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  1. The admiral's reach in the US Pacific Command stretches far and wide

    Posted Feb 21st 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo While the Pentagon's Asia-Pacific commander was in Hong Kong, he was busy handing out a pamphlet explaining the US Pacific Command. On one side is a map showing the vast ... added: 'US Pacific Command will be an engaged and trusted partner committed to preserving the security, stability and freedom upon which enduring prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region ...

  2. South Pacific islands seen as a soft touch by Chinese gangsters

    Posted Feb 26th 2005, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... this week said it would hold regular talks on policing with its counterparts in China over the issue. The new initiative to fight transnational crime in the Pacific, as well as Southeast Asia ... smuggling was threatening the last remaining intact tropical forests in the Asia-Pacific region, with 300,000 cubic metres of highly prized merbau timber being shipped out of Papua each month. ...

  3. Catastrophe laps at doorway of low-lying Pacific nation

    Posted Mar 17th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Sopoanga. 'Coastal areas of big countries in Asia will also be affected. It's worse for us because we are low lying and in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, with nowhere to run to.' ... Record tides and salt-poisoned crops are forcing the people of Tuvalu to face up to their bleak fate, writes Nick Squires As deputy prime minister of the South Pacific nation of Tuvalu, ...

  4. Pacific pawns

    Posted Apr 27th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... installations. A China analyst with the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies in Honolulu, Mohan Malik, believed the mainland was trying to 'position itself as the alternative superpower ... The South Pacific is open for diplomatic gamesmanship, but are the tiny nations better off for it? Peter Kammerer weighs the benefits In the wake of the resignation yesterday of Solomon ...

  5. Pacific persuasion

    Posted Jul 21st 2005, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Asia, where countries are being sucked into a Sino-centric orbit, from the South Pacific,' Ms Windybank said. 'Ultimately, China's ambition is to be regional hegemon.' ... Beijing's increasing economic muscle in the South Pacific is a portent of regional instability, writes Nick Squires A century after European countries battled for colonial supremacy ...

  6. Travellers' checks

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... the most millionaires per capita of any town in the world. Cathay Pacific even flew there for a few years in the 1950s. Today, however, Sandakan is a relatively obscure destination. Even Malaysia Airlines' subsidiary Firefly has stopped flights to the town. Starting next month, however, AirAsia ( www.airasia.com ) will be operating three daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sandakan, ...

  7. China faces up to Asia's sea change

    Posted Jun 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... interlocutors make it clear that 2010 has made them all think not only about how to engage with China, but also to stand their ground. No longer is the rest of Asia simply sitting back and enjoying ... from Ukraine in 1998, will be in service, most likely from a South China Sea base and showing the flag into the Pacific and Indian oceans. It stands as a testament to China's rise ...

  8. Embrace the unexpected, even in stormy weather

    Posted Jan 14th 2011, 12:00am by Bernard Chan

    ... was being done. Cathay Pacific came in for particular criticism, though the company could hardly be blamed for either the weather or the inevitable shortage of hotel rooms. I was in two minds ... there was nothing new to tell us but, of course, people started to get irritated. One woman standing near me pulled her phone out and called the Cathay Pacific frequent fliers' Marco Polo Club hotline ...

  9. Talking points

    Posted Oct 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Asia-Pacific Protests against widening income disparity are planned across the Asia-Pacific region as social media campaigns organise demonstrators from Tokyo to Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney ... in Tsuen Wan to vie for top dog in the Dog Devotion Awards run by the charity Animals Asia. Four-legged friends from the disciplined services will be among those competing to be honoured ...

  10. Tale of comparisons from Singapore index makes gripping read

    Posted May 27th 2010, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Asia, a very recent listing, is Singapore-headquartered but focused on China for operations. And now the worst 10, pure Singaporean every one of them, except for Neptune Orient Lines, which has ... the public by a liberal sprinkling of foreign ventures run on more conventional lines. And, talking of bashing, I also like the occasional bout of Cathay Pacific bashing. The trouble is that you have ...




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