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Briefs, January 27, 2013

A successful test flight of the first domestically developed jumbo air freighter has been carried out. Photo: SMP

China's new leadership will focus on modernising the country before it increases Beijing's role in international affairs, a top official told the Davos forum yesterday. 

Sunday, 27 January, 2013, 5:33am

Manila's action over South China Sea could risk aggravating disputes

Illustration: Henry Wong

When Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario summoned Chinese ambassador Ma Keqing on Tuesday to announce that Manila was taking Beijing's sovereignty claim to United Nations arbitration without its consent, he set the stage for what could be years of bruising legal action.

26 Jan 2013 - 6:13am

UN chief Ban Ki-moon makes a rare intervention in South China Sea row

UN chief Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made a rare intervention yesterday in the deepening South China Sea sovereignty dispute, urging an "amicable" settlement but offering assistance if need be.

24 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

UN chief urges ‘amicable’ end to Philippines, China sea dispute

UN leader Ban Ki-moon urged peaceful resolution to South China Sea disputes through dialogue. Photo: Xinhua

UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called for an “amicable” settlement to a mounting South China Sea territorial dispute between China and other Asian nations.

Asked about the Philippines decision to refer the case to a UN tribunal, Ban told reporters he has been following the dispute “carefully”.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Philippines to take maritime dispute with China to UN

Albert del Rosario

The Philippines yesterday launched unprecedented legal action to challenge at the UN China's claim to virtually the entire South China Sea - a move made over Beijing's objections.

23 Jan 2013 - 2:40am

Analysis: Manila gambles with UN arbitration in dispute with China

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario speaks during a media briefing at the foreign affairs headquarters in Manila. Photo: Reuters

The Philippines' move to seek a ruling from a UN arbitration tribunal over China's so-called nine-dash line represents a dramatic throw of the political and legal dice. It is anyone's guess where they will land.

23 Jan 2013 - 9:55am

Geo-political tension threatens South China Sea cruise market: experts

The Star Pisces cruise ship is docked at the Ocean Terminal. Photo: Nora Tam

Military and political tensions in the South China Sea are threatening the development of Asia's burgeoning cruise holiday market, shipping and travel experts say.

Dr Liu Zinan, chairman of the Asia Cruise Association, said the Sino-Japanese dispute over the Diaoyu Islands was "having an adverse impact on us".

23 Jan 2013 - 10:00am

Philippines takes China to UN over territorial dispute

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario speaks in Manila. Photo: AFP

Manila has taken China to a UN tribunal to challenge its claim to most of the South China Sea including Philippine territory, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said.

22 Jan 2013 - 9:27pm 6 comments

PLA Navy in live-fire attack drills in East China and South China seas

The Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No. 51 cruising as the Japan Coast Guard ship Ishigaki sails near the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters

The People's Liberation Army's naval air force has carried out attack drills in both the East and South China seas in a show of force directed at countries involved in territorial disputes with China, according to naval experts.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:17am

Japan offers Philippines 10 ships to patrol South China Sea

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario greets Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (right) upon his arrival at the Foreign Affairs headquarters in Manila. Photo: Reuters

Japan will provide the Philippines with 10 coastguard vessels as the two nations deepen their strategic partnership to counter what they said were threats from China in the disputed South China Sea.

11 Jan 2013 - 3:47am

Briefs, January 11, 2013

Fast-food chain KFC's parent Yum Brands apologised to customers over its handling of a recent food scare that has hit sales in its biggest market. "We regret shortcomings in our self-checking process, a lack of internal communication," Su Jingshi , chairman and chief executive of Yum China, wrote on the company's website. CCTV reported late last month that chicken supplied to KFC and McDonald's contained excess amounts of antiviral drugs and hormones.

11 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Japan pursues diplomatic offensive in Philippines visit

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida meets Philippine President Benigno Aquino in Manila. Photo: EPA

A two-day visit by Japan's foreign minister to the Philippines appears to be part of a well-coordinated diplomatic offensive by Tokyo to strengthen ties with other Asian countries amid tensions with China.

11 Jan 2013 - 3:05am

Briefs, January 10, 2013

Philipines's Foreign Minister Albert Del Rosario. Photo: AFP

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has insisted civilians have the right to carry guns for self-defence, after a series of deadly shootings prompted calls for a total firearms ban. He said: "'Total gun ban would be a nice headline, but a knee-jerk reaction.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:06am

PLA carries out defence drills in Shenyang, Jinan and Sansha

Air defence exercises formed a major part of the test runs.

The People's Liberation Army held a series of preparedness drills in Shenyang, Jinan and newly established Sansha in Hainan, the city created by Beijing to oversee disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The military drills on Wednesday were aimed at enhancing soldiers' combat consciousness and capabilities, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:34am

New Year's Day chill-out at swim race

Competitors set the South China Sea churning during the 37th annual swimming race at Repulse Bay yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

From just four years old to 78, Hong Kong's hardiest gathered on the shores of Repulse Bay for the annual New Year's Day swimming race.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:00am