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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Mad, bad North Korea may just be an act

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 03:41am by Donald Kirk

    ... day North Korea's military command orders live-fire artillery and missile exercises off its east coast, and the next day South Korea says fairly soon firms from the country ... remarked. Iran might embrace "ideas that I find abhorrent, but they're not North Korea". If North Korea represents an extreme, however, conflicting reports about North Korea ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong needs to outlaw growing practice of upskirting

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 12:30pm by SU-MEI THOMPSON, LISA MOORE

    ... become more sophisticated. This has motivated some countries to take a more creative approach. Japan has developed special panty fabric engineered to repel infrared rays. Meanwhile, South Korea ... media have created a new set of concerns about sexual voyeurism, given the scope for images to go viral. In Hong Kong, there were over 110 reported incidents of upskirting last year, up from ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Official regret over building collapse a rare display of feeling in North Korea

    Posted May 21st 2014, 04:27am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial A rare display offeeling in N Korea North Korea is known for putting guns before grain, the military ahead of the people, as a place where millions have suffered through famine caused by state planning bungles without official apology. It is therefore understandable that great prominence was given to media reports about North Korean officials expressing regret ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    In South America, Xi eases the way for bilateral trade

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 04:57pm by kamilia Lahrichi

    ... Kamilia Lahrichi Kamilia Lahrichi notes China's focus on deals to improve transportation In South America, Xi eases the way for bilateral trade President Xi Jinping's visit ... place in the countries' interior, the construction or expansion of terminals, ports and railways, as well as the modernisation of equipment, is necessary for China to secure transport ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - TALKING POINTS

    Talking points

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 05:11am by STAFF

    ... counterpart, Sushma Swaraj. The pair are expected to prepare the ground for Modi to visit Washington, possibly in September.   Voters go to polls in South Korea By-elections are held in constituencies across South Korea to determine who will occupy 15 parliamentary seats. The vote is seen as a mid-term referendum on President Park Geun-hye's conservative government. Her Saenuri party ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    South China Sea power play shows national self-interest, not racism

    Posted May 30th 2014, 03:49am by LETTERS

    ... between the Western Pacific and Indian oceans, through which more than half the world's trade tonnage passes each year. The majority of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan's energy supplies, ... South China Sea power play not racism but self-interest Your columnist Philip Bowring says that China's behaviour vis-à-vis the South China Sea smacks of Han chauvinism ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China must upgrade growth strategy to avoid economic stagnation

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 05:54pm by PROJECT SYNDICATE

    ... to encourage the emergence of a new one, causing their economies to stagnate. Perhaps the most notable exceptions to this rule have been in East Asia, where four economies- South Korea, Taiwan, Hong ... to institutional transformation, not the other way around. In Taiwan and South Korea, authoritarian governments after the second world war compensated for the weakness of the rule of law by creating ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Diplomatic manoeuvring makes for strange bedfellows in Northeast Asia

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 03:47am by SCMP Editorial

    ... by last week visiting South Korea ahead of long-time ally North Korea unambiguously denoted frustration and displeasure. Japan and the North have made progress on their long-standing dispute over ... Abe's agenda is similarly flawed. While he has made political capital at home by forging ground on the abductees issue, shaky relations with China and South Korea have been further damaged ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Government's electoral reform report leaves hopes for democracy in tatters

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 05:25am by Joseph Wong

    ... Joseph Wong Joseph Wong says Leung's report to Beijing is so out of touch with the political realities in Hong Kong that it offers people little comfort in their long struggle to achieve universal suffrage A shred of hope? To those unaware of recent events in the Legislative Council or the increased political tension in society, the two recently released government reports ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Selective report on electoral reform consultation further divides Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 02:45pm by Simon Young

    ... Simon Young Simon Young says after months of work to seek public views on electoral reform, the government's selective reporting of the result fails to move Hong Kong towards a consensus No closer In preparing its two recent political reform reports, the Hong Kong administration's strategy was to avoid provocative statements and appear neutral and open. Notice ...




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