Liberal Democracies

Hongkongers more pessimistic about the city's future, HKU survey shows

Chinese University associate political professor Ma Ngok

Hongkongers have grown even more pessimistic about the city's future after fewer than three months under Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's leadership than they were in the aftermath of a 500,000-strong protest that rocked the city in 2003.

Wednesday, 19 September, 2012, 1:15pm

Diplomacy, not nationalism is way forward in island disputes

Anti-Japan protesters show the banner reading "Release Chinese activists immediately, Sovereignty of Diaoyu Islands cannot be invaded" during a rally outside the Japanese Consulate General in Hong Kong Thursday Aug. 16, 2012. China's official Xinhua News Agency said the arrests of the 14 people, who included Hong Kong residents and mainland Chinese, had caused tensions over its territorial dispute with Japan to surge "to a new high."  AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Nationalism has no place where territorial disputes are concerned. Sovereignty claims have to be resolved through diplomacy. Yet Chinese, Japanese and South Koreans have put common sense to one side in pressing their governments to be more forceful over contested islands in rich fishing grounds that may lie on oil and gas reserves.

16 Aug 2012 - 11:40am

Down, not out

Sixty-one years ago, a perceptive ambassador to the US and UN from Lebanon, Charles Malik, told an American college audience: 'The challenges confronting the Western world are basically three: the challenge of communism, the challenge of the rising East, and the challenge of the internal forces of decay.'

12 Jul 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 ...

New Greek government faces confidence vote

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Mending the euro's cracks

The Greek tragedy continues with no easy end in sight, threatening to trigger a crisis in the euro, which could smash the European Union and deal a cruel blow to global growth, which in turn could spread a tsunami across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to damage even the prosperous Asian economies.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

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

Mainland office on Taiwan affairs meets media

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Greenheart shares go in the red

Greenheart Group, the Hong Kong-listed unit of beleaguered logging company Sino-Forest, lost a third of its value yesterday after a trading halt on its shares was lifted and investors shrugged off its attempts to distance itself from its scandal-ridden parent.

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Distant forests hide shady deals

The deeper one looks into Sino-Forest Corp, the Toronto-listed Chinese logging firm that has been engulfed by allegations of fraud, the more questions emerge.

9 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

Corrections & clarifications

An article on B1 yesterday, 'Fraud claims pulp Greenheart stock', incorrectly said Greenheart Group owns tree plantations in New Zealand, Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana. It should have said that Greenheart owns tree plantations in New Zealand and Suriname. The error was introduced during the editing process.

10 Jun 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

Business opportunity

As aftershocks continue to hit Japan, the impact of the disaster is being felt in China. Panic about radiation caused a run on salt, leaving many Chinese families with enough to last the rest of their lives. Low levels of radioactive substances have been found in vegetables along coastal cities, causing some concern among mainland citizens.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Obama and his 7 nagging headaches

As US President Barack Obama enjoys his holidays in balmy Hawaii, far away from the winter storms raging against the United States east coast, one of his worries is how to revive the American economy before his country starts slipping inevitably into the league of former powers. There are at least seven powerful and interlinked reasons why he should worry about the future of the US.

28 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Diaoyus backlash stalls Nagoya consulate project

The sale of a plot of land for a new Chinese consulate in the city of Nagoya in central Japan has been frozen due to the fierce opposition of residents.

22 Dec 2010 - 12:00am