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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Military the weakest link in US 'pivot' to Asia

    Posted Dec 17th 2012, 12:00am by TREFOR MOSS

    ... Trefor Moss Trefor Moss says Washington's 'pivot' to Asia is more about diplomacy and trade than military dominance, given that the US is struggling to maintain its current ... The "pivot" to Asia- the United States' historic shift in emphasis from the Atlantic to the Pacific- has been in motion for a year now. The US' goal is to stress-proof the Asia-Pacific ...

  2. News - China - DEFENCE

    Chinese general urges calm amid regional tensions in US visit

    Posted Aug 26th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com PLA official Cai Yingting urges 'win-win' relationship with Washington, as visit signals 'maturing' ties despite Pacific tensions U.S ... and American militaries for developing a stable relationship. Cai made the comments at a meeting on Friday with Admiral James Winnefeld, the No 2 officer in the US armed forces. Analysts saw ...

  3. US, China envoys meet amid tension over arms

    Posted Oct 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... continued arms sales to Taiwan. Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Cui Tiankai spoke with US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell during the second leg of a Sino-US Asia-Pacific forum in Beijing, just hours before US lawmakers headed towards a final Senate vote on legislation that would retaliate against Beijing for alleged currency manipulation. 'The talks will focus ...

  4. US needs to make up its mind about Taiwan

    Posted Oct 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Taiwan buy the newer versions, the US merely agreed to retrofit the 146 older models already in Taipei's fleet. That decision was a blow to President Ma Ying-jeou, who, since his election in 2008, has gone to great lengths to cultivate better relations with mainland China and reduce tensions in the Taiwan Strait- measures that US officials clearly endorsed. Although Ma has adopted ...

  5. China, Japan play politics on waterway

    Posted May 27th 2005, 12:00am by Jeremy Hurewitz

    ... together to keep the strait safe. The Malacca Strait is an area where the geo-political struggle between the two Asian giants is being played out. Japan has long been a leader in drawing attention ... to not allow US military ships to patrol the strait. A new partnership with Indonesia, announced in April, includes provisions for maritime co-operation. Both countries worry about disruption of energy ...

  6. What the US Can Learn from China

    Posted Jan 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... David Wilson What the US Can Learn from China by Ann Lee Berrett-Koehler Publishers China-bashing borders on a 'contact sport', according to New York professor Ann Lee. Her new book, What the US Can Learn from China, sets out to show that China has some model credentials. Her knowledge-rich book (subtitled An Open-Minded Guide to Treating Our Greatest Competitor as Our ...

  7. US power not all it's cracked up to be

    Posted Oct 11th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... by the banking meltdown. Forget Chicago's Olympic humiliation. For an illustration of how far expectations in Washington of the reach of US power now run ahead of reality, look at the Iran nuclear question. By Washington, I refer to the demands of assorted pundits on left and right that the US somehow 'stop Iran' whether through sanctions or, if needs be, a military strike. Just ...

  8. Comment - News

    Asia is wary of chameleon Romney

    Posted Nov 06th 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Greg Torode Greg Torode says the possibility of a Romney victory caught Asian officials off guard, but an actual win would cause headaches Certain doubts Should US President Barack Obama ... fuelled in part by distance. The situation on the ground in the US, with its bitterly polarised and economically stressed voters, has never quite seemed so secure. The faith ...

  9. US does not need Georgia on its mind

    Posted Jan 12th 2009, 12:00am by Doug Bandow

    ... is the irresponsible government in Tbilisi. During the war last August, Georgia became a political cause celebre. At least US officials could be excused for not knowing all of the facts then. But it has become ... that 'the United States has never before said that Georgia is its strategic partner'. Batu Kutelia, set to become Georgia's ambassador to the US, opined that 'co-operation with our ...

  10. If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die

    Posted May 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Charmaine Chan If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die by Geoffrey Robinson Princeton, HK$230 The book may have the subtitle: How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor, but it also shows why ... them and Indonesians, it was political tension that led to the deaths of 1,500 people and the displacement of half of the population. The conflict was 'the consequence of the Indonesian ...




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