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  1. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesia to declare winner in presidential race

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:40am by AP

    ... adding that the announcement should be delayed until the problem had been resolved. The tension could threaten Indonesia's fragile transition to democracy 16 years after it emerged from the long and brutal Suharto dictatorship. The country of 240 million is experiencing a slowing economy- the largest in Southeast Asia- and needs leadership to tackle a rapidly crumbling ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Shinzo Abe must show strong leadership to realise ambitious plans

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:54am by SCMP Editorial

    ... with ambitious plans. Vested interests make attaining Abe's vision especially daunting. Only with strong leadership does he have a chance, but that also has to be tempered with a less ...

  3. News - China

    Transit firm sues Taipei tube slasher for damages

    Posted Jun 06th 2014, 04:39am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Taipei Transit firm sues Taipei tube slasher for damages The operator of Taiwan's subway system said yesterday that it was seeking compensation for operational losses from a man who killed four people in a stabbing spree last month. The Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation said it lost about 945,000 passengers in the 10 days following the May 21 attack, ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China needs faster transition of power to allay uncertainty

    Posted Nov 30th 2012, 12:00am by PETER K

    ... In Britain, it is generally a matter of days. There was less at stake during China's last leadership transition in 2002. Then, the nation was only the world's seventh-biggest economy. ... SCMP Editorial China needs faster transition In such trying economic times, political uncertainty is not what foreign governments, companies and investors want from China, the world's ...

  5. News - China - POLITICS

    Wen Jiabao: the people's champion or a chameleon

    Posted Mar 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... a lonely voice in the communist leadership, regardless of his sincerity. In one his last major speeches, at a State Council executive meeting on January 23, Wen showed he was still willing to take ... his public image before retirement - or deliberately playing the role of an outspoken reformer in an effort to balance the communist leadership's conservative image. But sympathisers say ...

  6. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Xi gets off to good start in first 100 days but drastic reforms are unlikely

    Posted Feb 25th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... 15. Last Friday marked the 100th day of his new leadership, and judging from reactions at home and abroad, Xi has got off to a good start. Through his public speeches and meetings, Xi has ... and meetings, he adopted an unusually tough tone on the urgency of fighting graft, saying that the mainland leadership would deal with the corrupt "tigers and flies" at the same time. This has ...

  7. News - Asia - IRAN

    Iran steps up efforts to block import and transit of Afghani opium

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 02:07pm by Associated Press in Taibad, Iran

    ... 2,000-kilometre border with Afghanistan and Pakistan. “The transit of narcotics is a complicated issue. Smugglers are wealthy. They change tactics and use modern equipment that makes it more and more ... Islamic teachings and our policy to allow transit of illicit drugs through our territory.” Ali Reza Jazini Neighbouring Afghanistan has all the makings of a narco-state and is the main source ...

  8. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Urbanisation and domestic consumption Beijing's economic priorities

    Posted Dec 17th 2012, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com New leadership's first Central Economic Work conference identifies key strategies for boosting growth, including faster pace of urbanisation Leaders bank on domestic consumption Promoting domestic consumption and urbanisation is at the heart of a blueprint for the mainland economy thrashed out at a weekend conference of leaders. "China ...

  9. News - China - POLITICS

    Xi Jinping vows no stop in reform and opening up

    Posted Dec 12th 2012, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... Yuan Weishi, a Guangzhou-based historian and political commentator, said it would all be empty talk if the new leadership could not roll out concrete measures to uphold the rule of law, shatter ...

  10. News - China - POLITICS

    Exclusive: Hunan boss Zhou Qiang tipped to be top judge

    Posted Nov 11th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK, Keith Zhai

    ... to become top judge The leader of the province where June 4 activist Li Wangyang mysteriously died in June is likely to become China's next top judge as part of the leadership transition under way at the 18th party congress, sources said. Zhou Qiang, party chief of southern Hunan, is expected to be appointed president of the Supreme People's Court next March when the transition ...




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