Battle of the South China Sea charts

A Chinese-made globe depicting the nine-dash line, which is disputed by the Philippines, on sale in Manila. Photo: Alan Robles

Welcome to the great South China Sea battle of maps. While fears mount over the risk of conflict or miscalculation in an increasingly militarised expanse, this particular skirmish has already been under way for years.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 3:16am

Letters to the Editor, March 4, 2013

Retail rents are high at The Link's malls. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Michael Chugani in his column has painted a gloomy economic outlook for Hong Kong and his vivid description reminded me of the film Les Miserables and Mencius. When greed reigns, it suffocates sustained economic growth. The birth rate and demographic profile will be deformed and, therefore, in the long run the population pyramid is not healthy.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:27am 1 comment

Greens burn up over 'dinosaur technology'

Indira Gandhi

The environmental group Clear The Air is maintaining the pressure on the government to abandon plans to build an incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau. The group's chairman, James Middleton, has sent a letter to the Legislative Council's environmental affairs panel urging it not to approve funding for what he terms "outdated dinosaur technology".

14 Feb 2013 - 4:53am 1 comment

'Phantom island' riddle solved, says New Zealand researcher

A computer screen displaying the location (A) of Sandy Island on Google Maps. Photo: AFP

A New Zealand researcher on Monday claimed to have solved the riddle of a mystery South Pacific island shown on Google Earth and world maps which does not exist, blaming a whaling ship from 1876.

3 Dec 2012 - 3:22pm

Beijing downplays row over passport map

China's passport has a controversial map. Photo: EPA

Beijing said yesterday that people should not read too much into the placement of a map in new passports that depicts claims to disputed maritime territory, after the US said it would raise concerns with Beijing over the issue.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am

India stamps map on visas for Chinese

Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid. Photo: AFP

India is stamping its map on visas given to Chinese visitors, an Indian official said yesterday, after Beijing began issuing passports showing disputed territories - including two in India - as its own.

"We have started issuing visas with India's map as we know it," said a Foreign Ministry official who did not wish to be named.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:58am 3 comments

Scientists prove South Pacific island does not really exist

Scientists prove South Pacific island does not really exist

A South Pacific island that has long been identified on world maps does not exist, according to Australian scientists who went searching for the mystery landmass during a geological expedition.

The sizeable phantom island in the Coral Sea is shown as Sandy Island on Google Earth and Google maps and is supposedly midway between Australia and the French-governed New Caledonia.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Book review: On the Map by Simon Garfield

Gordon Cheers, managing director of Millennium House, with one of only 31 copies of the 150kg world atlas, Earth Platinum. Photo: Millennium House

The largest atlas ever published was so big it required its own plane for delivery to buyers, Simon Garfield tells us in On the Map. You needed US$100,000 to buy the book and six strong lads to carry it. The atlas was amazing but user-unfriendly - a bit like this admirable but occasionally unwieldy book.

3 Dec 2012 - 6:58pm