Jan 4, 2011

Indian elephant too slow for the Chinese dragon

HONG KONG — The visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Delhi in December underlined the importance and immense diversity between the world’s two once-and-future superpowers. Neighbors China and India, home to 35 percent of the planet’s population, are the great hope for future ...

Dec 30, 2010

Obama's seven headaches

HONG KONG — Supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama are greatly cheered by notable victories in the final days of Congress before Christmas: the repeal of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law concerning homosexuals serving in the military, and the ratification of the New ...

Piyasvasti battles Thai Airways' beasts

Dec 30, 2010

Piyasvasti battles Thai Airways' beasts

<< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 He notes that the most recent Skytrax survey ranks the airline as ninth in the world, one place better than last year. “We would like to be fifth. We have four stars. There are about six airlines with five ...

Dec 24, 2010

A thought for the holy day

HONG KONG — A sad note in returning to Europe as the end of the year approaches is to see how “political correctness” (P.C.) has tried to drive out not only what is sacred but also what is important, vital and precious to our ...

Dec 19, 2010

Pernicious 'rogue' offers of aid

HONG KONG — China found itself in the unwelcome WikiLeaks spotlight the week before last with sweeping claims against its “aggressive” policies in giving aid to Africa. Johnnie Carson, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africa, called China “a pernicious economic competitor with ...

Dec 17, 2010

'Made in the world' notion no answer to U.S. prayers

HONG KONG — Pascal Lamy, director general of the World Trade Organization, recently made an interesting and thoughtful plea for a new approach to trade, with the idea that “Made in the world” could often be a more accurate description than one that put ...

Dec 10, 2010

Scariest WikiLeaks' tales show U.S. wandering in fog

HONG KONG — Breakfast tea or coffee has suddenly become more interesting with the flood of tittle-tattle, gossip and serious political reporting pouring out via WikiLeaks. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the American right fulminate and wish to charge WikiLeaks’ founder Julian ...

Nov 29, 2010

Airport security 'theater': dancing to terrorists' tune

HONG KONG — With air travel peaking next month in Asia and Europe for Christmas and New Year after going into overload in the United States over the Thanksgiving weekend, governments should re-examine the costs and inefficiencies of security that add tens of billions ...

Nov 21, 2010

Suu Kyi: free to do what?

HONG KONG — Aung San Suu Kyi regained her freedom last weekend, but walked into a “free” life that is still misgoverned by one of the most repressive and stupid regimes in the world, which only days before had thumbed its nose at its ...