26 September 2018


  • A video grab of the square in Hengyang city where a man drove his car into the crowd and attacked people with a knife and spade on Wednesday. Photo: Internet

    11 killed in Hunan as driver rams car into crowded square

    Sep 13, 2018 12:18pm
    Eleven people were killed and 44 injured after a car plowed into a crowded square in southern China’s Hunan province and the driver attacked people with a knife and spade seeking “revenge” on society for previous...
  • US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sent the invitation to his Chinese counterparts, including Vice Premier Liu He, for talks in coming weeks, Reuters reported. Photo: AFP

    US invites China to trade talks as fresh tariffs loom

    Sep 13, 2018 9:20am
    The Trump administration has invited Chinese officials to restart trade talks as Washington prepares to escalate the US-China trade war with tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods, Reuters reports. Larry Kudlow, who heads the...
  • Former US President Barack Obama holds up a clipboard as he participates in a political rally for California Democratic candidates during an event in Anaheim, California, on Sept. 8. Photo: Reuters

    Obama speech, Trump, and true democracy

    - Sep 13, 2018 9:00am
    We in Hong Kong like to talk a lot about democracy. But what exactly is democracy? The opposition insists it will only accept so-called genuine democracy. It loosely describes this as one person one vote without...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin sample food at an exhibition on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Tuesday. Photo: TASS/AFP

    Russia starts biggest war games since Soviet fall near China

    Sep 12, 2018 11:18am
    Russia began its biggest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union close to its border with China, mobilizing 300,000 troops in a show of force that will include joint exercises with the Chinese army,...
  • The amount and categories of data could increase so much that the whole exercise of collecting and processing data becomes a huge burden. Photo: Freepik

    Data governance is prerequisite for turning data into assets

    - Sep 12, 2018 10:33am
    People have been collecting and processing information since ancient days. The process has not changed much over the last several thousand years, until the advent of personal computers. With the proliferation of mobile devices, along with...
  • Washington’s non-compliance with a WTO ruling in a dispute over dumping duties is prompting China to plan some follow-up action. Photo: Reuters

    China seeks WTO authorization to impose sanctions on US

    Sep 12, 2018 9:33am
    China told the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Tuesday that it wants to impose US$7 billion a year in sanctions on the United States in retaliation for Washington’s non-compliance with a ruling in a dispute over...
  • Funeral services providers in China have received a big jolt as authorities proposed new rules in relation to burial sites and related arrangements. Photo: China News

    Meddling in people’s lives with excessive policy directives

    - Sep 12, 2018 9:03am
    Chinese authorities have outlined fresh curbs in relation to burial sites, proposing rules on aspects such as limiting the grave area, the height of tombstones, the use period, price, etc. The surprise move sent shares of...
  • File photo of Chinese paramilitary police patrolling a street in Urumqi, the capital of China's Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang. Photo: AFP

    US weighs sanctions amid concern over China’s Muslim crackdown

    Sep 12, 2018 8:57am
    The US State Department expressed deep concern over China’s “worsening crackdown” on minority Muslims in the Xinjiang region, as the Trump administration considered sanctions against Chinese senior officials and companies linked to allegations of human rights...
  • People in Pyongyang take part in celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea. In contrast to previous events, there were no displays of long-range missiles during the military parade last weekend. Photo: KCNA via Reuters.

    Why N Korea’s Kim may be really serious about economic reforms

    - Sep 11, 2018 5:56pm
    On Sept. 9, North Korea celebrated the 70th anniversary of the nation’s founding with much aplomb and fervor. Yet this time the routine military parade held in Pyongyang only featured conventional weapons and the elite goose-stepping...
  • State-media has hinted in recent weeks that China may be preparing to end its decades-long policy of determining the number of children that couples can have. Photo: Reuters

    China does away with family planning offices

    Sep 11, 2018 1:06pm
    China’s health commission is getting rid of three offices that were previously dedicated to family planning, the latest signal that Beijing may further reduce restrictions on childbirth to combat an aging population, Reuters reports. State-media has...
  • With Canada-US relations deteriorating, some observers have wondered whether pro-independence elements in Canada's French-speaking Quebec province will seek to take advantage of the situation. Photo: Bloomberg

    Does Quebec independence still have a market?

    - Sep 11, 2018 11:06am
    Relations between Canada and the United States have turned sour in the past two years, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemingly becoming the standard-bearer of the “libertarian united front” in North America, defending against onslaughts by...
  • National Security Adviser John Bolton said the United States "will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution" by what he called "illegitimate" International Criminal Court. Photo: R

    Trump administration takes aim at Int’l Criminal Court, PLO

    Sep 11, 2018 9:24am
    The Trump administration threatened tough action against the International Criminal Court should it try to prosecute Americans for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and said the PLO’s office in Washington would be closed for seeking to...
  • Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un shake hands after signing documents during a summit in Singapore on June 12. Kim is now seeking another meeting with the US president. Photo: Reuters

    N Korea’s Kim asks Trump for another meeting

    Sep 11, 2018 9:12am
    US President Donald Trump received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un asking for a second meeting, and the White House is looking at scheduling one, Washington said on Monday. “It was a very warm,...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping joins African leaders in a photo session at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing on September 3. Photo: Reuters

    China deepens African ties with US$60 billion financing offer

    - Sep 11, 2018 8:30am
    Last week, China played host to 53 African countries and unveiled its latest triennial aid plan for the continent: US$60 billion, the same as in 2015, but with some differences. President Xi Jinping, in his keynote...
  • Singapore authorities had seized S$240 million (US$174 million) in cash and properties as a result of investigations into 1MDB-related fund flows through Singapore. Photo: Reuters

    Singapore to return US$11 mln in 1MDB-linked funds to Malaysia

    Sep 10, 2018 4:47pm
    A Singapore court ordered the return to Malaysia of about S$15.3 million (US$11.1 million), just a small portion of the total seized in the city state as part of a probe into transactions linked to scandal-hit...
  • The United States and China have activated additional tariffs on US$50 billion of each other’s goods since July, as trade friction between the world’s two biggest economies worsened. Photo: Reuters

    China vows to respond if US takes new steps on trade

    Sep 10, 2018 4:34pm
    China will respond if the United States takes any new steps on trade, the foreign ministry said on Monday, after President Donald Trump warned he was ready to slap tariffs on virtually all Chinese imports into...
  • Jin Mingri, the head pastor of Zion Church in Beijing, said for many worshippers and pastors, accepting the oversight and ultimate authority of the Communist Party would be a betrayal of their faith.  Photo: Reuters

    China outlaws large underground Protestant church in Beijing

    Sep 10, 2018 1:11pm
    Beijing city authorities have banned one of the largest unofficial Protestant churches in the city and confiscated “illegal promotional materials”, amid a deepening crackdown on China’s “underground” churches, Reuters reports. The Zion church had for years...
  • China's latest export figures will add fuel to the Trump administration's trade row with Beijing. Photo: Reuters

    China trade surplus with US hits new high in Aug

    Sep 10, 2018 9:43am
    China’s trade surplus with the United States widened to a record in August even as the country’s overall export growth slowed slightly, Reuters reports, citing data released over the weekend. Trade surplus with the United States...
  • Serena Williams yells at chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the women's final of the US Open in New York on Saturday; (inset) Williams comforts Naomi Osaka after the crowd booed during the trophy ceremony. Photo: USA TODAY via Reuters

    Serena Williams’ US Open behavior divides tennis world

    Sep 10, 2018 9:28am
    Serena Williams’ behavior in the US Open final divided the tennis world after she called the chair umpire a “liar” and a “thief” and said he treated her differently than male players during her loss to...
  • North Korean soldiers march during a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the nation's foundation in Pyongyang on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump spooked Pentagon with draft tweet on North Korea: Woodward

    Sep 10, 2018 8:24am
    US President Donald Trump spooked the Pentagon leadership with a tweet that, had it been sent, North Korea would have read as a sign of an imminent US attack, journalist Bob Woodward said in an interview that...

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