22 November 2019


  • Uighur men leave a mosque after prayers in Hotan in Xinjiang. More than a million Uighurs and members of other ethnic groups have been detained in internment camps in the region, according to the United Nations. Photo: AFP

    Xinjiang govt says leak on Uighur camps ‘fake news’

    Nov 19, 2019 12:18pm
    A report in the New York Times that included 400 pages of leaked internal documents on the internment of Uighur Muslims was “fabricated” and prompted by “hostile foreign forces”, the government of China’s far western region...
  • North Korea says little has improved despite three meetings between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump since June last year. Photo: Reuters

    N Korea says no more talks with US just so Trump can boast

    Nov 19, 2019 9:46am
    North Korea said on Monday that it is not interested in meaningless talks with the United States just so President Donald Trump had something to boast about, and demanded an end to what it called a...
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a statement on the Trump administration's position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank during a news briefing in Washington on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    US backs Israel on settlements, clouding peace process

    Nov 19, 2019 9:31am
    The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel’s right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were “inconsistent with international law,” Reuters reports. The announcement by Secretary...
  • Protesters wear gas masks during clashes with police outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    China says HK courts have no power to rule on anti-mask law

    Nov 19, 2019 9:31am
    China’s top legislature said Hong Kong courts have no power to rule on the constitutionality of legislation under the city’s Basic Law, which includes a proposed ban on face masks, state news agency Xinhua reported on...
  • The Hong Kong government's move to impose a ban on face masks during public assemblies has proved a resounding failure. File photo: Reuters

    HK anti-mask law excessive and unconstitutional, court rules

    Nov 18, 2019 4:00pm
    Hong Kong’s High Court ruled on Monday that the government’s move last month to introduce an anti-mask law using colonial-era emergency powers was unconstitutional. The ban on face coverings was excessive and “incompatible with the Basic...
  • File picture of a man walking past a screen showing images of President Xi Jinping in Kashgar in China's northwest Xinjiang region. Photo: AFP

    Leaked Chinese documents show details of Xinjiang clampdown: NYT

    Nov 18, 2019 9:29am
    A trove of leaked Chinese government documents reveals details of its clampdown on Uighurs and other Muslims in the country’s western Xinjiang region under President Xi Jinping, the New York Times reported. United Nations experts and...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses with sharpshooters of the Air and Anti-Aircraft Force in North Korea

    N Korea’s Kim supervises air drills for 2nd time in three days

    Nov 18, 2019 9:24am
    North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un supervised air force drills for the second time in three days, state media reported on Monday, even as the United States and South Korea decided to postpone their joint air...
  • President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa waves at  supporters as he leaves his house in Colombo on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa wins presidency by big margin

    Nov 18, 2019 8:30am
    Sri Lanka’s former civil wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was declared the winner in the presidential election on Sunday, after promising to secure the country against militant threats following Easter bombings this year, Reuters reports. Rajapaksa,...
  • A US congressional commission has urged Washington to develop specific benchmarks to measure the 'high degree of autonomy' that Hong Kong is meant to enjoy from Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

    Suspend HK special status in event of China crackdown: USCC

    Nov 15, 2019 4:58pm
    The US Congress should enact legislation that would suspend the special economic status Hong Kong enjoys under US law should China deploy forces to crush protests in the territory, a congressional advisory body said on Thursday....
  • Office workers gather during a lunchtime demonstration in Hong Kong’s Central district. Many people are angry at what they perceive as brutal police tactics on anti-government protesters. Photo: Reuters

    Is Hong Kong the new Lebanon?

    - Nov 15, 2019 12:17pm
    It’s official: the government has no idea what’s going on. This is precisely what Matthew Cheung, the Chief Secretary of Administration in Name Only (CSANO), told legislators this week when asked if he understood why people...
  • Despite accounting for only about 18 percent of the global population, the advanced economies consume about 70 percent of the world’s energy, the vast majority of which (87 percent) comes from fossil fuels. Photo: Bloomberg

    Green markets for equitable growth

    - Nov 15, 2019 10:39am
    The climate crisis and the 2008 financial crisis are two sides of the same coin. Both were born of the same toxic feature of the world’s prevailing economic model: the practice of discounting the future. Protecting...
  • In order to attract more foreign investment, Guangzhou has come up with a plan to improve its business environment by digitizing the business registration process. Photo: Xinhua

    Citizens as ‘customers’ of government agencies

    - Nov 15, 2019 9:59am
    For years, enterprises have invested in cloud-enabled digital innovation. Businesses reap the rewards in terms of business agility, efficiency, cost savings and improved customer experience. People who have enjoyed the benefits of digital innovation now have...
  • Police clash with anti-government demonstrators in Santiago, Chile, on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Chile minister expects job losses, fuel hike in wake of protests

    Nov 15, 2019 9:44am
    Chile’s finance minister predicted that as many as 300,000 jobs could be lost because of the impact of four weeks of rioting in one of Latin America’s strongest economies, Reuters reports. Newly appointed Finance Minister Ignacio...
  • George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, and William Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, testify in an impeachment inquiry on Donald Trump in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Public hearings begin in Trump impeachment inquiry

    Nov 14, 2019 12:43pm
    The top US diplomat in Ukraine, testifying on Wednesday in the first televised hearing of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, linked the president more directly to a pressure campaign on Ukraine to conduct investigations...
  • China's President Xi Jinping and Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro pose for photographers during the BRICS summit in Brasilia on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    China to make huge investment in Brazil’s Sao Luis port: report

    Nov 14, 2019 10:22am
    China will make a billion-dollar investment in the Brazilian port of Sao Luis via China Communications Construction Co. Ltd. (CCCC, 01800.HK, 601800.CN), Reuters reports, citing two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. Speaking on condition...
  • Chinese authorities are preparing to a launch a new round of inspections on facilities involved in production of hazardous chemicals. Photo: Bloomberg

    China to launch new safety crackdown on chemical industry

    Nov 14, 2019 10:20am
    China has unveiled plans for a nationwide safety crackdown on its chemical industry following an investigation into a deadly factory blast that killed 78 people and injured dozens more in March, Reuters reports. The explosion, at...
  • Senior Trump administration officials have ratcheted up their rhetoric on China even as Washington pursues a trade deal. Photo: Reuters

    China and the US: Deep-seated differences

    - Nov 14, 2019 8:30am
    While China and the United States once again appear to be close to a trade agreement, the fact that it is a “first phase” accord makes it clear that intractable issues have been left for a...
  • Factory operational costs in Dongguan are significantly lower than those in Shenzhen. Photo: Reuters

    Manufacturing powerhouse Dongguan regains momentum

    - Nov 14, 2019 8:30am
    Dongguan’s GDP growth has accelerated to 7.2 percent for the first three quarters of 2019, from 6.9 percent in the first half of the year. This is in sharp contrast with Shenzhen, which suffered a rapid...
  • Some US lawmakers want the Senate to push a Hong Kong-related bill, following through on an initiative by the House of Representatives. Photo: Reuters

    US senators push for vote on Hong Kong rights bill

    Nov 13, 2019 4:55pm
    The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Tuesday that he wants the Senate to pass legislation to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, Reuters reports. Republican Senator Jim Risch noted that he...
  • Some homebuyers in Shenzhen are required to pay the luxury home tax even if they only buy a tiny apartment with an area of 35 square meters. Photo: Reuters

    Shenzhen eases tax rule on luxury homes

    - Nov 13, 2019 1:20pm
    Shenzhen’s housing and construction bureau announced on Monday that all residential apartments smaller than 144 square meters in the southern city will be exempted from the luxury home tax. The move is expected to boost the...