24 June 2018


  • Major international sporting events such as the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia could have major financial repercussions that reach far beyond the playing field, according to researchers. Photo: Reuters

    How the World Cup could impact stock markets

    - Jun 22, 2018 5:16pm
    A recent study shows that a loss by the England national football team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia had the potential to wipe tens of billions of pounds off the London stock market....
  • The city government of Seoul has been analyzing GPS data from mobile phones to better understand the public’s commuting needs. Photo: AFP

    Smart city needs big data for decision-making

    - Jun 22, 2018 2:32pm
    In last week’s Hong Kong Smart City Summit, experts discussed the basic requirements for the city to transform itself into a smart city. Speeches made during the meeting stress the need for the government to understand...
  • A subdivided unit in Beijing's Xincheng District, about half the size of a standard parking lot in Hong Kong,  was sold for  2.5 million yuan in a hotly contested auction on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters/

    Beijing nano flat fetches sky-high price

    - Jun 22, 2018 12:42pm
    Hong Kong’s property market is crazy, but Beijing’s is crazier. A subdivided unit in the capital city near the National Center for the Performing Arts, dubbed The Giant Egg, was sold for 2.5 million yuan (US$384,00)...
  • It is hoped that next year’s European Parliament election will help advance the thorough restructuring of the European political scene. Photo: Reuters

    Toward a more democratic Europe?

    - Jun 22, 2018 10:20am
    A year ago, Emmanuel Macron’s decisive victory in the French presidential election, and his party’s subsequent success in legislative elections, caused many to breathe a sigh of relief. The rising tide of extremist populism in the...
  • No one died from radiation released by the 2011 accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant. The negative impact resulted from inept regulation and evacuation procedures. Photo: Bloomberg

    Rediscovering the promise of nuclear power

    - Jun 22, 2018 10:05am
    At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, world leaders at last seemed to recognize the reality of climate change. But the response they are pursuing is fundamentally flawed, given its dependence on “renewable...
  • US President Donald Trump speaks as he sits between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump: N Korea blowing up test sites; officials see no new moves

    Jun 22, 2018 9:26am
    US President Donald Trump said North Korea was blowing up four of its big test sites and that a process of “total denuclearization … has already started”, but officials said there was no such evidence since a...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un proved very skillful in getting concessions from US President Donald Trump during their summit in Singapore on June 12. Photo: Reuters

    Why the Trump-Kim summit upsets S Korean conservatives

    - Jun 21, 2018 12:10pm
    The rest of the world might still be ecstatic over the recent summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but as some of the South Korean sources whom I have known...
  • Illegal border crossers are detained  by US border patrol agents at the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas. Photo: US Customs and Border Protection / AFP

    Trump backs down on separating immigrant children amid outrage

    Jun 21, 2018 7:10am
    US President Donald Trump backed down and abandoned his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the US-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad, Reuters reports. Trump...
  • Chinese football fans are the most avid supporters of the beautiful game, although their national team did not make it to the 2018 World Cup. Photo: Reuters

    Chinese soccer fans make presence felt at World Cup

    - Jun 20, 2018 6:38pm
    Chinese football fans continue to avidly watch the heart-thumping matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite the notable absence of their national team in the world’s most widely followed sporting event. In fact, there is...
  • Those who end up on the state's "non-credit-worthy list" would be deprived of their most basic rights as citizens such as traveling by air or commuting by train. Photo: AFP

    How China uses ‘social credit history’ to control its citizens

    - Jun 20, 2018 1:53pm
    Back in the days prior to the economic reforms, people across mainland China had to rely on the state for basically all of their needs, such as wages, food, and clothing, not to mention that everybody...
  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in link hands at the 7th Trilateral Summit held in Tokyo on May 9. Photo: Internet

    China, Japan and S Korea moving toward closer cooperation

    - Jun 20, 2018 12:24pm
    Hot on the heels of the trilateral summit among the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea last month came a report from Japan’s Kyodo News that the Chinese government has proposed that the leaders of...
  • Standing with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announces her country's withdrawal from the UN's Human Rights Council in Washington on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    US quits UN human rights body, citing bias against Israel

    Jun 20, 2018 7:39am
    The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council over what it called chronic bias against Israel, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult, Rueters...
  • White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Beijing had more to lose from a trade war. Photo: Bloomberg

    White House piles pressure on China after Trump tariff threat

    Jun 20, 2018 7:20am
    China has underestimated US President Donald Trump’s resolve to impose more tariffs unless it changes its “predatory” trade practices, a White House trade adviser said. Peter Navarro, who views China as a hostile economic and military...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju pose beside Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan in Beijing in this photo released on Tuesday by North Korea's news agency. Photo: KNCA via Reuters

    Xi praises North Korea’s Kim for Trump summit, promises support

    Jun 20, 2018 7:02am
    Chinese President Xi Jinping praised visiting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the “positive” outcome of his historic summit with US President Donald Trump and promied unwavering friendship, Reuters reports. Meeting Kim on his third trip...
  • A car believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un enters the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: Kyodo via Reuters

    North Korea’s Kim visits Beijing; Seoul, US halt military drill

    Jun 19, 2018 11:31am
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he was likely to brief Chinese President Xi Jinping on his summit with US President Donald Trump last week, as Washington and Seoul agreed to...
  • US President Donald Trump is now all praises for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Bloomberg

    A post-North Korea Asia: What will it look like?

    - Jun 19, 2018 11:21am
    Who came out on top in Singapore, where the president of the most powerful nation on earth met the North Korean leader, who has made significant steps towards becoming a nuclear power? The world’s press seems...
  • Given the lack of real progress in resolving the North Korea issue, US President Donald Trump may get more mileage by getting tough on the China trade issue. Photo: Reuters

    A fruitless summit and an escalating trade conflict

    - Jun 19, 2018 11:16am
    The risk of a global nuclear war has receded considerably following the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Yet the Trump administration has been criticized for making too many concessions...
  • India has been witnessing double-digit growth in the number of motorbikes in recent years. Photo: Reuters

    India: The new motorbike superpower

    - Jun 19, 2018 9:05am
    Apart from dull statistics, there are actually quite a lot of interesting tools to measure the level of economic development and standard of living of a particular country. Some best-known examples of such measuring tools are...
  • US President Donald Trump said he has asked the US trade representative to identify the Chinese products to be subject to the new tariffs. Photo: Reuters

    Trump threatens new tariffs on US$200 billion of China goods

    Jun 19, 2018 8:38am
    US President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on US$200 billion of Chinese goods, escalating a tit-for-tat trade war with Beijing, Reuters reports. In a statement on Monday, Trump said he had asked...
  • The United States is a member of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which bars the stationing of weapons of mass destruction in space and only allows for the use of the moon and other celestial bodies for peaceful purposes. Photo: NASA

    US seeks to establish military ‘space force’

    Jun 19, 2018 7:57am
    US President Donald Trump says he is ordering the creation of a sixth branch of the military to focus on space, a move critics said could harm the Air Force. “It is not enough to merely...

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