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Diplomatic Relations

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We need an arts hub chief who knows and believes in Hong Kong

Once again an international search is under way to find a chief executive for the West Kowloon Cultural District project.

Sunday, 6 March, 2011, 12:00am

Painting the town

Thida Thavornseth stands at the edge of Bangkok's Democracy Monument, surveying the crowd of 40,000 men, women and children, who are rallying to demand change. Dressed in red, they are carrying banners and posters, and making a lot of noise.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

US watching China shipping lines' fairness

Maritime regulators in the United States are monitoring Chinese container shipping lines, including Cosco Container Lines and China Shipping Container Lines, and the Shanghai Shipping Exchange for signs of anticompetitive behaviour.

5 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Coming to terms with being a global player

China's tentative political steps onto the world stage have been in contrast to the self-assuredness of its economic rise. Whereas its companies have gone confidently to all corners of the globe to do business and seek out food and natural resources, its diplomats have been less willing to take a stand on issues of international concern, especially those involving human rights.

4 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

CPPCC aims to develop young patriots in HK

Beijing's top advisory body plans to strengthen its work with young people in Hong Kong and Macau and increase communications with influential figures from the two special administrative regions to groom local 'patriotic forces'.

4 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Police to speak to Tsang over assault investigation

Police are to question Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen as part of an investigation into claims that he was assaulted and wounded by a League of Social Democrats protester on Tuesday.

4 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Shares fall as US investigates Macau casino corruption claims

Shares in Sands China dropped 6 per cent after the Macau casino operator revealed that it was being investigated by anti-corruption agencies in the United States.

It follows allegations by Sands China's former chief executive Steve Jacobs that the company 'used improper leverage' to manipulate Macau officials and Chinese banks.

3 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Legal pitfalls

The prosecution of naturalised American citizen Xue Feng, which concluded last month, is a vivid reminder that China's abuses of criminal justice can reach even those who steer clear of politics and human rights.

2 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Unmanned module to perform first space docking manoeuvre

China plans to launch an unmanned space module, Tiangong-1, in the second half of the year to perform the nation's first space docking manoeuvre, Xinhua reported yesterday.

The 8.5-tonne Tiangong-1, or Heavenly Palace 1, is expected to dock with the unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, said Professor Qi Faren, former chief designer of the Shenzhou spacecraft.

2 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Filipinos 'not pressed' to shun HK inquest

Manila never pressured any Philippine witnesses in the hostage tragedy not to come to Hong Kong to give evidence at the inquest, Philippine vice-consul Charles Andrei Macaspac said yesterday.

'There's no pressure on them, on whether they want to go or not. That's their own individual decision,' he said.

28 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Turmoil carries risk but promise of huge rewards for Beijing

Eighteen months ago, during celebrations to mark Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's 40 years in power, the colonel and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi witnessed the ceremonial laying of tracks in Tripoli for a coastal rail link to be built by China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC).

27 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

A moral message for the party

Few can guess at the inner thoughts of Cheng Yizhong. The celebrated former editor from Guangzhou speaks on vital issues with a beguiling tone that often gets his points across without provoking his listeners. And he thinks deeply about the past and the future.

27 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong connection

Just before Lunar New Year 2009, Kevin Chen Yi-Lan landed in Guam.

But the 40-year-old Taiwanese businessman wasn't there for a new year holiday. He was there to pick up a few hard-to-get items for customers in the Middle East.

They were small items, pocket-sized bits and pieces.

27 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

The Hong Kong connection

Just before Lunar New Year 2010, Kevin Chen Yi-Lan landed in Guam.

But the 40-year-old Taiwanese businessman wasn't there for a new year holiday. He was there to pick up a few hard-to-get items for customers in the Middle East.

They were small items, pocket-sized bits and pieces.

27 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Mediators should be qualified, but service need not be costly

Nigel Lam expressed concern that involvement of lawyers in mediation would lead to an expensive service ('Keep lawyers out of mediation', February 18).

26 Feb 2011 - 12:00am