HK lawmakers reject election reform motion

China Daily, June 18

China's Hong Kong Legislative Council on Thursday vetoed a motion of the proposed universal suffrage for selecting the region's next chief executive in 2017.

After a nine-hour debate which started on Wednesday, 28 lawmakers of the Legislative Council voted against the motion while eight voted in favor.


China issues first white paper on military strategy

By Li  Xiaokun, China Daily, May 26

On Tuesday, Beijing issued its first white paper on military strategy, ushering in greater military transparency by giving details of the direction of its military buildup to other nations.

The document of about 9,000 Chinese characters revealed a list of new expressions that have never before appeared in Chinese white papers.


Matter of Perception

Better, stronger relations between
China and U.S., but major hurdles remain

By Chen Weihua, China Daily

When Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping [met] U.S. President Barack Obama in the White House on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, the date may just [have been] appropriate.

Ties between the two nations have over the years changed from one of hostility and no-contact, before former U.S president Richard Nixon’s historic trip to China 40 years ago, to one that is now more intertwined and interdependent.



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