Beijing tests mettle of Taiwan’s Iron Lady President

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 28, 2016 Since Tsai Ing-wen was elected president of Taiwan in January, the Chinese regime of Xi Jinping has done everything it can to inflame cross-strait relations by goading her into making an outraged response. Tsai, who

China’s island building in defence of nuclear missile submarines

“China is clearly militarizing the South China Sea, and you’d have to believe in the flat Earth to think otherwise” —  Adm. Harry Harris JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs February 26, 2016 It has been a long and expensive quest, but Beijing has now

Taiwan set to complete the transition to democracy

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs January 16, 2016 (Updated) Taiwan has surged over the hump of its 35-year voyage from a military-ruled, one-party state to one of the most successful and vibrant democracies in Asia. Tsai Ing-wen, 59, leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive

Beijing reneges on Hong Kong freedom: Manthorpe column

China’s reinterpretation of its 1984 agreement with London puts a large question mark over any deal or treaty the Chinese government signs, warns International Affairs analyst Jonathan Manthorpe in today’s column. An excerpt: The Chinese government has confirmed what everyone has known for a

“Sunflower” occupation stymies China/Taiwan rapprochement

International affairs analyst Jonathan Manthorpe writes in today’s column: It was only a matter of time before the efforts by Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou to improve relations with Beijing came up against the brutal truth that the vast majority of the island’s

China and Taiwan, head to head

A historic meeting between China and Taiwan is taking place this week. Will it become a turning point in relations between the two countries? Jonathan Manthorpe, in considering the history and political factors, is doubtful. An excerpt of his new column: This

Manthorpe on Pacific militarization by Japan and China

Increasingly dangerous chest-thumping by Japan and China has its origins in Beijing, which fears American-led efforts to contain China, argues international affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe. Excerpt:  Miyako Island, usually known as Japan’s best beach and snorkelling holiday destination, is now  on the

Take China’s threats against Taiwan seriously

This time, the world should pay attention to China’s threatening approach to Taiwan, warns Jonathan Manthorpe in his international affairs column today. An excerpt: Xi Jinping is not the first modern Chinese leader to threaten the island nation of Taiwan with invasion if