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Jonathan is a co-founder of Trusted Sources. He has a wealth of experience as a writer and commentator on Chinese political, economic and social affairs. He was formerly editor of The South China Morning Post, The Observer and Reuters World Service as well as a senior correspondent for The Economist.
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The other big challenge facing Xi and Li
10 Dec 2013
The Communist Party Plenum last month had resounding language when it came to the environment. The final statement pledged to “deepen ecological civilization structural reform, accelerate the establishment of ecological civilization systems, land exploitation, reduction of resource use, ecology and environment protection systems and promote the formation of the construction of new and modernized structures for the harmonious development of human and nature”. For the four days of the meeting, the sky over Beijing was clear and blue – either factories had been closed down, or the...
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Pacific Overtures – The music rolls on
28 Nov 2013
The Pacific Ocean is big enough for both China and the United States, Xi Jinping told Barack Obama when they met for a summit in California this summer. True enough, except that the navies and air forces of both countries are located in the same part of the Pacific. This week brought dramatic evidence of how close they are when both conducted naval exercises in the same stretch of the East China Sea. A US carrier battle group and a flotilla of Japanese warships began exercises on Wednesday in an area covered by the big air defence zone (ADIZ) declared by Beijing at the weekend while...
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East Asia: Taiwan: softly, softly for now – but unification remains the aim
7 Nov 2013
Beijing has taken an emollient line towards Taiwan since the Kuomintang (KMT) returned to power five years ago. On the other side of the Strait, President Ma Ying-jeou has put his faith in building up economic links with the Mainland. In this third posting on the East Asian regional situation, we look at cross-Strait relations as the island begins the long haul to national elections in 2016, in which the eight-year political cycle would likely mean the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) winning the presidency against an increasingly unpopular Ma administration.
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East Asia: Trans-Pacific Partnership problems grow
6 Nov 2013
While China steps up its involvement in Southeast Asia, the US-led bid to create a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade zone, which was discussed at last month’s APEC summit in Bali (missed by President Obama), is encountering obstacles. This posting examines the prospects for the TPP and the China-Japanese economic rivalry that accompanies their strategic spat over the disputed Senkaku-Diaoyu islands (see the last blog posting).
The US is “very far along” in trying to get the TPP deal done, Obama says. US negotiators insist that an agreement can be concluded this year...
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