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  1. Limited options for retiring dictators, even one with nuclear warheads

    Posted Aug 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Donald Kirk Uneasy lies the head of a dictator while mobs demonstrate against him and rebels rampage over his fiefdom. The trouble is, there's no retirement programme for dictators. ... overdue retirement- as long as his son carries on as dictator after him. Donald Kirk, www.donaldkirk.com, is the author of Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine ...

  2. Wait begins

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Donald Kirk The death of the bouffant-coifed, platform-heeled North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il on Saturday ushers in a new era of rampant speculation, pontification and no doubt ... will be whether he feels the compulsion to show off his power with rhetoric and perhaps threats, or whether he will be in a mood for reconciliation with North Korea's long-time foes. Donald Kirk ...

  3. Will Noda usher in a hard-edged nationalism?

    Posted Sep 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Donald Kirk Japan's new prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, takes over a system that's divided and weakened by the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March. ... the fear of deepening tensions among countries and leaders who may not have learned all the lessons of history. Donald Kirk, www.donaldkirk.com, is the author of Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung ...

  4. Grim realities of the Korean success story

    Posted Jun 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Donald Kirk A recent report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development raises sobering questions about South Korea's economic achievement. In contrast to normally ... business and industry. Donald Kirk is the author of numerous books and articles on Korean business and economic issues ...

  5. Will wind of change blow ties off course?

    Posted Feb 16th 2011, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk The revolution in Egypt reverberates in North Korea- and not just because Pyongyang would like to hide the news from a citizenry that might want to emulate the Egyptian ... in maintaining military ties with one of the word's most repressive regimes in Pyongyang. Journalist Donald Kirk is the author, most recently, of Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine ...

  6. Reality stands in the way of Korea's dream of harmony

    Posted May 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Donald Kirk Few natural wonders are more distinctive than Mount Kumgang in the southeastern corner of North Korea. Looming a few kilometres above the eastern end of the demilitarised zone ... is that no business should expect success in its dealings with Pyongyang - just as no trains run on those new tracks that glisten by the Hyundai-built highways to Kumgang and Kaesong. Donald Kirk ...

  7. Talking points

    Posted Jul 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... colonial ways by Beijing's top man on Hong Kong affairs, Wang Guangya, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, formerly the city's top civil servant, will officiate at a leadership ... granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Zara Phillips, and her fiance, England rugby union veteran Mike Tindall, are to marry in a private ceremony at Edinburgh's Canongate Kirk. The pair, both ...

  8. Mixed fortunes in 2011 for HK's property market

    Posted Dec 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... economic fundamentals, all that goes up will eventually come down,' said Richard Kirke, managing director for Hong Kong at property consultants Colliers International. In the second half, ... But a day later the chief executive, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, denied there were such plans. Thomas Lam Ho-man of Knight Frank expects Hong Kong's mass housing prices will fall as much as 15 per ...

  9. career tracker

    Posted May 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Andrew Kirk, managing director- Hong Kong and Taiwan, Edelman Joining Edelman in 2009, Kirk helped rebuild the Hong Kong corporate practice- more than tripling its size in the past year. 'I'm confident [Kirk] will continue to provide strong leadership to our clients and staff in this important hub market,' says David Brain, Edelman Asia-Pacific president and CEO. Kirk has ...

  10. McDonald's boosts franchising on mainland

    Posted Aug 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Celine Sun in Beijing celine.sun@scmp.com Fast food giant McDonald's wants to open more franchised stores in western China in a bid to expand on the mainland in a faster and more cost-efficient way. McDonald's China issued its first 'developmental licence', a form of franchising, to a catering enterprise in Yunnan province yesterday. With the licence, ...




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