lifts Embargo on Vietnam Arms, Sparks Fury from China

President Obama made a high-profile trip this week, visiting Vietnam for the first time. During his visit, he announced that the U.S. will be lifting a long-standing embargo on lethal arms sales in the country. The president’s announcement Monday sparked fury from another communist nation, China. In fact, China warned Obama Tuesday “not to start […]

China Continues to Pressure Taiwan as New President Assumes Office Tomorrow

China Continues to Pressure Taiwan as New President Assumes Office Tomorrow

Taiwan’s momentous shift in governance will occur tomorrow when pro-independence President-elect Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will take over office. However, mainland China will not let this happen without a fight – this time, in the form of mounting pressure on Tsai to acknowledge the “One-China” policy before assuming office. Tsai won […]

Thousands of Police Placed in Hong Kong Streets in Anticipation of Top Chinese Official’s Visit

Thousands of Police Placed in Hong Kong Streets in Anticipation of Top Chinese Official’s Visit

In what can only be described as a massive preemptive and cautionary move, China has deployed more than six thousand police officers to the streets of Hong Kong ahead of the city’s visit by one of the Chinese Communist Party’s top officials. In addition to the extreme number of policemen in forces, many sections of […]

China Says Any Crisis Will be Blamed on Taiwan

China Says Any Crisis Will be Blamed on Taiwan

Taiwan’s incoming independence-leaning pro-democratic government is creating more contention from mainland China. On Wednesday, Beijing made a bold statement saying the island’s new government “will be to blame for any crisis with China that erupts once it assumes office.” In what was a pivotal point in Taiwan’s reign, the liberal-thinking Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic […]

Bi-Annual U.S.-China Talks Likely to be Overshadowed by South China Sea Ruling

Bi-Annual U.S.-China Talks Likely to be Overshadowed by South China Sea Ruling

One of the most crucial meetings in international relations will take place this June: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, along with U.S. Treasury Chief Jack Lew, and other top officials will meet with State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Vice-Premier Wang Yang in Beijing for the Sino-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED). The SED, which […]

Hong Kong Students Call for Independence

Hong Kong Students Call for Independence

It’s been less than two decades since Britain finalized the transfer of its former colony Hong Kong back to Chinese Rule. Already, scores of people are losing faith in Beijing’s ability to protect the city’s civil liberties and democracy under the “One country, two systems” policy. Some are calling for greater autonomy while others, especially […]

Chinese Media Typo Calls President “China’s Last Leader”

Chinese Media Typo Calls President “China’s Last Leader”

In a country where journalists are thrown behind bars for challenging the government’s authority, one can bet a reporter would find himself in deep trouble if he criticizes the president. Even if it were unintentional. China’s state-run news agency on Sunday published an article in which a typo referred to President Xi Jinping as “China’s […]

China Seeking Historic Free-Trade Deal with Canada

China Seeking Historic Free-Trade Deal with Canada

China soon could strike a free-trade deal with Canada making it the first such agreement between Beijing and a North American country. Before it can move forward, however, China requires Canada to meet certain conditions such as the removal of restrictions on China’s state-owned investments in Canada’s oil and gas sector. Beijing is also calling […]

Taiwanese Election Keeping China on Edge as The U.S. Watches Closely

Taiwanese Election Keeping China on Edge as The U.S. Watches Closely

China is keeping its eyes peeled on the Taiwan election, which could send shockwaves across Beijing and even Washington. The island nation’s 23 million citizens will flock to the polls this Saturday to elect their next president. In the last eight years, relations with China have thawed under President Ma Ying-jeou of the ruling Kuomintang […]

Japan Warns China over Crossing into its Territorial Waters

Japan Warns China over Crossing into its Territorial Waters

Japan on Tuesday repeated to China that it would send its navy to demand the withdrawal of any vessel that enters its waters for purposes other than “safe passage.” Japan first delivered its warning to China in November, when Chinese vessels sailed near the East China Sea islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and […]

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