This piece first appeared on the Asia Society's ChinaFile. It has long been presumed that economic integration can and will mitigate U.S.-China security competition. But to put it bluntly, this does not seem to be happening. So when President Xi Jinping visits Washington next month, it is essential that the U.S. and China use his visit to confront, not tiptoe around, the underlying reasons for this. The central problem in Asia today is the collision between economics and security. In "Economic Asia," a dynamic group of countries, including China and the United States, trades, invests and increasingly innovates together. This Asia is a prosperous $21 trillion juggernaut and, especially since the 2008 global financial crisis, has become the center of gravity in the world economy. But another Asia, "Security Asia," has locked many of these same countries into an increasingly debilitating cycle of competition, arms buildups and clashing security concepts. Instead of an "Asian century," … [Read more...] about Obama Should Confront Xi on the South China Sea
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The first mainstream television advertisement by a Muslim charity will be aired over the festive period, a development many hope will help to challenge the misconception that Muslims are anti-Christmas. The 59-second advert for the West Yorkshire charity Penny Appeal highlights the often ignored role of British Muslims in helping vulnerable people across the UK over Christmas. The commercial, which will debut on Christmas Eve and will feature on ITV and Channel 5 over the festive period, underlines the fact that for many British Muslims the festive season is about helping others. Recognition of the charitable contribution made by Britain’s Muslim community follows years of fake news stories claiming that Muslims are opposed to Christmas. The latest emerged on Thursday, albeit in Italy, and centred on claims – later found to be misreported – from rightwing media commentators that officials in the north of the country had ordered the removal of a Christmas tree to avoid … [Read more...] about Charity launches festive TV ad to challenge view of British Muslims as anti-Christmas
Ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor has been ordered to serve the rest of his jail term in the UK, after losing a request to be transferred to Rwanda.He had argued that he was being denied his rights to a family life, because his wife and children had not been granted UK visas.The judges rejected this argument, saying they had not properly applied.A UN-backed court convicted him of war crimes over his support for rebels who committed atrocities in Sierra Leone.As well as complaining about not being able to see his family, Taylor argued he was being held "effectively in isolation" because he was "too much of a target and too vulnerable" to be kept with other inmates of the Frankland prison in the northern English city of Durham.He further said he wanted to be on the African continent, where people would share a "cultural affinity" with him.However, the court found that the rejection of his wife's visa was "due purely to his wife's failure to comply with the United Kingdom visa … [Read more...] about Ex-Liberia President Charles Taylor to stay in UK prison
Confidential emails from the UK's ambassador in Washington which criticised President Donald Trump were leaked over the weekend.Sir Kim Darroch's correspondence contained a string of criticisms of Mr Trump and his administration, describing the White House as "clumsy and inept".A formal investigation has been launched by the Foreign Office and in the Commons there have been calls for a police investigation amid widespread anger at the diplomatic fall-out.Three days after the leak, Sir Kim announced he is to resign as British ambassador to the United States. In a letter to the head of the Foreign Office, Sir Simon McDonald, Sir Kim said he believed it was "impossible" for him to carry on in his current role.So what do we know about the row so far, and what are the possible consequences?Was it a leak or a hack?The Foreign Office has repeatedly called the incident a "leak" rather than a "hack". It originally described the incident as "mischievous" but launched a formal inquiry on … [Read more...] about Trump diplomatic row: What do we know about leaked UK emails?
Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Human rights and counter-terrorism experts from Chinese universities and institutes Friday condemned the passage of a Xinjiang-related bill by the U.S. House of Representatives. The so-called "Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019" is full of distorted content, smears the human rights condition in Xinjiang, slanders China's efforts in deradicalization and counter-terrorism, and attacks the Chinese government's Xinjiang policy, experts said at a forum held by the China Foundation for Human Rights Development in Beijing. "It depicts Uygurs in Xinjiang living under great oppression, with no protection of their culture. But the facts are the complete opposite," said Li Yunlong, a professor at the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. "China's efforts in protecting and inheriting ethnic traditional cultures are widely recognized by the international community and people of all ethnic groups," Li said. Shen … [Read more...] about Chinese human rights experts condemn U.S. House passage of Xinjiang-related bill