Why communist China’s first foreign military base? Location, Location, Location

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Nearly six hundred years ago, huge Chinese fleets plied the Indian Ocean sailing as far as Arabia and the East African coast. The epic seaborne expeditions carried out between 1405 and 1432 under Adm. Cheng Ho and during the glorious Ming Dynasty were larger and far more encompassing than … Continue reading Why communist China’s first foreign military base? Location, Location, Location

Education – China Heads New Alliance of Asian Universities

  China has organized an alliance of Asian universities to compete with western educational institutions. The alliance will share resources and increase exchanges of students and teachers. The new organization is called the Asian University Alliance (AUA). It was launched in late April at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The Chinese university was elected as chair … Continue reading Education – China Heads New Alliance of Asian Universities

A Chinese war in Myanmar

Recent intense fighting between Myanmar military forces and China-equipped Kokang rebels has eroded the two countries' once strong bilateral ties By Bertil Lintner   Some of the heaviest recent fighting in Myanmar has taken place in the ethnic Chinese populated Kokang region, one of the least known and most misunderstood parts of the war-torn country. … Continue reading A Chinese war in Myanmar

US may reassess HK’s special status as autonomy eroded

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China urged Chief Executive-Elect Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to take meaningful steps toward political reforms in Hong Kong   Hong Kong’s special status will be reassessed under US law if the city’s autonomy continues to deteriorate,  according to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), a human rights monitoring unit under the … Continue reading US may reassess HK’s special status as autonomy eroded

Finance – China Opens Moscow Clearing Bank for Handling Transactions in Yuan

The establishment of a clearing bank in Moscow for handling transactions in Chinese yuan is an important step facilitating more bilateral trade and investment Russia and China are developing their economic co-operation with the establishment of a clearing center in Moscow for operations in Chinese yuan. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) officially started operating as a Chinese renminbi clearing … Continue reading Finance – China Opens Moscow Clearing Bank for Handling Transactions in Yuan