25 February 2020


  • The decision was made because China has been tightening state control over its media, US officials said. Photo: CNSA

    US slaps new rules on China state media over propaganda concerns

    Feb 19, 2020 9:22am
    The Trump administration said it will begin treating five major Chinese state-run media entities with US operations the same as foreign embassies, requiring them to register their employees and US properties with the State Department, Reuters...
  • A medical worker in protective suit takes a break at an isolated ward of a hospital in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in China’s Hubei province. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

    Coronavirus cases in Hubei fall for second day

    Feb 19, 2020 9:03am
    New coronavirus cases in China’s Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, fell for a second straight day on Tuesday, but the number of deaths was up from the previous day, Reuters reports. Hubei reported 1,693...
  • China has announced another list of US items eligible for exemption from additional tariffs, after the two sides signed a Phase 1 trade deal last month. Photo: Reuters

    China to grant tariff exemptions on additional US goods

    Feb 18, 2020 3:26pm
    China said on Tuesday that it will accept applications for new tariff exemptions for 696 products imported from the United States including key agricultural and energy products such as pork, beef, soybeans, liquefied natural gas and...
  • Medical workers in protective suits attend to a coronavirus patient inside an isolated ward of a hospital in Wuhan in China’s Hubei province on Feb. 16. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

    Hospital chief dies in Wuhan after contracting coronavirus

    Feb 18, 2020 2:46pm
    The head of a leading hospital in China’s Wuhan city died from the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, becoming the second prominent Chinese doctor to have succumbed to the pathogen. Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan Wuchang...
  • Financial markets remain blissfully in denial of the multiple risks facing the global economy and geopolitical situation, Nouriel Roubini notes. Photo: Reuters

    The White Swans of 2020

    - Feb 18, 2020 12:01pm
    In my 2010 book, Crisis Economics, I defined financial crises not as the “black swan” events that Nassim Nicholas Taleb described in his eponymous bestseller, but as “white swans.” According to Taleb, black swans are events...
  • US passengers on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship are transported by shuttle bus in Yokohama to Haneda airport to fly back to the United States on Monday. Photo: Philip and Gay Courter via Reuters/Reuters

    US flies 338 Americans home from cruise ship

    Feb 18, 2020 9:46am
    More than 300 Americans who had been stuck on a cruise ship affected by the coronavirus were back in the United States on Monday, flown to US military bases for two more weeks of quarantine after...
  • Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos considers climate change as the biggest threat to our planet. Photo: Bloomberg

    Amazon’s Bezos pledges US$10 billion to climate change fight

    Feb 18, 2020 9:17am
    Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said he will commit US$10 billion to fund scientists, activists, non-profit organizations and other groups fighting to protect the environment and counter the effects of climate change, Reuters reports. “Climate change...
  • Dr Hangzhou Lu, co-director of the Shanghai Public Clinical Center, shows a quarantine room for coronavirus patients at finished but a still unused building in Shanghai on Monday. Pool photo via Reuters

    Chinese doctors using plasma therapy on coronavirus

    Feb 18, 2020 9:12am
    Doctors in Shanghai are using infusions of blood plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus to treat those still battling the infection, reporting some encouraging preliminary results, a Chinese professor said on Monday, Reuters...
  • It’s too early to tell if the reported decline in new coronavirus cases in China will continue, says WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photo: Reuters

    ‘Every scenario on the table’ in China virus outbreak: WHO chief

    Feb 18, 2020 8:59am
    The latest data provided by China on people infected with coronavirus indicates a decline in new cases but “every scenario is still on the table” in terms of the epidemic’s evolution, the head of the World...
  • The death of a whistleblower doctor has stirred grief and anger in China amid the coronavirus crisis. There are three elements: people’s sympathy for the doctor, their respect for his courage, and their anger about the officialdom, the author says. (AFP)

    Why Dr Li Wenliang’s death struck a chord with Chinese people

    - Feb 17, 2020 5:12pm
    The death of Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist with the Wuhan Central Hospital who was among the very first to warn of the Wuhan novel coronavirus outbreak, remains a hot topic in China. I believe there...
  • DP World is delisting to free it from ‘the demands of the public market for short-term returns,’ Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said. File photo: Bloomberg

    Dubai’s DP World to return to full state ownership

    Feb 17, 2020 2:51pm
    Dubai’s DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, said on Monday that it will delist and return to full state ownership in a deal valuing the company at US$13.9 billion, Reuters reports. Parent company...
  • China's central bank is taking measures to reduce the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Reuters

    PBoC cuts medium-term rate to support economy amid virus crisis

    Feb 17, 2020 12:03pm
    The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) on Monday cut the interest rate on its medium-term lending in an apparent bid to support economic activities that have been severly disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. The central bank...
  • A woman wearing a mask and a plastic disposable raincoat as protection against Covid-19, walks near a subway station in Shanghai on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    The case for global health diplomacy

    - Feb 17, 2020 10:20am
    One of the hallmarks of an effective foreign policy is that it runs in the background, neither loud nor especially visible. Governments must urgently adopt such an approach to stem the growing global panic caused by...
  • A police officer directs the traffic amid snowfall in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in China’s Hubei province on Feb. 15. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

    Hubei bans vehicle traffic to curb spread of coronavirus

    Feb 17, 2020 9:56am
    Hubei province, the center of China’s coronavirus outbreak, announced on Sunday that a ban will be imposed on vehicle traffic across the province to curb the spread of the virus. In a published document, the provincial...
  • People wearing protective masks watch a rehearsal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch relay in the Japanese capital on Saturday. Photo: AFP

    Japan’s recession risks grow as economy skids in fourth quarter

    Feb 17, 2020 9:51am
    Japan’s economy shrank at the fastest pace in almost six years in the December quarter as last year’s sales tax hike hit consumer and business spending, highlighting a fragile outlook made worse by growing coronavirus risks,...
  • Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in Tehran on Sunday. Handout photo via Reuters

    Iran will never yield to US pressure for talks: Rouhani

    Feb 17, 2020 9:26am
    Iran will never hold talks with the United States under pressure, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that Washington’s tactics are doomed to failure. “Iran will never negotiate under pressure … We will never yield...
  • People wearing protective masks gather at the Taoist Longde temple during a ceremony to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, in Taoyuan, northwestern Taiwan on Saturday. Photo: AFP

    Taiwan confirms first coronavirus death on island, cases at 20

    Feb 17, 2020 9:15am
    A taxi driver has died from the coronavirus in Taiwan, marking the first such death on the island and the fifth fatality from the epidemic outside mainland China, Reuters reports. Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said during...
  • US passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship who have chosen to leave are seen in a chartered evacuation aircraft at Haneda airport in Japan on Monday to fly back to the United States. Credit: Philip and Gay Courter via Reuters

    US evacuates its citizens from virus-hit cruise ship in Japan

    Feb 17, 2020 9:14am
    American passengers were taken off a cruise liner on Sunday to fly home after being quarantined for two weeks off Japan, Reuters reports. An announcement aboard the Diamond Princess, where 3,700 passengers and crew have been...
  • A worker in protective suit drives a vehicle amid snow to transport novel coronavirus patients outside a hospital in Wuhan in China on Feb. 15. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

    China says new coronavirus cases slow

    Feb 17, 2020 9:01am
    China said the rate of new coronavirus cases has slowed, calling that proof its steps to fight the outbreak are working, Reuters reports. Within China, authorities reported 2,009 new cases on Sunday, down from more than...
  • The coronavirus crisis will impact China in many ways, both economically and socially. Photo: Bloomberg

    What changes would Covid-19 bring to China?

    - Feb 17, 2020 8:17am
    The coronavirus outbreak in China is expected to have a lot of consequences and bring some profound changes in the country. Here are some possibilities: – Properties located in first-tier cities would be more sought-after, after...