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  1. Fitness plan calls for all villages to get sports facilities

    Posted Jul 15th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Beijing has announced plans to promote physical fitness in rural communities by building sports facilities in all villages in response to studies that indicate ... in 2000 and 2001 showed that the physical health and flexibility of rural residents was below that of urban residents. 'We feel there is a large rural-urban gap in terms of sports training ...

  2. Political parties that defy the laws of physics

    Posted Sep 14th 2010, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines The peculiarity of Hong Kong politics is relatively well known but insufficiently discussed. When it is, the discussion tends to focus on the impotence of political parties that can run for office but are constitutionally barred from governi ...

  3. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    PLA holds navy-air force joint exercise as Diaoyu tensions rise

    Posted Aug 27th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHIYUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com Report of PLA exercise 'sends signal to Japan' A joint navy-air force exercise to practise an amphibious assault and landing was held earlier ... Mainland web users appeared excited by news of the military exercise. "Does it mean that the PLA are strong enough to straighten out our territorial issue?" one wrote. Others posted ...

  4. Military movement 'just an exercise'

    Posted Jun 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Top security officials yesterday moved to reassure the Hong Kong public that a movement of People's Liberation Army military hardware through the streets of the city late on Friday night was no more than a normal troop redeployment exercise. Photos of more than a dozen PLA armoured personnel carriers (APCs), trucks and bulldozers appeared ...

  5. Some Palestinians fear physical split is terminal blow to statehood

    Posted Jun 16th 2007, 12:00am by Abraham Rabinovich

    ... Abraham Rabinovich in Jerusalem The long-mooted dream of two peoples residing peacefully in nations between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River took an unexpected shape this week. Instead of Israel and Palestine, the nations are Palestinian- a notional ...

  6. Governing isn't just a PR exercise

    Posted Jun 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Regina Ip Hong Kong doesn't need WikiLeaks to sate the public's appetite for unseemly disclosures of the shenanigans and skulduggery that go on in the corridors of power. First came Jeremy Godfrey, the quixotic former government chief informatio ...

  7. PLA fighter jets join in Turkey air exercises

    Posted Oct 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode The PLA is spreading its wings- sending fighter jets to Turkey for mock dogfights in its first air exercises with a Nato country. Turkish press reports yesterday confirmed the unprecedented involvement of PLA air force jets in Turkey's annual joint exercises, known as Anatolian Eagle, held over the centre of the country last week. The exercises come amid a flurry ...

  8. PLA ends 5-day exercise to defend Beijing

    Posted Aug 08th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The People's Liberation Army yesterday ended a five-day drill to defend Beijing from air attack. More than 12,000 personnel from the land, air and naval forces in Shandong and Henan provinces took part in the drill conducted by the Jinan ...

  9. Organisers of 'referendum' exercise are turning it into a revolution, claims DAB chief

    Posted Jan 30th 2010, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Gary Cheung

    ... the upcoming by-elections- a decision echoed by its ally, the Federation of Trade Unions. But organisers of the so-called referendum exercise- where five lawmakers from the Civic Party and the League ... were illegal, since Beijing had earlier condemned the exercise as a breach of the Basic Law and a 'blatant challenge' to its authority, Tam said: 'Whether they should be arrested ...

  10. Afghan election an exercise in futility

    Posted Aug 17th 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... Gwynne Dyer 'They have the watches, but we have the time,' the Taliban commanders say in Afghanistan, and it's perfectly true. The election on Thursday is not going to change that. The foreign forces, US, Canadian and European, are well-tra ...




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