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  1. Lifestyle - Books - GEOPOLITICS

    Book review: The South China Sea- The Struggle for Power in Asia, by Bill Hayton

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 11:53pm by BEN RICHARDSON

    ... Ben Richardson The South China Sea – The Struggle for Power in Asia by Bill Hayton Yale University Press Disputes over the South China Sea can seem as unfathomable as the storm-swept ... "pivot" to Asia helps shore up resistance to China's bullying in the South China Sea. But it is also a destabilising factor that fuels military tensions in the region. Having boxed itself ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1618390/book-review-south-china-sea-struggle-power-asia-bill-hayton
  2. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    India and China in wary dance as Xi Jinping prepares for South Asia trip

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 12:46pm by Agence France-Presse in New Delhi

    ... regional power politics Xi Jinping will start his first South Asia tour with a visit to Beijing’s latest investment in Sri Lanka, a US$1.4-billion port city development to include a marina ... on September 17 – Modi’s 64th birthday. Xi will begin his tour of South Asia on September 14 in the Maldives, according to Chinese state media, where Beijing has been expanding its presence, setting up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1590061/india-and-china-wary-dance-xi-prepares-south-asia-trip
  3. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    China eyes port contracts with South Asia trip

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:07am by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com President's visit next week part of efforts to boost commercial ties throughout the region China eyes port contracts with South Asia trip Beijing aims to secure more ports and infrastructure contracts in South Asia after President Xi Jinping visits the region next week, according to the Foreign Ministry. Xi will visit the Maldives, Sri ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1589024/china-eyes-port-contracts-south-asia-trip
  4. News - Asia - TERRORISM

    Islamic State gaining support in South Asia, as Al-Qaeda seen as 'tired'

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 03:23am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Peshawar Ultra-radical group is inspiring younger fighters who see al-Qaeda as stale, tired and ineffectual Islamic State is gaining the youth vote in South Asia Islamic State ... of various hues already hold sway across restive and impoverished areas of South Asia, but Islamic State, with its rapid capture of territory, beheadings and mass executions, is starting to draw ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1587356/islamic-state-gaining-youth-vote-south-asia
  5. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Japan's Shinzo Abe visits South Asia in bid to counter China's influence

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Dhaka Abe woos South Asia to counter China's weight Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe flew to Bangladesh yesterday on a two-stop tour of South Asia as the globe-trotting leader asserts Tokyo's interest in a region where it has ceded influence to China. Abe becomes the first Japanese prime minister to visit Bangladesh in 14 years and today will be the first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1586731/japans-shinzo-abe-visits-south-asia-bid-counter-chinas-influence
  6. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - ARTS

    OzAsia Festival builds bond between South Australia and sister state Shandong

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 10:12pm by Sue Green

    ... Sue Green OzAsia fest opens Adelaide to Shandong's rich culture Aussies love a beer and a fair number will have tasted the brew from Qingdao. But how many can name the province it hails from? How many will know Shandong is South Australia's sister state? And how many will have any idea where it is? Thanks to diplomatic efforts, that is about to change: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1585984/ozasia-festival-builds-bond-between-south-australia-and
  7. Sport - Golf - GOLF

    Rumford wins Ballantine’s in play-off

    Posted Apr 28th 2013, 04:49pm by Agence France-Presse in Icheon, South Korea

    ... Agence France-Presse in Icheon, South Korea Australian Brett Rumford won the Ballantine’s Championship in dramatic style on Sunday, hitting an eagle to beat compatriot Marcus Fraser and Peter Whiteford of Scotland in a play-off. The three players were level at 11-under-par at the end of four rounds before Rumford secured victory on the first extra hole. It is his fourth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/golf/article/1225293/rumford-wins-ballantines-play
  8. Sport - Rugby

    Japan beats Singapore to claim Asia’s spot in 2016 Super Rugby

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 11:01pm by AFP

    ... from Japan will join the Kings from South Africa’s Eastern Cape and a team based in Argentina when Super 15 expands to 18 teams in two years. International Rugby Board chief Brett Gosper said ... sustainability. But Sanzar’s decision has raised concerns the extra teams will dilute the competition’s playing talent, which will until the 2016 season continue to feature teams exclusively from South ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1624072/japan-beats-singapore-claim-asias-spot-2016-super-rugby
  9. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korean activists to launch critical leaflets across border

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 11:10pm by AFP

    ... South Korean activists vowed yesterday to push ahead with a political leaflet launch over the border with North Korea, despite threats of retaliation from Pyongyang, appeals for restraint ... It has also warned that failure to halt launches could scupper the planned resumption of high-level talks between the two Koreas. The South says there is no legal basis for a blanket ban, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1624019/south-korean-activists-launch-critical-leaflets-across-border
  10. Property - International - SOUTH KOREA

    Low interest rates prompt switch from deposit-based rentals in South Korea

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:16am by Reuters

    ... from deposit-based rentals For a country trying to avoid the menace of deflation, South Korea is receiving timely help from unusual quarters- landlords and their tenants. Interest rates ... deposits. The trend away from jeonse rentals comes at a good time for Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan, who fears Asia's fourth-largest economy could go the way of Japan and slip ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1621431/low-interest-rates-prompt-switch-deposit-based-rentals-south

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