Territorial dispute

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 October, 2010, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

1 In refusing permission for the Kai Fong II to leave Hong Kong waters, the Marine Department said that:

a. it wanted to prevent the activists from stirring up trouble.

b. it believed the boat is infested with rats.

c. the boat is not allowed to carry passengers and can only be used for fishing.

d. it thought the boat was not seaworthy.

2 The Hong Kong Diaoyu activists first ventured to the Diaoyu islands in:

a. 1996

b. 1998

c. 2003

d. 2009

3 Officials who removed a replica of the 'Goddess of Democracy' statue from Times Square in May said that:

a. it made the area unattractive to tourists.

b. the exhibition amounted to an unacceptable protest.

c. the activity amounted to entertainment, which requires a licence.

d. it would have been a dangerous obstruction.

4 The Hong Kong Diaoyu activists have argued that:

a. their rights to protest have been infringed.

b. their rights to travel freely have been infringed.

c. their rights to go fishing have been infringed.

d. their rights to make a living have been infringed.

Think about

1 What do you think of the Marine Department's decision to refuse permission for the activists' boat to leave Hong Kong waters?

2 Why might China be concerned about Sino-Japanese relations, as well as its claims to the islands?

3 What do you think of Albert Cheng's opinion that the government has used 'administrative measures to crack down on political activities'?


1The two countries have been ____________ military allies since the second world war.

2 The argument between the parties quickly ___________ after both sides became emotional and refused to back down.

3 Strong feelings of rivalry were ___________ when the two football teams played each other in the finals.

4 The town mayor said he will be introducing tough measures to ____________ on crime.

Answers: Reading comprehension: 1. c, 2. a, 3. c, 4. b

Vocabulary: 1. long-standing, 2. escalated, 3. re-ignited, 4. crack down