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 ...

Nov 19, 2010

Overvalued club debate

HONG KONG — American domination of the world economy was challenged last week at the Group of 20 summit in Seoul much the same way that Barack Obama’s Democrats were mauled in this month’s U.S. congressional elections, which the president termed a “shellacking.” Several ...

Nov 17, 2010

Kan ducks the rice problem

HONG KONG — Has Prime Minister Naoto Kan finally woken up to the fact that the world is changing rapidly and Japan risks being left behind? In recent days he has spoken of a fresh fleet of “black ships” off the coast of Japan, ...

Nov 12, 2010

Economic voices to shift

HONG KONG — The Nov. 5 agreement on new shareholdings in the International Monetary Fund, which will see China become the third-biggest power in the institution, has been heralded as a triumph for a new global financial order that will challenge the old Western ...

Nov 8, 2010

Not so gentle on his mind

HONG KONG — Democracy in America — what a fine show it is, great television, wonderful speeches, some weird and wacky candidates, an opportunity for The People to make their views count. But as the leaders in Beijing watched the results of last week’s ...

Nov 7, 2010

Bending over to humiliate Tokyo

HONG KONG — Is Beijing deliberately trying to intimidate and humiliate Japan and Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, or are the Japanese merely collateral damage in China’s wider ambitions to assert the political muscle of its new global economic aspirations? Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit ...