21 November 2018


  • Big data makes it easier for city authorities to plan for future needs and mapping out policies. Photo: Bloomberg

    Big data is the foundation for building a smart city

    - Nov 21, 2018 5:15pm
    Smart-city initiatives in different places around the world have their own features but also share some trends, such as the emergence of new applications based on data. A city is a diversified ecosystem. The gathering of...
  • The USS Ronald Reagan, along with three other US Navy vessels, docked in Hong Kong on Wednesday after a training exercise in the Philippine Sea. Photo: AFP

    US aircraft carrier, three other Navy vessels visit HK

    Nov 21, 2018 2:07pm
    USS Ronald Reagan, the aircraft carrier deployed by the United States in Asia, made a port call in Hong Kong on Wednesday, seen as a sign that Beijing is trying to ease tensions with the US ahead of...
  • A file photo showing a general view outside Wimbley Stadium before a match of Arsenal versus Manchester City. Photo: Reuters

    Wembley Stadium: A metaphor for England’s Brexit woes

    - Nov 21, 2018 12:35pm
    The process of leaving the European Union (EU) has become a big challenge for Britain ever since 2016 when a majority of the country’s voters decided they should leave the world’s biggest trading bloc. As the Brexit...
  • Pro-EU demonstrators protest outside parliament in Westminster, London. Photo: Reuters

    Brexit: A deal that pleases no one

    - Nov 21, 2018 12:22pm
    The agreement announced between the British government and the European Union has been received in the United Kingdom with criticism from all sides. The defenders of staying in the European Union consider it very negative, of...
  • Climate change now poses a greater threat to our way of life than many of the military threats of the 20th century. Photo: Reuters

    100 years later, it’s our turn to rise to the challenge

    Nov 21, 2018 12:18pm
    On Nov. 11, we remembered the sacrifices of those people who, one hundred years ago, selflessly gave their lives fighting during World War I to protect our freedoms and our way of life. I sometimes wonder...
  • A worldwide “war for talent” is being waged, and enterprises that manage their global talent pool well are marching ahead. Photo: Bloomberg

    The global talent race

    - Nov 21, 2018 10:16am
    More than 3 percent of all people live outside the country of their birth. But while the share of migrants in the world’s population has remained mostly stable for six decades, its composition has changed. The...
  • A file photo shows Donald Trump shaking hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Trump is facing criticism for refusing to take a strong stand against the Saudi prince despite the Khashoggi murder. Photo: Reuters

    US stands with Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi killing: Trump

    Nov 21, 2018 9:12am
    US President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to remain a “steadfast partner” of Saudi Arabia despite saying that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have known about the plan to murder dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi...
  • China has failed to take any substantive actions to address US concerns on intellectual property and technology transfer policies, the USTR says. Photo: Reuters

    China has failed to alter unfair trade practices: USTR

    Nov 21, 2018 8:50am
    China has failed to alter its “unfair” practices at the heart of the US-China trade conflict, the United States Trade Representative said in an update of its probe into Chinese policies. USTR Robert Lighthizer said in...
  • At an APEC gathering over the weekend, US Vice-President Mike Pence warned nations against accepting debts that would compromise their sovereignty, in remarks seen as a broadside against China. Photo: Reuters

    US, China may be heading toward a new cold war

    - Nov 20, 2018 11:15am
    Twenty-one leaders attended the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Papua New Guinea, but the attention was focused almost entirely on US Vice-President Mike Pence and Chinese President Xi Jinping. It is because, as...
  • The WTO must not be used to suit particular countries’ needs, Beijing says. Photo: Reuters

    China says will support ‘real’ WTO reform, not any trap

    Nov 20, 2018 9:50am
    China plans to propose reforms of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Beijing’s envoy to the trade body said, while warning other nations against seeing reform as a chance to put the Asian giant in a straitjacket....
  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May replies to questions after speaking at the Confederation of British Industry's annual conference in London on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    May sticks to Brexit deal as opponents seek formal challenge

    Nov 20, 2018 9:04am
    British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed on Monday to stick to her draft European Union divorce deal as dissenting lawmakers in her own party tried to trigger a leadership challenge, Reuters reports. “We have in view...
  • The recently concluded US-China diplomatic and security dialogue revealed the depth of the differences separating the two countries, with issues ranging from the South China Sea to Taiwan. Photo: Reuters

    US-China relations: Stormy days ahead

    - Nov 19, 2018 3:02pm
    A reported decision by China and the United States for negotiators to meet in Buenos Aires ahead of a Dec. 1 summit between President Xi Jinping and Donald Trump suggests that the two sides feel that...
  • A sense of responsibility and mission is a character trait that one associates with Stan Lee's Spiderman superhero creation. Photo: Reuters

    Lessons from the superheroes created by Stan Lee and Jin Yong

    - Nov 19, 2018 10:39am
    Renowned martial arts novelist Louis Cha Leung-yung, better known by his pen name Jin Yong, and Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics, passed away recently, but their works will live on....
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves a venue during the APEC Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on November 18. Photo: Reuters

    APEC fails to agree on communique as US-China divide deepens

    Nov 19, 2018 8:49am
    Asia-Pacific leaders failed to agree on a communique at a summit in Papua New Guinea on Sunday for the first time in their history as deep divisions between the United States and China over trade and...
  • Carrie Lam (inset) has slammed a US congressional report that suggested that Hong Kong was becoming just another Chinese city and that Washington should review the special trade treatment. Photos: Xinhua,  HK Govt

    Carrie Lam decries ‘biased’ US report on China-Hong Kong

    Nov 16, 2018 4:34pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has taken issue with a US congressional commission report that suggested that Hong Kong was regressing on freedoms and rule of law due to Beijing’s tightening grip on the territory. Responding...
  • Former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan (left) and ''Brother Number Two'' Nuon Chea sit inside the courtroom on the outskirts of Phnom Penh on Friday. Photo: Reuters

    Former Khmer Rouge officials found guilty of genocide

    Nov 16, 2018 3:45pm
    A UN-backed court found two leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge guilty of genocide on Friday, almost four decades after the ultra-Maoist regime which oversaw the “Killing Fields” was overthrown, Reuters reports. Most of the victims of...
  • The items on Beijing's non-negotiable list in trade talks are said to be unacceptable to the United States. Photo: Bloomberg

    China offer unlikely to spur trade breakthrough: US official

    Nov 16, 2018 9:18am
    China’s written response to US demands for trade reforms is unlikely to trigger a breakthrough at talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping later this month, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Thursday....
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un leads the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on Friday. Photo: KCNA via Reuters

    North Korea’s Kim inspects testing of new ‘tactical’ weapon

    Nov 16, 2018 8:43am
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon, calling it “another display of our rapidly-growing defense capabilities to the whole region”, North Korean state media said on Friday. It was...
  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May holds a news conference at Downing Street in London on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    UK’s May on Brexit deal: ‘I’m going to see this through’

    Nov 16, 2018 7:45am
    British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to fight for her draft divorce deal with the European Union after the resignation of her Brexit secretary and other ministers put her strategy and her job in peril, Reuters...
  • The sanctions on the Saudi officials over the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi do not target the Riyadh government, an important US security and economic ally. Photo: Reuters

    US imposes sanctions on 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing

    Nov 16, 2018 7:35am
    The United States imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials for their role in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi while Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor sought the death penalty for five suspects in the murder,...

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