China continues drug clampdown near Kachin rebel headquarters

Kachin Independence Army soldiers guard a post on a hilltop overlooking Laiza, Myanmar, and Nabang, China, Jan. 31, 2013. (Photo: AP)

Yunnan border guards say they have arrested drug smugglers attempting to carry more than 23 kilograms of drugs in the county that borders the makeshift capital of the Kachin Independence Army, the last ethnic guerilla force fighting the civilianized military regime in Mya

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Opium cultivation surges in Laos and Myanmar amid drug boom in Asia

Cultivation of opium is on the rise in Shan state, Myanmar. Photo: AP

Opium cultivation in Southeast Asia has doubled over the last six years as growing demand for heroin in China and the rest of Asia lures more farmers to grow poppies, the UN said yesterday.

1 Nov 2012 - 4:20am

Asian drug boom fuelling opium cultivation, says UN

A villager harvests opium in a field in Myanmar's Shan state. Photo: AP

Opium cultivation in Southeast Asia has doubled over the last six years as growing demand for heroin in China and the rest of Asia lures more farmers to grow poppies, the UN said on Wednesday.

Opiate users in East Asia and the Pacific now account for about a quarter of the world total, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said in a report.

31 Oct 2012 - 3:18pm

Communion Town; Narcopolis; Renegade

Communion Town; Narcopolis; Renegade

This year's Man Booker shortlist is revealed on Tuesday. So I thought I would squeeze in a couple of novels that teeter on the cusp of selection. Sam Thompson's Communion Town is a collection of inter-linked short stories that, as the sub-title proposes, narrate A City in Ten Chapters. 

10 Sep 2012 - 9:39am

Writers' picks of 2011

Chan Koon-chung Author, The Fat Years

1. Mao's Great Famine by Frank Dikotter. The kind of archival research may no longer be possible. This was China's worst man-made, policy-induced famine, but authorities remain in denial by calling it 'a three-year natural disaster'.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Author adds nuance to Chinese history

Every great political enterprise is founded on a great crime, according to Machiavelli. There is no dispute that British colonisation made Hong Kong prosperous after the Opium Wars. But this does not absolve the British from committing outright aggression to further its drug trade, or make China wrong for emphasising the humiliation and national decline that followed.

23 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

We must smash the hoax that English is indispensable for success in HK

Sam Wong rightly observes that the city's middle class is generally against English Schools Foundation subvention ('Government must end ESF subsidy', July 21). Opposite opinions in the debate expose prejudice and insecurity.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The war that still rumbles

The Opium War by Julia Lovell Picador

One of the most interesting things about the Opium War (1839-1842), as Julia Lovell argues in her 361-page account, is that it is still being fought. More than 170 years after Britain sent a fleet of warships up the Pearl River to teach imperial China a lesson in international trade, shots are still being fired.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

League's complaint against Heung Yee Kuk leader rejected

13 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Group denies tribes behind surge in opium cultivation

An ethnic activist group has rejected a UN report that suggests armed Myanmese tribes along the border with China are behind a resurgence in opium production, saying the report underplays the junta's role in the trade.

20 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Opium hidden in wooden carvings, drums

Customs has seized 45kg of opium hidden in wooden carvings and drums in express cargoes bound from Thailand to the United States, the first discovery in Hong Kong of this mode of drug smuggling. Officers at the airport found the drug in two hauls, both from Chiang Mai and destined for California. The opium was estimated to be worth HK$11.7 million.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

'The periodical clearance sale of flotsam and jetsam and confiscated articles took place at the Central Police Station [on August 22] forenoon,' said a report on August 23. 'Among the articles was a quantity of opium dross, pipes, lamps and other paraphernalia, but the opium was withdrawn. The police have no right to sell the drug.

25 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

'A pretty wedding was solemnised at the Union Church on the first instant [June 1]. Reverend C. Bone officiated when Mr E. Leong, younger son of Reverend Leong On Teng, was joined in wedlock to Miss A. M. Kraal, daughter of Mr Samuel Andrew Kraal of Foochow. Dr To gave the bride away.

2 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

A notice from the Society of Dorset Men in London revealed that people from the county spoke their own form of English. Try to decipher this: 'This is to let 'ee know that the Do'set Men in Lon'ontown will teake dinner agean, vor the ninth time ov axen in the King's hll o' the Holborn Restaurant ...

5 May 2009 - 12:00am

Four arrested in drugs raids

Four people were arrested during raids on suspected drug dens this weekend. Acting on tip-offs, police raided premises on Prince Edward Road West at 8pm on Saturday and on Shanghai Street at 12.15am yesterday. Officers found 18g of suspected Ice, and what was believed to be small amounts of marijuana and opium. A 52-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl were released on bail.

4 May 2009 - 12:00am