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  1. News - Hong Kong - WORLD AFFAIRS

    Hong Kong thriving as Asia's hot spot for diplomacy

    Posted Jan 06th 2013, 12:00am by Lana Lam

    ... as well as Eritrea and Zimbabwe. Since 1997, 11 consulates have closed, including those of Liberia, Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Bhutan. One of the most recent to shut ...

  2. The poor need real rupees, not symbols

    Posted Jul 20th 2010, 12:00am by Deep Kisor Datta-Ray

    ... in abject poverty with nearly no chance of improving their condition, a new UN report says. Living conditions for many Indians are frequently worse than in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo ...

  3. All sides must tread carefully in Central Asia

    Posted Jun 14th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... billed as a trade and security forum, the SCO's members are China, Russia, and the four Central Asian republics of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Together, they control the biggest land mass on Earth, from the eastern shores of Asia to Europe in the west. China and Russia are powers in their own right. But it is how the four republics- and other nations ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    No one nation, whether America or China, can rule Asia

    Posted Jun 11th 2013, 12:00am by SIMON TAY

    ... Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought to improve ties with Beijing and so did the opposition Democratic Party of Japan when it came to power. Japanese leaders recognised the economic ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Japanese companies must adapt to a changed Asia

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 12:00am by SIMON TAY

    ... that not all things are as they were. Three key changes bear special notice. First, more countries are democratic and complex. Some investors will long for the days of strongmen like Suharto or when ...

  6. Siege mentality

    Posted Jun 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... such as Singapore, nor a democratic system in a small-island regime such as Taiwan has to cope with problems of the same magnitude. These include the developmental gap between the rich areas and the poor, ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Abe and Obama must reassure Asia of their agenda for peace and growth

    Posted Feb 18th 2013, 12:00am by SIMON TAY

    ... to the group. But the aim is for completion by the end of this year and it is unclear whether Japan wants to come on board, or would be welcome. The idea, floated under the preceding Democratic Party of Japan governments, must take into account the trade partnership's ambitious targets, especially in agriculture. Abe's Liberal Democratic Party has usually protected this sector ...

  8. News - China

    Briefs, September 26, 2012

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by WIRE

    ... the fine for failing to include the full extent of the People's Republic of China in maps to 100,000 yuan (HK$122,350) from the current top fine of 10,000 yuan. Xinhua Taipei-Washington trade ...

  9. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Kerry not sure of need for military build-up in Asia

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 03:20am by AGENCIES

    ... The five-term US senator and Vietnam war veteran, who was the Democrats’ 2004 presidential nominee, said the “first priority” in protecting his credibility as a diplomat was the country’s ability to get ...

  10. News - China - HOUSING

    Too early to loosen curbs on property, says China's Premier Wen Jiabao

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing No relaxation of controls on property Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday it was too early to loosen curbs on speculative property investment, state media reported, as authorities keep a tight lid on the once red-hot housing ...




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