National Security

Will new security panel be US or Soviet flavoured?

Xi Jinping is expected to head the new committee and make it a "super agency". Photo: Reuters

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.

Tuesday, 26 November, 2013, 7:27pm 3 comments

Cybersnooping revelations raise key issues

The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland. Photo: AFP

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

Members of League of Social Democrats gather at HSBC headquarters and march to Consulate General of the United States Hong Kong and Macau (Consulate General of The United States of America) to support Edward Snowden. Photo: Edward Wong

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

Huawei CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei (right) meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London last year. Photo: AFP

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

Australian PM Julia Gillard (left), pictured here with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, encouraged telecoms giant Huawei to expand its commercial business in Australia during a trip to China this week. Photo: AFP

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

Zhang Dejiang shakes hands with Hong Kong NPC delegates at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday. Photo: Simon Song

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

Xi Jinping's 'liberal' side

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

The Nexen deal will be the biggest overseas takeover by a Chinese company. A review is scheduled to end soon. Photo: EPA

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

Machinery maker Sany is challenging a presidential block. Photo: AFP

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

CIA stops studying impact of climate change on US security

The CIA has shuttered its unit dedicated to studying the impact of climate change on US national security, shifting its activities elsewhere, an official said.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Greg Torode examines implications for China in US election

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

There has been a bipartisan cast to US presidential engagement with China since Richard Nixon blazed the trail to Mao Zedong's Beijing 40 years ago. But that bipartisanship extends in a very different way to White House election campaigns.

29 Oct 2012 - 11:25pm

Softbank-Huawei links to raise US eyebrows

Softbank-Huawei links to raise US eyebrows

Softbank buys its mobile-phone network gear from Chinese companies which have been viewed as security threats by the United States and the relationship may become an issue as regulators review its bid for Sprint Nextel.

20 Oct 2012 - 4:00am

Yoshihiko Noda says Japan's security environment is 'tougher than ever'

Japanese and allied warships and aircraft mark the Maritime Self-Defence Force's anniversary as Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda warned of growing security "challenges". Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP

Japan's navy marked its 60th anniversary with a major exercise yesterday as Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda warned that the country faces "severe" challenges to its security, underscoring tension with China over a territorial dispute and the threat of North Korea's weapons programmes.

15 Oct 2012 - 4:09am

Meng Jianzhu expected to be made security tsar at national congress

Meng Jianzhu expected to made security tsar at national congress

Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu, widely tipped to succeed iron-fisted security tsar Zhou Yongkang at the Communist Party's 18th national congress, is likely to focus on professional policing rather than political campaigns, analysts say.

8 Oct 2012 - 12:56pm

Can Japan be roused from its stupor?

Japan is now confronting challenges at home and abroad that are as serious as any it has had to face since the end of the second world war. Yet the Japanese public is displaying remarkable apathy.

4 Oct 2012 - 2:28am 1 comment