Feb 9, 2011

Aquaculture booms but will wild fish recover?

SINGAPORE — Even as global food prices hit record levels, rising in January for the seventh month in a row amid concerns about future shortages, fish farming is a bright spot in the generally challenging outlook for food production. This is why Japan and ...

Feb 3, 2011

Food crisis threatens Asia

SINGAPORE — Is Asia on the edge of another food supply crisis that will stoke inflation, protection and political unrest? Some recent developments suggest that it is. Many Asian countries — including the biggest emerging economies China, India and Indonesia — are battling to ...

Jan 20, 2011

The price of climate change?

SINGAPORE — Generations of Australians have learned that their island-continent is a land of alternating droughts and floods. Recent prolonged rain and devastating flooding across eastern Australia, particularly in the state of Queensland, underscore this heartbreaking cycle. Weather experts say that the immediate cause ...

Jan 13, 2011

China's military challenge

SINGAPORE — Will China’s development of new weapons counter the dominance of U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific region — in space, at sea and, most recently, in the air? Photographs and video footage appeared on Chinese websites last week purporting to show China’s first ...

Jan 5, 2011

China targeting U.S. deterrence

SINGAPORE — In 1996, China fired ballistic missiles and held military exercises in waters close to Taiwan to warn the electorate not to vote for a pro-independence candidate in presidential elections. In response, the United States sent two aircraft carriers and their warship escorts ...

Dec 29, 2010

Carbon dioxide is threatening our fisheries

SINGAPORE — Since the industrial revolution began over two centuries ago, the oceans have absorbed an estimated 500 billion tons of carbon dioxide. This is about a quarter of the total amount spewed into the atmosphere as the burning of coal, oil and natural ...

Dec 27, 2010

What is Beijing willing to do to secure oil and gas supplies?

SINGAPORE — China’s dependence on increasing amounts of oil imported from potentially unstable areas of the Middle East and Africa through vulnerable shipping channels has become an uncomfortable fact of life for the government in Beijing. Chinese policymakers have called it their “Malacca dilemma,” ...

Dec 21, 2010

Merits of a Singapore-Australian exchange

SINGAPORE — Australian regulators and politicians must decide soon whether the proposed $8 billion takeover of the main stock market operator, ASX Ltd., by the Singapore Exchange is in the national interest. The merger of the Asia-Pacific’s fifth- and eighth-biggest bourses to create the ...

Dec 5, 2010

Troubling birth of a nuclear plant

SINGAPORE — When U.S. nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker was taken to a new uranium- enrichment facility in North Korea’s nuclear complex at Yongbyon last month, he was stunned by what he saw. From an “astonishingly modern” control room at the plant, he looked down ...

Nov 24, 2010

TPP zone will test commitment to free trade

SINGAPORE — China is outpacing the United States and Japan as Asia’s top trading partner. Can Washington and Tokyo make up lost ground in the competition for economic influence that is shaping future geopolitical alignments and institutional architecture in the region? While China continues ...