Missile Moves Raise Political Temperature in the South China Sea Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Accusations that China has placed anti-aircraft batteries on a disputed island in the South China Sea are stoking tensions in a region that is grappling with Beijing’s claim to maritime rights that cover nearly the entire area. On Wednesday Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said in a..

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First Chinese train arrives in Tehran to revive Silk Road Monday, February 15th, 2016

TEHRAN,(AP): Iran's state TV says the first Chinese commercial train has arrived in Tehran to revive the Silk Road — an ancient network of trade routes running through Asia. Monday's report quotes Mohsen Pourseyed Aghaie, Iran's deputy transport minister, as saying a 12-container train arrived..

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UK: Hong Kong Bookseller ‘Removed’ in Breach of China Treaty Friday, February 12th, 2016

By KELVIN CHAN, HONG KONG, (AP): Britain says a missing Hong Kong bookseller was likely abducted to mainland China, calling it a "serious breach" of the treaty under which Beijing took control of the city. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a twice-yearly report on Hong Kong affairs released..

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Hong Kong activists face riot charges after holiday protest Thursday, February 11th, 2016

HONG KONG, (AP): Several dozen people appeared in a Hong Kong court Thursday to face rioting charges following a violent clash earlier this week between protesters and police sparked by a clampdown on holiday street food vendors. Hong Kong police and local media reports said 37 people were..

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US responses to NKorea nuke, missile tests will upset China Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

By Matthew Pennington, WASHINGTON (AP): North Korean nuclear and rocket tests are drawing quick responses from the U.S. that will upset a supposed partner against Pyongyang's weapons development — China. New efforts to toughen missile defense in South Korea and sanctions legislation moving..

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Xi Jinping: Is China on The Road to Total Dictatorship? Monday, February 8th, 2016

The ruling Chinese Communist Party has seen two major political events so far this year. The first was the establishment of President Xi Jinping as "the core of the party leadership," and the second was the publication of some of Xi's speeches, originally made only to a limited audience within the..

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China FX reserves fall almost $100B to lowest since May 2012 Sunday, February 7th, 2016

BEIJING, (REUTERS): China's foreign reserves fell for a third straight month in January, as the central bank dumped dollars to defend the yuan and prevent an increase in capital outflows. China's foreign reserves fell $99.5 billion to $3.23 trillion in January, the lowest level since May 2012,..

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China’s Five Military Commands To Have Own Army, Air Force Thursday, February 4th, 2016

China’s newly formed five military commands are expected to have their own army and air force, while naval forces are not likely to be deployed by all five commands. China has established five military theatre commands and have disclosed the location of their army headquarters, Global Times..

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Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced..