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  1. East Asia takes first step to unity, amid strong scepticism

    Posted Dec 13th 2005, 12:00am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... tomorrow's inaugural meeting of the East Asia Summit marks the first tentative step towards realising an Asian Union. But as leaders begin talks in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, there's ... Asia summit. A last-minute extended invitation, which would bemuse even an elementary geography student, to the two Australasian countries, as well as India, has exposed the east versus west ...

  2. No laughing matter for East Asia

    Posted Oct 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... of the relationship between the world's largest debtor, the United States, and its creditors, who are mostly in East Asia. In itself, that debt may seem to be no problem. As the world's largest ...

  3. East Asia's underlying danger

    Posted Aug 26th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... East Asia and the Russian Far East. Dry peat bogs, like coal seams close to the surface, are very difficult to douse when they catch fire. They also release huge amounts of soot, carbon dioxide ... swamp. So too does the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam and the Russian Far East. As global warming increases, these peatlands will dry out, becoming more prone to fire. Some of the Malaysian ...

  4. Poor grades for East Asia

    Posted Jun 18th 2005, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Tim Cribb East Asia ranks poorly on the press freedom table, with Paris-based Reporters Without Borders saying 'an independent media either doesn't exist or journalists are persecuted or censored on a daily basis'. China leads in jailing journalists, with at least 25 languishing in jail. Print and broadcast media is growing rapidly, but the watchdog says 'the ...

  5. Health Department warns about rise of infectious diseases in South-East Asia

    Posted Jul 21st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 6.58pm: Hong Kong people have to be vigilant about infectious diseases when travelling to Southeast Asia this summer, the Health Department warned on Thursday. The department said it had made the appeal in the wake of recent outbreaks of dengue fever in the region, as well as poliomyelitis cases and avian influenza cases in Indonesia. Statistics show more than ...

  6. Force no way to foster Middle East democracy

    Posted Feb 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Changing a region takes time, effort and patience, as the example of East Asia proves. Foreign commitment after devastating wars was the key to the economic emergence in the 1960s of Japan ... look to East Asia to see that dominoes do not always fall as they were intended to; democracy remains far away for mainland Chinese, North Koreans, Myanmese, Laotians and Vietnamese, while its ...

  7. Government, HK experts should discuss term issue

    Posted Mar 17th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I support a two-year term for a newly elected chief executive, not five years, but this does not mean that I support the government in the controversy over the tenure. After consulting mainland officials and legal experts on the mainland, Secretary for Ju ...

  8. Democracy finding its feet at last in the Middle East

    Posted Mar 07th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Democratic reform and the Middle East have until very recently been seen as incompatible terms. Dynastic succession has been the rule rather than the exception, while ballots have been ... East than there has been in a long time. The developments should also be encouraging to those inside and out of the region who have long argued- quite correctly- that democracy and Islam ...

  9. The next big East Asian power?

    Posted Apr 05th 2005, 12:00am by Sunanda Kisor Datta-Ray

    ... 1 billion people that can hold the balance among the existing players, India, too, has much to gain from closer ties with East Asia. Japan and China have endorsed India's aspirations ... Pranab Mukherjee arguing that Asia without India was like Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark. The complaint was prompted by India's exclusion from the Asia-Europe dialogue spearheaded ...

  10. Foreign funding keeps parties afloat

    Posted Jan 19th 2005, 12:00am by Borzou Daragahi

    ... Borzou Daragahi in Baghdad Illegal election money is rife- but monitoring officials are reluctant to act A cold breeze wafts through the offices of the National Democratic Party. Hashem Shabli, the party leader, apologises for the lack of heating kerosene ...




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