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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How a non-existent island became China's southernmost territory

    Posted Feb 09th 2013, 12:00am by BILL HAYTON

    ... British charts and changed the names of the islands to make them sound Chinese. We know they did this because the committee's map included about 20 mistakes that appeared on the British map- ... Bill Hayton Bill Hayton says records show that a translation error some 80 years ago may be to blame How a non-existent island became China's southernmost territory Where ...

  2. Treasure Island

    Posted May 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Hong Kong's odyssey from a fishing village to a global finance centre began in Victoria City, now Central, where British merchants started trading with China and the rest of the world. With its political and commercial power base, Hong Kong Island has always been the area of choice for the rich and powerful, and luxury homes at prestigious addresses are as precious ...

  3. News - China

    Beijing considering new South China Sea air defence zone, says Japanese report

    Posted Jan 31st 2014, 10:30pm by AFP

    ... islands at the centre of a sovereignty row with Tokyo. It also comes as countries in the region grow increasingly concerned about what they see as China’s aggressive territorial claims. Working level officials in the Chinese airforce have drafted proposals for the new zone, which could set the Paracel islands at its core and spread over much of the sea, the Asahi Shimbun said, citing ...

  4. News - China - MARITIME DISPUTES

    US says Chinese fishing rules for South China Sea 'provocative'

    Posted Jan 10th 2014, 08:57am by Associated Press

    ... cover much of the South China Sea, an area encompassing island groups also claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines and others. It follows China’s late November announcement of a new air defence zone ...

  5. Reclamation plans put at risk unique ways of life on outlying islands

    Posted Jan 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... I agree with the many people who have objected to the Hong Kong government's proposed land reclamations around numerous outlying islands. In particular, I refer to the comment ... to the identity of Hong Kong. Reclaiming land around the outlying islands will be another nail in the coffin of Hong Kong's identity, as well as destroying fishing and breeding grounds ...

  6. News - China - BOAO FORUM

    Woody Island cruises to start in Hainan this month amid sea disputes

    Posted Apr 07th 2013, 12:00am by MANDY ZUO

    ... in Sansha cruises- no overnight stays on land The Hainan provincial government will begin sightseeing cruises to China's newest city, Sansha on tiny Woody Island, this month, a deputy governor of the province said yesterday. But cruise-goers would have to eat and sleep on board the ship rather than stay overnight on the island- which has a permanent population of roughly 1,000, including ...

  7. News - Asia

    Resource deals could end island rows: Australia FM

    Posted Mar 23rd 2013, 10:26am by Agence France Presse in Washington

    ... Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Friday urged Asian nations at odds over disputed islands in the South China and East China seas to find a way to draw up resource-sharing pacts. ... in claiming islands and waters even without effective control of them -- in some cases hundreds of miles from the Chinese mainland and close to rival claimants’ coasts. Tensions have spiked amid hopes ...

  8. How stock buyers get their millions to their city brokers

    Posted Oct 27th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... nationals with permanent resident status in another country. Mr Yuan said big investors would open investment accounts in the British Virgin Islands and their capital outflows would ...


    Spratly Islands dispute defines China-Vietnam relations 25 years after naval clash

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... are growing Spratly island tensions persist The 25th anniversary this past week of the naval clash between China and Vietnam in the Spratly Islands is not merely cause to reflect on history; it speaks ... Fourteen years earlier the PLA navy had routed the South Vietnamese navy to complete its occupation of the Paracels to the north- islands being built up into a formidable military base. At some ...

  10. Lai See

    Posted Jul 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... that in 2010, 36.9 per cent came from the mainland and 32.5 per cent from that well-known bastion of transparency, the British Virgin Islands. A methodological oddity The Economist Intelligence Unit has ...




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