US needs an integrated Asia policy

Chester Bowles, a former US ambassador to India, once called for a single assistant secretary of state to cover the whole of Asia in order to strengthen the US State Department's capacity to think strategically about the region.

Monday, 10 December, 2012, 1:28am

Indonesia police in deadly raid on ‘terror hotbed’

Terror suspects are escorted into a plane at Mutiara airport by anti-terror police in Palu, Sulawesi, on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Indonesian police on Wednesday shot dead one suspected militant, arrested two others and seized bombs during a raid in a central district that is considered a hotbed of terrorism.

31 Oct 2012 - 5:09pm

Indonesia terror suspects in plot on parliament

A TV cameraman films the interrogation video of terror suspect Bayu Setiono released by police on Thursday. Photo: AP

Arrested Indonesian terror suspects have revealed plots on the parliament building and to attack police in the name of jihad, a senior official said on Friday.

7 Sep 2012 - 5:02pm

Anti-terror squad beefs up ahead of key events

The Hong Kong police force is to spend HK$2 million to upgrade and expand its anti-terrorist capabilities ahead of the inauguration of a new chief executive and the 15th anniversary of the handover.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

First anti-terror draft now under NPC scrutiny

The legislature will this week consider a thorny question: what is terrorism? The mainland's first anti-terrorism legislation will provide detailed definitions of terrorist acts, and designate an organisation to release terror watch lists.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

HK 'acted on its own' in Libyan rendition case

Beijing has defended Hong Kong's controversial role in the British-led rendition of a suspected terrorist from China to Libya.

It said the city's administration had 'full authority and discretion' to grant permission to people entering or leaving the city.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Modern face of warfare

Warfare is changing. Amid the historical questions shrouding the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks - America's troubled place in the world and the ultimate costs to the US of its responses to al-Qaeda's fateful strike - the changing face of modern warfare is far more certain.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Taiwan tests its readiness for wide range of disasters

Taiwan staged a large anti-terrorism and disaster-response drill at Taipei's port yesterday, simulating various kinds of terrorist attack, a radiation leak and contamination by poisonous chemicals.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bad news, good news

When I was in Beijing over the Easter holidays, I was told about a Chinese couplet that goes: 'Japan saved the Communist Party; Islam rescued China.'

Japan 'saved' the Communist Party because by invading China in the 1930s, it badly weakened the Nationalist government of president Chiang Kai-shek.

11 May 2011 - 12:00am

Public needs reassuring over anti-terrorism unit

Since the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001, governments around the world have understandably been on heightened alert for potential terrorist strikes. Continued attacks on cities around the world have proven there is a sizeable population of extremists who prefer to assert their ideologies by taking lives of innocent people.

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Activists' long detention prompts fears of torture

The mainland authorities' crackdown on activists and rights lawyers over the past few weeks has reached an unprecedented level, stoking fears that some could be subjected to torture in custody, rights groups say.

15 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Philippine taxpayers 'funded death squad'

Filipinos who are shocked by the barbarity of the Maguindanao massacre that killed 27 journalists and 30 others might not realise that they helped pay for it. The killers were militiamen and police officers, armed and funded by the taxpayer, government investigators said.

28 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

City must keep up its guard against terrorism

Hong Kong is fortunate to have been spared the terrorist attacks that have traumatised other big cities. Whether this was due to luck or preparation is something for experts to debate. But as investment advisers routinely point out, past results are no guide to the future. Therefore, the Security Bureau and police are right to take no chances.

25 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

800,000 recruited as informants in run-up to 60th anniversary

Beijing police are mobilising 800,000 residents for a two-month crime-watch campaign in a bid to boost public security ahead of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic.

21 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Closing Guantanamo is just the easy part

The US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay has been a stain on the country's moral standing and leadership globally. It has become a potent symbol of the excesses of the outgoing Bush administration in its prosecution of the so-called 'war on terror'. Even US President George W. Bush has said - at least since 2006 - that he wants to shut it down.

14 Jan 2009 - 12:00am