Indian Ocean

Salman Khurshid says India must accept China's growing influence

Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid. Photo: AFP

India's foreign minister says New Delhi must accept China's growing presence in its own backyard as Beijing steps up its investments and diplomatic efforts in South Asia.

Wednesday, 12 December, 2012, 2:20am

International community has failed democracy, says Nasheed

The international community has failed to defend democracy in Maldives, ousted president Mohamed Nasheed said.

Speaking a day after his release from detention, Nasheed, who was forced out in what supporters say was a coup, said it was difficult for him to believe "democracy is sacred for the international community".

12 Oct 2012 - 3:19am

Wants & needs

Wants & needs


5 Oct 2012 - 12:22am

Morning Clicks: Vietnam claims South China Sea oil block, demands that bidding stop

The central government will invest a total of 400 billion yuan (HK$489.14bn) in healthcare by the end of China's 13th five-year plan (2016-2020).

4 Sep 2012 - 9:44am

Quotes of the week

There were guns all around me and they told me they wouldn't hesitate to use them if I didn't resign

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed

Who is the genius, and who is the idiot?

Canto-pop star Sam Hui on his preference for chief executive

Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Propaganda workers should insist on telling the truth ... so that evil can be evicted and righteousness be supported

Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai

There were guns all around me and they told me they wouldn't hesitate to use them if I didn't resign

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed

Who is the genius, and who is the idiot?

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

My staying on in power will only increase the problems, and it will hurt our citizens. So the best option ... is to step down

Mohamed Nasheed after quitting as president of the Maldives

It wasn't private financing but illegal fund-raising to defraud the public of their money

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Pirate watch extends to ports

European naval anti-piracy officers are warning Hong Kong shipowners and crews to be vigilant in ports across the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea as they brace for an expected violent new piracy season in coming months.

Nato, the European Union and Canadian naval officials staged a briefing yesterday for the Hong Kong shipping community.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Shippers arming against piracy

Cosco Shipping will spend about US$12 million on armed guards and other anti-piracy measures this year to protect its ships and crews against the threat of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The tame sharks of Paradise

A quick word of advice: Do not scream like a banshee as if you were in the movie Jaws should a shark swim by you at arm's length.

If you ever find yourself on holiday in the Maldives, that is.

2 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

'Prophet of doom' warns to prepare

Tensions between China and the United States could escalate as the mainland becomes the world's largest economy and the US struggles to adapt to the new order, according to the man known as the 'prophet of doom', Dr Marc Faber.

30 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Pendulum keeps swinging, but Sha Tin is Whyte's domain

The empire well and truly struck back when Douglas Whyte landed his five-timer at Sha Tin last Sunday as all and sundry were declaring the championship over.

The clock is ticking with the last five meetings and 48 races to run and the Durban Demon is dangerous again today at his favourite haunt but after what we have seen unfold in the past three weeks, anything is possible.

1 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Expanding navy role good for China and world

China's rise means many things to many people. In some cases, business interests and practices overseas have soured ties; in others, a lack of transparency has engendered suspicions. But Beijing's actions in helping combat piracy in the waters off the lawless African nation of Somalia is a textbook example of the country taking its place as a responsible, useful and willing global player.

6 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Atoll order

20 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

China has a long way to go as naval power

The stated aims of the Chinese navy's anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia are clear and limited. The mission began last week when the two destroyers and their supply ship arrived in the area to escort Chinese vessels that requested assistance, including those from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

14 Jan 2009 - 12:00am