Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson

Troubling signs of the rise of Chinese ultra-nationalists

Michael Richardson The recent Japanese protest that Chinese warships recently locked their weapons-control radars on to a Japanese navy destroyer and a military helicopter in two separate incidents not far from the...

Western empire strikes back

Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson The US and its allies are in the midst of a major expansion of missile defences in East Asia and the western Pacific.

Michael Richardson

China steps up to the final frontier

PEK02D:CHINA-USA:BEIJING,27MAY99 - A People's Liberation Army soldier jogs past a model of a missile on display in Beijing May 27.  China said the U.S.  Congressional report charging that it stole nuclear weapons secrets over two decades was

Michael Richardson China has opened its domestic satellite navigation network to commercial use across the Asia-Pacific region in a move that underscores its emergence as an independent space power challenging the...

Michael Richardson

Predicted oil glut could put global producers over a barrel

Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson The entrenched notion that the world will soon start running short of oil was jolted earlier this year when an expert study concluded that contrary to what most people believe, oil supply capacity is...

Michael Richardson

China's leadership transition has the Asia-Pacific on edge

Michael Richardson Now the US elections are over, Asia's attention is focused on China where a once-in-a decade leadership transition is underway.

Michael Richardson

Antarctica could follow same path as Arctic sea ice melt

Michael Richardson When sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean fell to a record low-level last month, much of the analysis in Asia and the Pacific focused on the opening of new and shorter commercial shipping routes to...

Michael Richardson

Chinese navy grows new muscle to flex in region

Michael Richardson China's accelerated production of an advanced destroyer will tilt the regional balance of power at sea in its favour.

Michael Richardson

China's interest is guarding its subs

Michael Richardson The tug-of-war over the South China Sea is seen mainly as a struggle among rival claimants - China, Taiwan and several South-East Asian states - for control of valuable fisheries as well as sea bed...

Michael Richardson

Food or fuel - that is the question

Michael Richardson Fears of another global food crisis have reignited a fierce debate over whether crops should be used for food or transport fuel.

Michael Richardson

Nationalism and political tensions rising in north-east Asia

Michael Richardson Japan and South Korea, allies of the United States since World War II, are supposed to be part of an Asia-Pacific counter- balance to China's growing power and its expansive maritime and island...

Michael Richardson

Asian region has potential to drive global revival

Michael Richardson Amid concerns about sagging growth in both advanced and developing economies, Australia - which is heavily dependent on Asian demand - may take heart from the region's potential to drive a global...

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Uranium on the laser's edge

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Michael Richardson The United States is on the verge of approving a licence later this month for the world's first plant to enrich uranium on a commercial scale for civilian nuclear power reactors using laser...

Michael Richardson

Fears grow of a looming food crisis in east Asia

Michael Richardson When Indonesia announced last week that it would suspend an unpopular import tax on soybeans for the rest of the year to restrain a sharp rise in the price, it underscored nervousness rippling...

Michael Richardson

Gunboat diplomacy, China-style, only heightens tensions

Michael Richardson There is a saying in international diplomacy: watch what countries do, rather than what they say. China's recent actions in asserting its claims to ownership and other forms of jurisdiction over...

Michael Richardson

China's ageing workforce is a 'ticking time bomb'

Michael Richardson Just four years from now, China will pass a milestone. Its huge workforce will peak and start shrinking.

Michael Richardson

Tensions between Asia's two giants

Michael Richardson Japan's ambassador to China warned last month that the Tokyo municipal government's plans to buy islands in the East China Sea, which China claims but are administered by Japan, could trigger an...

Michael Richardson

World gas boom to reshape market

Michael Richardson When Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March last year, forcing the shutdown of the entire nuclear power industry, it created a gaping hole in the energy supply system of the...

Michael Richardson

Enforcing its claims is proving tricky for China

Michael Richardson China could easily grab control of the disputed Scarborough Shoal fishing grounds in the South China Sea using its increasingly modern and powerful armed forces.

Michael Richardson

Arctic find could cause major shift in climate debate

Michael Richardson Two years ago, a Canadian research team alarmed climate scientists when it published the results of a survey of the oceans.

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China's thirst for oil and gas

Matt Adams

Michael Richardson The United States and China, the world's top users of energy to power their economies, are heading in opposite directions.