Solomon Islands says decision to switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China to be made within 100 days

Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele said that the government will decide whether to switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China within the next 100 days. “It is a sovereign decision, a matter for the Solomon Islands government to look at,” Mr Manele was quoted by the Solomon Times as saying. “On that note, … Continue reading Solomon Islands says decision to switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China to be made within 100 days

The 1792-94 Macartney Embassy – The first clash between China and the West

During the 16th century and most of the 17th century, China enjoyed a generally positive image in Europe. The works of the Jesuits – Catholic missionaries who lived and proselytized in the Far East – depicted the Central Kingdom as a well-governed and ethical society. (Jones, 2001, p. 18) Chinese art became popular with European … Continue reading The 1792-94 Macartney Embassy – The first clash between China and the West

Hong Kong and foreign citizens could be extradited to mainland China according to new legislation, authoritative source says

Both Hong Kong citizens and foreign nationals risk to be extradited to mainland China for “harming China’s national security” if an extradition law between Hong Kong and the mainland is adopted. Hong Kong-based newspaper Apple Daily reports that according to an anonymous source , who is described as “authoritative” (權威人士), recently the Vice Premier of … Continue reading Hong Kong and foreign citizens could be extradited to mainland China according to new legislation, authoritative source says

“If Taiwan is unified with China, you will be just like me,” escaped Hong Kong bookseller tells Taiwanese

On April 25 Lam Wing-kei, one of the five Hong Kong booksellers who had been kidnapped by the Chinese Communist authorities in 2015 on charges of selling prohibited books, moved to Taiwan over fears of persecution. Lam’s decision came after the Hong Kong government pushed forward on an extradition deal with mainland China which would allow Beijing … Continue reading “If Taiwan is unified with China, you will be just like me,” escaped Hong Kong bookseller tells Taiwanese

U.S. government’s One-China Policy not the same as Beijing’s One-China Principle, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee says

On May 13 the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives reiterated its support for Taiwan and rejected the idea that the U.S. government’s “One-China Principle” is equivalent to the “One-China Principle” advocated by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In a series of tweets the Committee rebutted an article published by China‘s … Continue reading U.S. government’s One-China Policy not the same as Beijing’s One-China Principle, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee says

Taiwanese government says some local media work with China, send content to Beijing for approval

Last year Taiwanese President Ts’ai Ing-wen warned of rampant Chinese interference in the country’s elections through the dissemination of “fake news” (假消). Now Taiwan’s National Security Bureau has revealed that Beijing is working together with Taiwanese media outlets to spread Beijing’s propaganda. On May 2 the deputy director of Taiwan’s National Security Bureau Ch’en Wen-fan … Continue reading Taiwanese government says some local media work with China, send content to Beijing for approval

Freedom or despotism? – Autocratic governance and laissez-faire in Imperial China

China is … a despotic state, whose principle is fear. Perhaps in the earliest dynasties, when the empire had not so large an extent, the government might have deviated a little from this spirit; but the case is otherwise at present. (Charles De Secondat Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws) During the Manchu dynasty … [t]he … Continue reading Freedom or despotism? – Autocratic governance and laissez-faire in Imperial China

Pro-Beijing Taiwanese politicians seek rapprochement with China

On April 29 James Soong (宋楚瑜), a Taiwanese politician and chairman of the People First Party (親民黨), told China’s state-run news agency Xinhua that he supports the 1992 consensus and the one-China policy. Soong travelled to Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China to hold talks with local politicians. “[B]oth sides agree on the one-China principle … Continue reading Pro-Beijing Taiwanese politicians seek rapprochement with China

Abducted Hong Kong bookseller has fled to Taiwan to avoid extradition to China

In 2015 Lam Wing-kei (林榮基), the founder of Hong Kong-based bookstore “Causeway Bay Books,” which published salacious books critical of the Chinese Communist leadership, went missing after he travelled to mainland China. Lam was accused of trying to overthrow the Chinese Communist government by mailing illegal books to the mainland. He was one of five … Continue reading Abducted Hong Kong bookseller has fled to Taiwan to avoid extradition to China