Date
22 June 2018

World

  • Protesters stage a rally against US President Donald Trump's immigration policy while children separated from their detained immigrant parents are held at a processing center in Rio Grande, Texas on Sunday. Reuters/CBP Handout

    Trump defends immigration policy amid outrage over children

    Jun 19, 2018 7:24am
    The Trump administration defended its hardline immigration policy at the US-Mexico border as criticism mounted over detained immigrant parents being separated from their children, Reuters reports. While Democrats blasted such treatment as “barbaric” and some Republicans...
  • Google's AlphaGo computer program demonstrated the power of deep-learning technology by beating professional grandmasters in the game of Go. Photo: AFP

    Machines that can learn and create on their own

    - Jun 15, 2018 11:01am
    Deep-learning technology has made big strides over the last few years, enabling computers to learn from images, recognize human faces and their emotions, and even diagnose X-ray readings. The technology has opened up a series of...
  • Shenzhen has revealed plans to build 1.7 million housing units by 2035, with government housing accounting for up to 60 percent of the new supply. Photo: Reuters

    Shenzhen unveils drastic housing reform

    - Jun 15, 2018 9:18am
    China’s economic miracle over the last three decades mainly stems from Deng Xiaoping’s opening-up and reform strategy. Among the major reforms, the one on housing, which ended the government’s welfare-housing distribution and made housing a private...
  • Donald Trump is said to have made up his mind on tariffs targeting Chinese goods. Photo: Reuters

    Trump seen unveiling tariffs on Chinese goods with revised list

    Jun 15, 2018 9:11am
    US President Donald Trump has made up his mind to impose “pretty significant” tariffs on Chinese goods, with a revised list likely to be announced as soon as Friday, Reuters reports, citing unidentified American officials. Trump...
  • The macroeconomic impact of the Trump administration’s tariff moves should not be underestimated, IMF’s Christine Lagarde says. Photo: Reuters

    Trump’s tariffs pose risk to global trade, US economy, IMF warns

    Jun 15, 2018 8:21am
    The International Monetary Fund warned on Thursday that US President Donald Trump’s new import tariffs threaten to undermine the global trading system, prompt retaliation by other countries and damage the American economy, Reuters reports. “Let us...
  • The euro was supposed to bring shared prosperity, which would enhance solidarity and advance the goal of European integration. In fact, it has done just the opposite, slowing growth and sowing discord. Photo: AFP

    Can the euro be saved?

    - Jun 14, 2018 3:14pm
    The euro may be approaching another crisis. Italy, the eurozone’s third-largest economy, has chosen what can at best be described as a Euroskeptic government. This should surprise no one. The backlash in Italy is another predictable...
  • Cars using the Hong Kong-Macau-Zuhai Bridge need to have insurance coverage compliant with the legal requirements of all three regions. Photo: AFP

    Macau starts accepting applications for sea bridge vehicle pass

    Jun 14, 2018 1:42pm
    Macau authorities have on Thursday begun accepting applications in relation to cross-boundary vehicle crossing on the sea bridge that links the territory to Hong Kong and Zhuhai. Applications will be accepted to fill a 600-unit quota...
  • The Trump-Kim summit isn’t entirely fruitless, as it has at least laid the foundation and set the tone for further dialogue between the two leaders on the denuclearization issue. Photo: Reuters

    Why a vague US-N Korea agreement may not be a bad thing

    - Jun 14, 2018 11:00am
    US President Donald Trump, who had bragged that he could tell “within one minute” if Kim Jong-un was serious about making peace, seemed to get along well with the North Korean leader during their Tuesday summit...
  • Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he arrives aboard Air Force One from Singapore at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, after a summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Photo: Reuters

    Summit removed N Korea nuclear threat, says Trump

    Jun 14, 2018 9:18am
    North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat, US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday as he returned to Washington following a summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore the previous day. “Everybody can now feel much safer...
  • The United States is finally looking at China realistically and dealing with the country on its own terms. Photo: Reuters

    Finally, US is taking China seriously

    - Jun 14, 2018 9:00am
    During the US-China rapprochement of the 1970s, China’s goals were clear. It wanted to break through its diplomatic isolation, partly self-imposed, develop the economy and enhance its international standing, all with the ultimate goal of national...
  • Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has built his reputation as a global “ambassador of peace” by hosting the historic summit between Washington and Pyongyang. Photo: Reuters

    What Singapore gains from hosting Trump-Kim summit

    - Jun 13, 2018 11:35am
    The summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has once again placed Singapore, the city state that hosted their historic meeting, under international spotlight. However, such massive international publicity didn’t come cheap: the Singaporean...
  • While acknowledging the importance of cooperation with cities in the Bay Area, Hong Kong must take care to protect its uniqueness and core values, observers say. Photo: Xinhua

    What HK needs to ensure amid the Bay Area plan

    - Jun 13, 2018 11:16am
    Even though the development plan for a city cluster in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area is yet to be officially launched, public debates over Hong Kong’s role in the ambitious project have already been intense. Unlike...
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to US President Donald Trump during the second day of the G7 meeting in Quebec, Canada, on June 9. Photo: Handout via Reuters

    Why the G7 is a zero

    - Jun 13, 2018 10:04am
      Though US President Donald Trump’s appearance at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Quebec last week was not particularly well received, I find myself sympathizing with his skepticism toward the group. I have long...
  • The United States is said to be pushing China to drop a ban on US poultry imports. Photo: AFP

    US presses China on poultry, beef, biotech crops in trade talks

    Jun 13, 2018 9:36am
    US officials pressed China on issues related to poultry, beef and biotechnology in recent trade talks, highlighting some of Washington’s priorities in the negotiations, Reuters reports. The United States and China have threatened tit-for-tat tariffs on...
  • The 2018 FIFA World Cup will kick off in Russia on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Chinese brands sub for national soccer team in World Cup

    - Jun 12, 2018 5:51pm
    Bai Yansong, China’s top TV anchor, hits the nail right on the head. He says everyone has gone to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, except the national soccer team. There’s no use rubbing it...
  • KFC plans to sell a vegetarian equivalent of its famous chicken, with a trial to begin in the UK market. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why ‘meatless meat’ will become increasingly popular

    - Jun 12, 2018 4:45pm
    Fast-food chain KFC plans to sell a vegetarian equivalent of its famous chicken offering. The company will introduce the faux chicken product first in the UK market next year. Though ingredients of fake chicken aren’t disclosed,...
  • Donald Trump makes a statement before saying goodbye to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after their meeting in the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump, Kim sign agreement after summit but few specifics

    Jun 12, 2018 4:41pm
    US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed an agreement Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but offered few specifics on how they intend to achieve that. A joint...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Qingdao on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

    SCO not yet powerful enough to be a match for G7

    - Jun 12, 2018 12:11pm
    As it turns out, the United States and its western allies have completely failed to narrow their divisions over trade and tariffs in the latest G7 summit. Worse still, there is a chance their divisions may...
  • Parents and teachers cheer as they send off kids for the national college entrance exams. Photo: China Daily

    Why millennials don’t seem to care much about college degrees

    - Jun 12, 2018 11:05am
    A sense of anxiety spread among parents, school officials and even the authorities across mainland China last week as the national college entrance exams took place for three consecutive days from Thursday. But while parents and school...
  • US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday before historic talks at the Capella Hotel in Singapore’s Sentosa resort island. Photo: Reuters

    Trump, Kim shake hands to begin historic summit

    Jun 12, 2018 10:29am
    US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shook hands and smiled cautiously as they headed for talks at a historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday. “Nice to meet you Mister President,” Kim said...

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