Geography of Asia

Letters to the Editor, August 31, 2012

Traders a real nuisance on border trains

As a regular traveller on the East Rail train between Tai Po and Lo Wu over the last few years, I have seen so many changes occur as a result of the granting of multiple visitor permits to residents of Shenzhen.

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 2:18am

Actions of HK Diaoyu activists have 'harmed China', state paper says

The head of People's Daily's Japan-based partner news website says the actions of the Hong Kong activists who landed on the disputed Diaoyu Islands have "harmed" China by fuelling Sino-Japanese tensions.

29 Aug 2012 - 7:43pm

Diaoyu protesters cannot be allowed to hijack foreign policy

Diaoyu protesters cannot be allowed to hijack foreign policy

After a group of activists who sailed from Hong Kong to the Diaoyu Islands was detained by Japan on August 15, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman issued a protest, calling the detentions "a gross violation of China's territorial sovereignty". Japan, too, lodged a protest.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:56am

Letters to the Editor, August 28, 2012

Heavy traffic in a street in Central. Photo: Bloomberg

Dispute will not be resolved in near future

It seems that China is trying its best to press its claim that the Diaoyu Islands are part of its territory.

This was why a group of Hong Kong citizens sailed to the islands earlier this month. I would like to express my opinion about the Diaoyu Islands dispute.

28 Aug 2012 - 2:13am

Asia must resist pull of nationalism

The recent visits - or invasions - depending on your point of view, by small groups of hot-headed but well-organised nationalists to isolated rocky islands shows just how intractable are questions of territorial rights in the seas around China.

25 Aug 2012 - 2:14am

One man's island, another man's dream

One man's island, another man's dream

You might know them as the Diaoyu or the Senkaku islands, but my people call them the Bezotteneijlanden, which once sheltered our ancestor Jakobus de Pechvogel, when he lived there as a castaway 500 years ago.

24 Aug 2012 - 3:13am

Diaoyu activists sail into Hong Kong to a heroes' welcome

Supporters applaud as the fishing boat Kai Fung No 2, with seven aboard, returns from the Diaoyu Islands expedition. Photo: David Wong

The final members of a party that made an 11-day voyage to assert Chinese sovereignty over the Diaoyus sailed home to a heroes' welcome yesterday. But as they basked in the spotlight they raised a fresh concern - the need for new blood and more money to mount future expeditions.

23 Aug 2012 - 7:59am

Bid to calm public after anti-Japanese protests in Shenzhen over Diaoyus

Members of the Ganbare Nippon right-wing group stand beside Japanese flags on one of the disputed Diaoyu Islands. Photo: EPA

Mainland media attempted to calm public anger over the disputed Diaoyu Islands yesterday after an anti-Japanese protest turned ugly in Shenzhen at the weekend.

Editorials in mainland newspapers described the actions of some protesters as "stupid" and called on mainlanders to remain united.

21 Aug 2012 - 4:48am

Taiwan warns of Spratly Islands training drill

Taiwan has risked angering its neighbours by warning that it will stage a five-day live-fire drill in the disputed Spratly Islands.

Foreign ministry spokesman Steve Hsia said the training exercise would take place on Taiping Island, in the South China Sea, between September 1 and 5.

21 Aug 2012 - 3:23am

Diaoyu activists from Hong Kong played Beijing's game, analysts say

Mainlanders protest Japan's presence on the Diaoyu Islands outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing yesterday, despite being told by their own government not to rally. Photo: AP

As Japan agreed to deport the Hong Kong Diaoyu activists, many analysts said they believed their actions had been tacitly approved by Beijing, to contain mounting calls on the mainland for tough action against Tokyo.

18 Aug 2012 - 3:08am

Chief Executive C.Y. Leung summons Japanese envoy over arrest of HK activists

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying summoned the Japanese consul-general yesterday amid a flurry of diplomatic protests following the arrest by Japan's coastguard of 14 activists from Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland, who landed on the disputed Diaoyu Islands.

16 Aug 2012 - 9:26am

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15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Fearless HK activists ready to face Japanese navy over Diaoyu Islands

Activists from the Hong Kong-based "Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands" shout slogans and wave the Chinese flag on a fishing boat before departing for the disputed islands Senkaku in Japan, or Diaoyu in China, in Hong Kong August 12, 2012. The event was held to protest against some 50 Japanese lawmakers planning to visit the islands on August 18, local media reported. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong activists who are heading to the disputed Diaoyu Islands to support China's claim of sovereignty say they are prepared to confront Japanese navy vessels.

They said they would not be deterred despite media reports that Japan - which claims sovereignty over what it calls the Senkaku Islands - was considering sending military ships to stop them.

23 Aug 2012 - 2:03pm

Can Asean unite over South China Sea?

Can Asean unite over South China Sea?

There is a simple, compelling logic to the call from the Malaysian foreign minister at the weekend for Asean claimants to the South China Sea to settle their own claims before raising them with China.

14 Aug 2012 - 7:50pm


Tuesday, August 7: Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies talk: 'Briefing on SFC guidelines on disclosure of inside information'. Central Plaza, Wan Chai.

Hong Kong Securities Institute lunch: 'Introduction of renminbi currency futures'. Wing On Centre, Central.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm