Iranian Plateau

StanChart held to high ransom from low moral ground

Investors carved HK$67 billion off Standard Chartered Bank yesterday, or nearly a sixth of its stock market value, despite the bank's quick denial of US regulator claims it engaged in illegal dealings with Iranian financial institutions.

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Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Legco panel meets on west wing redevelopment

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Deals clinched with Iran and Turkmenistan

CSR Corporation, one of the two dominant state-owned rolling-stock builders, yesterday announced agreements worth 7.16 billion yuan (HK$8.74 billion).

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

China's muscle-flexing is a poor defence of its interests

Friends of China should ask it to consider the potentially dangerous repercussions of the nation's increasingly assertive diplomatic and military behaviour. The policy poses real dangers to the peace of Asia, but ultimately the biggest loser will be China itself.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

World must do more to protect students and teachers from attacks

Under the radar of the world's press, Education International, a federation of unions representing 30 million teachers in schools and universities in 172 countries, agreed an important declaration last week.

4 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Brink of collapse

The classic definition of a failed state is one whose central government is so weak or ineffective that it has little practical control over its territory. I predicted, at the start of the year, that this would be the fate to befall Pakistan in 2009. Such a development comes in marked incremental stages, and the nation has some way to go yet.

6 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

India can help break 'triangle of madness'

Today Pakistan is probably the most dangerous nation in the world, but it is India, not Afghanistan and al-Qaeda, that now bears much of the responsibility for this and, arguably, is the country that holds the key to the beginnings of a solution.

26 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

China's bigger role in Pakistan, Afghanistan

Next week, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is due to make her first trip to Beijing. She must make a case for China - a regional stakeholder - to play a greater role in stabilising Afghanistan and Pakistan.

12 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

The world is cheating Afghanistan

It is a magnificent land, a high plateau, landlocked, windswept and freezing in winter, sweltering, parched and dry in summer. It has a proud people who almost reflect the tough climate; rugged, stubborn, fiercely tribal, traditionally loyal but with a tenacious mean streak if they consider themselves wronged.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

They call this 'aid'?

In May last year, there was a huge riot in Kabul. It began when an American military truck sped through the city, smashing into several local cars and killing people. The convoy was immediately surrounded by angry Kabul citizens. Panicking, American soldiers shot four of them. President Hamid Karzai made no public attempt to quell the exploding tensions, and chaos ensued.

11 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Frontline state counts on building peace, prosperity

With elections looming, the people of Pakistan are determined to triumph over adversity and continue with successful economic reforms

As the war against terrorism unfolds, the world has seen Pakistan suffer heavily. It would therefore surprise many outside the country to learn how upbeat about the future the nation's leaders and people are.

14 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Regional effort needed to create stable Pakistan

The extremism that is threatening to mire Pakistan in the same chaos suffocating Iraq and Afghanistan cannot be resolved by its leaders alone. This is a regional problem and the solution lies in mediation by the region's governments.

20 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Real-life lessons in development

Lahore's ancient, labyrinthine streets are filled with traffic, the scent of spices and the buzz of motorcycle-driven 'rickshaws'. Chinese exports dominate the motor-rickshaw market: even the oil consumed by these exhaust-belching vehicles comes from China.

13 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Who's the real fanatic?

How tensions can be melted away through diplomacy and discussion. Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing travelled to India this month, for trilateral discussions that included Russia. India-China relations were once sharply estranged, but now the neighbouring nations seek a consensus on border issues and security.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Tribal warlords step up attacks on Chinese projects

US and India accused of backing militants in province

Denied the wealth drawn from their own natural resources, the tribal warlords of Pakistan's southwest province of Baluchistan have for several years been attacking infrastructure in the region - and China's interests in the region are being put at risk.

16 Mar 2006 - 12:00am