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  1. Quotes of the week

    Posted Feb 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... There were guns all around me and they told me they wouldn't hesitate to use them if I didn't resign Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed Who is the genius, and who is the idiot? Canto-pop star Sam Hui on his preference for chief executive ...

  2. Indian Ocean storm buffets US-Japan alliance

    Posted Nov 01st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chief Asia correspondent Greg Torode The two Japanese ships steaming home from the Indian Ocean today, their mission to support US-led operations in Afghanistan shelved, are sailing ... 1 per cent of its gross domestic product on its military. Yet the wrangle over deploying the ships, part of Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Forces, in the Indian Ocean is exposing deeper ...

  3. Diplomacy, not force, still the focus

    Posted May 20th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter in Yangon Frustration with stubborn junta unlikely to trigger unilateral action It is a favoured scenario of armchair Rambos among the frustrated UN staff, aid workers and diplomats now gathering nightly in the bars of Yangon and Bangkok to ...

  4. Who said it?

    Posted Feb 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Propaganda workers should insist on telling the truth... so that evil can be evicted and righteousness be supported Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai There were guns all around me and they told me they wouldn't hesitate to use them if I didn't resig ...

  5. Edge of despair

    Posted Oct 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... The military crackdown is the latest in a long line of letdowns for the nation's exiled dissidents, writes Simon Parry Hope isn't a friend Win Hlaing can afford to give up on. It sustained him when he was a student leader in the 1988 protests in ...

  6. 'Prophet of doom' warns to prepare

    Posted Sep 30th 2010, 12:00am by Keith Wallis

    ... Keith Wallis in Singapore Tensions between China and the United States could escalate as the mainland becomes the world's largest economy and the US struggles to adapt to the new order, according to the man known as the 'prophet of doom', Dr Marc Faber. Faber said that the US had a strategic advantage because it had access to two oceans, but a problem for Asia ...

  7. a year later

    Posted May 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Reading comprehension Answer the following questions 1 Which cyclone was expected to hit Myanmar last month? a. Bijli b. Nargis c. Nwei d. Irrawaddy 2 What material has been added to a new storm shelter to withstand another cyclone? a. iron beams b. harde ...

  8. Farmers fight to reclaim land 'stolen' for palm oil venture

    Posted Feb 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Marianne Kearney Saiful Arbi vividly remembers how he gave up his most valuable asset and the one thing that would ensure him a reasonable future: his 8ha cocoa and areca nut farm in Alue Alue village, East Aceh. 'A few armed men came to my house at ...

  9. PLA Navy takes initial lead in anti-piracy co-ordination

    Posted Oct 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Keith Wallis in London keith.wallis@scmp.com China is set to strengthen its role in anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden by taking control of a newly formed naval convoy co-ordination group from January 1 next year, senior naval officers have confirmed. The PLA Navy will oversee the operation of warships from China, Russia, India and other countries ...

  10. Naval gazing

    Posted Apr 06th 2007, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... frigates to take part in counterterrorism training in the Indian Ocean with ships from seven other nations. Late last month, two Chinese navy destroyers visited Indonesia. It was the first such call in 12 years. Today, five Indian navy ships will start six days of manoeuvres with the US navy off Okinawa in southern Japan. And, on April 17, the navies of India, Japan and the US ...




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