March 24, 2013 |
MOSCOW - China's new president received a lavish welcome Friday as he made Moscow his first foreign destination, joining with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin in a pointed attempt to counter U.S. influence in Asia. Xi Jinping, who became president just last week, urged Russia to improve its foreign policy coordination to protect the two neighbors' joint security interests - comments that appeared to seek Russia's backing for his eagerness to reduce U.S. influence and challenge Japan over a set of disputed islands.
July 22, 2010 |
The fates of the United States and China have become linked in ways no one could have imagined 30 years ago. The two countries' economies have become so intertwined that historian Niall Ferguson has coined the term Chimerica . We buy China's goods, and the Chinese funnel billions of dollars back to support our deficit. They are a fast-rising power whose cooperation we need. Yet Chinese and American images of each other are frequently negative or misconstrued, and such misunderstandings can endanger relations.
August 9, 2011 |
NEW DELHI - Harvard-trained Lobsang Sangay, the Tibetan prime minister-in-exile, vowed to fight China's uncompromising approach toward Tibet during his swearing-in ceremony Monday, as he prepared to assume many of the political duties previously handled by the Dalai Lama. Speaking at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamsala, Sangay vowed to fight Beijing's "colonialism," and said his election sent "a clear message to the hard-liners in the Chinese government that Tibetan leadership is far from fizzling out. " After traditional offerings of tea and sweetened rice, Sangay, 43, took up his new post at exactly nine seconds after 9:09 a.m. Nine is considered an auspicious number associated with longevity among many Tibetans.
March 10, 1987
The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau deserves praise for enthusiastic preparations to make guests welcome during the bicentennial celebration of the Constitution, but it may have slipped in its latest report on the subject that begins: "When you hear that company's coming, you reach for the vacuum cleaner, the furniture polish, the newest china and your best smile. " Shouldn't that be oldest china? On a very special occasion you bring out the heirlooms.
May 17, 1991 |
The White House inched away yesterday from President Bush's unequivocal support of renewed trade breaks for China, suggesting that it might require China to curb human-rights abuses in exchange for the low tariffs. The unusual backpedaling came after Bush surprised aides Wednesday by telling reporters he wanted to continue most-favored-nation trading status for China - a highly controversial issue in Congress. Bush made his comments nearly three weeks before he was to make a formal decision on trade with China, and White House aides said he had not been presented with options on the matter.
July 23, 1986
China's detention of New York Times Peking correspondent John F. Burns contradicts its efforts to portray itself as a society open to ideas, trade and tourism from the west. Mr. Burns, held nearly a week without being charged with any offense, and four days before being allowed visitors, is reportedly suspected of entering an area off limits to foreigners and spying during a recent motorcycle trip he took to central China. Mr. Burns' arrest seems like a throwback to China's worst days of deep suspicion of the West.
August 28, 1997 |
Much has been written about problems in Sino-American relations. Human rights, the Hong Kong takeover and weapons trade with the Middle East have created apprehension. All of this needs to be addressed, but the 21st century cannot afford a new game with a new enemy. g1gues28RICHARD MARKS The Cold War is over. The United States, as the only major superpower, can afford to share the stage with an emerging China. Conditions are right for China's maturation. Government oppression cannot exist indefinitely.
August 25, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - China's military is closing technical gaps that long have given the United States and its allies a military edge in Asia, although several ambitious new weapons systems and platforms appear years from completion, according to a new Pentagon assessment. China is developing a new stealth fighter, recently conducted sea trials on its first aircraft carrier, and carried out a record number of satellite and other space launches in the last year, the report notes. It says China appears on track toward building a modern, regionally focused military by 2020.
July 22, 2016 |
Mary Previte believes there are special times when a simple thank-you note just will not do to express gratitude. So she plans to embark on a journey this week halfway across the world, to hand-deliver a personal thank-you more than 70 years after a heroic deed saved her life. Previte, of Haddonfield, will travel to China to personally express her appreciation to the last member of a daring group of seven rescuers who liberated her and 1,500 others from a Japanese prison camp during World War II. It took 18 years for Previte to locate the last man - Wang Cheng-Han, who was the Chinese interpreter for the liberation team.
November 3, 1997 |
If China's object were to plunge U.S.-China relations into a polar frost, Jiang Zemin would be a suitable instrument. Before embarking for America, he explained that Einstein's theory of relativity somehow puts American and Chinese notions of political liberty on a moral par. He said that what China has done to Tibet is analogous to Lincoln's emancipation of the slaves. And, for good measure, Jiang dusted off that hoary Communist standard about "the most fundamental human right" being "adequate food and clothing.