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Gregory Clark in China, Sept, 2010

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POSTINGS

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    China-US recognition The key clause in the Jan 1, 1979, joint communique for the establishment of US-China relations said: The Government of the United States of America acknowledges the Chinese position that there is but one China and Taiwan is part of China. The US at the time claimed that

  • Postings 06 04,2022 Postings01-No one seems to have noticed the fatal Quad flaw

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  • 06 15,2024 BBC reporting on Ukraine

    The BBC has a loose bolt somewhere. It has now begun a strange campaign saying it is dedicated to non-spin reporting. The slogan is ‘Absolutely no spin.’ It says it will deliver us to an ‘unspun world.’ To which I would say ‘if only that were true.’ But at times

  • 05 16,2024 Ukraine War: Back to Basics

    The Kremlin needs a new PR agent. Moscow would have us believe it is fighting a life and death struggle in the muddy trenches of Donbas. But what do we get to see on the inauguration of its president? Glittering gold chambers and goose-stepping soldiers.  No doubt there is some

  • 04 22,2024 Marking 10 years of the Russo-Ukraine War

    On February 28, 2022, four days after Russia had attacked into Ukraine, Moscow and Kiev began peace talks. The Russian attack had aimed to force Kiev to promise neutrality – i.e. not to join NATO. It also aimed to put an end to eight years of neo-NAZI and other militant

ASIA TIMES

  • 08 26,2022 With Abe gone, Japan-Russia in a new deep freeze

    Territorial dispute blocks contacts that could have vitalized economies of Hokkaido and the Russian Far East For almost 60 years, Moscow’s large embassy near central Tokyo has been under siege. Tokyo demands the return of some islands it lost to Moscow at the end of the war. In support of

  • 07 19,2022 Australia – China Relations; Lost in Translation

    Australia’s relations with China were always prickly.  Now they are slipping into farce.  In 2014 both claimed a “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.” Now, mistranslations and distortions of Chinese statements, deliberate or otherwise, are allowed constantly to poison relations between two countries. An example of the mistranslation game in action was when Australian

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