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When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The spectacle of the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh did more to lay bare the problems, conflicts and paradoxes of relations among the region’s wildly different and widely scattered nations than to resolve them. The fact that at least three of the leaders at this year’s ASEAN summit won’t be around […]

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Beijing makes nice with Asia-Pacific neighbors but fails to retreat on ties with Pyongyang and Teheran

Beijing makes nice with Asia-Pacific neighbors but fails to retreat on ties with Pyongyang and Teheran

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com INSIDE CHINA At the height of the Sino-U.S. confrontation over the Yellow Sea this past summer, hawkish military commentator Gen. Luo Yuan raised eyebrows when he cited a Mao quotation: “If people don’t offend us, we won’t offend them; but if people run afoul of us, we sure will fight back.” […]

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Pressed for action by military, Hu seeks to manage 'struggle' with U.S. over SE Asia seas

Pressed for action by military, Hu seeks to manage 'struggle' with U.S. over SE Asia seas

Chinese President Hu Jintao inspects PLA troops. By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Chinese Communist Party administration is girding for a long-term struggle with the United States over winning hearts and minds in Asia. In the run-up to President Obama’s meeting with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in New York on Sept. […]

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'Indisputable': China stakes claim to South China Sea

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Claiming “indisputable sovereignty” over the South China Sea, the People’s Republic of China has roiled the political, strategic and diplomatic waters throughout Southeast Asia. Beijing’s recent claim that over one million square miles of sea, including the busy commercial sea lanes of communication used by a score of […]