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  1. Transparency required on defence spending

    Posted Mar 09th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... duties under the auspices of the United Nations, that would have been difficult if not impossible in the past. More openness would address the reality that defence spending and its transparency ... Chinese warships and military transport aircraft made a relatively small but vital contribution as nearly 36,000 Chinese nationals were rescued by air, sea and land over 10 days in the biggest ...

  2. Help in nation-building needed to sink pirates

    Posted Oct 26th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Naval forces from about 40 nations, including China, failed to prevent a hijacked mainland ship with 25 crew from reaching a pirates' haven in Somalia. In its efforts to rescue ... be deadly, as the United States has found to its cost. Wisely, Beijing is reported to be considering appealing for help from tribal elders, who wield at least some authority, to smooth negotiations ...

  3. The template for a thoroughly modern nation

    Posted Oct 13th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... nation into an industrialised nation rivalling the United States. Lin, who participated in the drafting of many such plans, said: 'The result of such Stalinist-style planning was the short ... them is illegal.' The drafting of China's Five-Year Programme for National Economic and Social Development, as it is now formally known, usually begins more than two years ahead ...

  4. Will new national energy agency be just another toothless body?

    Posted Feb 01st 2010, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei After more than two years of bureaucratic wrangling, the mainland leadership last week announced the establishment of the National Energy Commission (NEC). Energy analysts ... but the previous attempts have produced little. As part of the economic reforms, the mainland leadership abolished the ministry of energy in 1993 and created three national energy conglomerates, leaving ...

  5. Rescue effort unites Tibetans and Han

    Posted Apr 17th 2010, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... criticised for playing up national unity at the expense of sensitivity to the unique cultures and traditions of minority ethnic groups. It is a source of tension underscored by the rioting in Lhasa ...

  6. New rule on sale aimed at nation's farmland reserve

    Posted Sep 11th 2008, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... areas will affect food supplies and boost prices. The mainland had a population of about 1.3 billion, compared with 30 million in Canada and 300 million in the United States, he said. Per capita ... reported in March. One mu is equivalent to 670 square metres. The new rules will exempt national projects, including military projects and a pipeline to transfer natural gas from Xinjiang ...

  7. China and US must build on Clinton's visit

    Posted Feb 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and place for such dialogue; a courtesy call by a new foreign minister is neither. Sino-US relations are complex. The two nations' economies are closely linked and it is essential that common ...

  8. Lawmakers unite to urge review of rules on working in bad weather

    Posted May 13th 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong Lawmakers across the political spectrum have supported a motion demanding the government review health and safety rules affecting people who work during bad weather. 'We need a comprehensive review of the protection to workers, most of wh ...

  9. Nations not close to preventing dangerous climate change

    Posted Feb 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a proactive role in shouldering the responsibility for carbon reduction. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen should ensure that Hong Kong can play its part in meeting the national reduction ...

  10. Mrs Clinton's chance to turn words into action

    Posted Feb 17th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is a logical first port of call, being the United States' foremost ally in Asia. Indonesia, Mr Obama's boyhood home and the most populous Muslim nation, will give Washington the opportunity ... the isolationist nation firmly back into the six-party talks on scrapping its nuclear programme will be another challenge. There is no certainty that Indonesia can become the global voice of Muslim ...




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