Date
24 March 2019

World

  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam meets with Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu at the Government House on Friday. Photo: ISD

    Why is Carrie Lam being told to meddle in Taiwan’s elections?

    - Mar 22, 2019 5:01pm
    How many times have you heard officials insisting that Hong Kong should not get involved in other people’s affairs and its corollary, that other people should not meddle in Hong Kong affairs? So what are we...
  • Smoke billows from fire following an explosion at a pesticide plant of Tianjiayi Chemical in Yancheng in China’s Jiangsu province on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    At least 47 dead in explosion at China pesticide plant

    Mar 22, 2019 11:49am
    An explosion at a pesticide plant in eastern China has killed 47 people and injured more than 600, according to reports. The blast occurred on Thursday at the Chenjiagang Industrial Park in the city of Yancheng,...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive at Fiumicino airport on March 21 ahead of a visit to Rome and the Sicilian capital Palermo. Photo: Reuters

    Italy’s BRI blunder

    - Mar 22, 2019 9:46am
      Barring any sudden reversals, Italy will formally endorse China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Rome this week. Though US President Donald Trump’s administration recently signaled its disapproval of...
  • Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will transit via Hawaii on her way home from an eight-day visit to Palau, Nauru and the Marshall Islands. Photo: Reuters

    China urges US to block Taiwan leader’s Hawaii stopover

    Mar 22, 2019 9:19am
    China urged the United States not to allow Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to stop over in Hawaii next week when she makes a tour of the island’s diplomatic allies in the Pacific, Reuters reports. Beijing has...
  • An anti-Brexit protester with painted EU and British flags on his face is seen ahead of a EU Summit in front of European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 21. Photo: Reuters

    EU sets April 12 Brexit date if Britain fails to back deal

    Mar 22, 2019 9:04am
    Britain could leave the European Union without a Brexit deal on April 12 if MPs fail next week to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s agreement with Brussels, EU leaders said on Thursday after a crisis summit...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman visit the border between Israel and Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on March 11. Photo: Reuters

    Time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan, says Trump

    Mar 22, 2019 8:55am
    US President Donald Trump declared on Thursday that it is time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that Israel seized from Syria in 1967, marking a dramatic shift in US policy, Reuters reports. “After...
  • Announcing tough new gun laws, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that she expects the new rules to be in place by April 11. Photo: Reuters

    New Zealand bans semi-automatic and assault rifles

    Mar 21, 2019 1:51pm
    New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday, following the mass shootings last week in two Christchurch mosques that killed 50 people. “On 15...
  • People enjoy a sunny day at the Esplanade in Helsinki. Finland has been ranked the second happiest nation in the world for the second year in a row. Photo: Reuters

    Be generous – and be happy

    - Mar 21, 2019 1:08pm
    It is better to give than to receive because being generous would make you a happier person. This is one conclusion we can draw from the latest World Happiness Report, which suggests that donating time and...
  • AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson speaks during an Economic Club of Washington event in the US capital on Wednesday. Photo: Bloomberg

    Huawei accused of hindering firms from shifting suppliers for 5G

    Mar 21, 2019 9:16am
    China’s Huawei Technologies is making it very difficult for European carriers to drop the company from its supply chain for next-generation 5G wireless service, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said on Wednesday. “If you have deployed Huawei...
  • Consumption of khat has become a widespread habit in East Africa. Photo: Reuters

    A different type of globalization: East African ‘grass-munching’

    - Mar 21, 2019 9:09am
    East Africa is markedly different now from ten years ago if we look at how widespread “grass-munching”  has become. “Grass-munching” refers to the consumption of khat or Catha edulis, or the derogatory term “East African Poppy”. The...
  • Citigroup is said to be planning to sell Venezuelan gold held as collateral against a loan granted to the troubled South American nation. Photo: Reuters

    Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to Maduro: report

    Mar 21, 2019 9:03am
    Citigroup plans to sell several tons of gold placed as collateral by Venezuela’s central bank on a US$1.6 billion loan after the deadline for repurchasing them expired this month, Reuters reports, citing sources. The move would...
  • China's revised foreign investment law will better protect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign businesses, Premier Li Keqiang claimed. Photo: Bloomberg

    China’s new foreign investment law seen as too general, hasty

    - Mar 21, 2019 9:00am
    The National People’s Congress, China’s parliament, last week passed a new Foreign Investment Law (FIL). Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday that the new law “will better protect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors.” ...
  • Tariffs on Chinese goods may be kept for a substantial period even if Beijing agrees to a trade deal, Donald Trump suggested. Photo; Reuters

    Tariffs on China goods may stay for ‘substantial period’: Trump

    Mar 21, 2019 8:50am
    US President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that Washington may leave tariffs on Chinese goods for a “substantial period” to ensure that Beijing complies with any trade agreement, Reuters reports. Trump said his top negotiators, US...
  • China needs to remove the foreign ownership caps in listed entities to accommodate the interests of overseas players, global asset managers say. Photo: Reuters

    China urged to scrap foreign ownership caps in listed firms

    Mar 20, 2019 9:21am
    An industry body representing global asset managers in Asia has urged China to lift foreign ownership caps in listed companies, Reuters reports. In a policy paper released on Wednesday, financial lobbyist ASIFMA called on Chinese regulators...
  • Treasury Secretary  Steven Mnuchin is expected to be among the senior US officials who will travel to Beijing next week for new round of trade talks. Photo: Reuters

    Top US officials to head to China for new trade talks

    Mar 20, 2019 8:27am
    US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plan to travel to China next week for another round of trade talks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, Reuters reports, citing an unidentified Trump administration...
  • A police officer places flowers at the entrance of Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand on Sunday. Decision-makers around the world should closely stand by pluralism. Photo: Reuters

    Globalism and pluralism hold key to peaceful co-existence

    - Mar 19, 2019 6:12pm
    The entire world was shocked by the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last Friday that killed 50 and left dozens injured. As Jacinda Ardern, the country’s prime minister, put it, last Friday...
  • Premier Li Keqiang fields a wide range of questions from journalists during his annual press conference last Friday. Photo: Bloomberg

    The premier’s press conference

    - Mar 19, 2019 10:09am
    Press conferences generate news because of what a prominent person has to say, particularly in response to journalists’ questions. In China, the questions themselves are revealing, since they are screened and only those that suit the...
  • China's financial regulators need to come up with clear-cut policies to promote the healthy growth of fintech industry, says online peer-to-peer (P2P) lender Dianrong. Photo: Reuters

    China online lender Dianrong blames govt for its woes

    Mar 19, 2019 9:28am
    Chinese online peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform Dianrong, which is laying off staff and shutting stores, has blamed the government for its troubles, saying the absence of clear-cut policies is proving to be a heavy burden, Reuters...
  • China plans to establish a “long-term mechanism” for the property market, which is seen heralding a long-expected property tax. Photo: Reuters

    China vows to promote stable and healthy property market

    Mar 19, 2019 9:15am
    China plans to set up a long-term mechanism in the property market, Reuters reports, citing Vice Premier Han Zheng. “We will steadily implement a pilot scheme under plans for a long-term mechanism to ensure stable and...
  • With Parliament Speaker John Bercow raising objections to the modalities of a new Brexit divorce deal vote, Theresa May's government has been caught off guard. Photo: Reuters

    May’s Brexit deal in chaos as Bercow blocks new vote

    Mar 19, 2019 8:50am
    Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans were thrown into further turmoil on Monday when the speaker of parliament ruled that she could not put her divorce deal to a new vote unless it is re-submitted in...

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