Political Geography

A proper telling-off over a vision of national education

I learnt a valuable lesson about national and moral education yesterday: empty your e-mail inbox before you criticise the China model.

Monday, 27 August, 2012, 9:13pm

On shaky ground in disputed waters

When China announced last week the creation of Sansha on an island in the Paracels archipelago it highlighted a key sensitivity - and potential vulnerability - for the sole rival claimant, Vietnam.

31 Aug 2012 - 4:53pm

Fishing fleet on 'risky' mission

Nearly 9,000 Chinese fishing boats set off from southernmost Hainan province yesterday towards disputed waters in the South China Sea as a summer fishing break ended.

Analysts say the massive push is another step by Beijing to strengthen its sovereignty claims over the contested waters and is likely to further fuel tensions in the region.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Birth of Sansha city signals death of diplomacy in South China Sea dispute

Was it Deng Xiaoping who said that possession is nine-tenths of the law? No matter. China is actively applying this simple precept in the South China Sea, a disputed region where it knows that boots on the ground count for a lot more than expressions of ownership voiced at some meeting in a faraway capital.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:42pm

Thinking outside the box for storage solutions

The problem of storage is something of an absurdity in Hong Kong. Despite a common lack of storage, shopping remains a prime pastime for many here. Something has to give.

But apartments won't suddenly double in size and the city's passion for fashion doesn't show any signs of abating. Which is why many rely on interior designers for solutions.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:43pm

Double delight as Sandro, Abercrombie head to HK

It will be double the fun for Hong Kong and mainland fashionistas this year, as they can add two well-known fashion brands to their list of shopping destinations in the city.

All-American casual wear label Abercrombie & Fitch is set to open its local flagship store on August 11 in Central's historic Pedder Building - with some sexy sweeteners for customers.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Survey reveals retention troubles

Highlights from the recent CPA Australia 2012 Hong Kong Human Capital Survey point at the need for the government to facilitate cross-sector collaboration in order to address human capital issues in Hong Kong.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Prosecution is sign party wants scandal behind it

Last night's announcement that Gu Kailai, the wife of fallen Politburo member Bo Xilai, is being prosecuted for the murder of a British expat indicates the leadership in Beijing is eager to put an end to the scandal before the crucial party congress later this year.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Risk growing in maritime dispute, crisis group warns

Tensions in the South China Sea could escalate to 'irreversible' levels amid worsening prospects for any solution, according to a new international study.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Quotes of the week

It doesn't start with someone saying, 'OK, we're going to abandon communism.' It starts in smaller ways like this

An analyst on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's appearances

[Hong Kong] media enjoy greater freedom than on the mainland, in Taiwan or in Singapore. They should defend it to the death

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The Diaoyu archipelago is no place for patriot games

Like many other fellow post-war babies, the Diaoyu Islands is an issue close to my heart. When the Defend Diaoyu Islands campaign first started in the early 1970s, I was teaching in the University of Hong Kong and was not directly involved in this student movement, but it hurt me knowing that some of my students were badly beaten up by the police during the demonstrations.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'1916 court case shows Manila owned shoal'

A 1916 Philippines Supreme Court decision over a shipwreck on Scarborough Shoal bolsters Manila's territorial claim to the reef, which China also claims, a maritime law expert says.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Indonesian minister bids to salvage 'Asean unity'

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Three new picks in tainted pageant

The organising committee of the Miss International China beauty pageant has decided to select three more women to represent the municipality of Chongqing after widespread criticism of the three winners for not being pretty enough, it announced on its microblog yesterday.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


After a bruising Asean meeting that only deepened divisions over the South China Sea, there was barely disguised mirth among some Filipino and Vietnamese envoys last Friday over news that a Chinese naval frigate had run aground on a disputed shoal near the Philippine island of Palawan.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am