Political Geography

Ugly rumours rejected in beauty contest row

A beauty pageant organiser in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing has defended the selection of the top three winners, following accusations that the judges came under pressure to select certain women, who were criticised online as not being pretty enough.

Monday, 16 July, 2012, 12:00am

SLICK cities

Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand - the economic powerhouses of Southeast Asia - have enjoyed significant growth in the past decade, mainly through adopting an open-door policy.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Fast and furious in Hong Kong

Here is a number for the government to chew on - HK$3.4 billion. This is the money racked up by Singapore in incremental tourist receipts by hosting the Formula One race over the past four years. This is money for jam.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Frigate aground off Spratlys

A Chinese frigate has run aground while patrolling near a shoal in the disputed Spratly Islands chain in the South China Sea, the Ministry of National Defence confirmed yesterday.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Commander with ties to Bo Xilai moves up

A senior military commander once believed to have close ties to disgraced former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai was recently promoted. This followed a high-level military investigation launched in April to determine whether there were connections between Bo and the military in the nation's southwest.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

U.S. consulate's Weibo account is suspended

An official microblog of the US consulate in Shanghai that was a favourite among mainland internet users for its chatty tone was abruptly taken offline yesterday in the midst of ongoing Sino-US tensions. .

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Bermuda bid to net Chinese catch

Bermuda is stepping up its efforts to attract Chinese and Hong Kong companies to use the territory as their base of incorporation, in the face of intense competition from other low-tax jurisdiction rivals such as the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Central, Kowloon trump London, Paris for retail rent

While it may cost an arm and a leg to shop at some Hong Kong clothing boutiques, fashion retailers are also paying through the nose to rent space in the city, which ranks as the second most expensive in the world.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

HK investors world's most bullish, with women to fore

Hongkongers invest more often and more aggressively than people in any other big city - and nearly as many women as men play the financial markets, bucking the global trend of male dominance in the investment world.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Crucial for forum to calm the waters

China does not want the South China Sea dominating discussion at the Asean Regional Forum, which opens in Phnom Penh today. It would prefer that Southeast Asian nations and their dialogue partners not put the territorial disputes on the agenda and instead resolve them bilaterally.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Toothless' code seen as victory for Beijing

A landmark Asean proposal to govern tensions in the South China Sea lacks any new enforcement measures - an outcome some diplomats and analysts say represents a potential diplomatic victory for Beijing.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Police probe incidents on march that riled ranks

Police are investigating whether protesters are criminally liable for covering a police motorbike with handbills and blowing a whistle close to an officer's ear, during the July 1 march.

Photos of the two incidents, widely circulated on the internet, have stirred heated debate about the behaviour of protesters and police during the march.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Tourism officials forced to pull racy ad from buses

Tourism officials in Lichuan, Hubei, pulled a controversial advertisement from 21 buses in neighbouring Chongqing yesterday after its racy play on words generated heated debate.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Tougher line urged on South China Sea

The country's leading foreign affairs and military experts yesterday called on Beijing to take a tougher approach to mounting tensions in the South China Sea ahead of a key regional summit in Cambodia this week.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Artistic impressions

Ever since Hong Kong joined the Venice Biennale in 2001 as a collateral event participant, the exercise has been plagued with controversies. Edition after edition, the organiser, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC), had been questioned on its choice of who should represent this city in the world's oldest and largest contemporary art exhibition.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am