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Joe Biden & Xi Jinping talk to avoid US-China ‘conflict’ – White House

By Sebastian Smith US President Joe Biden and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping talked for the first time in seven months Thursday, with both leaders urging a path away from conflict but holding ground on fierce competition between the superpowers. In the 90-minute call, Biden warned against misunderstandings that could lead to confrontation between Washington and […]

US Vice-Pres Kamala Harris accuses China of ‘intimidation’ in disputed South China Sea

by Martin Abbugao US Vice President Kamala Harris accused Beijing on Tuesday of intimidation in hotly disputed waters as she sought to rally Asian allies against China and shore up US credibility in the wake of the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. Her comments in Singapore came as Washington seeks to reset relations in Asia after the turbulent Donald […]

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

We need dialogue, not inward-facing conformities: How China censored my speech on the South China Sea

In spite of the restrictions on free speech in China, I’ve always had very positive experiences at academic conferences. Although Chinese academics are not always free to speak their minds, I’ve repeatedly experienced surprising levels of candour from Chinese counterparts and have always been given the opportunity to speak freely and share my views at […]

Freedom segregated: China to set up open internet zone on tourist island

By Oiwan Lam Netizens in mainland China are expressing outrage over a proposal of the Hainan government that would enable access to overseas social media platforms that are otherwise censored in China. The policy was met with firm criticism when it was released on June 21, on the provincial government website. Some described it as being “unfair” to […]

FEATURES

Feature: After ‘high seas pursuit’, Sea Shepherd urges Beijing to prosecute illegal fishing fleet

With mountains of plastic gill nets strewn across its aft deck, the M/Y Steve Irwin could be a long-distance trawler at first sight. But the catch for this camouflage-coated ship anchored off northeastern Lantau are the fishing trawlers themselves. The nets it carries are the confiscated weapons of the illegal fishers they have foiled; more spoils of war […]