Aug 14, 2010

Iran will test U.S.-China ties

SINGAPORE — Relations between the United States and China — already under serious strain over trade and economic issues, human rights and, most recently, the Yellow Sea and the South China Sea — are about to be tested anew over Iran’s controversial nuclear program. ...

Aug 5, 2010

China's claims make waves

Befitting its status as a rising global power, China says it is the third-largest country in the world, after Russia and Canada, with a land area of about 9.6 million square km. However, although China is a continental giant, it is a maritime minnow ...

Jul 31, 2010

Beijing's Asia power play

China’s economic and military might has grown in recent years along with its overseas trade and investment. China is becoming an oceanic power with growing clout in the Asia-Pacific region. It demonstrated naval, air and amphibious strength this year by holding exercises in the ...

Jul 22, 2010

Pond scum could save the world

Do we really need to keep pushing the frontiers in the search for oil? Must we venture into ever deeper and more dangerous waters, and into areas on land where technical challenges and political risks are rising? Some leading multinational energy companies evidently believe ...

Jul 8, 2010

A losing battle against proliferation

Slowly but surely, the barriers preventing the spread of nuclear technology and materials that can be used to make weapons of mass destruction are being eroded. The most brazen cases involve North Korea and Iran. The former left the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), conducted ...

Jun 21, 2010

Indonesia moving to reduce forest loss, warming emissions

SINGAPORE — Recent developments in curbing high levels of forest loss around the world, particularly in the tropics, are promising. They are significant because deforestation, including the clearing of trees from peat swamps in Southeast Asia, is the biggest source of global warming emissions ...

Jun 16, 2010

China ups the ante in Asia

In the opening session last month of the China-U.S. strategic and economic dialogue, Chinese President Hu Jintao said it was natural for the two countries to disagree on some issues. What was important, he added, was to “respect and accommodate each other’s core interests ...

Jun 3, 2010

NASA keeping a closer eye on space weather

The images from cameras and sensors on the latest satellite watching the sun are a dramatic reminder of the awesome power of the star that warms our planet. They show clouds of magnetized gas big enough to engulf the Earth breaking away from the ...

May 13, 2010

China's navy changing the game

For much of the Cold War, China’s navy was little more than an elaborate coast guard. It was barely a blip on the maritime horizons of Japan and Southeast Asia. Today the Chinese armed forces are in the midst of an intense and sustained ...