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  1. Discussing politics normal, British consul says amid US row

    Posted Dec 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and discuss with them a wide range of political and economic issues.' A spokesman for Seaton added: 'This helps us to understand Hong Kong and to promote and protect our interests here. ... political development and urged them to refrain from further comments of that nature, a spokesman for the office said yesterday. He also accused the US of contravening the Vienna Convention ...

  2. U.S. threat on yuan seen as pure politics

    Posted Oct 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Analysts say a US bill threatening Beijing with tariffs if it does not lift the value of the yuan is politically motivated and would do nothing ... an economist with ING Asia, said the 'China-bashing bill' was politically motivated and aimed at the US electorate. 'The threat of a trade war will keep it from being passed,' ...

  3. US debt limit is no political toy

    Posted May 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kevin Rafferty When US politicians get back to business after the Memorial Day weekend today they will resume a debate that is fascinating, urgent, passionate, stubborn, and potentially highly dangerous both for the American economy and for the country's political reputation and standing in the world. It is a tragic measure of the purblind failure of leaders of both parties ...

  4. Official 'fearmongers fed data' to political parties

    Posted Oct 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the rule of law,' Leong said. 'It should not spread data it dared not submit to court ... through some government-friendly political parties.' The Court of First Instance ruled last ... the ruling. Leong said there was a 'conspiracy' between the administration and some political parties in distributing the data. He was referring to government data released last week ...

  5. Political figures dismiss Foreign Ministry stance

    Posted Sep 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Gary Cheung, Greg Torode and Stuart Lau Local political figures ensnared in the WikiLeaks saga after talking to American diplomats have vowed to continue dialogue with the US Consulate ... Liberal Party chairman Allen Lee Peng-fei, one of the local political figures who joined meetings with US diplomats in Hong Kong, said there was nothing secret about those gatherings. 'They ...

  6. On the fringes of North Korean politics

    Posted Dec 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Clearly, the young guys are getting ready to take over. Also, Jang's role in Pyongyang power politics is 'shrouded in mystery', the media tell us, but a shroud is something in which ... Korea, how about this little marvel of symbolic aestheticism? For starters, it is a clear sign of some kind of reversal in the political order, because Kim the Younger's coiffure is kind ...

  7. Leaked cables expose political infighting

    Posted Sep 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com A string of US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks relating to Taiwan has triggered a political furore on the island that is set ... President Ma Ying-jeou's proposal that the mainland 'offer to eliminate' more than 1,000 missiles targeting the island in exchange for an end to US arms sales to Taipei. In a meeting ...

  8. G20 impotent in face of Greek political turmoil

    Posted Nov 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... then the crucial person was Barack Obama. Although he had won the US presidential election just days before, he was not due to take office for another two months. In his absence, the Group of 20 could ... at the centre of Europe's financial crisis showed all the signs of a descent into political chaos. It wasn't meant to be like this. The idea was that the G20 heads of government gathered ...

  9. Piano diplomacy or politics, no strings attached as Lang Lang's ode to motherland wins American applause

    Posted Jan 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Ng Tze-wei and Cary Huang With all the sensitivities surrounding Sino-US relations, even pianist Lang Lang's performance at the White House came under scrutiny- not for his undisputed virtuosity but for one tune he played- My Motherland, the theme song from the 1956 film Shangganling, or The Battle of Triangle Hill. The film depicts Chinese troops fighting the US-led United ...

  10. Political weapon

    Posted Sep 27th 2011, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... suspicious relationship into a new realm of hard-boiled quid pro quo as he offered a 'helping hand' but urged both the Europeans and the US to get their houses in order. Just as the extent of Chinese financial support to the euro zone remains opaque, so does the political price beyond Wen's specific demands for Europe to declare China a market economy - a move that would end EU ...




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