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Friday, 29 June, 2012, 12:00am

Growing navy flies a bigger, brighter flag as its role widens

To match the bigger role that the PLA Navy is playing in international waters, all its vessels will receive bigger, brighter naval ensigns by the end of next year, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported yesterday.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

More schools flying the national flag on special occasions

Eight out of 10 local schools hoisted national flags on special occasions and important days last year, compared with fewer than half in 2003, a senior education official said yesterday.

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Flag-waving patriotism - the heroin of political life

Patriotic politics is much like heroin. It makes an instant impression and rarely fails to work, especially when first experienced. Indeed such is the impact that it leaves the user craving more until the desire for heroin (and more flag-waving) becomes both addictive and highly damaging.

2 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Teacher flies the flag for discipline and national pride

If there is greater interest among youngsters in the national flag these days, Hui Chun-lung has had a lot to do with it.

The high school teacher has helped 280 schools form their own flag-guards in the past four years.

2 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Bauhinia 'should flutter at dawn', in keeping with Tiananmen ritual

Legislators and a concern group have questioned raising the national flag in Golden Bauhinia Square at 8am rather than daybreak and cancelling the ceremony if the weather is bad.

In Beijing, the flag is raised at first light and, as is the case elsewhere around the world, the ceremony in Tiananmen Square is only cancelled if severe storms are forecast.

24 Jun 2007 - 12:00am


Expect a sea of red, white and blue and a veritable constellation of Southern Crosses at today's Big Day Out in Sydney.

That's because a call by the annual concert's organisers for fans to leave their Australian flags at home - for fear of inciting racial violence - backfired this week in spectacular fashion.

25 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Scrapheap looms for mighty Red Flag

Once a showpiece of the mainland industry and an icon of national pride, the aristocratic Red Flag limousine is now fighting for its very survival.

5 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Flag flap

State protocol is, by its nature, a delicate matter. That's why its rules are so fastidiously detailed and observed: no one should feel excluded or offended, and the dignity of the state must be preserved.

3 May 2006 - 12:00am

petrol heads from all over soak up carnival atmosphere

Legions of Formula 1 fans from all over descended on Shanghai yesterday for the inaugural run at the city's spanking new race track, giving a cosmopolitan feel to China's first Grand Prix.

27 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Flag flying

Should Hong Kong schools fly the national flag on July 1 and other important days? The government is encouraging all schools to do so in order to enhance the national identity of students. Share your views: write to us.

30 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Schools are encouraged to fly the flag

All schools in Hong Kong have been given government notices encouraging them to fly the national flag on July 1 and other important days.

Announcing a new website to promote the flag-raising rituals, officials said such activities could enhance students' awareness of their national identity.

28 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Flying the flag

Some pro-Beijing politicians have urged Hong Kong schools to fly the national flag to show their patriotism. If they do, how often should schools raise the flag - on occasions like National Day, or more frequently? Share your views: write to us.

6 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Flag protest aimed at Communist Party

So Dr Raymond Wu Wai-yung feels that the flag-burning incident on National Day was caused by a lack of 'civil education' and 'an idea of nation' ('Leftist links flag-burning to lack of patriotic education', South China Morning Post, October 4).

21 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Leftist links flag-burning to lack of patriotic education

A leading leftist politician says incidents such as the burning of the national flag on Tuesday should not come as a surprise because schoolchildren in Hong Kong are not taught about patriotism.

4 Oct 2002 - 12:00am