International Organizations

Letters to the Editor, October 26, 2012

Low-rise Ho Chung village, in Sai Kung. Photo: Edward Wong

Work together to keep HK a world city

I refer to Rachel Chan's letter ("HK should be trying to attract top-class international experts", October 24) concerning Hong Kong's international status.

Friday, 26 October, 2012, 2:10am

China stance is central to the battle for Asean's soul

Boys play as construction workers build a new Chinese funded bridge near the old Chroy Changva bridge in Phnom Penh July 29, 2012. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

Welcome to the battle for Asean's soul. After the historic breakdown within the Association of South East Asian Nations over the South China Sea at its annual meeting in Phnom Penh, a broader debate is unfolding over its future unity and its long-term relationship with China.

31 Aug 2012 - 1:17pm

Desperate struggle to forge sea code

Diplomatic efforts are intensifying across Southeast Asia this week to save an apparently doomed effort to forge a landmark code with China to govern tensions in the disputed South China Sea.

31 Aug 2012 - 4:52pm

Trip aims at soothing concerns

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi's recently concluded Southeast Asian trip could help allay concerns among China's neighbours about its growing assertiveness in the South China Sea, analysts said, but it did not make China's position stronger in territorial stand-offs with members of Asean.

14 Aug 2012 - 7:50pm

Asean left on a knife-edge

As the dust settles from an Asean meeting last week marked by unprecedented rancour over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the focus of those pondering the future of the grouping is settling on two words: Hun Sen.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

US seeks to build a tacit alliance against China

Since 1971, the US has led an international maritime warfare exercise biennially in the Pacific. But this year, the ongoing Rim of the Pacific war games, or Rimpac, is distinct from previous games in three important ways: its participants, its message and its timing, not to mention its size (22 nations, 40 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel).

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Self-interest puts Asean unity at risk

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is often criticised by outsiders for its slow decision-making. But through consensus, its 10 racially and religiously diverse members have created a measure of unity in a region that is fraught with uncertainty.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Without open dialogue, Asean neutrality risks becoming neutered

Asean's failure to issue a communique at the end of the ministerial meeting hosted in Cambodia last week shocked many. Reports indicate that drafting floundered on the issue of the South China Sea, where the sovereignty of different islets is disputed.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Sino-US issues test Asean unity

While Southeast Asian nations have repeatedly warned against being forced to choose between China and the US, the past few days have only confirmed that the strategic rivalry now reaches deep into the political heart of the region.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Bland leading the blind at G20 summit

I've just done something I bet no one else in Hong Kong has done. And if they take my advice, they won't be doing it any time soon.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Financial crisis, not Syria, on agenda, official says

The unrest in Syria would not be on the agenda at next week's G20 summit in Mexico, where the discussions would focus on the lingering financial crisis, Deputy Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said yesterday.

He told a press conference in Beijing that China would push for discussion on helping developing countries at the two-day summit starting on Monday.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Big polluters can lead in forging common purpose

Let me turn my back on the euro zone crisis. There have been 18 summits in the last two years with no real outcome, or rather no lasting solution. And each time there is a summit, the media react with hair-trigger headlines. Of course the euro zone is crucial for global financial stability, but there are other meetings about to occur which may have global portent.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Unity will toughen Asean to withstand Sino-US rivalry

Much intent has followed the Obama administration's policy to return US focus to Asia. Some Republicans say they never left. But many in Asia and especially Southeast Asia feel a change in both perception and action. Asean summits are at a high point, and the US presence is felt on competing claims in the South China Sea.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

US trade-pact plan must not isolate China, Asean told

A senior trade official warned yesterday that a US-initiated multilateral free-trade agreement should not be aimed at isolating China, the world's second-largest economy and largest exporter.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Mideast rivalries play out on Asean stage

As Asean nations cosy up to Middle Eastern countries in a bid to boost trade, most are now discovering that their 'New Silk Road' strategy is a path laden with explosive intentions. More than a destination for petrodollars, Southeast Asia is fast emerging as the proxy battleground for competing Middle Eastern interests.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am