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China Lands Plane on Spratlys Island in Disputed South China Sea

China Lands Plane on Spratlys Island in Disputed South China Sea

For the first time, China has landed a plane on a runway on one of its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea. The plane landed on Jan. 2 on a runway at the Fiery Cross Reef. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying confirmed during the weekend that a civilian plane had landed on the […]

Australian Military Conducting Freedom of Navigation Flights Over South China Sea

Australian Military Conducting Freedom of Navigation Flights Over South China Sea

Australia is leading “Freedom of Navigation” flights over the disputed South China Sea, the BBC has learned. BBC reporter Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was on board a civilian flight from the Philippines as he investigated China’s artificial-island building in the region, when he intercepted radio communications revealing the Australian military was conducting freedom of navigation flights. Wingfield-Hayes […]

Obama Expected to Move Forward with Missile Sale to Taiwan Despite Chinese Outcry

Obama Expected to Move Forward with Missile Sale to Taiwan Despite Chinese Outcry

Despite opposition from China, the Obama administration is expected to authorize the sale of two missile frigates to Taiwan this week, according to two Congressional aides who spoke with CNBC. Taiwan said it would pay about $176 million for two frigates and it will consider seeking two more. Beijing, which still considers Taiwan its renegade […]

Red Alert Raises Challenges for China in its Fight Against Pollution

Red Alert Raises Challenges for China in its Fight Against Pollution

For the first time, the Chinese government on Monday sounded its air pollution red-alert warning prompting hundreds of millions in Beijing to take precautious measures until Thursday, when strong winds blew smog to the south where it became an issue for millions more. The move serves as another example of how China is becoming increasingly […]

China’s Coal-Plant Upgrades Could Reduce Pollution

China’s Coal-Plant Upgrades Could Reduce Pollution

Upgrades to coal-fired power plants in China would reduce pollution by 60 percent by 2020, the Chinese cabinet announced Wednesday. If they work as intended, the upgrades could cut carbon dioxide emissions by 180 million metric tons. The cabinet also claimed the upgrades will limit the use of raw coal for power plants to around […]

What Lies Ahead for China-Taiwan-Tibet Relations?

What Lies Ahead for China-Taiwan-Tibet Relations?

The historic meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou raised plenty of questions about future relations between the two sides, but another major player that kept an eye on the meeting was the Tibet government in exile. Chinese-Taiwanese-Tibetan relations have undergone vast changes since 1981, when Beijing issued both propositions to […]

China Joins War on ISIS

China Joins War on ISIS

China’s vast fire power and more than 2 million active-duty personnel now have their sights set on the Islamic State, as Beijing officially declares war on the terror group. “China will strengthen cooperation with the international community, resolutely crack down on violent terrorist operations that devastate innocent lives, and safeguard world peace and security,” said […]

China Reveals Identity of Hostage Killed by ISIS

China Reveals Identity of Hostage Killed by ISIS

China has confirmed the execution of a Chinese hostage at the hands of the Islamic State in Syria, and vowed to bring justice to those responsible. The Chinese Ministry in a brief statement revealed the identity of Fan Jinghui. The statement also claimed China led “all-out efforts” to rescue Fan before his captors killed him. […]

Obama Calls on China to Stop Land Reclamation in South China Sea

Obama Calls on China to Stop Land Reclamation in South China Sea

President Barack Obama has lashed out against China’s territorial ambitions in the South China Sea and has demanded Beijing cease its land reclamation in the disputed waters, which are among the busiest and most strategic in the world. Obama expressed his sentiment during his visit to Apec, an economic summit in Manila, where Chinese President […]

China, Taiwan Presidents to Meet for First Time Since 1949

China, Taiwan Presidents to Meet for First Time Since 1949

For the first time since the Chinese Civil War ended in 1949, the leaders of the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan will gather for a formal meeting. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou will meet Saturday at Singapore and will address each other as “Mister” rather than their honorific titles, then […]