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  1. The fragility of autocrats

    Posted Feb 05th 2011, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines How stable and confident is a nation that prevents internet users searching for the words 'Egypt' and 'Tunisia'? In democracies, no one feels the need ... in 1995; 14 years later, the figure is estimated to be over 90,000. The reality is that protests are taking place throughout the nation, as they were indeed in Egypt before the upheaval triggered ...

  2. Libya a reminder that citizens must come first

    Posted Mar 04th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the wave of pro-democracy protests sweeping North Africa and the Middle East to make them register. Unlike in Tunisia and Egypt, Gaddafi responded with violence, sending in soldiers ...

  3. Beware wealth's flight to safety in turbulent 2012

    Posted Jan 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... prosperity. Today, its pyramids attract tourists. But 4,500 years is a long wait for investment break-even. As in ancient Egypt, governments direct China's resources. It is hard to find any ... ghost cities attest to misguided stimulus of investment, with another banking crisis already on the cards. China's misallocation of capital is so massive that it brings to mind ancient ...

  4. News - China

    Egypt’s new leader in Beijing for trade talks

    Posted Aug 28th 2012, 06:24pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Egypt’s new president met his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao in Beijing on Tuesday, seeking in his first state visit outside the Arab world to win badly needed investment and expand diplomatic ties. Mohamed Morsi took over in June as Egypt’s first freely elected civilian and Islamist leader after protests toppled his long-ruling, US-allied ...

  5. Lifestyle - Books - CHINA

    The discontent beneath the surface

    Posted Aug 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... China The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People Fear the Future by Gerard LemosYale University Press 2 and a half stars Chow Chung-yan As a visiting professor to Chongqing between 2006 and 2010, Lemos had the opportunity to mingle with ordinary res ...

  6. Mainland to share its ping-pong power

    Posted Dec 13th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alice Yan Some are calling it the new 'ping-pong diplomacy'. The mainland is building a table tennis institute to train potential competitors from other countries following mounting complaints that it is monopolising the sport's world champ ...

  7. Top US officials study in China for first time

    Posted Apr 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok in Beijing Washington has sent 17 senior officials to an elite Chinese university on a training programme, the first of its kind, intended to help the US government learn more about China. The organiser of the week-long programme at Tsinghua ...

  8. Beijing looks to ancient sages

    Posted Oct 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... be tapping ancient Chinese philosophy to bolster its campaign for more a more stable and compassionate society. The death of a two-year-old in a grisly hit-and-run in Guangdong that saw several ... of ancient sages,' Xu said yesterday. 'Their words and philosophical thinking are more closely related to the real truth and rules of our world.' Palmer said the big problem facing ...

  9. Finding traces of the present in ancient bronze

    Posted Aug 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kong Baptist University. Since the mid-1990s, the head of the department of Chinese language and literature, has been comparing the Classic of Poetry- the ancient work known by several names, ... of ancient verse side by side with bronze inscriptions from the same period, Chen and his fellow researchers now surmise the phrase developed more organically and only after the Classic of Poetry ...

  10. After 900 years, ancient scroll comes to life

    Posted Oct 20th 2010, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip Try to imagine a night scene in an ancient Chinese capital 900 years ago. That was the tricky part in making an animated version of the Qing dynasty painting Riverside Scene ... known as Bianjing, capital of the Northern Song dynasty. It features computer animation projected on a screen about 120 metres long and six metres high, 30 times as big as the ancient scroll. ...




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