Disparate fortunes in China’s Muslim ‘heartland’By Haiyun Ma For three years running, the China-Arab Economic Forum has held its annual gatherings in Yingchuan, the capital city of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in Northwest China – a region with the third-smallest GDP in China. The meetings, held in this “Muslim heartland”, attracted 18 national leaders, including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, 195 ministerial officials, and 93 diplomats from 76 countries – and resulted in trade contracts worth about US$42 billion. Some 5,000 foreign and Chinese enterprises and 3,000 businesspeople from China and abroad participated in these forums, which were held in … Continue reading Chinese Muslims & China-Arab Expo
Maybe that war with China isn’t so far off By Peter Lee The year 2011 has been a tough one for Sino-United States ties. And 2012 does not look like it’s going to be a good year either, with a presidential election year in the United States. For both the Democratic and Republican parties, bashing the Chinese economic, military and freedom-averse menace will probably be a campaign-trail staple. Lunch-pail issues – protectionism and the undervalued yuan – will focus disapproving US eyes. Tensions will also be exacerbated by the Barack Obama administration’s “return to Asia” – a return to proactive … Continue reading US – China War ?