Is the fire breathing dragon still too close for comfort?

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They say that when China sneezes HK catches the flu!

HK is now of course part of China albeit in a special sort of relationship. So how does it feel about big brother flexing his local and international muscles?

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"Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on genocide charges, was given a red-carpet welcome by President Hu Jintao and guarantees of financial support from his key ally.

Bashir's visit to Beijing has sparked the anger of Washington and rights groups, but China - a major military supplier to the regime in Khartoum and the biggest buyer of the country's oil - has unflinchingly backed his trip."

is it all about oil and not people as usual?

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"China reiterated it has sovereignty over all South China Sea islands after the United States pledged to help the Philippines, which also has claims.

A spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, Yang Yi, also repeated the official position that safeguarding the sovereignty of the area's potentially resource-rich islands and islets is a "common responsibility" for Beijing and Taipei.

China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and their surrounding waters," Yang said in Beijing yesterday."

it would seem that posessions are much more important than people and isn't there a slight hint of imperial expansionism here?