23 January 2018


  • Trump's tax law, which emphasizes big cuts, especially for corporations and the highest-income earners, will widen the US budget deficit and, in turn, increase the current-account deficit, say critics. Photo: Reuters

    Making America’s deficits great again

    - Jan 16, 2018 9:44am
      US President Donald Trump and congressional Republican allies have succeeded in passing their big tax legislation. While it lacks many of the desirable attributes of true tax reform, it amounts to a success for Trump,...
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in addresses the media during a New Year news conference at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul on January 10. Photo: Reuters

    Inter-Korea talks: Will they lead to US negotiations with North?

    - Jan 15, 2018 11:50am
    The global spotlight which has been focused on North Korea for much of 2017 has shifted slightly to South Korea, which has assumed an uncharacteristically key role under President Moon Jae-in. The South Korean leader has...
  • Under Xi Jinping, China's defense spending last year amounted to US$148 billion, with the top leader adopting a more nationalist agenda. Photo: Reuters

    Will China attack Taiwan in 2018?

    - Jan 15, 2018 10:57am
    One day in December the People’s Liberation Army sent H-6K bombers, spy jets and Su-30 and J-11 fighter jets to patrol close to Taiwan. It was the 19th such exercise during the year, more than double...
  • A rescue ship works to extinguish the fire on the oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea on Saturday. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

    Iranian tanker sinks more than a week after collision

    Jan 15, 2018 9:20am
    An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision with a cargo ship in the East China Sea, and there are no hopes of finding any survivors, the Wall...
  • Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal is reported to have offered to make a "donation" to the Saudi government without any admission of wrongdoing. Photo: Bloomberg

    Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with Saudi govt: report

    Jan 15, 2018 8:45am
    Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who has been under detention in the country in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities, according to Reuters. The billionaire prince, the chairman of international investment firm...
  • Top live streaming stars in China can aim for incomes in the millions. Photo: Sohu

    Fame and tragedy of live-streaming stars in China

    - Jan 12, 2018 4:38pm
    China’s video streaming market has grown rapidly in recent years, for good reasons. As mainstream media outlets are largely controlled by the government, video streaming platforms injected fresh air into the entertainment sector and caught the...
  • With hacker attacks on the rise, consumers as well as businesses need to be more careful about the issue of data security. Photo: Unsplash

    Should I give my personal data to a startup?

    - Jan 12, 2018 11:35am
    Hong Kong’s startup scene has been booming in recent years. Whether you are looking for personal services, like storage, education, repair, travel, banking, and biking; or business-related offerings, like IT support, cloud, security, and HR solutions,...
  • The current good growth news risks obscuring the potential threats stemming from failure to achieve greater inclusiveness. Photo: Bloomberg

    The danger in today’s good economic news

    - Jan 12, 2018 10:19am
      As 2018 begins, things are looking up for the global economy. Over the last six months, growth projections by official institutions like the International Monetary Fund, matched or even exceeded by private forecasts, have been...
  • Looking at the global macro scene, while many oft-cited concerns in 2017 turned out to be unwarranted, it doesn’t mean economic risks have disappeared. Photo: Bloomberg

    Good times at last?

    - Jan 12, 2018 10:05am
      In February 2017, I wrote an optimistic commentary called “The Global Economy’s Surprising Resilience.” The piece came as a surprise to those who saw only bleak prospects for Western countries, not least the United States,...
  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in this file picture from May 19, 2017. Photo: Reuters

    Ecuador grants Assange citizenship, seeks end to embassy stay

    Jan 12, 2018 8:57am
    Ecuador has given citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as part of its efforts to allow him to leave the country’s London embassy where he has been holed up for more than five years, Reuters reports....
  • Steve Bannon was quoted in a new book as calling a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign by the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”. Photo: Reuters

    Bannon to appear before Congress committee on Russia probe

    Jan 12, 2018 8:56am
    President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon will be interviewed next week by a US House of Representatives committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election, Reuters reports, citing a person familiar with...
  • The US, under Donald Trump, has not been entirely isolationist; it remained active and aggressive on certain global issues of its choosing. Photo: Reuters

    Under Trump, US in state of ‘abdication’ rather than ‘isolation’

    - Jan 11, 2018 12:29pm
    Under President Donald Trump, the United States has been giving an impression that it is adopting an “isolationist” approach to world affairs, under which Washington is putting the interests of the American people above everything else...
  • Amid a crackdown on dissenting voices, thousands of public intellectuals and social critics in China have become too scared to speak up anymore. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why it is important for Beijing to let intellectuals speak

    - Jan 11, 2018 10:26am
    Yuji Miyamoto, a former Japanese ambassador to China and a well-known Sinologist, recently gave an interview to BBC, during which he spoke up, in fluent Mandarin, for the intelligentsia in the mainland and called on Beijing to ease...
  • US President Donald Trump, flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left) and Defense Secretary James Mattis, holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump: US willing to talk to N Korea ‘under right circumstances’

    Jan 11, 2018 9:46am
    US President Donald Trump said after the first intra-Korean talks in over two years that the United States was willing to speak to North Korea “under the right circumstances”, although it was far from clear whether...
  • If you see a static QR code in a shop, you can still request the seller to scan the dynamic QR code generated on your smartphone to ensure security of the payment process. Photo: sina

    QR code payments: How to beat the scammers

    - Jan 11, 2018 9:36am
    QR code payment systems have become increasingly popular in China. People use them in everyday life to pay for small purchases or even red packets in banquets or donations at temples. But the People’s Bank of...
  • Israel’s Given Imaging has developed a smart pill called PillCam that works as an alternative to the traditional colonoscopy procedure. Photo: RDC

    Smart technology ushers in era of disease prevention

    - Jan 10, 2018 11:49am
    Prevention is better than cure, and a group of companies is introducing smart technology to make disease prevention a lot easier. Workouts are definitely a good way to stay healthy and fit. Exercise bike maker Peloton...
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray has urged tech firms to cooperate with law enforcement agencies that seek to build cases against criminals by accessing encrypted data on mobile and other devices. Photo: Reuters

    FBI chief decries inability to access data from devices

    Jan 10, 2018 9:15am
    The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an “urgent public safety issue,” the head of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday. In the fiscal...
  • Ri Son-gwon (left), head of the North Korean delegation, talks with his South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon at the truce village of Panmunjom on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    North Korea won’t discuss nukes, says weapons only aimed at US

    Jan 10, 2018 8:05am
    North and South Korea held their first talks in over two years on Tuesday, but Pyongyang adamantly refused to discuss denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, saying its weapons are only aimed at the United States. In...
  • Richard Yu, chief of Huawei's consumer business, holds up a new P10 device during a presentation ceremony. Huawei confirmed that it will not partner with major carriers to sell its flagship phone in the US. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei fails to seal US sales partnership deal with AT&T

    Jan 9, 2018 5:32pm
    US telecommunications carrier AT&T has apparently abandoned a plan to sell smartphones made by China’s Huawei Technologies. According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T, which is the second-largest provider of mobile phone services in the US in...
  • Ri Son-gwon (right), head of the North Korean delegation, shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon during their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    N Korea to send team to Olympics, Seoul may lift some sanctions

    Jan 9, 2018 4:30pm
    North Korea said during rare talks with the South on Tuesday it will send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea next month and Seoul said it was prepared to lift some sanctions...

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