Date
24 February 2019

World

  • Under China’s Greater Bay Area blueprint, Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou and Shenzhen are identified as key cities that will act as “core engines" to drive regional development. Photo: Xinhua

    HK touted as a ‘core engine’ as China unveils Bay Area plan

    Feb 19, 2019 1:40pm
    The central government on Monday unveiled the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, laying out a vision to create a world-class city cluster and make it the top-ranked class compared to others...
  • Served in traditional bamboo steamers, the dumplings are known for their succulent and "melt-in-the-mouth" texture. Photo: Jennifer Wong

    Din Tai Fung: a haven for dumpling lovers

    - Feb 19, 2019 1:23pm
    Din Tai Fung in Covent Garden, London, has been attracting a steady flow of dumpling pilgrims since it opened in December last year. This is not all surprising, considering that it has been ranked as one...
  • The development of the Xuexi Qiangguo app by Alibaba is the latest example of a Chinese tech company collaborating with the government. Photo: Reuters/AFP

    Alibaba behind hit Chinese Communist Party app: report

    Feb 19, 2019 9:47am
    A Chinese government propaganda app that recently became a huge hit was developed by Alibaba, Reuters reports, citing two people at the company. “Xuexi Qiangguo”, which literally translates as “study to make China strong” and is...
  • Donald Trump speaks about the crisis in Venezuela during a visit to Florida International University in Miami on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump urges Venezuelan military to ditch Maduro

    Feb 19, 2019 8:53am
    US President Donald Trump warned members of Venezuela’s military who remain loyal to socialist leader Nicolas Maduro that they are risking their future and their lives, Reuters reports. If military personnel continue supporting Maduro, they will...
  • European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. The EU’s top antitrust regulator has made it her mission to stem alleged anti-competitive abuses by big American tech companies with harsh fines and punishments. Photo: Reuters

    Europe is losing the technology race. Here is why.

    - Feb 18, 2019 3:14pm
    If we analyze the ranking of the main technological companies (2017), there is not a single European entity among the top fifteen. The vast majority are North American and Chinese companies. If we go to the...
  • A 'sophisticated state actor' is believed to be behind a hacking incident that affected Australia's major political parties, PM Scott Morrison says. Photo: Bloomberg

    Australia accuses foreign govt of cyber-attack on lawmakers

    Feb 18, 2019 11:29am
    A cyber-attack on Australian lawmakers that breached the networks of major political parties was probably carried out by a foreign government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday. “Our cyber experts believe that a sophisticated state...
  • Songdo seeks to incorporate the concepts of cutting-edge technology and sustainable development in building a smart city. Photo: YouTube

    South Korea offers lessons on how to develop artificial island

    - Feb 18, 2019 10:47am
    As part of an exchange program in South Korea held in October last year, I had a chance to visit the Songdo International Business District, a smart city on a reclaimed island near the Incheon International Airport....
  • Private and foreign firms should 'actively participate' in reform and development of Chinese central state enterprises, says SACAC chief Xiao Yaqing. Photo: Bloomberg

    China aims to lure foreign investment into large SOEs

    Feb 18, 2019 9:20am
    China will seek to attract foreign investment into its larger state-owned enterprises (SOEs), which are undergoing reforms to make them more competitive, Reuters reports, citing the nation’s state asset regulator. Private and foreign firms should “actively...
  • California will mount a quick legal challenge to Trump's invocation of emergency powers in relation to Mexico border wall funding, says the state's Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Photo: Reuters

    California plans lawsuit over Trump’s border wall emergency

    Feb 18, 2019 8:36am
    California will challenge President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to obtain funds for a US-Mexico border wall, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Sunday. “Definitely and imminently,” Becerra told ABC’s “This Week” program...
  • Aside from business, Jack Ma has also often spoken on matters of love and relationships. Photo: Reuters

    A Valentine message from Jack Ma

    - Feb 15, 2019 6:26pm
    It is a well-recognized fact that Jack Ma knows the secrets of business, but not many people are perhaps aware that he is also an expert on love. Under Ma’s stewardship, Alibaba Group established a ritual...
  • The seven-day pilots' strike reportedly cost China Airlines about  NT$500 million (US$16 million). Photo: Reuters

    China Airlines pilots end seven-day strike after deal reached

    Feb 15, 2019 3:39pm
    China Airlines flights between Hong Kong and Taiwan are expected to return to normal soon after many of them were canceled in the past few days as the carrier’s pilots went on strike to demand better working conditions. ...
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi blames Pakistan for the car bombing that killed 44 paramilitary police in Kashmir on Thursday. Indians stage a protest in Jammu on Friday to condemn the attack. Photo: Reuters/Bloomberg

    Modi warns Pakistan of strong response for Kashmir attack

    Feb 15, 2019 2:43pm
    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday promised a strong response to a car bombing in Kashmir that killed 44 paramilitary police that his government blamed on Pakistan, Reuters reports. The attack on a military convoy in...
  • Pro-Brexit demonstrators hold a rally outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    A very Greek Brexit?

    - Feb 15, 2019 9:34am
    As the Brexit train lurches forward with no clear direction, it is useful to look back at another dramatic episode in European Union politics for possible guidance: the Grexit that never happened. Although almost everyone during...
  • US President Donald Trump was warned by his doctor last year that he needed to change his diet and start to exercise. Photo: Reuters

    Trump puts on a few pounds, enters obese range: medical report

    Feb 15, 2019 8:48am
    US President Donald Trump has gained weight over the past year and is now in the obese range, although he remains in “very good health overall”, according to results of an annual presidential physical examination conducted last...
  • Top US and Chinese officials hold trade negotiations at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    China offers to end market-distorting subsidies, won’t say how

    Feb 15, 2019 8:08am
    China has pledged to end market-distorting subsidies for its domestic industries but offered no details on how it would achieve that goal, Reuters reports, citing three people familiar with the US-China trade talks in Beijing this...
  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside Downing Street in London on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Parliament hands May fresh defeat over Brexit strategy

    Feb 15, 2019 7:48am
    British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a defeat on her Brexit strategy on Thursday that undermined her pledge to European Union leaders to get her divorce deal approved if they grant her concessions, Reuters reports. In...
  • File photo: Mexican children try to climb a metal wall on the US-Mexico border in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico.  Photo: Reuters

    Trump to declare national emergency over border wall

    Feb 15, 2019 7:27am
    US President Donald Trump will sign a border security and federal spending bill to avert another government shutdown but will declare a national emergency to try to obtain funds for his promised border wall with Mexico,...
  • American liberal hegemony has become increasingly unsustainable as the world has moved to being multipolar from unipolar. Photo: Reuters

    The end of US liberal hegemony

    - Feb 14, 2019 6:16pm
    In his New Year speech for 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that “we’re facing a period of major change never seen in a century.” So what is likely to come to an end and what...
  • A proliferation of international fast-food joints have added to the obesity problem in China. Photo: Bloomberg

    China’s fattest man sheds pounds and finds a Valentine

    - Feb 14, 2019 1:36pm
    As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, there is nothing more thrilling than to learn that even the most unlikely person can overcome the odds and find love.  We have news that China’s heaviest man now has someone...
  • The massive collection of user behavior data has become possible, thanks to the the internet and smartphones. Photo: Freepik

    Five stages of big data development

    - Feb 14, 2019 10:32am
    Big data development is entering its ninth year in 2019. It’s now stabilizing after years of fast development. In the process of digitalization, corporates and cities have encountered different issues.  Let me review what has been...

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