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The general view of the six-party talks meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Bejing, July 26, 2005.

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Journal Article - Aspenia

La Cina e le Bombe Asiatiche

| 2008

As a progressively responsible and cooperative partner of the global, nuclear non-proliferation regime, China faces challenges on multiple fronts that have brought judgment, reflection, and debate, domestically as well as internationally, on its non-proliferation policy. Since 1980s, China's historical reservations about, and skepticism and independence of, the global non-proliferation regime have consequently been gradually transitioning to active participation in and even integration with, as well as strong support of, the process.

Police keep Free Tibet demonstrators, right, apart from Chinese supporters shortly after the Olympic torch had passed the British Museum in London, April 6, 2008.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Separating Tibet and the Olympics

| April 14, 2008

"Some people believe it is fair to vent their grievances with China, but don't see any unfairness in depriving China and its people of the dream to host the Games. In both 1936 and 1948, Chinese Olympian athletes had to detour through Asia to raise fund for their trips by performing in competitions. They ended up exhausted and defeated in the Olympics. It would be equally unfair to deprive the world's athletes of their dreams and the chance to compete in the most important global athletic competition."

Chinese soldiers carry steel bars to strengthen the high-voltage towers in Zhuzhou, Hunan,  January 28, 2008. China dispatched the army to help millions of people stranded by snowstorms that have caused transport gridlock and crippled power distribution.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

In China, a Beacon of Heroism

| February 25, 2008

"In facing the disaster, China lacked the well-established infrastructure, an adequate crisis management system, and well-trained disaster-relief professionals like in Western countries. Yet it was the ordinary people who made up for those deficiencies. The solidarity and cooperation of the Chinese people, which the government swiftly and effectively mobilized, restored the country to normal operations quickly. Some foreign observers exclaimed that another country affected by a disaster of the same scale would have been paralyzed."

Chinese equipment is imported to build a new UN base seen in Darfur in this Jan. 29, 2008 photo. Much UN equipment has been blocked at customs by Sudan's government. China has sent a small contingent of 140 engineers and troops to the UNAMID mission.

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Analysis & Opinions - San Francisco Chronicle

Flexing Muscles in the Year of the Rat?

| February 22, 2008

"...while relations with "problematic" countries have soured when the United States and some European nations insisted on carrying a big stick, it is wiser for China not to burn its bridges. If China had signed on to coercive diplomacy, countries such as Sudan, Burma and North Korea would not have listened, and there would have been no way for China to serve as a constructive messenger. China's power looks muscular, but it stands to lose those muscles once they are flexed."

Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan, right, greets Myanmar's Deputy Foreign Minister Myint Maung, a special envoy of Myanmar Prime Minister Gen. Thein Sein, during their meeting in Beijing, Jan. 21, 2008.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Bangkok Post

Rethinking Beijing's Burma Policy

| February 12, 2008

"China would want to avoid choosing sides in Burma, so as not to compromise its holistic interests. A more effective route is to manage relations with all to maximise common interest. To achieve this, the motto of 'there are no permanent friends or enemies in international relations' is the key....As in the case of North Korea, China does not want the problems of a neighbour like Burma spilling over into its own territory. Burma is also part of China's strategic configuration with other regional and international players."

Analysis & Opinions - Center for Public Leadership News

Kofi Annan's Legacy on Counterterrorism

| December 13, 2006

"Outgoing UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s recently concluded efforts to promote the deliberation among the UN’s 192 member states on a global counterterrorism strategy may well represent the most difficult challenge he has faced in what many see as the most difficult job in the world. After months of consultations starting from a debate on Kofi Annan’s recommendations, member states finally reached consensus this past September on such a strategy, the first of its kind in UN history....Difficulties...led Annan to realize that the only way he could achieve a breakthrough on the issue of terrorism was to focus on the practicalities of a counterterrorism strategy. No matter how much member states differ on the definition of terrorism, he reasoned they share the common interest in stable development. This common interest ultimately proved decisive."

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

China's Camp David Moment

| October 21, 2006

"To truly broker a non-nuclearization agreement and safeguard its own interest, China needs a shift in its facilitator's mentality and its non-intervention diplomatic approach. While stability is still China's highest priority, North Korea has become one prime source of instability in China's Northeastern border."