Island Countries

Actions speak louder than words

If recent history follows its course, the flag planted on the Scarborough Shoal last week by a Chinese state media reporter could soon be removed by Philippine officials determined to assert their own claim to the disputed reef in the South China Sea.

Thursday, 17 May, 2012, 12:00am

Negotiations the only way forward

A demonstration outside the Chinese embassy in Manila had the potential to inflame a stand-off over territorial claims in the politically sensitive South China Sea. Thankfully it passed uneventfully, except for a foiled attempt by one protester to burn a Chinese flag. That would have been a provocative affront to nationalist sentiment.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Clubbing together

China, it seems, is in love with all things Scottish - the whisky, the salmon and perhaps most of all, the game of golf Scotland gave to the world. But this is no unrequited love. The feeling is entirely mutual.

Though still two years away from voting on the issue of independence from the UK, Scotland is looking for a long-term partner.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing, Manila protests over shoal

Around 300 people staged a protest outside the Chinese embassy in Manila yesterday over an escalating territorial row in the South China Sea, a much smaller turnout than expected. In a counter-demonstration in Beijing, a small band of protesters rallied outside the Philippine embassy.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Stalemate in the South China Sea

It may be a tiny cluster of rocks barely visible at high tide, but Scarborough Shoal is exposing some of the region's most dramatic fault lines.

A graveyard for shipping for centuries - including the tea ship that sank with all hands in the 18th century to give the reef its name - Scarborough could yet prove a graveyard for regional stability, some analysts fear.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

Dialogue resumes but tensions still mounting

Philippine officials and the Chinese embassy in Manila are once again talking to each other over the stand-off at Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, following a suspension lasting about two weeks, with Beijing demanding that Manila guarantee the safety of Chinese citizens ahead of anti-China protests today.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

Manila accused of 'provoking' public

Not a shot has been fired, but a war of words is under way in the South China Sea.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Thinking things through

Chinese people have better environmental awareness than the Japanese, a recent survey indicates.

Hong Kong China News Agency reported that a research firm in Tokyo had surveyed 300 Japanese and 300 Chinese since August.

The firm's aim was to explore how the two cultures valued their respective environments.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

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

Taiwanese opposition leaders file election bid

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Lion city stays on top

Singapore has retained its position as Asia's top convention city, according to last year's global country and city ranking by the International Congress and Convention Association.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Japan accelerates expansion in China

A strengthening yen and a shrinking population is driving Japanese companies to accelerate their expansion into the China market.

15 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

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

Public discontent on parade from Victoria Park

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Singapore medical bill is heart-stopping

It's a jaw-dropping number however you interpret it: S$24.8 million (HK$156.5 million). That was the medical bill that Singapore's leading liver-transplant surgeon Susan Lim sent to Brunei's royal family for the treatment of one of its members in 2007. It was calculated on the basis of S$200,000 a day over seven months.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Caribbean tax haven adds heat to China's hot money

Wealthy mainlanders are increasingly sending their offshore income home via the British Virgin Islands to avoid paying tax in a trend that has entrenched the Caribbean haven as China's second-biggest source of foreign investment, experts say.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

Carmakers yet to feel full impact of Japan crisis

The crisis in Japan might take a heavy toll on China's vehicle industry in May, as automobile component exports from Japan fall and mainland companies use up existing stocks.

22 Apr 2011 - 12:00am