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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Repercussions of US political gridlock felt around the globe

    Posted Nov 06th 2014, 05:21am by SCMP Editorial

    ... The president remains in charge of foreign policy and defence, but a Republican Senate now controls spending and top appointments. That effectively stymies the administration's ability to look ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China's defence spending only natural, but it must explain why

    Posted Mar 09th 2014, 04:02am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Spend on defence, but explain why China's defence budget is greeted by its neighbours and the US the same way each year. The amount is seen as being excessive, doubts ... pirates and is steadily raising its profile in the wake of overseas natural disasters. With the need to modernise and expand capability, this year's planned 12.2 per cent rise in defence ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Gleanings from China's defence budget

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Gleanings from defence budget China's defence budgets and white papers usually prompt questions about transparency, which begs the question of how much foreign analysts ... latest defence white paper, is undergoing profound changes as the US adjusts its Asia-Pacific security strategy. That said, the document issued by the Ministry of National Defence does represent ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Amid Japan tensions, China and US must continue efforts to build trust

    Posted Nov 27th 2013, 04:19am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Building trust amid rhetoric Tense China-Japan relations could do without a new flashpoint. But it was predictable after Beijing set up an air defence identification zone ... maintained an overlapping air defence identification zone of its own. Its ally Washington has expressed concern about the "risk of an accident" and reaffirmed that the islands fall under ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Vigilance the best defence against bird flu

    Posted Aug 22nd 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Vigilance the best defence H7N9, the bird flu strain that has health officials on edge, is now on Hong Kong's doorstep. A confirmed case in the Guangdong city ... rely on past experience with similar viruses. That means avoiding live poultry and wild birds and people with flu symptoms. Being vigilant is our best defence. ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China and India moving closer

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:17am by SCMP Editorial

    ... their defence forces are eyeballing one another illustrates a complex relationship. More trade and investment brings nations closer together, but continuing dialogue and diplomacy is also needed ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong's top judges are best defence of independent judiciary

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Top judges are our best defence A robust defence of the judiciary and its independence by two top judges is a good antidote to recent warnings about threats to its integrity ... they felt called on to make a defence now, though neither referred to the case. A judgment on the case is expected tomorrow, including whether to entertain a request by the government to ask ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Despite Hanoi's hedging strategy, it must settle disputes with China

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 05:23am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of Chinese workers. A meeting with Politburo Standing Committee member Liu Yunshan ironed out an agreement under which the sides will avoid exacerbating territorial disputes, return to defence ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Testing times for Sino-US military relations

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 04:01am by SCMP Editorial

    ... included flying to within seven metres of the P-8's wingtips, at one time passing its nose at a 90-degree angle to show its underside loaded with weaponry; the Defence Ministry rejected ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must remain alert to dangers posed by forces of nature

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 03:43am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to be whether signal No 8 is raised in time to give people a half or full day off work rather than news of heavy casualties. This owes much to a wealth of defence and warning systems built up through ...




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