Disputed Territories

Prepare to make sacrifices, Filipinos are told

Filipinos have been told by the nation's foreign secretary to prepare for sacrifices, in an escalation of rhetoric with China over a month-long maritime dispute.

Thursday, 17 May, 2012, 12:00am

Oil drills 'better than naval ones'

Mainland military experts say Beijing should make use of its deep-sea technology to explore and even start drilling for oil in disputed parts of the South China Sea to reinforce its sovereignty.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing, Manila protests over shoal

Around 300 people staged a protest outside the Chinese embassy in Manila yesterday over an escalating territorial row in the South China Sea, a much smaller turnout than expected. In a counter-demonstration in Beijing, a small band of protesters rallied outside the Philippine embassy.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Dialogue resumes but tensions still mounting

Philippine officials and the Chinese embassy in Manila are once again talking to each other over the stand-off at Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, following a suspension lasting about two weeks, with Beijing demanding that Manila guarantee the safety of Chinese citizens ahead of anti-China protests today.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

Manila accused of 'provoking' public

Not a shot has been fired, but a war of words is under way in the South China Sea.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing toughens stance on shoal

Beijing warned yesterday that it was ready to respond to any escalation of a tense, month-long stand-off with the Philippines at Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea in what was its toughest statement to date.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Going it alone

There is a clear logic behind Beijing's demand for bilateral talks with the Philippines over the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Extra patrol vessels set to fuel tension

Tension in the South and East China seas is likely to escalate as Beijing deploys more patrol vessels to demonstrate its sovereignty in disputed waters also claimed by many Southeast Asian countries.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Manila sends its flagship to shoal

The Philippines is sending its biggest warship to a South China Sea shoal also claimed by China as tensions over disputed waters extend into the military sphere.

Officials in Manila announced the move as the People's Liberation Army confirmed military exercises off Hainan - a symbolic show of force that included beach landings.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

North 'could face Asian invasion'

Australia must populate its undeveloped tropical north or face invasion by Asian refugees driven south by climate change, an outspoken government senator has warned.

4 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Millionaire's ad puts Canberra-Jakarta relations to the test

An Australian millionaire's financing of television advertisements across Asia urging Indonesia to allow journalists and human rights monitors into Papua may shake the fragile relations between the countries, activists say.

1 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Refugee crisis looming in Papua, says rights group

Insurgency 'forces families to hide in forest and live on leaves'

A leading non-governmental organisation has warned of an imminent humanitarian crisis in the remote Puncak Jaya region, in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, where a low-level insurgency group has been fighting for independence since Jakarta officially annexed it in 1969.

26 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

The Kashmir barriers come down

A settlement of the Kashmir question could spark a new era in China-India-Pakistan relations, heralding the emergence of a triangle of different - yet symbiotic - economies around the Himalayas.

13 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Wood warrior

Greenpeace volunteer Cathy Chan Hiu-wan is about to begin an adventure of a lifetime: a journey into the ancient forests of Papua New Guinea as part of a campaign to fight illegal logging.

Cathy is one of 20 volunteers from around the world, and Hong Kong's sole representative in the project.

4 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Indian troops fight a fake war at 6,000 metres

The Indian Defence Ministry has confirmed newspaper reports that soldiers posted in Siachen - the highest battlefield in the world, where Indians and Pakistanis glare at one another across a frozen landscape - have been faking enemy deaths.

12 May 2004 - 12:00am