Revolving doors of power

Alexander Hamilton (centre), the first US treasury secretary, went from his law practice to the federal government and then back to law.

In Europe, it seems unthinkable that the head of Deutsche Bank would ever become the finance minister of Germany. It is less likely since the financial debacle of 2008 that any British bank boss would become chancellor of the exchequer.

Wednesday, 15 May, 2013, 4:46am

Singapore to allow FBI inspection of research institute linked to Huawei

Foreign minister K. Shanmugam told officials on a visit to the US capital this week that no improper transfer of technology took place between the Institute of Microelectronics and Huawei Technologies, the ministry said.

15 Mar 2013 - 2:29am

Foreign deputy Cui Tiankai tipped as envoy to Washington

Cui Tiankai

Vice-Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai is tipped to become ambassador to Washington in a ministerial reshuffle accompanying wider leadership changes, with Zhang Yesui returning to Beijing.

2 Mar 2013 - 4:57am

Triumphant Obama prepares for Washington battle

US President Barack Obama. Photo: AP

President Barack Obama returned to the White House on Wednesday emboldened by his stunning re-election and challenging his Republican opponents to work with him to avert a looming financial crisis.

8 Nov 2012 - 10:24am

Who said it?

On the issue of human rights, there is no best, there is only better

Vice-President Xi Jinping, speaking during his visit to Washington

We never questioned his integrity in the press release

Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing (pictured) on a statement that referred to chief executive candidate Leung Chun-ying

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Playing it cool

Chinese leaders have finally realised that they are facing a new cold war. Over the past few months, Washington has put together a 'containment' package in Asia that includes a new military doctrine of air-sea battle, a new economic game changer in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the rotation of US marines in Australia.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

US push won't turn into shoving match

A rapid turn of events over the past few weeks has seen Washington make a high-profile and aggressive return to re-assert its leadership in the Asia-Pacific region, with Beijing clearly on the defensive on issues ranging from trade to the South China Sea disputes.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

China's move

The one-two punch delivered by Washington this month must have sent Beijing reeling. Within a week, the geopolitical tide in East Asia seemed to have turned decisively against China.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

This ignores my wish as a private owner to build and live ... on a site with the views and memories that have been so much part of my life

Ho Min-kwan, owner of Ho Tung Gardens

There are millions of people out there who ... want to be interested, and they feel badly that they're not

TMZ's Harvey Levin, on Washington politics

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

US needs to learn the virtue of doing nothing

The Obama administration wants Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to go - finally. Washington thinks Yemen should replace its dictator, yet it supports the dictator who rules next-door Saudi Arabia. Do American officials really believe anyone pays the slightest attention to their ever-changing opinions about who should rule where?

23 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Store up pleasures

What you'll need

Plain glass jar, cup or plate

Contact paper

Craft punch

Disposable gloves

Etching cream



1 Wash and dry your glass jars.

23 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

China to axe anti-import subsidy

Shares of Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology fell yesterday after a United States report said China has agreed to stop subsidising wind power companies that use parts made on the mainland instead of imports.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Departing Excelsior boss leaves lasting legacy with skyline alfresco bar

Just as the doors to the Excelsior Hotel's new roof terrace opened at ToTT's, its general manager Amanda Hyndman is getting ready to close her chapter in Hong Kong.

24 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Dangerous differences on the status quo

The cornerstone of Washington's policy on the contentious relationship between Taiwan and mainland China is that neither side should upset the status quo. Both Taipei and Beijing insist that they, too, share this commitment. The trouble is that each party defines the status quo differently and Taipei, in particular, is taking increasingly bold actions to challenge it.

11 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Efforts to politicise trade tensions fuel mistrust

It should come as little surprise that the two-day top level economic talks between Washington and Beijing have been viewed through the prism of a glass half filled with water.

28 May 2007 - 12:00am