India minister hints Beijing visit may be axed amid China border dispute

Indians shout anti-Chinese slogans on Friday. Photo: AFP

The reported Chinese infiltration across the disputed Himalayan border has strained ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours whose relations have long been chequered by mutual suspicion, a legacy of a 1962 border war.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 5:35am

Indian foreign minister heads to Beijing amid flare-up in border dispute

Salman Khurshid ducked dispute

Amid growing calls in some quarters for a tougher stance over the alleged incursion of Chinese troops in a remote Himalayan region, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said he would head to Beijing on May 9.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:58am 1 comment

Sudan, South Sudan leaders agree to implement oil deal

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (left) greets the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday, ahead of a Presidential summit between Kiir and his Sudanese counterpart. Photo: AFP

The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan have agreed on Saturday, to demilitarise their shared borders and revive a stalled oil exportation deal that has lagged for months over disputes on the setup of security arrangements in the border regions.

6 Jan 2013 - 11:13am

Israel finishes bulk of work on fence along border with Egypt

A section of the border fence Israel has erected along its border with Egypt (left). Photo: EPA

Two years after construction began, Israel has finished the bulk of the work on a fence along its border with Egypt.

Closing off the rambling, 225-kilometre desert border would prevent the "unfettered flow of illegal infiltrators, the smuggling of drugs and weapons", said the Ministry of Defence, which oversaw the US$400 million engineering challenge.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:13am

Defection of North Korean soldier causes red faces in Seoul

Defection of North Korean soldier causes red faces in Seoul

A North Korean soldier who defected to the South managed to scale three barbed wire fences along one of the world's most heavily patrolled borders without being detected.

13 Oct 2012 - 3:50am

Military co-operation a vital first step for China and India

Imagine China and India as friends. With more than one-third of the world's population and the second- and fourth-biggest economies, they could surmount challenges faced by their people while working towards the global good.

16 Sep 2012 - 1:25am

HK Chief Executive vows to limit number of mainland Chinese visitors

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying visits the Lok Ma Chau border check-point last week. Photo: Dickson Lee

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Tuesday pledged to control the number of incoming mainland individual visitors after Shenzhen earlier announced it would allow regular visits by 4.1 million non-permanent residents from next month.

Leung said his government was concerned the city’s infrastructure might be put under strain by the influx of travellers from across the border.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Preparing for the main event

Chinese patrol ships which sailed between a Philippines warship and Chinese fishing boats near the Scarborough Shoal in April. Photo: Reuters

Amid the manoeuvring and megaphone diplomacy between Beijing and Manila over the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a potential legal time-bomb remains for China - even if the dispute eases.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Going it alone

There is a clear logic behind Beijing's demand for bilateral talks with the Philippines over the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tide turns in dangerous waters

China may not like it, but it has little recourse after the UN commission in charge of setting maritime boundaries sided with Japan, approving its application for control over a vast new area of the Pacific Ocean, according to analysts in Tokyo.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Limits of tolerance

Last week's US-South Korean 'war games' in the Yellow Sea offshore China and Korea dramatically brought to a boil the long-simmering US-China dispute over what kinds of military activities can be conducted in another nation's exclusive economic zone.

7 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

High stakes

Of the many signs of China's increasingly assertive foreign policy, none has troubled its neighbours - and the United States - more than its claim to some form of jurisdiction over much of the South China Sea. Yet the People's Republic has never explained exactly what it is claiming or why regarding these strategically important waters, so rich in mineral, fishery and other resources.

24 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Welcome moves to protect our countryside

Twice within days recently the government emerged as the champion of our natural environment against free-wheeling development. Now it has done it again - a sign, we trust, of a growing taste for action to back up words. The aim is to protect unzoned enclaves in the city's country parks from development that is out of character.

4 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Countries want to be fatter, and fatter

National flags instil pride in citizens every time they are raised. But nowadays more countries are using them for another purpose: to claim 'new' territory.

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

China considering passing laws to protect maritime sovereignty

China is looking at proposals to pass laws to help resolve maritime sovereignty disputes with neighbouring countries, the country's top-legislating body said yesterday.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am