China's Beidou navigation system expands in Southeast Asia

A carrier rocket carrying a Beidou navigation satellite blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan last year. Photo: Xinhua

Two more Southeast Asian countries have signed up to the Beidou satellite navigation system, China's alternative to the American GPS system.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Southeast Asian leaders work to defuse China tensions at Asean summit

(From left) Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Secretary-General of Asean Le Luong Minh at the opening ceremony of the summit. Photo: Xinhua

Southeast Asian leaders are set to wrap up a summit on Thursday dominated by efforts to defuse tensions over the South China Sea and deepen economic links throughout the region.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Southeast Asian leaders to talk China, trade

Brunei police and plain clothes security wait at Brunei International Airport in Bandar Seri Begawan, ahead of the Asean summit, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Southeast Asian leaders will meet in Brunei on Wednesday hoping to heal wounds from infighting over relations with China while building momentum towards groundbreaking economic partnerships.

24 Apr 2013 - 2:42pm

Talking points

President Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping welcomes leaders from two of Southeast Asian neighbours for talks in Beijing. Myanmar's President Thein Sein and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei's prime minister, are both due in the capital.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am

Sultan of Brunei's daughter marries in a lavish and elaborate ceremony

The royal couple were married in a traditional ceremony at the Sultan of Brunei's 1,700-room palace, followed by a state banquet. Photo: AFP

Glittering jewels and the echoes of a 17-gun salute marked the climax of wedding celebrations for the daughter of one of the world's wealthiest men, the Sultan of Brunei.

24 Sep 2012 - 3:23am

Big deal

Farrington American Express Travel is selling a Brunei Indulgence Package, including two nights at the Empire Hotel & Country Club ( and flights with Royal Brunei Airlines for HK$4,210 per person, twin share.

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Juniors head to Brunei in quest for world slot

Lock Hamish Reid-Kay heads a 25-strong Hong Kong under-20 squad which left yesterday for Brunei with high hopes of qualifying for the IRB World Junior Trophy in April.

Hong Kong, the top seeds, play three games in the tournament which serves to find the team to represent Asia in the IRB event in Chile over Easter.

13 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Brunei parties, but what happens when the oil runs out?

Brunei celebrates its biggest party of the decade today in the extravagant style the rest of the world expects.

The event is a royal one; the 60th birthday of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who once held the title of the richest man in the world thanks to Brunei's oil and gas reserves.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

How this tiny Koran set off a legal battle royal

Hundreds of years old and said to be worth millions, a tiny handwritten copy of the Koran tucks snugly into a jewel-encrusted silver case the size of a matchbox.

11 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Blood & tears

asia specific

23 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Brunei out to unearth local star

The visionaries behind Brunei's first professional tournament believe the Brunei Open will rival Asia's richest national championships in the near future and along the way uncover its local version of Tiger Woods.

17 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

be our guest

One of Asia's most opulent resorts, featuring 360 spacious rooms and 63 lavish suites and palatial villas, the Empire Hotel & Country Club, Brunei, is a haven of tranquillity and luxury.

Located on the golden beaches of the unspoiled Sultanate of Brunei, on the fringes of some of the oldest rainforest in Southeast Asia, the property is a design masterpiece.

15 May 2005 - 12:00am

Refit sets business travel a class above

ROYAL BRUNEI Airlines has installed fully reclining seats and a new personal in-flight entertainment system in its B767 business class, in keeping with a trend among international carriers to offer the flattest beds and cosiest services in the sky.

13 May 2005 - 12:00am

In Brief

Apec faster immigration scheme under way

14 May 2004 - 12:00am

Innovator puts mask wearers on a roll

The Sars outbreak may be wreaking havoc in our city, but the disease could be the catalyst that elevates the career of artist Marzo To. This week, To travels to London for a solo show at the School Of Oriental And African Studies' Brunei Gallery in London. He will be launching a new form of art that fuses digital technology with traditional rice-paper scrolls.

27 Apr 2003 - 12:00am