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National Security

The truth hurts

Arguably, WikiLeaks has helped changed the course of history, leaving diplomatic embarrassment and a journalistic goldmine in its wake. Sian Powell looks at the legacy of the whistle blowing website.

Sunday, 2 September, 2012, 12:50pm

Will new security panel be US or Soviet flavoured?

The security panel set up by the Communist Party earlier this month bears a similar name to two very different foreign agencies: the US National Security Council (NSC) and the now defunct KGB, whose Russian name translates to the Committee for State Security.

26 Nov 2013 - 7:27pm 3 comments

Cybersnooping revelations raise key issues

Big Brother is watching you - this was the warning in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949. Sixty-four years later, the world is shocked to learn that Big Brother is getting bigger. It is widely known that the United States stepped up its spying activities following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

15 Jun 2013 - 1:53am

By staying in Hong Kong, Snowden will shape democracy debate here

In the shock-filled days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US Congress hurriedly approved without debate national security measures put forward by the George W. Bush administration called the Patriot Act, which gave the authorities sweeping powers to spy on people. Human rights groups condemned the act as a violation of civil liberties.

15 Jun 2013 - 2:00am 2 comments

British lawmakers blast failure to monitor Huawei

British lawmakers have blasted the government for risking national security by failing to monitor the widespread use of Chinese equipment in Britain's phone and broadband networks.

7 Jun 2013 - 1:50am

Australia takes middle road with Huawei

The embattled telecoms equipment giant may be seeking a new "middle road", as it tries to ease western concerns that its products could be used for spying by Beijing.

11 Apr 2013 - 2:06pm 1 comment

Second state leader stresses Hong Kong's role in national security

Politburo Standing Committee member Zhang Dejiang, who will supervise Hong Kong and Macau Affairs and head the nation's top legislature, called on Hong Kong delegates to help deepen the implementation of the "one country, two systems" concept.

8 Mar 2013 - 11:29am 6 comments

Two appointments, one policy paper and a clock strikes nine

He hugged babies. He was public about his love for his wife. He spoke without party jargon. Vice-President Xi Jinping has displayed a liberal image.

Yet, any expectations of him being soft on Hong Kong will be proven very wrong.

5 Jan 2013 - 2:22am

CNOOC may give up control of rigs near military base for Nexen deal

China's biggest offshore oil and gas producer may have to give up control of drilling platforms 80 kilometres from a major US military base to win government approval for its US$15.1 billion purchase of Canada's Nexen.

8 Dec 2012 - 3:46am

Sany urges judge to consider Obama lawsuit

An affiliate of Sany Group, China's biggest machinery maker, urged a United States judge to consider its lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's decision to block a corporate transaction on national security grounds.

30 Nov 2012 - 2:53am

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