Political Geography

Taiwan warns of Spratly Islands training drill

Taiwan has risked angering its neighbours by warning that it will stage a five-day live-fire drill in the disputed Spratly Islands.

Tuesday, 21 August, 2012, 3:23am

Diaoyu activists from Hong Kong played Beijing's game, analysts say

Mainlanders protest Japan's presence on the Diaoyu Islands outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing yesterday, despite being told by their own government not to rally. Photo: AP

As Japan agreed to deport the Hong Kong Diaoyu activists, many analysts said they believed their actions had been tacitly approved by Beijing, to contain mounting calls on the mainland for tough action against Tokyo.

18 Aug 2012 - 3:08am

Yinchuan, Ningxia, to host China-Arab States Economic and Trade Forum

Trade between China and the Arab world grew 22 per cent in the first half of the year, despite political turmoil in the energy-rich region.

Analysts say Beijing is exploring potential for economic co-operation in the region as some Arab countries undergo reconstruction following civil strife and changes in leadership.

17 Aug 2012 - 4:17am

Chief Executive C.Y. Leung summons Japanese envoy over arrest of HK activists

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying summoned the Japanese consul-general yesterday amid a flurry of diplomatic protests following the arrest by Japan's coastguard of 14 activists from Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland, who landed on the disputed Diaoyu Islands.

16 Aug 2012 - 9:26am

Tourism landscape continues to evolve

Singapore is thriving, thanks to its open economy, buoyant capital markets and active stock exchange, based in the SGX Centre (centre).Photo: Bloomberg

A strategic geographic location and ability to diversify has made Singapore one of Asia's most successful economies. The city state has positioned itself as a core financial hub and leading tourist destination.

15 Aug 2012 - 5:43pm

Fearless HK activists ready to face Japanese navy over Diaoyu Islands

Activists from the Hong Kong-based "Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands" shout slogans and wave the Chinese flag on a fishing boat before departing for the disputed islands Senkaku in Japan, or Diaoyu in China, in Hong Kong August 12, 2012. The event was held to protest against some 50 Japanese lawmakers planning to visit the islands on August 18, local media reported. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong activists who are heading to the disputed Diaoyu Islands to support China's claim of sovereignty say they are prepared to confront Japanese navy vessels.

They said they would not be deterred despite media reports that Japan - which claims sovereignty over what it calls the Senkaku Islands - was considering sending military ships to stop them.

23 Aug 2012 - 2:03pm

Letters to the Editor, August 14, 2012

Refresher courses needed for bus drivers. Photo: Sam Tsang

Typhoon proved huts vulnerable

I agree with an advocacy group that the government should set up a task force to "address safety issues of squatter huts" ("Group demands action on condition of squatter huts", August 6).

14 Aug 2012 - 3:05am

Can Asean unite over South China Sea?

Can Asean unite over South China Sea?

There is a simple, compelling logic to the call from the Malaysian foreign minister at the weekend for Asean claimants to the South China Sea to settle their own claims before raising them with China.

14 Aug 2012 - 7:50pm

Learn to love technology

Business leaders believe technology must be embraced, but few think management fully understand its capabilities.

In today's competitive world, senior executives of a company have to possess all-round abilities. This is the finding of research conducted by CA Technologies.

14 Aug 2012 - 1:10pm


Kim should admit relief agencies

North Korea is again asking for humanitarian aid as the country reels from the effects of devastating floods. Several relief agencies and the UN are preparing to provide food and water.

How should the world respond? What can North Korea do this time to break the pattern of distrust?

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

On the difficult conditions endured by subdivided flat tenants during the hot weather:

Wendy Yap - Even my dog sleeps in an air-conditioned room. The chief priority of the government is to lessen the suffering of the poor.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Teenage dropouts' dramatic diversion

Getting young school dropouts interested in the works of Anton Chekhov might seem a tall order, but a theatre group has done just that, allowing 'problem' youngsters to channel their wayward emotions in a positive way on the stage.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:10pm

How firms gain from women directors

White Collar has always supported listed companies appointing more women to their boards. Now, a Credit Suisse study has shown that companies with more women directors can achieve higher profits. The Credit Suisse Research Institute studied 2,400 companies in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America, including 93 in Hong Kong, from 2005 to last year.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Land of wood and water

Jamaica is a colourful island nation of 2.8 million people in the Caribbean Sea, east of Mexico. The people living there, when it was discovered, called it 'the land of wood and water' and 'the land of springs'. It is the home of reggae, ska, mento and rocksteady music.

The island's history

15 Aug 2012 - 11:05pm

Digging for staff who find real facts

An accounting firm with offices in Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen and Beijing, which has grown from three to 60 staff in less than a decade, is recruiting staff for further expansion.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm