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China says military flight off Malaysia was ‘routine training’

China said Wednesday a flight by 16 military aircraft over hotly contested waters off Malaysia was routine training, after the Southeast Asian nation accused Beijing of breaching its sovereignty.  Malaysia scrambled fighter jets Monday to intercept the Chinese air force transport planes that appeared off Borneo over the South China Sea, where it has overlapping […]

Philippines’ top diplomat swears at China on Twitter, tells Beijing to leave disputed waters

The Philippines’ top diplomat unambiguously told Beijing where to go on Monday, as the government insisted Chinese vessels were still illegally lingering in the disputed South China Sea. “China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O… GET THE FUCK OUT,” Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin tweeted. The latest spat between Manila and Beijing […]

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

We need dialogue, not inward-facing conformities: How China censored my speech on the South China Sea

In spite of the restrictions on free speech in China, I’ve always had very positive experiences at academic conferences. Although Chinese academics are not always free to speak their minds, I’ve repeatedly experienced surprising levels of candour from Chinese counterparts and have always been given the opportunity to speak freely and share my views at […]

Freedom segregated: China to set up open internet zone on tourist island

By Oiwan Lam Netizens in mainland China are expressing outrage over a proposal of the Hainan government that would enable access to overseas social media platforms that are otherwise censored in China. The policy was met with firm criticism when it was released on June 21, on the provincial government website. Some described it as being “unfair” to […]

FEATURES

Feature: After ‘high seas pursuit’, Sea Shepherd urges Beijing to prosecute illegal fishing fleet

With mountains of plastic gill nets strewn across its aft deck, the M/Y Steve Irwin could be a long-distance trawler at first sight. But the catch for this camouflage-coated ship anchored off northeastern Lantau are the fishing trawlers themselves. The nets it carries are the confiscated weapons of the illegal fishers they have foiled; more spoils of war […]