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Isle Be Back – Special National Day Double Issue 還我河山 – 國慶雙刊

If the Chinese activists who landed on Diaoyu Islands (釣魚台島) last month sound a lot like Arnold Schwarzenegger, that’s because they have stolen the Terminator’s famous one-liner. The half-dozen men who dodged the Japanese Coast Guard and planted Chinese and Taiwanese flags on one of the disputed islands vowed to be back, over and over again. Their fearless (some say reckless) act – the most successful landing by Chinese civilians in 16 years – have set off a new wave of territorial disputes between the world’s second and third largest economies. 



The set of uninhabited isles, known in Japan as the Senkaku (尖閣諸島), have little known economic or strategic importance to either side. Claims that the seafloor contains rich mineral and oil deposits remain unconfirmed. The five rocks and three reefs add up to an area of 7 square kilometers, about the size of Causeway Bay. To put things in perspective, China signed a series of treaties with Russia between 1858 and 1883 and gave away over 1,600,…

Are You Being Served? 服務為先

I had been sitting at my table for 15 minutes, with neither a menu nor a glass of water. For the fifth time I put up my hand and waved at the waitress who pretended she hadn’t seen me. When our eyes finally met, I gave her a big smile and mouthed the word carte. She gritted her teeth and said: “Monsieur, je n’ai que deux mains.” Translation: “I only have two hands.”

To many frequent travelers to Europe, my rather unpleasant dining experience at the Parisian restaurant is all too familiar. From store clerks in Rome to bus drivers in Geneva and airport security in London, customer service personnel in Europe are trained to be rude...


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Read the rest of this article in No City for Slow Men, published by Blacksmith Books, available at major bookstores in in 

NEWS FLASH: Blogger Joins SCMP.com 快訊: 博客加盟南華早報

Dear Readers,
I've got more exciting news to share!! I am now a "resident blogger"  with SCMP.com focusing on lifestyle, travel,  social issues and current affairs.
Future postings will be automatically fed to the newspaper's website. That means followers of my op-ed blog《As I See It》and my review blog《Real Deal》will be able to read my articles either here or at SCMP.com!! See also the author's page.


The South China Morning Post, Hong Kong's leading English language daily newspaper, has completely revamped its website with mobile versions for iPhone and iPad. The new site was launched at midnight on 31 August 2012. Subscribe today!