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  1. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Defence chiefs offers India assurance on China's growing South Asia ties

    Posted Sep 02nd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... in region Defence Minister Liang Guanglie says Beijing's increasingly close ties in South Asia are aimed at ensuring regional "security and stability" and are not intended to harm any ... around it. But in a speech released by Sri Lanka's military yesterday, Liang said China had only peaceful intentions in South Asia, while stressing that the Indian Ocean was an important ...

  2. India- the beacon of hope for South Asia?

    Posted Aug 14th 2007, 12:00am by Manik Mehta

    ... become the Berlin of South Asia. Just as the west and, particularly, the United States helped Berlin overcome its problem of survival, the US would be well served in the long run by strengthening India's hand and demonstrating to the other South Asian countries that religious fanaticism is no solution to their problems. With its clout, the US could prod Pakistan and Bangladesh to engage ...

  3. Tougher line urged on South China Sea

    Posted Jul 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in Asia were ineffective, resulting in uncertainty over regional stability. 'The situation in the South China Sea does not look optimistic,' said Luo Yuan, a retired People's ... Teddy Ng in Beijing and Greg Torode The country's leading foreign affairs and military experts yesterday called on Beijing to take a tougher approach to mounting tensions in the South ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hanoi draws on wartime rival's stance to bolster South China Sea claim

    Posted Oct 09th 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... propaganda battle over the disputed South China Sea could yet produce an intriguing victor- the former regime of South Vietnam that it defeated in 1975 after years of war. The stance- both rhetorical ... sovereignty against challenges from China in the 1950s and in 1974, when Chinese forces attacked a crumbling South Vietnamese navy to take over their holdings in the western Paracels, completing ...

  5. Grasping for peace in South Asian summit

    Posted Jan 04th 2004, 12:00am by Maseeh Rahman

    ... break. South Asia, with a total population of about 1.4 billion, has nearly half the world's poor, with average per capita income hovering at a paltry US$460, against the world average ... Maseeh Rahman in Islamabad As Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee flew into Pakistan yesterday for a summit of South Asian leaders, there were expectations that the two hostile, ...

  6. Points of dispute in South China Sea become clearer

    Posted Jul 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... If weeks of diplomacy surrounding the disputed South China Sea have yet to calm tensions fully, they have at least shown the region's strategic fault-lines in ever-sharper relief. When People's Liberation Army chief Chen Bingde met his US counterpart Admiral Mike Mullen in China last week, the South China Sea surfaced in their private and public discussions ...

  7. South China Sea stand-off is just storm in a teacup

    Posted Jun 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Wang Xiangwei Escalating tensions over the disputed South China Sea in recent weeks are showing little sign of abating and have begun to generate worries among some analysts ... Since July, when Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that it was in the interests of the United States to ensure the freedom of navigation and peace in the South China Sea, Beijing has remained ...

  8. South Asian nations urge joint action to fight terrorism

    Posted Aug 04th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Agence France-Presse in Colombo South Asian leaders wrapping up a summit in the Sri Lankan capital called for joint action against terrorism and more regional trade, according to a draft declaration. The eight-member South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (Saarc) called for collective action to combat 'all forms of terrorist violence' that was threatening ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Heated rhetoric over disputed islands serves Asia poorly

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 12:00am by SIMON TAY

    ... SIMON TAY Simon Tay says the heated rows involving China, Japan and South Korea over disputed islands are likely to set back ongoing efforts on economic co-operation, and the region will be worse for it Losing argument Tensions in Northeast Asia are rising sharply. Small islets- most unable to support human habitation- are the friction points. These are long-standing disputes, ...

  10. Australian accent on US role in Asia-Pacific

    Posted Jun 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Richard Halloran Within the Obama administration's plan to 'pivot' towards Asia and the Pacific is a shift in emphasis away from Japan and South Korea in northeast Asia to Australia in Southeast Asia. To be sure, American political and military leaders still have public words of praise for the alliances with Japan and South Korea. But there is little doubt ...




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