Hong Kong

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An Arms Race Explodes in Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region is now well and truly in an arms race like no other.  China alone is said to have quadrupled its military spending since 2000. Indeed, in 2013 Asian countries spent a combined US$322 bil...
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The Dangerous Nexus Between Hepatitis C and HIV

The World Health Organization says a “silent epidemic” of viral hepatitis affects a large part of the world’s population, causing over 1.4 million deaths every year, yet it remains largely unknown or ignored. ...
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Prominent Plant Pathologist Lashes Out at GM Critics

Robert Ziegler, the director general of the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, has mounted an angry and impassioned defense of genetically modified foods, saying that “as an intellectual ...
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Post-Snowden, the US Reaps a Security Whirlwind

It's the one year anniversary of what is now known as the Snowden revelations, which appeared on June 5 and June 9 when The Guardian broke news of classified National Security Agency documents and Edward Snowde...
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The US Needs to Get the Small Things Right Too

Recently my wife and I took our daughters to the US Consulate in Hong Kong to renew their US passports. Our girls carry two passport types – the imposing regulation blue US Passport and the US Passport Card. Ca...
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Hong Kong Faces Tragedy with a Double Standard

The Hong Kong government’s very different responses to two tragedies involving Hong Kong citizens provide a sharp look at official hypocrisy with a racist tinge. They are the August 2010 deaths of eight of the ...
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Hong Kong Art Gallery with a Social Mission

To the world, Hong Kong’s laser-lit skyline and contemporary skyscrapers denote a modern metropolis and global financial center that is often tagged “Gotham City.” Recall how Batman flew from one of its soaring...
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Hong Kong’s Hypocrisy Over Maids

Just at the time when Hong Kong, a non-state adjunct of China, is presuming to impose sanctions on the Philippines over the deaths of tourists at the hands of a bus hijacker, more and more evidence is coming to...
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Crusading Hong Kong Editor Chopped

Kevin Lau, the recently-ousted chief editor of the Chinese language newspaper Ming Pao, was said to be fighting for his life in a Hong Kong hospital after being attacked and hacked early this morning. What L...
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Abusing Maids is Hong Kong’s Shame

What happened in Hong Kong to Erwiana Sulistyaningsih would likely never happen to a Filipina domestic helper today. After decades of jousting with abusive employers and corrupt employment agencies, Filipinas h...