20 October 2019


  • The controversy has led  to calls for a boycott of the NBA in China. Photo: Reuters

    Would NBA saga cast a shadow on US-China trade talks?

    - Oct 11, 2019 10:21am
    US President Donald Trump said on Thursday trade talks with China are “going well” and “should be wrapping up soon”. He was scheduled to meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House today....
  • Students wearing masks of China's president sit in a formation that reads "Xi Jinping" in Chinese, ahead of an informal summit between Xi and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a south Indian resort town. Photo: Reuters

    Modi-Xi talks seen focusing on ‘confidence-building measures’

    Oct 11, 2019 10:03am
    Chinese President Xi Jinping and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi are expected to agree new security measures along their unsettled border during a summit on Friday, Reuters reports. The two are meeting in a seaside resort...
  • US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin shakes hands with China's Vice Premier Liu He before holding a new round of trade talks in Washington on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    US-China trade talks: Day 1 ends with hopes for limited deal

    Oct 11, 2019 9:15am
    Top US and Chinese negotiators wrapped up a first day of trade talks in more than two months on Thursday as business groups expressed optimism the two sides might be able to ease a 15-month trade...
  • Fire and smoke is seen in a Syrian town near the Turkey border on Thursday following a military offensive by Turkish forces against Kurdish militia. Photo: Reuters

    Hundreds reported dead in Turkish attack on Syrian Kurds

    Oct 11, 2019 9:04am
    Turkey pounded Kurdish militia in northeast Syria for a second day on Thursday, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and killing at least dozens of people in a cross-border assault, Reuters reports. The offensive...
  • The US would have preferred not to implement tariffs against Chinese goods more than a year ago, but was left with no choice given Beijing's inaction, Wilbur Ross says. Photo: Reuters

    Tariffs forcing China to pay heed to US concerns: Wilbur Ross

    Oct 10, 2019 4:54pm
    Tariffs are forcing China to pay attention to US concerns, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said on Thursday. “We do not love tariffs, in fact we would prefer not to use them, but after years...
  • Singapore is taking steps to curb sugar consumption among its people amid a diabetes crisis. Photo: Bloomberg

    Singapore to ban sugary drink ads in fight against diabetes

    Oct 10, 2019 4:25pm
    Singapore will ban advertisements of certain fizzy drinks and juices, part of a raft of measures to curb sugar consumption as the city-state grapples with a diabetes crisis among its population. Under the measures, further details...
  • Chinese officials are not optimistic about the size or scope of any trade agreement with Washington in the short term, a report says. Photo: Reuters

    China lowers expectations on trade talks: report

    Oct 10, 2019 2:03pm
    China has lowered expectations for significant progress from this week’s trade talks with the United States, even as US President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed fresh optimism, Reuters reports. While Beijing wants to end the trade...
  • State-backed entities are the most likely to target 5G networks, the European Commission said. Photo: Xinhua

    EU warns of 5G cybersecurity risks

    Oct 10, 2019 9:38am
    The European Union warned of the risk of increased cyber attacks by state-backed entities but refrained from singling out China and its telecoms equipment market leader Huawei Technologies as threats, Reuters reports. The comments came in...
  • Washington will keep pressing Beijing about its treatment of Muslim minorities in western China, Mike Pompeo says. Photo: Reuters

    US will continue to raise Xinjiang human rights issues: Pompeo

    Oct 10, 2019 9:25am
    China’s treatment of Muslims, including the Uighurs, in western China represents an “enormous human rights violation”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, adding that Washington will continue to raise the issue. “This is not only...
  • People flee Ras al Ain town in northern Syria on Wednesday after Turkey launched a military offensive targeting Kurdish militia in the region. Photo: Reuters

    Turkey attacks Kurdish forces in Syria after US withdrawal

    Oct 10, 2019 9:07am
    Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies attacked Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday, pounding them with air strikes and artillery before starting a cross-border ground operation that could transform an eight-year-old war. The assault...
  • Relations between the United States and China have soured amid disputes over trade and other issues. Photo: AFP

    China eyes visa curbs for US visitors with ‘anti-China’ links

    Oct 9, 2019 4:23pm
    China is planning tighter visa restrictions for US nationals with ties to anti-China groups, following similar US restrictions on Chinese nationals, Reuters reports, citing people with knowledge of the proposed curbs. China’s Ministry of Public Security has for...
  • Boris Johnson could face a fresh rebellion from his ministers and party MPs amid worries over a no-deal Brexit, according to a report. Photo: Reuters

    UK’s Johnson faces cabinet revolt over no-deal Brexit: report

    Oct 9, 2019 4:07pm
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a fresh rebellion in his cabinet, with a group of ministers poised to resign due to concerns that he is leading the country towards a no-deal Brexit, The Times...
  • Demonstrators in Baghdad gather during a curfew, after nationwide anti-government protests turned violent. Photo: Reuters

    Learning lessons from the protests

    - Oct 9, 2019 10:43am
    There’s a déjà vu feeling to this year’s wave of protests across the Arab world. It’s not that this year saw the toppling of the leaders of Algeria and Sudan as a result of popular revolts,...
  • European Council President Donald Tusk has reminded Britain’s leader that what’s at stake in the Brexit negotiations is the future of Europe and the UK. Photo: Reuters

    Stop playing ‘stupid’ Brexit blame game, EU tells Johnson

    Oct 9, 2019 9:19am
    The European Union accused Britain of playing a “stupid blame game” over Brexit on Tuesday after media reports cited Downing Street sources as saying that a deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Angela Merkel had...
  • Xinjiang party secretary Chen Quanguo was previously mentioned as one of the Chinese officials being considered for US sanctions in connection with China’s crackdown on Muslims. Photo: AFP

    US imposes visa curbs on Chinese officials over Muslim treatment

    Oct 9, 2019 9:10am
    The United States has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials it believes responsible for the detention or abuse of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province, Reuters reports, citing the US State Department. Secretary...
  • Donald Trump and his team are questioning the legality of a congressional impeachment inquiry in relation to a Ukraine phone call scandal. Photo: Reuters

    White House says will not cooperate with impeachment inquiry

    Oct 9, 2019 9:04am
    The White House said on Tuesday that it will refuse to cooperate with an “illegitimate, unconstitutional” congressional impeachment inquiry, setting Republican President Donald Trump on a collision course with the Democratic-led US House of Representatives. Hours...
  • The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, once passed by the US Congress, will inflict serious harm on our city in the name of protecting human rights and democracy, says the author. Photo: Bloomberg

    How HK Human Rights and Democracy Act is going to harm our city

    - Oct 8, 2019 6:15pm
    Just as the Sino-US trade war and the political crisis in Hong Kong are reaching a critical moment, the foreign affairs committees at the US Senate and House of Representatives have approved the Hong Kong Human Rights...
  • The world must 'push back strongly' against China’s moves to diminish Taiwan’s presence in the Pacific, Joseph Wu says. Photo: Bloomberg

    China an ‘authoritarian’ threat in the Pacific: Taiwan

    Oct 8, 2019 9:59am
    China is practicing “authoritarian expansionism” in the Pacific, Taiwan’s foreign minister said on Monday, pointing to reports of plans for Chinese military presence in two Pacific countries that have recently switched diplomatic allegiance to Beijing from...
  • Police fire rubber bullets toward anti-government protesters in Tseung Kwan O on Monday. The Chinese embassy in Paris said France should show solidarity, given its police force had also experienced violent protests. Photo: Reuters

    China slams EU, French ‘hypocritical’ reaction to HK protests

    Oct 8, 2019 9:40am
    China’s embassy in Paris strongly criticized French and European reaction to protests in Hong Kong, calling it hypocritical and telling France to show empathy after it experienced its own violent demonstrations, Reuters reports. “We express our...
  • Houston Rockets in action during a game against LA Clippers in Honolulu on Oct. 3. A Houston Rockets manager has ignited a controversy with a tweet, now deleted, in support of Hong Kong's protest movement. Credit: USA Today via Reuters

    NBA faces criticism for ‘shameful retreat’ over HK protest tweet

    Oct 8, 2019 9:36am
    US lawmakers joined a chorus of criticism of the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the organization distanced itself from a tweet by the manager of the Houston Rockets in support of the Hong Kong protests for...