Political Relationship

A mother struggling to rein in rebellious children

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo likes to portray herself as the mother of the nation. So imagine for a moment that she is your mother.

Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 12:00am

Ma's overture fails to convince rival

New KMT chief can't convince Speaker to serve as deputy

The new leader of Taiwan's biggest opposition party failed yesterday to persuade his defeated rival to serve as his deputy.

21 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Hu congratulates Ma over election victory

KMT sees message as friendly; media says it is a snub

President Hu Jintao yesterday congratulated Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou on his election as chairman of the Kuomintang, in what was seen by the KMT as a friendly gesture to the favourite in the island's next presidential race.

Mr Hu said he looked forward to working with the KMT to promote cross-strait ties.

18 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Loyalties of new KMT chief are not clear-cut

Touted by many as a future president, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou is one step closer to the goal. Yesterday, members of Taiwan's largest opposition party, the Kuomintang, overwhelmingly chose him as its next leader in the first election for party chairmanship in its 111-year history.

17 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Tycoons gave $27m boost to Tsang

Business networks used to pump up campaign coffers

Tycoons made full use of their business networks and associates to pump millions of dollars into Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's campaign coffers, according to records disclosed yesterday.

13 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Lover flees, says troops hold Arroyo case spy

The military has been accused of holding hostage an intelligence officer, his family and one of his two mistresses to hush up its involvement in the wiretapping scandal engulfing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

13 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Doubts electorate will widen in 2007

Democrat's result may deter Beijing, says James Tien

The Democratic Party leader's success in securing nomination to run for chief executive from 50 of the 800 Election Committee members may have so shaken Beijing's confidence that it could be reconsidering expansion of the electorate in 2007, says the Liberals' leader.

21 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Malaysia's hounded press grapples with censors' shadow

International watchdogs are reporting a significant improvement in press freedom in Malaysia since the end of former authoritarian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad's 22-year term as leader.

'But things haven't changed that much,' said Steven Gan, editor of online news site Malaysiakini.

18 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

3 hours of tape paint damning picture

Election commissioner Virgilio Garcillano was allegedly the object of wiretapping in dozens of conversations covering three hours of tape.

15 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

A Goliath who can't be beaten

If anyone knows what it feels like to be flattened by a steamroller, it has to be Democratic Party leader Lee Wing-tat. Here is a man who wanted to stand up for a principle, but even as he was straightening up to do that, a speeding bandwagon knocked him over. Mr Lee understands the force that is keeping him from his principle.

8 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Cut the PR stunts and start campaigning, says Democrat

Chief executive candidate Lee Wing-tat has accused rival Donald Tsang Yam-kuen of running a PR show rather than an election campaign.

He criticised him for holding closed-door meetings with Election Committee members and failing to reach out to the public.

6 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

New-look DAB unveils leadership

Former democrat is selected as vice-chairman

A founding member of a pro-democracy group was elected as vice-chairman of the biggest pro-government party yesterday.

Lawmaker Lau Kong-wah was chosen last night by the central committee of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

1 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

A campaign to test Tsang's wisdom

As expected, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has resigned from his post as chief secretary in preparation for taking part in the chief executive by-election.

30 May 2005 - 12:00am

Ex-ICAC chief believes Philippines can be clean

Tony Kwok upbeat in new role coaching Manila's graft busters

The Philippines can be just as successful as Hong Kong in eradicating the worst excesses of corruption, predicts a former Hong Kong anti-graft chief appointed to advise the country's president.

29 May 2005 - 12:00am

Tsang shows his hand (and so do the big names backing him)

Next stop the election trail as chief secretary steps down; He's the best man to lead Hong Kong, says rival Henry Tang

Declaring a 'deep sense of responsibility to Hong Kong', Donald Tsang Yam-kuen last night officially launched his bid to be the next chief executive.

26 May 2005 - 12:00am