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  1. Dangers of a fall

    Posted Aug 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... is an important foreign policy instrument. The United States has used it many times, most notably when it threatened to end market support for the troubled British pound in 1956 to force London to exit ... pointed out that the US habit of living beyond its means would ultimately trigger a constitutional crisis, the kind of political stalemate we are witnessing right now. The real question ...

  2. News - China - MIDDLE EAST

    Yinchuan, Ningxia, to host China-Arab States Economic and Trade Forum

    Posted Aug 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Beijing wanted to counterbalance US influence in the region. China has replaced the United States as the primary trading partner of many countries, including American allies. As China chases ... proved an expensive lesson for China, where its losses as a result of the crisis are estimated to run into billions of dollars. The third China-Arab States Economic and Trade Forum will be held ...

  3. Muzzling the dogs of war

    Posted Jan 06th 2007, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk Scenarios of a looming showdown between the United States and China conflict with an overwhelming desire to live, let live- and profit enormously- if only it's possible ... constitution- foisted on a supine nation by its conqueror in the second world war. Article 9 renounces 'the threat or use of force in international disputes', in effect banning Japan from ...

  4. Manila stuns the world by standing up to Beijing

    Posted Apr 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to an all-time low with armed vessels from both states staking out Scarborough Shoal- a tiny atoll in the South China Sea that sinks at high tide except for one rocky outcrop- which both say is theirs. ... a retired Philippine permanent representative to the United Nations. 'We failed to take what I call aggressive action then,' Baja told the Post as he expressed regret over what had ...

  5. Unwelcome guests

    Posted Jun 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... they say, because Pacific island states have high unemployment while many sectors of the Australian economy are suffering from an acute labour shortage. Among the industries crying out for more ...

  6. State councillor tang acknowledges beijing's interest

    Posted Mar 26th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan yesterday became the highest-level central government official to comment on the Taiwanese election. 'We are paying close attention to the development of the situation,' he said on the sidelines of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals conference in Beijing. Asked if Taiwan was embroiled in a political crisis, the former ...

  7. Reinforcing the peace

    Posted Jun 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and the United States have one important thing in common: they both want a peaceful and prosperous Asia-Pacific. Unfortunately, Beijing and Washington have conflicting visions of what a peaceful region ... that Panetta has promised is not to menace China, but to reinforce those foundations. 'Some view the increased emphasis by the United States on the Asia-Pacific region as some kind of challenge ...

  8. 40pc rise in value of US arms package for Taiwan

    Posted Sep 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com The latest US arms sales package for Taiwan, which includes sophisticated radar gear for F-16 fighter jets, will be valued at up to US$5.85 billion, about 40 per cent higher than earlier estimates, the top official of ...

  9. Talking points

    Posted Apr 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Sudan's President Salva Kiir (pictured) is due to visit China this weekend and for talks with President Hu Jintao. The United Nations, the United States and the European Union have criticised ... to change the oath of office or get a court to interpret its meaning had so far failed. The party objects to wording that says lawmakers have to protect and safeguard the constitution ...

  10. Bloggers struggle against heavy hand of Egyptian state

    Posted Mar 15th 2007, 12:00am by Ben Lynfield

    ... of speech was protected by Egypt's constitution and legal framework, it was not an absolute right and was superseded by values sacred to Egyptian society such as the sanctity of religion. ...




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