25 January 2020


  • An undated photo released by the Central Hospital of Wuhan shows medical staff attending to a patient. When a mystery virus started appearing, the first response of the authorities was to keep it quiet, the author observes. Handout photo/Weibo via Reuters

    Why the dictatorship makes a deadly virus even worse

    - Jan 24, 2020 2:45pm
    When it comes to a choice between securing citizens’ health and maintaining the health of the Chinese Communist Party there is no contest. Citizens cannot expect the ‘mere’ spread of a deadly virus to change this...
  • US President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He shake hands after signing the long-awaited Phase 1 trade deal at the White House on Jan. 15. Photo: Reuters

    EU is the main loser in China-US trade agreement

    - Jan 24, 2020 2:22pm
    Market participants’ excess of optimism over the trade agreement between the United States and China is clearly exaggerated, once we have the details. The trade conflict has had a mild impact on both economies. The US...
  • Paramilitary officers wearing masks stand guard Thursday at an entrance of a closed railway station in Wuhan after the city was locked down following the new coronavirus outbreak. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

    China virus death toll climbs to 25, infections spread

    Jan 24, 2020 9:48am
    The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak has climbed to 25, with infection cases standing at more than 800, Chinese authorities said on Friday. The National Health Commission said 830 cases had been confirmed so...
  • Facebook's Libra plan is among the factors that are prompting central banks to consider issuing their own digital currencies. Photo: Reuters

    More central banks look to issue own digital currencies: BIS

    Jan 24, 2020 9:18am
    A rising number of central banks are likely to issue their own digital currencies in the next few years, research by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) showed on Thursday, Reuters reports. Some 20 percent of...
  • Researchers hope to have at least one potential vaccine against the new coronavirus in clinical trials by June, offering the chance that a shot could be fully developed, tested and approved for use in a year. Photo: Reuters

    Work to start on three possible China virus vaccines: CEPI

    Jan 24, 2020 9:11am
    Three separate research teams backed by a global coalition set up to fight epidemic diseases are to start work on developing potential vaccines against the new coronavirus that has caused a disease outbreak in China, Reuters...
  • Dr Maria D Van Kerkhove, head of emerging diseases and zoonoses unit at WHO, speaks at a news conference in Geneva on Thursday following a meeting to discuss the new China coronavirus outbreak. Handout photo via Reuters

    WHO stops short of declaring global emergency over China virus

    Jan 24, 2020 9:06am
    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday called a new coronavirus that has killed 18 people in China and infected around 650 globally “an emergency in China”, but stopped short of declaring a public health emergency...
  • The International Court of Justice issues a ruling on a case against Myanmar over alleged genocide of Rohingya at the tribunal in The Hague on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    World court orders Myanmar to prevent genocide against Rohingya

    Jan 24, 2020 9:01am
    The International Court of Justice ordered Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect its Rohingya population from genocide, a ruling cheered by refugees as their first major legal victory since being forced from their homes, Reuters...
  • A file picture shows Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, talk as they attend a ceremony marking the first anniversary of Khashoggi's killing on Oct. 2, 2019. Credit: Reuters

    UN experts urge probe into alleged Saudi hack of Amazon’s Bezos

    Jan 23, 2020 3:01pm
    UN experts have demanded an immediate investigation by US and other authorities into allegations that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was involved in a plot to hack the phone of Amazon boss and Washington Post owner Jeff...
  • Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam attends a session at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Carrie Lam says she must stay on as HK faces several crises

    Jan 23, 2020 10:24am
    Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Wednesday that she can’t run away from her job as there are several crises to manage in the territory. Lam told a gathering at the World Economic Forum...
  • Mike Pompeo has been a vocal critic of Chinese investments across the globe, alleging that it leaves poorer nations saddled with too much debt. Photo: Reuters

    Pompeo cautions nations against taking ‘easy money’ from China

    Jan 23, 2020 9:49am
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday cautioned nations against taking “easy money” from China, warning that such moves could be counterproductive, Reuters reports. Speaking in Kingston, Jamaica, the final stop of his Western Hemisphere...
  • Commuters wearing masks queue at the Wuchang Railway Station in Wuhan on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

    Cathay to let crew wear masks on all flights due to Wuhan virus

    Jan 23, 2020 9:40am
    Cathay Pacific Airways (00293.HK) will allow all crew members and frontline employees to wear surgical masks due to concerns over a new coronavirus, and said passengers to and from Wuhan, China, could change or cancel flights for...
  • As concerns grow over a new China coronavirus, Hong Kong has stepped up temperature screening of passengers at the airport and a high-speed rail station. Photo: Bloomberg

    HK quarantines man over initial positive test for Wuhan virus

    Jan 23, 2020 9:32am
    Hong Kong quarantined a 39-year-old man on Wednesday after the city’s first preliminary positive result in a test for the new flu-like coronavirus found in an outbreak in central mainland China, Reuters reports. The tourist from...
  • Democratic presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard said Hillary Clinton's remarks were motivated by anger over Gabbard’s endorsement in 2016 of Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders. Photo: Reuters

    Tulsi Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton for ‘Russian asset’ comments

    Jan 23, 2020 9:16am
    Democratic presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard sued Hillary Clinton for defamation, seeking at least US$50 million in damages for allegedly harming her reputation by suggesting last year that one of the party’s White House contenders was a...
  • US President Donald Trump talks to the media as he leaves the World Economic Forum (WEF) event in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump threatens big tariffs on car imports from EU

    Jan 23, 2020 9:04am
    US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to impose high tariffs on imports of cars from the European Union if the bloc doesn’t agree to a trade deal, Reuters reports. “I met with the new head...
  • Staff members wearing masks monitor thermal scanners to detect the body temperatures of passengers passing through the Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan on Tuesday. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

    Wuhan shuts down transport in bid to stop spread of virus

    Jan 23, 2020 8:57am
    Deaths from China’s new flu-like virus rose to 17 on Wednesday, with more than 540 cases confirmed, prompting Wuhan — the city at the center of the outbreak — to close transportation networks and urge citizens...
  • Guangdong is among the Chinese provinces that have set lower economic growth targets for this year. Photo: Bloomberg

    China provinces cut 2020 GDP growth targets

    Jan 22, 2020 3:20pm
    About two-thirds of China’s provinces, regions and municipalities have cut their 2020 growth targets from last year, Reuters reports. Of provincial-level regions, 22 including Beijing, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Henan, Hainan, and Fujian, set lower growth targets this...
  • Amid a China coronavirus scare, Macau is coordinating with the city's gaming firms to introduce body temperature screening measures at entrances to all casinos. Photo: Reuters

    Macau confirms first Wuhan virus case

    Jan 22, 2020 2:58pm
    Macau confirmed on Wednesday its first case of pneumonia linked to an outbreak of a newly identified coronavirus that has killed nine people in mainland China. The case involves a 52-year-old Wuhan businesswoman who reported to...
  • Chinese authorities are discouraging public gatherings in Hubei province as part of efforts to control a new virus outbreak. Photo: Bloomberg

    China virus death toll rises to nine

    Jan 22, 2020 1:19pm
    The death toll from a new flu-like coronavirus in China rose to nine on Wednesday with 440 confirmed cases, Reuters reports, citing Chinese health officials. Another 2,197 people who came into contact with infected people were...
  • A file picture captures protesters as they sing ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ outside the Polytechnic University amid a police siege of the campus on Nov. 25 last year. Photo: Reuters

    Why we need political debates and activism on our campuses

    - Jan 22, 2020 11:44am
    As this article is being written, protests are raging across Indian campuses amid anger over the government’s move to amend a citizenship law and authorities’ failure to heed the public’s concerns. Over here in Hong Kong,...
  • A file picture shows a banner depicting North Korean and US flags ahead of a summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Feb 25, 2019. US says it hopes Pyongyang will return to the negotiating table on the denuclearization issue. Photo: Reuters

    N Korea abandons nuclear freeze pledge, blames US sanctions

    Jan 22, 2020 9:31am
    North Korea said on Tuesday that it is no longer bound by commitments to halt nuclear and missile testing, blaming the United States’ failure to meet a year-end deadline for nuclear talks and “brutal and inhumane”...