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Xinhua: Asian Americans rally against Japan’s UN bid

From Xinhua: Hundreds of Chinese and Korean Americans and Chinese students studying at US universities on the east coast on Friday gathered in a massive protest against the Japanese government’s denial of its past war crimes and its bid for permanent membership of the UN Security Council. At Dag Hammarskjold Square which lies just across […]

China Post Editorial: Japan’s rising rightism hurts its U.N. ambitions

From The China Post: The resurgence of rightist forces in Japan is unsettling for its neighbors, not the least of which is mainland China. South Korea, another victim of Japan’s militarism during the last world war, is no less concerned. To most Chinese and Koreans, Japan’s recent revision of history text books that whitewashes the […]

China Post Editorial: Threshold for Japan’s U.S. bid raised by Beijing

From The China Post: Japan’s revision of its history text books did not come at an opportune moment. The revised text that justifies Japan’s aggression during the last world war has triggered angry anti-Japanese protests in mainland China and South Korea, two principal victims of Japan’s militarism 60 years ago. Early this week, Beijing’s Foreign […]

Philip Bowring: UN power play drives China protests

From The International Herald Tribune: There could scarcely be a sharper contrast than between the bonhomie displayed by China’s prime minister, Wen Jiabao, on his current tour of South Asia and China’s behavior towards its North Asian neighbor, Japan. The anti-Japanese demonstrations during the weekend, and some only slightly less nationalistic outbursts in South Korea, […]

Evelyn Leopold: U.S. rejects U.N. reform proposals on aid, debt

From Reuters: The United States rejected on Thursday several of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s key proposals to reform the United Nations, including a timetable for aid increase, debt forgiveness and expansion of the U.N. Security Council. Annan has presented a series of recommendations in the most sweeping overhaul of the world body since 1945 and urged […]

Warren Hoge: China Rejects Plans to Expand Security Council

From The New York Times: China signaled on Wednesday that it would resist plans to enlarge the Security Council this year, a proposal that is the centerpiece of Secretary General Kofi Annan’s broad package of changes for the United Nations to be taken up at a meeting of heads of state in September.

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