Diplomatic Relations

Philippines hoping China ties will improve

 Philippine President Benigno Aquino III answers questions from foreign correspondents during a forum on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Wednesday he hoped “ultra-nationalist” sentiment in China would ease after a leadership change next month and thereby help to resolve a maritime row.

Wednesday, 17 October, 2012, 3:18pm

China and Japan must dial down the tension over the Diaoyus

Territorial sovereignty is a serious matter, as are resources like fish and gas to a hungry economy. The Diaoyu Islands embrace all three, which is why they have stirred nationalist fervour in China and Japan and sent a shiver through fraught diplomatic relations.

13 Sep 2012 - 12:19am 1 comment


A photo of Neil Armstrong as a boy at a memorial. Photo: EPA

Strike hits two thirds of Lufthansa's flights

8 Sep 2012 - 4:00am

Clinton in South Pacific with China in focus

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, is greeted upon her arrival at Rarotonga International Airport. Photo: AP

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has arrived in the South Pacific at the top of a six-nation Asia tour during which she aims to reassert American interests in the face of China’s growing influence and calm rising tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

31 Aug 2012 - 6:29pm

Australian PM cuts Pacific trip after troop deaths

Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard speaks to the media and guests on the theme "Women in the Pacific" during the Pacific Islands Forum in Avarua on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands on August 29. Photo: AFP

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard cut short her trip to a major Pacific summit on Wednesday after five of the nation’s troops were killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan.

Gillard cancelled all appointments at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in the Cook Islands so she could return to Canberra after Australia’s worst day for casualties since the war started.

30 Aug 2012 - 2:43pm

HK enacts Iran sanctions law after 9 months

After nine months of delay Hong Kong has quietly enacted regulations that implement last year's United Nations sanctions against Iran.

The city's action comes amid increasing scrutiny from the West over China's dealings with Iran.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Uncertain future in HK for Iranian shipping line

Hong Kong may have updated its sanctions against Iran, but it is not clear whether it will have the power to shut down the global sanctions-busting network that operates in the city.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Canada harness anger to brush aside Japan

Who says it's not healthy to dwell on misfortune? Canada, harbouring a glowing sense of injustice after a harsh refereeing decision in pool F cost them a potential Cup place, fed off that anger to scrap their way to their second consecutive Bowl title.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Responses to quake offer hope of understanding

It's in people's nature that in times of crisis, differences are set aside to lend a helping hand. The greater the hardships, the higher the likelihood that even the bitterest of enemies will pitch in.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Race has no place in diplomatic dealings

Enthusiasm has greeted the nomination of Gary Locke as the next US ambassador to China. Sending an American of Chinese descent to Beijing will, it is avowed, make dealings with China easier because the mainland will have empathy with someone who looks Chinese, speaks Chinese and whose father was born in China.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going

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It's in the genes. That is a theme running through the latest book by Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Test is yet to come for Fiji after rout of Malaysia

After receiving a harsh lesson in last month's final in Las Vegas, Fiji made their intentions known with a professional nine-try, 59-0 demolition of helpless Malaysia.

But Fiji coach Iliesa Tanivula is not getting carried away, ahead of harder challenges to come this weekend for the most successful team in the tournament's history.

26 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

'Time to tackle time wasters'

England coach Ben Ryan has raised concerns over the amount of time the ball is out of play as sevens looks ahead to an exciting new era leading up to Rio in 2016.

More time, more players and more tournaments are on Ryan's wish list as he looks forward to the new cycle in the IRB Sevens World Series starting next season.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


We must look beyond the conflict in Libya

As I have watched the news about the destruction and violence in Libya I have found it hard to decide whether the country needed more pressure from the international community in the form of the UN mandate.

24 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Lontoh Coal details plans for growth after HK float

Lontoh Coal, which aims to be the first African firm to list in Hong Kong by raising up to US$500 million by the end of the year, plans to spend up to US$775 million to expand output capacity, build port and rail facilities and a coal-to-liquid fuel plant.

23 Mar 2011 - 12:00am