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  1. Singapore's poison-shrimp defence

    Posted Feb 06th 2004, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson What does a Southeast Asian country do when it is small but has a big air force? In Singapore's case, it disperses its planes and, indeed, some of its ground forces ... 'poison shrimp' defence strategy, which is intended to warn any larger country that trying to swallow the island state would be painful. Singapore carries a big stick, but chooses ...

  2. Lee's visit inspires Mahathir's wrath and poison pen

    Posted Jun 17th 2009, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... Baradan Kuppusamy in Kuala Lumpur When it comes to the elder statesmen of Singapore and Malaysia, it seems old rivalries never die. Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, who ended his eight-day tour of Malaysia on Monday, was the target of a bro ...

  3. A closing window of opportunity

    Posted Sep 15th 2004, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... serious problem stems not from these disputes but from history. Although almost 60 years have passed since the end of the second world war, the seeds of hostility continue to poison ... by a willingness to compensate the handful of ageing survivors. In fact, it is in Japan's own interest to do so. As it is, the Chinese population in general is fiercely anti-Japanese. One survey, ...

  4. Oh, what nations will do for oil

    Posted Mar 05th 2004, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson Japan is heavily dependent on imported oil, mainly from the volatile Persian Gulf region. But it is also heavily reliant on its longstanding ally, the United States, to guard the sea lanes that bring the oil to Japan. Until recently, To ...

  5. Noble sentiment

    Posted Oct 13th 2010, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... would not have been eligible. Men such as Nelson Mandela, Kim Dae-jung and Martin Luther King Jnr were honoured for what they had done- or were attempting to do- to bring about change ... corrosive of a person's wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation's spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society's tolerance ...

  6. Obama and Hu's defining moment

    Posted Jan 18th 2011, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Political hype could poison the atmosphere and prevent progress on the proliferation of business, economic and financial issues dividing the two countries, not to mention perilous questions like ... for America's own economic shortcomings. On the Chinese side, passions are also high. The abiding fear among Beijing officials is that America will do anything in its power to block the rise of China. ...

  7. Public vs party on Japan issue

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

    ... that while one is carrying out a universally recognised crime, others can do it too? So while the US is committing human rights abuses in the Middle East and its military base in Cuba, China and other nations can do this as well? Should the US and other western nations stop criticising China as most of them have committed atrocities in the past themselves? What kind of logic is that? Do ...

  8. Sino-Japan ties run aground in Hanoi

    Posted Oct 30th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Japanese side should take full responsibility for any consequences,' he said. The tensions threaten to poison today's 16-nation East Asia Summit and could imperil Sino-Japanese talks ... do not know the real intention of the Chinese remarks, and we think it important to respond in a calm manner,' he said. 'From our side we remain ready to talk. But for a tango ...

  9. China out of step with trend against death penalty

    Posted May 18th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... only be successful if the voters are mature and knowledgeable. How do we know that Hong Kong voters are mature? May I offer the following multiple-choice test to the would-be voter: Hong Kong ... exaggerated the images because they need a new way to criticise the Americans, the Iraqis and the war. CARLY CHAN, Hunghom Poisoned food After reading the article headlined 'Toxic chemicals ...

  10. Living beyond the planet's means

    Posted Dec 05th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... to poisonous chemicals in soft drinks. In China, too, brave souls raise environmental issues in defiance of a government scared to hear any voice other than that of its own progress. In the Maldives, ... are fulfilled. All these people are right to be concerned. The earth is at a potential tipping point. After 10,000 years of relative stability and predictability, the climate is starting to do weird ...




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