By Wen Liu Special to Northwest Asian Weekly In recent months, U.S.-China relations have been described as “at a tipping point” and “stubbornly cool” by prominent China watchers like David Lampton and Orville Schell. Are their observations right? We’ve heard tough words from Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter over China’s island constructions in the South […]
Catholic bishop detained in China for past 14 years has died
BEIJING (AP) — A secretly appointed Roman Catholic bishop detained by China for the past 14 years due to its feud over authority with the Vatican has died at age 94, a Roman Catholic website said Friday. Chinese officials informed the family of Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang on Jan. 30 that he had died, but […]
China, Taiwan hold highest-level talks since 1949 split
By Christopher Bodeen Associated Press NANJING, China (AP) – China and Taiwan hailed a new chapter in their relations on Tuesday and said their ties would advance after they held their highest-level government talks since they split amid civil war in 1949. The two-hour discussions in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing marked a leap […]
Chinese scientist and rights advocate dies
By Christopher Bodeen The Associated Press BEIJING, China (AP) — Xu Liangying, a renowned Chinese rights advocate, physicist, and translator of Einstein, has died in Beijing. Xu was 92. Xu’s death on Monday, Jan. 28 was widely reported on academic discussion boards and confirmed by a doctor reached by phone at Haidian Hospital’s intensive care […]
China congress highlights contrast with Taiwan
By Peter Enav The Associated Press TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — While ties between China and Taiwan may be closer than at any time since they split in a civil war, that said, formal Communist Party congress being held in Beijing highlights how far apart the two sides are politically.
China mass measles vaccination plan sparks outcry from public
BEIJING (AP) — China’s plan to vaccinate 100 million children and come a step closer to eradicating measles has set off an outcry that highlights widening public
Woman survives being homeless and earns second highest honor
Betty Kwan Chinn’s mission in life is to help the homeless and less fortunate. On Aug. 4, President Barack Obama awarded Chinn a Presidential Citizens Medal. That day also happens to be Obama’s birthday. Chinn is from Eureka, Calif., and was honored for her work in providing food and clothing to the homeless …
Fast-growing Christian churches crushed in China
The closure of what may be China’s first mega-church is the most visible sign that the communist government is determined to rein in the rapid spread of Christianity, with a crackdown in recent months that church leaders call the harshest in years.
China launches new English-language newspaper
By Christopher Bodeen The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A new English-language paper published by China’s Communist Party hit newsstands on Monday, April 20; it’s part of Beijing’s efforts to raise its profile on the global stage and find an international audience for the party line. The inaugural English edition of the Global Times led […]
Life lessons through food
As expected of the wired Generation X-er I am, I Googled “Serve the People” to find out more about the book and the author. I was a little surprised; what I thought was a cleverly coined book title was actually a political slogan stemming from a speech Mao Zedong delivered on Sept. 8, 1944, in memory of a fellow Communist party member.