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The Filipino fishermen on the frontline of China’s battle for disputed sea

By Allison Jackson Filipino fisherman Mariel Villamonte had spent years plying the turquoise waters of Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea for snapper and grouper — until a Chinese coast guard vessel water cannoned his boat. That was in 2012, around the time China snatched control of the small ring of reefs from the…

US and Canadian warships sail through Taiwan Strait

A US destroyer and a Canadian frigate sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday in the latest joint operation aimed at reinforcing the route’s status as an international waterway. Beijing views as its own both democratic Taiwan and the narrow body of water separating the island from mainland China — one of the world’s busiest…

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

Despite a strong performance in 2020, Taiwan faces a challenging new year

Unlike most of the world, Taiwan had a good 2020. It contained Covid-19 for most of the year, is expected to see GDP growth of over two per cent, and enjoyed several diplomatic successes. However, the threat of China still looms large and the inauguration of a new American president has raised concerns over whether…

Hongkongers have glimpsed the future under Carrie Lam – and it’s pretty scary

With a legislature devoid of opposition, a population cowed by national security legislation and a tone-deaf chief executive operating in a made-in-China protective bubble, a much clearer picture of Hong Kong’s future is emerging — and it’s pretty scary.  The most audacious component of this unwanted promised land is the government’s Lantau Tomorrow Vision, which…

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…