Sino-File

Sister act

Sister act
May 20, 2022 (WiC 585)
“I can understand how the time the Soong sisters spent here changed their lives, and how it left a rich legacy at the college and even influenced the China-US relationship”

China’s ambassador to the US Qin Gang speaks during a visit to the Soong Sisters Gallery at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia last Friday. Qin said the three sisters were an example of “people-to-people exchanges”. Soong Ching-ling married Sun Yat-sen, who is widely recognised as the founder of the Chinese republic, and her younger sister Mei-ling became Chiang Kai-shek’s influential wife. The sisters’ alma mater retains a connection to China through its dual degree partnership with Guangzhou University.

Kissinger on China

Kissinger on China
May 13, 2022 (WiC 584)
“In principle, the [Sino-Russian] alliance is against vested interests, it’s now established. But it does not look to me as if it is an intrinsically permanent relationship”

Veteran diplomat Henry Kissinger discusses the Ukraine war, and its impact on China and Russia, at the WeekendFT Festival in Washington. Kissinger, who turns 99 later this month, added that the war had led China’s leaders to reflect “on how to avoid getting into the situation in which Putin got himself into”, though he did not specifically say whether he was referring to Taiwan. 

Kuleb talks to Xinhua

Kuleb talks to Xinhua
May 6, 2022 (WiC 583)
“We hope China will call on Russia to stop this invasion and respect the territorial integrity of other nations”

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dymitro Kuleb speaks out in the first interview by a senior Ukrainian official with a Chinese state news outlet since Russia’s invasion in late February. According to Xinhua, Kuleb asked China to mediate a ceasefire between Kyiv and Moscow and act as a “security guarantor” for a deal.

 Defensive remarks

 Defensive remarks
Apr 29, 2022 (WiC 582)
“We want a good relationship with China but we’re not going to be subservient or cower to them”

Australia’s Defence Minister Peter Dutton tells a local television channel that “My judgment is that President Xi wants a tributary state arrangement with Australia”. Dutton also described Australia’s military position as being as “dire” as it had been in the lead-up to the Second World War. He made his stark remarks in the wake of China’s recent security deal with the Solomon Islands.