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  1. Still a force for peace

    Posted Jun 25th 2004, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... Tom Plate Diplomacy is not often the military's strong suit, and of late the US military's image, as a result of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, has taken some serious hits. ... In the last several years he has travelled to Asia almost monthly. Military diplomacy is generally military-to-military. General Begert says his most interesting assignment recently has been the time ...

  2. Guns'n'poses

    Posted Jun 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Carmen Li

    ... Carmen Li When Kate Moss wore a battered military jacket on the cover of British magazine i-D a few years ago, her unique sense of style, coupled with her platinum-blonde, razor-cut ... the symbolic values of camouflage prints evolved from being a symbol of nature into a military icon. 'Now, you see them everywhere, and it seems like people have subverted the original symbolic ...

  3. Wen outlines four steps to combat dearer oil

    Posted Oct 08th 2004, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Ray Cheung in Hanoi China will boost fuel reserves, use more coal, conserve stocks, seek stable supply Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday confirmed that China would build up its oil reserves as part of its measures to cope with rising global oil prices and poss ...

  4. Strict restrictions on access to digital files

    Posted Jan 27th 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest Applications are time consuming and making copies is discouraged Declassified Chinese diplomatic files are available to the public in digital form. But trying to access them is time consuming and duplication of the documents is severely ...

  5. Gurkhas set to win battle for British residency

    Posted Sep 30th 2004, 12:00am by Thomas Bell

    ... Thomas Bell in Dharan They cannot live or work in the UK, despite having served in its military British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to announce in the next few days a softening of the rules that prohibit former British Gurkha soldiers from living and working in the UK. The move will come after a long campaign by ex-soldiers for better recognition after retirement. Gurkhas ...

  6. Jinan war zone leads logistics revamp

    Posted Jun 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chan Siu-sin The Central Military Commission has approved a pilot reform scheme to centralise logistical support within the so-called Jinan war zone in an attempt to improve efficiency, ... of the Jinan military region, one of the mainland's seven military regions, and oversees Shandong and Henan provinces. According to globalsecurity.org, the region has 190,000 troops. In the event ...

  7. Court gives backing to military service

    Posted Jul 16th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Khang Hyun-sung in Seoul Conscientious objectors lose battle in S Korea South Korea's Supreme Court has ruled that young men must perform compulsory military service regardless of any ... considered an apparent legal inconsistency within the country's constitution, which mandates military service but also guarantees the freedom to act according to one's conscience. It passed ...

  8. Military unlikely to retreat from Indonesian politics

    Posted May 21st 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... military's direct involvement in politics, but whether that is the reality remains unclear. Some observers have suggested that with three of the 12 presidential candidates being former military ... of the presidential frontrunners, retired army chief Wiranto, whose key platform is a promise of strong government. His style of military command has been described as 'ruthless'. Democratic reforms ...

  9. Military's top body to include air force, navy brass

    Posted May 01st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan The top military decision-making body will be expanded to include commanders from the navy, air force and strategic nuclear forces, a pro-Beijing newspaper reported. Military experts said the move would be a significant step towards modernising the People's Liberation Army and improve its capability to carry out combined operations with other branches. ...

  10. Resignation is a sign of the military's dissent over independence

    Posted Mar 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... suggests there is a rift between him and President Chen Shui-bian, but also that the military is growing uncomfortable with the government's pro-independence policies. Although Mr Chen's aides have insisted he will not push for independence, senior Taiwan military officials have made it well known they would not stand by if he tried. 'The military is against Taiwan ...




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