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Taiwan says China 'impertinently' wants it to soften representation in 5 countries | Reuters

TAIPEI (Reuters) - China has been pressuring the United Arab Emirates and four other countries to ask Taiwan to rename its representative offices in another sign of diplomatic pressure on the self-ruled island, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said on Thursday.<p>China regards Taiwan as a renegade province …

China

China political jockeying intensifies ahead of 2017 party congress

“Reading tea leaves”, the fine art of interpreting Chinese elite politics, has entered its high season as the ruling Communist party sets the stage …

Is Thailand serious about curbing trade in tigers? | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

With a ferocious roar, Pu Ying leaps at the man who just shot her – but succeeds only in striking the bars of her enclosure. After 15 minutes of …

Wildlife

China needs to re-examine its diplomacy skills to ease regional tensions

China’s leaders have been at great pains to reassure the world of the country’s peaceful rise, and the international community of its intentions to …

China

China’s Rift With Indonesia in the Natunas: Harbinger of Worse to Come?

The recent Sino-Indonesian standoff in waters close to the Natuna Islands reflects the growing capabilities of the China Coast Guard (CCG). The …

Inside Xi Jinping’s inner circle

Three different Chinese leaders, three separate paths to building their inner circle.<p>Unlike his two predecessors President Xi Jinping (習近平) has …

Three Communist Party cadres receive promotions crucial to China’s power transitions next year

About 18 months away from the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party, three cadres with links to the top leadership ­recently received …

Beijing’s naval drill in South China Sea targeted no one: Chinese rear admiral

A major Chinese naval drill in the South China Sea and beyond targeted no one; its commander told state media on Friday.<p>Rear Admiral Zhou Xuming, …

Beijing considers classifying worst smog events as natural disasters

Beijing municipal authorities are mulling whether to classify the city’s notorious smog events as “meteorological disasters” along with torrential …

Chinese official rings alarm bells about ecological threats to South China Sea

Coral reefs and mangroves in the South China Sea have been rapidly shrinking over the past several years, as a Chinese official made a rare …

China, US and others should join hands to make plans in case North Korea collapses: former US commander

China, the United States, South Korea and Japan should discuss military cooperation in case the North Korean regime collapses, a former US commander …

‘Underwater Great Wall’: Chinese firm proposes building network of submarine detectors to boost nation’s defence

One of China’s biggest shipping conglomerates has proposed building a network of ship and subsurface sensors to detect US and Russian submarines and …

Revealed: the digital army making hundreds of millions of social media posts singing praises of the Communist Party

It’s an open secret that China ­employs a veritable army of ­internet commentators to sing the government’s praises and attack its critics, but …

Beijing expresses dissatisfaction after Taiwan’s new President Tsai Ing-wen swaps ‘consensus’ for ‘historic fact’

The mainland’s top agency ­dealing with Taiwan affairs has ­expressed dissatisfaction with the inaugural speech of the island’s new president, Tsai …

China’s one-child policy reversal: Too little, too late

The best thing one can say about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) recent decision to scrap its one-child policy is that China’s rulers finally …

China

CIA pulled officers from Beijing after breach of federal personnel records

The CIA pulled a number of officers from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing as a precautionary measure in the wake of the massive cybertheft of the personal data of federal employees, current and former U.S. officials said.<p>The move is a concrete impact of the breach, one of two major hacks into Office of …

Cybercrime

China debuted its new ballistic missiles during a practice military parade

The missiles will most likely be shown off later this week during China's military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender at the end of World War II.<p>Janes notes that the practice parade featured the "DF-15B short-range ballistic missile (SRBM), DF-16 medium-range ballistic …

North Korea