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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Planned joint maritime security exercise shows Asean can lead

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 06:35pm by MARK VALENCIA

    ... is trying to transform itself into a "political-security community" by 2015. Many in the West think this is a bridge too far. Indeed, Asean has long been dismissed as nothing more than a talk shop. Some predict that US-China rivalry will dominate regional political affairs, increase instability and erode the grouping's political and security centrality. Cracks are already ...

  2. Sino-Russian drill seen as tactical move

    Posted Apr 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and hospital ships, as well as two submarines, the Ministry of National Defence said. Four warships from Russia's Pacific Fleet left Vladivostok for the drill on Sunday, along with vessels, ... threatens to escalate after Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara said talks were under way for the city to buy some of the disputed islets from private owners. China and Russia signed a memorandum ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Legal route to resolve South China Sea dispute a political minefield

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:00am by SIMON TAY

    ... managed, could lead to political fallout Challenge for all The legal process begun by the Philippines to challenge claims by China to the South China Sea surprised the region. International arbitration is allowed under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, but the move adds urgency and new elements to a trying political scene. Relations between the two nations over competing claims ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - TRAVEL

    Geo-political tension threatens South China Sea cruise market: experts

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Keith Wallis

    ... Keith Wallis keith.wallis@scmp.com Geo-political tensions in the South China Sea are threatening growth in Asia's burgeoning cruise holiday market, industry experts say Political shockwave hits cruises Military and political tensions in the South China Sea are threatening the development of Asia's burgeoning cruise holiday market, shipping and travel experts say. Dr Liu ...

  5. Hawkish commander heads South Sea Fleet

    Posted Jul 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng teddy.ng@scmp.com A famously hawkish senior navy commander has been appointed as the political commissar of the South Sea Fleet of the Chinese Navy. Vice-Admiral Wang Dengping, previously the political commissar of the North Sea Fleet, will now oversee the fleet that patrols the disputed South China Sea waters. His appointment follows Beijing's moves to step up its ...

  6. News - China - DEFENCE

    US navy accused of 'harassing' carrier Liaoning in South China Sea incident

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 11:30pm by Cary Huang, AP

    ... with Shanghai University of Political Science and Law. Jingdong Yuan, a regional security expert with the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney, said: "The intention ...

  7. News - Asia - MARITIME

    South China Sea strategic complexities sharpen into focus

    Posted Aug 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... but narrow straits through the archipelago expected to get increasingly crowded with submarines, potentially from China and Russia as well as possibly Singapore and Malaysia, in the coming years. ...

  8. Russia's fires hit HK travellers

    Posted Aug 09th 2010, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung At least one flight and two tour groups from Hong Kong to Russia, have been affected following heavy smog caused by a series of forest and peat bog fires. The government ... capital yesterday morning was forced to delay the trip for at least a day, because one of the airline's planes was stranded in Russia due to the low visibility. A total of 192 passengers were ...

  9. Our textbooks are politically biased

    Posted Jul 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... mindset. How can we learn to relate to the mainland if we are not allowed to know its political system, warts and all? Tommy Chan Chuen-hin, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School From the Editor ...

  10. You can't pull the political wool over Hongkongers' eyes

    Posted Jun 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... presenting a proper case for reform is a substantial matter that leaves a sense of unease. Hongkongers are distinctly unimpressed by politicians and very sceptical over political posturing. Thus, what is seen as time wasting or 'political show' goes down very badly indeed. It may be unfair to criticise legislators who have nothing but blocking powers, but that is the game ...




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