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  1. 'Allies' best kept at the fringes

    Posted Mar 12th 2011, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Hong Kong's democratic camp has a real problem that can only be solved by decisive action. The reckless and self-indulgent actions of the League of Social Democrats and their offshoot, the 'People's Force', threaten to un ...

  2. Official Hong Kong HQ in Taiwan is given go-ahead

    Posted Jul 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in Hong Kong have long been a sensitive issue from the perspective of Beijing, which has regarded the use of the name 'Taiwan' or 'Republic of China' as unacceptable. Similar ... Taiwan. Hong Kong-based China watcher Johnny Lau Yui-siu welcomed the move and said the city could make use of the new channel to boost its role in cross-strait affairs. 'The Hong Kong ...

  3. On the sidelines

    Posted Sep 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Transitional Council promised 'a new, democratic and pluralistic' government for all Libyans would have created further angst among Beijing's authoritarian leaders. Indeed, China has ... and Myanmar to stand against what it sees as a Western-led conspiracy among democracies to impose the creed on other states, including China. China also unquestioningly provides support to other ...

  4. Beijing hits back on arms fears

    Posted Aug 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng teddy.ng@scmp.com Beijing has dismissed a report by Japanese defence experts alleging increased naval activity by China as 'irresponsible'. The report has 'ulterior motives', said the Chinese military. China accused Japan of trying to justify its own coastal defence build-up by saying that China posed a security threat. 'The defence paper plays up ...

  5. Expats' long march in China

    Posted Nov 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Daleena Samara Senior foreign executives working on mainland China prefer to stay on rather than go home after three years, according to a recent study by the London-based Association ... they planned to stay for five or more years. About 80 per cent held general management positions in China including CEO and chief operating officer roles, with many in multinational companies, earning ...

  6. China second worst for graft

    Posted Nov 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com China's infrastructure sector is one of the most corrupt among 19 industries in 28 countries and regions surveyed for a Transparency International ... The Transparency International report said: 'Companies from China and Russia were viewed as most likely to pay bribes. The growing importance of China and Russia in international trade and investment ...

  7. The art of being a good neighbour

    Posted May 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... China has for decades had a diplomatic policy of good neighbourliness towards Southeast Asia and beyond, but its military rise has seemingly been at odds with its doctrine of peaceful ... for that with the potential for a military misstep with China's growing naval strength and the US' continued strong presence in Asia. Chen's trip comes after a string of visits to Southeast Asian ...

  8. Richard McGregor

    Posted Jan 02nd 2011, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... political mindset. Just doing the numbers is never enough. CHAMBERS OF SECRETS Many people seem strangely naive or wilfully blind to the importance of politics in China. Most struggle to grasp ... once outsiders grasped how the Middle Kingdom works. The truth is the party strives to make the political system as opaque and impenetrable as possible. They might want you to understand China ...

  9. The arduous road to clean government

    Posted Jan 03rd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to China. However, public outrage at the extent of official corruption and abuse of power at every level on the mainland is seen as a threat to social harmony. Top leaders have described it as a threat to the Communist Party's political legitimacy. Officials are under irresistible pressure to show they are taking it seriously. That is not surprising when it even gets some ...

  10. In China's defence

    Posted Apr 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Frank Ching China's latest defence white paper, aimed at defusing criticism about its lack of transparency, was immediately condemned for not discussing military issues ... a 'carrier killer', has reached initial operational capability, Beijing did not mention it in its white paper. Presumably, China considers these to be sensitive matters that it doesn't want ...




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