15 December 2018


  • China reported far weaker than expected November exports and imports, showing slower global and domestic demand. Photo: Bloomberg

    US wants trade deal by March 1 or new tariffs will be imposed

    Dec 10, 2018 7:31am
    US-China trade negotiations need to reach a successful end by March 1 or new tariffs will be imposed, says US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. “As far as I am concerned it is a hard deadline. When...
  • Fresh university graduates submit resumes to a recruiter at a job fair. With the sluggish economic growth, education officials call the situation facing new grads "complicated and severe". Photo: Xinhua

    China’s university graduates surpass HK population

    - Dec 7, 2018 1:56pm
    Some 8.34 million university students in China are expected to graduate next year, up 1.7 percent or 140,000 from the current school year, according to the Ministry of Education. That’s a record high. While it underscores...
  • A D&G video ad (inset) featuring a Chinese woman struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks has come under fire from mainland netizens and celebrities who called it racist and insulting. Photo: CNSA/YouTube

    When dealing with impertinence, don’t lose your sense of humor

    - Dec 7, 2018 1:06pm
    A recent advertising campaign mounted by Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana (D&G) has provoked a firestorm of controversy in the mainland. The online video ad, which features a Chinese woman struggling to eat spaghetti, pizza...
  • M-Pesa, a mobile-based payment service, allows users to transfer money via-text between customers, banks and companies. Photo: Reuters

    The duality of technology and its unifying power

    - Dec 7, 2018 12:37pm
    One of the earliest milestones in the evolution of humanity was the control of fire by early humans. Fire by its very nature is a destructive force, but its use in the right circumstances gave us...
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at a ceremony to switch on the lights of the Christmas tree on Downing Street in central London on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    May’s team says Brexit vote will go ahead on Dec 11

    Dec 7, 2018 9:34am
    The British Parliament’s vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal will go ahead on Dec. 11, her office says, rejecting suggestions from lawmakers that she should seek ways to avoid a defeat that might bring...
  • Huawei says it has been provided very little information regarding the charges against its CFO Meng Wanzhou, who has been arrested in Canada and is facing extradition to the US. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei US probe includes bank fraud accusations: report

    Dec 7, 2018 8:42am
    Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer was arrested as part of a US investigation of an alleged scheme to use the global banking system to evade Washington’s sanctions against Iran, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the...
  • Greenrail’s solar version turns a railway network into a solar power station by integrating 35 to 45 megawatt hours per year photovoltaic modules into the sleepers. Photo: Il Sole 24 Ore

    How used tires turn railways into smart solar power plants

    - Dec 6, 2018 11:57am
    Giovanni De Lisi was a 20-year-old railway maintenance and installation worker near Palermo, Italy, when he had his revolutionary idea in 2005. Working under the Mediterranean sun, he had an intuition that could shake up a...
  • A US jury has found former Hong Kong home affairs secretary Patrick Ho guilty on seven out of eight counts of bribery, money laundering and other charges laid against him. Photo: RTHK

    Ex-HK minister Patrick Ho convicted in US on corruption charges

    Dec 6, 2018 9:51am
    Former Hong Kong home affairs secretary Patrick Ho Chi-ping was found guilty on Wednesday of US charges that he took part in a scheme to bribe officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for contracts for a Chinese...
  • Australian government, led by PM Scott Morrison, has defended proposed new data access laws on tech firms, citing the need to counter terror attacks and organized crime. Photo: Reuters

    Australia poised to force tech firms to hand over encrypted data

    Dec 6, 2018 9:26am
    Australia’s parliament is poised on Thursday to pass laws requiring tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities, Reuters reports. The laws, staunchly...
  • Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he believes Chinese leader Xi Jinping had been sincere during their meeting last Saturday in Buenos Aires to hammer out progress over trade. Photo: Reuters

    China ‘confident’ it can reach US trade deal

    Dec 6, 2018 8:56am
    China said on Wednesday that it will press ahead with trade negotiations with the United States and that it is confident of reaching a deal within 90 days as per an agreed timetable. In a statement,...
  • Fentanyl is legally used as a pain medication and together with other medications for anesthesia. However, it is also abused as a recreational drug due to its rapid onset and powerful effects. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    China’s crackdown on fentanyl

    - Dec 5, 2018 4:41pm
    China has pledged to stem the supply of the opioid fentanyl flowing into the United States, according to a statement from Washington on the results of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi...
  • Many young mainlanders feel left out in China's rapid economic growth. They feel "qiou". Photo: Bloomberg

    And the Chinese Character of the Year award goes to…

    - Dec 5, 2018 1:16pm
    Nothing is worse than being poor. And it is doubly unfortunate if you are poor and ugly. Lest I be accused of being offensive and discriminatory, let me hasten to explain that I am simply relating...
  • After decades of membership in the European regulatory regime, achieving a clean break for Britain will require a tedious and complicated rewriting of innumerable rules. Photo: Reuters

    The ghost of Brexit past

    - Dec 5, 2018 9:58am
    The European Union has gained member-state approval for an agreement setting the terms of the United Kingdom’s exit from the bloc. But it is still unclear whether a majority of British parliamentarians will approve the deal,...
  • China plans to implement a system that would force local governments to give renewable electricity sources priority access to the power market. Photo: Bloomberg

    China to launch renewable power quota system by year-end

    Dec 5, 2018 9:43am
    China plans to launch a new renewable power quota system before the end of the year, in an effort aimed at making better use of the nation’s renewable energy resources and reduce waste. The new quota...
  • Anti-Brexit demonstrators wave flags and placards during a protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    May suffers setbacks as Brexit debate starts in parliament

    Dec 5, 2018 9:29am
    British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered embarrassing defeats on Tuesday at the start of five days of debate over her plans to leave the European Union, Reuters reports. On the first day of debate, before the...
  • US Senator Lindsey Graham speaks to reporters in Washington on Tuesday after attending a closed-door briefing from the CIA on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photo: Reuters

    Top US senators briefed by CIA blame MbS for Khashoggi death

    Dec 5, 2018 9:19am
    Senior US senators said on Tuesday that they are more certain than ever that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “You have to be willfully blind...
  • The domestic troubles facing French President Emmanuel Macron could be traced to his inability to jump-start the national economy. Photo: Bloomberg

    Macron’s troubles a wake-up call for centrist leaders

    - Dec 4, 2018 5:49pm
    Over the past three weekends, the so-called “yellow vest” revolt has swept across France in protest against the recent fuel price hikes. Paris saw its worst street riots in 50 years last Saturday. Despite the grave...
  • The summit between China and the United States has prevented their trade war from escalating while they negotiate for 90 days. Photo: AFP

    Sino-US trade war: a truce, not a lasting armistice

    - Dec 4, 2018 11:45am
    As expected, the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires, which drew to a close over the weekend, turned into a virtual “G2” summit between the United States and China amid their raging trade war. In their...
  • Under the massive US tax cut enacted by the Trump administration last year, ordinary Americans must bear a tax increase, and millions will lose health insurance, in order to finance a tax cut for billionaires and corporations. Photo: AFP

    Beyond GDP

    - Dec 4, 2018 10:27am
    Just under ten years ago, the International Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress issued its report, Mismeasuring Our Lives: Why GDP Doesn’t Add Up. The title summed it up: GDP is not...
  • If Theresa May fails to win parliament backing for her Brexit plan, it would increase the chances of Britain leaving without a deal and put the PM under fierce pressure to resign. Photo: Reuters

    Britain’s May launches parliamentary debate on Brexit plan

    Dec 4, 2018 9:22am
    Britain’s leader Theresa May will urge parliament to back her Brexit deal on Tuesday at the start of a high-stakes five-day debate that could determine her fate, Reuters reports. May’s plan to keep close ties with...

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