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.

Tuesday, 8 May, 2012, 12:00am

Tide turns in dangerous waters

China may not like it, but it has little recourse after the UN commission in charge of setting maritime boundaries sided with Japan, approving its application for control over a vast new area of the Pacific Ocean, according to analysts in Tokyo.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Hi-tech vessel boosts push in deep seas

A hi-tech oceanic research vessel was launched in Wuhan, heralding a push into deep-sea areas of the world's oceans.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences announced the completion of the 100-metre-long Ke Xue (Science) on its website yesterday.

Costing more than 500 million yuan (HK$610 million), it features state of the art design and cutting-edge equipment.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Limits of tolerance

Last week's US-South Korean 'war games' in the Yellow Sea offshore China and Korea dramatically brought to a boil the long-simmering US-China dispute over what kinds of military activities can be conducted in another nation's exclusive economic zone.

7 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Engineers finish marking of sea borders

Naval surveyors and civil engineers have completed work on a series of permanent structures on small islands and reefs in the East China Sea that will be used to establish China's right to territorial waters and maritime resources, Xinhua reported yesterday.

10 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

UN deadline unlikely to resolve disputes over South China Sea

Although dotted with uninhabited islands and reefs, the South China Sea is far from quiet. With its rich reserves of natural resources and geopolitical importance, the area has attracted conflicting sovereignty claims by its surrounding countries.

21 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Project a blessing for some villagers, but a curse for the environment

Six scaffolding frameworks have been erected along the banks of Nu River at Yabiluo, 60km upstream from Liuku town.

Labourers tie up small hydrographic survey ships along the banks, and about a dozen surveyors chat and rest in tents.

20 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Waters protected

ALL waters surrounding the territory are now protected from industrial pollution with the declaration of a water control zone for Victoria Harbour.

The new water control zone will extend across the northern side of Hong Kong Island running from Tai Koo Shing to Mount Davis in Western.

16 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Charting new course towards safer waters

HI-TECH hydrographers are set to take over the charting of Hong Kong's waters from the British Admiralty by 1997.

Some of the territory's waters have not been charted since the last century when surveyors used a crude lead-line - a long rope tied to a lead weight.

30 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

$42m office to map out future for territory

A $42 MILLION cash injection has been approved for the Marine Department to set up a state-of-the-art office to digitally chart the territory's waters and improve safety conditions.

30 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

Marine sets up specialist chart sector

THE Marine Department has set up a Hydrographic Office, the first for Hong Kong.

It will chart Hong Kong waters and publish charts, notices to mariners and other nautical publications.

The office is headed by Nick Emerson, who has been conducting applied hydrographic and oceanographic studies for 25 years.

17 Aug 1994 - 12:00am