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  1. SYRIA

    Obama and Turkey's Erdogan demand Assad step down

    Posted May 17th 2013, 12:51pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington US President Barack Obama and Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted on Thursday that Syria’s Bashar al-Assad must quit power as part of moves to end Syria’s bloody civil war. The leaders met in Washington amid a flurry of shuttle diplomacy between world and regional powers, amid manoeuvreing ahead of a planned international ...

  2. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Obama seeks to renew Asia role with rescheduled trip

    Posted Nov 21st 2013, 09:48am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... on Syria’s civil war and easing hostility with Iran. The United States has also put a priority on taming its debt after two wars and a recession. In the renewed regional push, Vice-President Joe ...

  3. Talking points

    Posted Mar 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... at the National People's Congress in Beijing amid growing calls for the government to spend more on welfare and cut taxes. Former Chinese ambassador returns to Syria Former Chinese ambassador to Syria Li Huaqing visits Damascus today and tomorrow. His visit follows the release on Sunday of a Chinese proposal calling for an immediate ceasefire in Syria and talks by all parties, ...

  4. News - China - TRADE

    Beijing slams US sanctions on Chinese companies

    Posted Feb 12th 2013, 12:00am by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng teddy.ng@scmp.com Beijing hits back over US sanctions on companies Beijing has denounced US sanctions imposed on four Chinese companies and one individual last week for allegedly breaching a US law designed to hamper the development of weapons of mass destruction by Iran, North Korea or Syria. The companies included Poly Technologies, a subsidiary of China Poly Group- ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    North Korea issue has helped US China relations

    Posted May 03rd 2013, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial N Korea, a plus for Sino-US ties Relations between China and the US look far from rosy. Tit-for-tat annual human rights reports in recent weeks that were as accusatory and acrimonious as ever added to simmering claims of cyberhacking and disagreement over Syria, Iran and trade. Those are the latest wrinkles to the big-picture backdrop of decades of difficult ties ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The limits of Barack Obama's fancy words

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... of the former Libyan dictator's weapons to radicals in Mali and Algeria, countries not hitherto on the US global map. In Syria, the discredited Assad regime clings to power, thanks partly ... China's insistence that a country's affairs are only its own business is helping to produce disasters in Syria and the Middle East. In its backyard, Beijing's prickly insistence ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    US exporting turmoil with its record arms sales

    Posted Sep 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Syria, was second on the list compiled by the US' independent Congressional Research Service, and France third. The report came just weeks after international negotiators failed, after ...

  8. travel

    Posted Jun 05th 2005, 12:00am by Paul Kay

    ... Compiled by Paul Kay 1 Which country attracted the most visitors in 2004? 2 What unit of currency is used in Egypt, Cyprus and Syria? 3 According to the World Tourism Organisation, how many kilometres does a person have to travel for recreation to be considered a tourist? 4 In which Italian city was explorer Marco Polo born? 5 Where is Michelangelo's David? 6 Which major ...

  9. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Romney, Obama camps face off over president's Middle East comments

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Obama spoke, Romney cited foreign policy challenges that implied criticism of the president's handling of them. "Syria has witnessed the killing of tens of thousands of people. ...

  10. China protests at US bank sanctions

    Posted Aug 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... said. The banking dispute came after Washington and Beijing clashed last month over proposed United Nations sanctions against Syria, which were vetoed by China and Russia, provoking criticism ...




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