Political Geography

Declaration of independence

Iceland's Sigur Ros are promising a rocking set when they play Urbanscapes in Kuala Lumpur later this month.

Is there such a thing as Malaysian indie rock? Or indie culture? There is, but you may not have heard of it. Malaysia's music scene usually only makes headlines when conservative Muslims protest against the sexy outfits of visiting R&B singers.

Sunday, 4 November, 2012, 10:52am

Cantonese TED: Giving voice to a good idea

TEDx Kowloon's (left to right) Lam Chiu-ying, Maxwell Ye Guming, Janet Lui, James Hong and Cho Kai-kai.Photo: Jonathan Wong

You can't keep a good idea down. That may be why TED, the thought-provoking talk fest that began in Silicon Valley, has generated hundreds of spin-offs around the world since it introduced a licensing system in 2009 for independently organised events called TEDx.

14 Oct 2012 - 11:02am

Briefs, 6 October, 2012

2 arrested for stabbing tourists at sacred site

6 Oct 2012 - 3:35am

Scholars divided over historical, geographical and legal claims to the disputed Diaoyus in East China Sea

Beijing says "the islands are China's inherent territory in all historical, geographical and legal terms. No matter what unilateral step Japan takes over the Diaoyu Islands, it will not change the fact that the Diaoyu Islands belong to China". Photo: Felix Wong

Small it may be but an archipelago on the eastern side of the East China Sea is now a big problem for China and Japan.

29 Sep 2012 - 3:48am 4 comments

Photo-book gives powerful testimony to plight of Myanmar's Rohingya minority

Photo-book gives powerful testimony to plight of Myanmar's Rohingya minority

In documenting the plight of Myanmar's stateless Rohingya minority, roving photographer Greg Constantine has produced an important work at a crucial time: Exiled to Nowhere - Burma's Rohingya comes as the troubles of the ethnic Muslims are again seeping into the regional consciousness.

30 Sep 2012 - 4:02pm

Something new: balance of trade

Something new: balance of trade

29 Sep 2012 - 11:49pm

Briefs, September 27, 2012

Taipei outlines plans for Diaoyus park

27 Sep 2012 - 4:00am

Taiwanese fishing vessels enter disputed waters near Diaoyu islands

A Japanese coastguard patrol boat (third from top) sprays water towards a fishing boat from Taiwan as a Taiwanese coastguard vessel (second from bottom) sprays back in waters near the disputed Diaoyu Islands, known in Japan as the Senkaku Islands. Japanese coastguard vessels fired water cannon to turn away about 40 Taiwanese fishing boats and eight Taiwanese coastguard vessels from waters in the East China Sea that Japan considers its own. It was just the latest twist in the ongoing row involving Tokyo, Beijing and Taipei. Diplomatic efforts to bring Chinese and Japanese ministers together on the issue at the United Nations failed. Photo: Reuters

Dozens of Taiwanese fishing boats entered waters near the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea yesterday before leaving at about noon after Taiwanese coastguard vessels exchanged water cannon blasts with the Japanese coastguard.

26 Sep 2012 - 3:35am

China isn't seeking to limit freedom of navigation in South China Sea

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs issued a statement this month on the freedom of navigation in the so-called "West Philippine Sea". It said that "the freedom of navigation is a customary right under international law" and "its existence does not depend solely on the will or assurance of one or any individual state".

24 Sep 2012 - 1:28am

How they see it

1. China Daily

23 Sep 2012 - 12:31am

Catholic Church runs ad to press government for policy reforms

The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong has taken out newpaper advertisements pressing the government to overhaul its policies on housing, education and welfare.

21 Sep 2012 - 3:16am 2 comments

Japanese Prime Minister Noda admits 'miscalculation' over Diaoyus

A protester at Japan's embassy in Beijing with a banner showing Prime Minister Noda. Photo: EPA

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has admitted he miscalculated Beijing's reaction to his government's purchase of the Diaoyu Islands.

He pledged to "expand communications" in the dispute over the islands, known by the Japanese as the Senkakus.

21 Sep 2012 - 5:51pm 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, September 20, 2012

Protesters burning a Japanese flag in Shenzhen. Photo: AFP

Protests over Diaoyus have gone too far

I have been shocked to see how the anti-Japanese protests on the mainland over the disputed Diaoyu Islands have turned violent.

Witnessing the actions of some protesters, it is as if they had lost their sanity. They seemed to be looking for trouble.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:39am 1 comment

Blame geopolitical jostling for island rows

The Asia-Pacific region is no stranger to territorial disputes. In fact, the ownership of certain islands in the South China Sea, the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan have been disputed for decades.

20 Sep 2012 - 2:22am

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.

19 Sep 2012 - 1:15pm