Diplomatic Relations

Szeto Wah: staunch democrat and patriot

When asked in the early 1990s how he would evaluate himself in a sentence, Szeto Wah - union leader, legislator, a drafter of Hong Kong's Basic Law, co-founder of the Democratic Party - gave a short answer. 'I am a patriot,' he said.

Monday, 3 January, 2011, 12:00am

Chance to make amends

For Beijing, 2010 must have been a year its leaders prefer to see in the rear-view mirror. Instead of cementing China's status as a respected world power, the year saw a series of major diplomatic setbacks that have worsened China's ties with the United States, Europe, Japan and South Korea.

1 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Sino-Japanese divide will take a lot of filling

Beijing and Tokyo are both keen to see ties improve after more than three months of bitterness, but the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has a lot of work to do before plans for a spring visit by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan can be realised.

1 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Sub crosses the line

A nuclear-powered PLA submarine breached a line drawn by a US-led alliance to containing China's naval power, according to a Japanese report.

1 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Fraught with danger

Many have heralded Asia's rise in the wake of the financial crisis. Compared to the United States and Europe, prospects in the region do look good. Events both recent and over the past year, however, warn us not to assume that the phenomenon is irresistible. While rising, the region is exposed to continuing sources of instability.

29 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Man jailed for three months for indecent assault on plane

27 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Officials responsible for Manila hostage fiasco must be punished

I wish to respond to the Philippine tourism secretary's latest statements, which seem intended to assure a recovered flow of Hong Kong tourists to the Philippines.

During my trip in the Philippines at the end of September, after the hostage tragedy had already happened, I met human rights and labour activists.

27 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

The Christmas fairy tale of the iPhone and the US trade deficit

One of the most popular presents in American stockings this Christmas will be Apple's sleek new iPhone.

But although the fortunate recipients will no doubt be delighted when they unwrap their iPhones tomorrow, a good many Washington politicians will be incensed.

24 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

HK holds ship tied to Iran blacklist

Hong Kong officials have detained a ship linked to Iranian companies which the United States blacklisted in order to punish Iran for its nuclear and weapons activities.

The Decretive, a Maltese-flagged container vessel, was detained on November 14, a spokesman for the judiciary said.

23 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Diaoyus backlash stalls Nagoya consulate project

The sale of a plot of land for a new Chinese consulate in the city of Nagoya in central Japan has been frozen due to the fierce opposition of residents.

22 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Permanent stance needed in IPR fight

The 12th five-year plan will be a watershed in the direction of China's development. It is expected to emphasise the upgrading of the economy to move output up the value chain. This will stimulate greater domestic consumption and reduce reliance on exports of cheap manufactured goods, which in turn could help address global trade and financial imbalances.

21 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Energy security a risky business with Iran

Despite China's long-standing ties to Iran, the rising Middle Eastern power is increasingly considered too risky - even for Beijing.

20 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Troubling whiff in WikiLeaks crackdown

The WikiLeaks affair says a lot that is good about the United States and the conduct of its diplomacy. But US reaction to the release of so much internal correspondence has also been a worrying reminder of how the power of the state can be abused.

19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

First confirmation of China's plan to build aircraft carriers

China has officially confirmed that it is building an aircraft carrier, something other nations have long suspected.

According to the annual report of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), the State Council in 2003 decided to make China a maritime superpower.

19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Alvin Sallay

Over the Top - Taipei Non-stop' boasted one brochure being handed out by Taiwanese sports officials in Muscat, Oman, where the Asian Beach Games are being held. While Hong Kong is still grappling with the issue of whether to bid for the 2023 Asian Games, our neighbours are already lobbying feverishly.

19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am