Political Geography

Talking points

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

HKU welcomes back education professor

Friday, 18 May, 2012, 12:00am

Among Filipinos, defiance mixed with outrage

'China is swapang,' said taxi driver Steve Escoro, 38, using the Tagalog word for 'greedy'.

'They don't own it [Scarborough Shoal]; it's closer to our country than theirs, and they're trying to grab it.'

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Prepare to make sacrifices, Filipinos are told

Filipinos have been told by the nation's foreign secretary to prepare for sacrifices, in an escalation of rhetoric with China over a month-long maritime dispute.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Asian powers skirt N Korea issue

The leaders of China, Japan and South Korea issued a post-summit joint declaration yesterday that made no reference to North Korea's nuclear ambitions, and which avoided touchy issues such as territorial and historical disputes.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Negotiations the only way forward

A demonstration outside the Chinese embassy in Manila had the potential to inflame a stand-off over territorial claims in the politically sensitive South China Sea. Thankfully it passed uneventfully, except for a foiled attempt by one protester to burn a Chinese flag. That would have been a provocative affront to nationalist sentiment.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Oil drills 'better than naval ones'

Mainland military experts say Beijing should make use of its deep-sea technology to explore and even start drilling for oil in disputed parts of the South China Sea to reinforce its sovereignty.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

HK consumer confidence rising, survey shows

Better job prospects and financial status boosted Hong Kong consumers' confidence in the first quarter, says market research firm Nielsen.

Quarterly consumer confidence rose four points to 103 - a score above 100 is positive - after a decline in two consecutive quarters last year.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

A mature look at colonialism

On the surface, Yim Ho seems poles apart from his subject. Yim is a filmmaker from a family of intellectuals, while the latter is a fisherman's son who outgrew his modest roots - he started education when he was 20 - to become a high-flying executive with the Swire Group.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

Stalemate in the South China Sea

It may be a tiny cluster of rocks barely visible at high tide, but Scarborough Shoal is exposing some of the region's most dramatic fault lines.

A graveyard for shipping for centuries - including the tea ship that sank with all hands in the 18th century to give the reef its name - Scarborough could yet prove a graveyard for regional stability, some analysts fear.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

Figuratively speaking

Demand for bigger and braver sculptures is rising in Asia, and Hong Kong has become the gateway for Western artists to the region, says British figurative sculptor David Williams-Ellis.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tourist held over theft of medal

Taiwanese police said yesterday that their mainland counterparts had arrested an elderly tourist from Heilongjiang province accused of stealing a medal that nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek presented to a hero general during the second world war.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing toughens stance on shoal

Beijing warned yesterday that it was ready to respond to any escalation of a tense, month-long stand-off with the Philippines at Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea in what was its toughest statement to date.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am


We all forget to be polite sometimes

Many people think mainlanders are rude and have bad manners. I agree that some of them have odd habits like jumping queues or squatting on trains. But there are many mainlanders who are very kind.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am


Today: Canadian Chamber of Commerce lunch: 'Getting engaged: Involving HK employees in social, community and environmental initiatives'. Kinwick Centre.

French Chamber of Commerce event: 'Current payment situation of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan'. French Chamber, Central.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am

Qianhai offers perks to lure HK talent

On his next visit to Hong Kong, a national leader from Beijing may announce fresh incentives to attract local professionals to work in Shenzhen's new commercial hub, an official from the southern city said.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am