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Tony Benn, Heroic Failure, Eagle Eye

Tony Benn, Heroic Failure

Tony Benn has died at the age of 88.
By all accounts, the world has lost a warm and generous man who was liked and respected by friends and colleagues across the political spectrum. Having been born in 1987, I remember him only in the final phase of his career, when he’d long settled into his [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 March 2014 at 9:23 am

What happened to China overtaking the US?, Chunomics

What happened to China overtaking the US?

According to the International Monetary Fund’s latest forecasts, the great overtake has, apparently, been put on hold.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 5:19 pm

Taiwan’s U.S.–backed aerial spy flights over China predates the drone era, Notebook

Taiwan’s U.S.–backed aerial spy flights over China predates the drone era

Taiwan’s motto has always been Knowing China through Taiwan. The country recently picked up on an article implying that China may become the next area for U.S. drone operations and that drones will change roles from attacking enemy combatants to spying.

By | Notebook | Monday, 12 August 2013 at 5:00 am

China’s Sudanese dilemma: Secure oil whatever the cost, Notebook

China’s Sudanese dilemma: Secure oil whatever the cost

News broke in late March that South Sudan ordered its oil companies to start production again. The fledgling Sub-Saharan nation stopped oil exports in January 2012 amid failed negotiations with Sudan over oil transmission prices. Not that this is anything new. The two Sudans reached an agreement last September but it was never implemented due to disagreement over border security issues.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 3:10 pm

Selling Secrets to the Mainland: Military Espionage in Taiwan (part 2), Notebook

Selling Secrets to the Mainland: Military Espionage in Taiwan (part 2)

The question of why so many Taiwanese military officers would betray their country is a complicated one, as complicated as the six-decade plus relationship between China and Taiwan itself.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 28 February 2013 at 4:00 am

Selling secrets to the mainland: Military espionage in Taiwan (part 1), Notebook

Selling secrets to the mainland: Military espionage in Taiwan (part 1)

Cross-Taiwan Strait relations between China and Taiwan have thawed in recent years. China, who until the late 1970s was firing artillery shells toward the island nation, has supposedly taken a softer approach to what it considers a renegade or breakaway Chinese province.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 at 3:29 pm

5000 Mile Project: A chance meeting with the ‘Earth People’ of Patagonia, Notebook

5000 Mile Project: A chance meeting with the ‘Earth People’ of Patagonia

My husband David and I have been winding through Patagonia’s forests and endless pampas on a running expedition from the southern-most tip of South America to the Caribbean Sea; www.5000mileproject.org, “Running for the continent’s wild lands and wildlife”. Recently we met with some most unusual Patagonians.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 6 December 2012 at 3:59 pm

Must watch: Gangnam Style Robot, Arts

Must watch: Gangnam Style Robot

One robot stole the show at a robotics competition in China with its version of the viral video dance sensation Gangnam Style.

The dance, made famous by Korean rapper Psy, has been viewed over 100 million times online.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 5 November 2012 at 1:11 pm

After results day: Are UK teenagers driven enough?, Notebook

After results day: Are UK teenagers driven enough?

Official figures released yesterday show that the proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the first time in the exam’s history.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 24 August 2012 at 9:00 am

UK twenty somethings are changing the face of migration in China, Notebook

UK twenty somethings are changing the face of migration in China

It was a dismal, wet and rainy weekday evening at one of Shanghai’s most popular nightspots last Wednesday. It may have been the impending typhoon scaring off many of the locals but there was something distinctly different about my first visit back to this club in over a year.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 14 August 2012 at 12:01 am

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