15 September 2019


  • US President Donald Trump’s trade war and Twitter threats are fueling economic uncertainty. Photo: Reuters

    Money for nothing

    - Sep 5, 2019 9:50am
    A monetary policy regime centered on quantitative easing (QE) and zero or even negative interest rates has created an extraordinarily permissive environment for politicians of a certain disposition. Those who are willing to exploit current conditions...
  • Facebook said the meeting discussed security strategies related to the US elections next year. Photo: AFP

    Tech firms meet with US intelligence on election security

    Sep 5, 2019 9:19am
    A number of technology companies including Facebook Inc., Alphabet’s Google, Microsoft Corp. and Twitter Inc. met with representatives of the US government on Wednesday to discuss security strategies related to the US elections next year, Facebook...
  • An anti-Brexit protester wearing a clown costume and a mask depicting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joins a rally outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    UK lawmakers vote to block ‘no-deal’ Brexit

    Sep 5, 2019 8:08am
    The British parliament voted on Wednesday to prevent Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking Britain out of the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31, but rejected his first bid to call a snap election two...
  • Aerial views show devastation after hurricane Dorian hit the Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Humanitarian crisis unfolds in Bahamas amid Dorian devastation

    Sep 5, 2019 7:35am
    Survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas thronged rescue helicopters as the United Nations said 70,000 people needed immediate humanitarian relief after one of the most powerful Caribbean storms on record devastated the island group. Dorian...
  • Carrie Lam announces withdrawal of the extradition bill in a pre-recorded video address telecast Wednesday evening. Photo: HK Govt video/screenshot

    Carrie Lam announces withdrawal of extradition bill

    Sep 4, 2019 7:18pm
    Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of an extradition bill that has pushed the territory into its worst crisis in decades. Lam said the security secretary will formally pull...
  • Boris Johnson addresses the media outside Downing Street in London on Monday. The British PM faced a rebellion over his Brexit strategy, prompting him to threaten a snap general election. Photo: Reuters

    A bumpy ride ahead for UK on Brexit

    - Sep 4, 2019 6:16pm
    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament until Oct. 14 has prompted a huge backlash in the country, with people staging mass protests against his “coup” and “dictatorship”. Amid the snowballing controversy, the new...
  • Anti-Brexit protesters rally outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Election looms after ‘no-deal’ Brexit opponents defeat Johnson

    Sep 4, 2019 8:07am
    British lawmakers defeated Boris Johnson in parliament on Tuesday in a bid to prevent him taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union without a divorce agreement, prompting the prime minister to announce that he...
  • US President Donald Trump warned that Beijing will face even tougher terms if the two sides fail to resolve their trade dispute and he wins re-election in November 2020. Photo: Reuters

    Trump warns China against dragging its feet in trade talks

    Sep 4, 2019 7:51am
    US President Donald Trump warned he would be “tougher” on Beijing in a second term if trade talks dragged on, compounding market fears that ongoing trade disputes between the United States and China could trigger a...
  • Liu Yuejin, vice commissioner of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, said China has been cracking down on illicit fentanyl production. Photo: CNSA

    China says cooperation with US on fentanyl ‘extremely limited’

    Sep 3, 2019 3:09pm
    China and the United States have only “limited” cooperation in stopping fentanyl smuggling, a Chinese narcotics official was quoted as saying on Tuesday, after complaints China isn’t doing enough to help fight an opioid crisis in...
  • Flowers are seen at a makeshift memorial for victims after a pre-dawn fire sank a commercial diving boat near Santa Barbara, California, on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    More bodies found after fire sinks California scuba diving boat

    Sep 3, 2019 2:37pm
    Divers have found a total of 25 bodies after a pre-dawn fire sank a scuba diving vessel off a Southern California island, leaving nine people unaccounted for as the search continued, media reported. Representatives for the...
  • Streaming video networks like Singapore-based HBO Asia have offered Asian filmmakers and studios a chance to reach broader international markets. Photo:  Bloomberg

    Making our own Hollywood in Asia

    - Sep 3, 2019 1:22pm
    In Quentin Tarantino’s alternative history of Tinseltown in 1969, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, the heroine Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) lives, the antagonists (Charles Manson’s disciples) die, and the protagonists (Leonardo di Caprio and Brad...
  • It is forecast that factories around the world will introduce AI-powered robotic arms on a large scale within five years. Photo: Reuters

    The rise of the unmanned factory

    - Sep 3, 2019 11:33am
    American Factory, the much-talked-about Netflix documentary about Fuyao Glass, a Chinese-owned manufacturing plant in Ohio, not only delves into the clash of cultures between Chinese and American workers but also explores the threat posed by automation...
  • US special representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad (left), meets with Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul on Monday. Photo: Handout via Reuters

    US to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan, close bases

    Sep 3, 2019 10:00am
    The United States would withdraw almost 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under a draft peace accord agreed with the Taliban, chief US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said. The deal, reached after...
  • A pro-Brexit demonstrator talks with anti-Brexit activists in London on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    British lawmakers begin bid to block no-deal Brexit

    Sep 3, 2019 9:01am
    Lawmakers are set to decide whether to move Britain one step closer to an early election when they vote on the first stage of their plan to block Prime Minister Boris Johnson from pursuing a no-deal...
  • The lawsuit is the third Beijing has brought to challenge US President Donald Trump’s China-specific tariffs at the World Trade Organization. Photo: Reuters

    China lodges tariff complaint against US at WTO

    Sep 3, 2019 7:40am
    China has lodged a complaint against the United States at the World Trade Organization over US import duties, Reuters reports, citing the Chinese Commerce Ministry. The United States began imposing 15 percent tariffs on a variety...
  • A woman shouts during an anti-Brexit protest in London on Aug 31. Britain has faced some serious crises over the past century, but the current problem is something different altogether. Photo: Reuters

    Brexit, the novel

    - Sep 2, 2019 11:33am
      The best way to think about the United Kingdom’s political predicament and presumed imminent exit from the European Union is to read the Slough House spy novel series by Mick Herron (the sixth installment, Joe...
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trying to shut down democratic debate to achieve a political end, says the author. Photo: AFP

    The Battle for Britain

    - Sep 2, 2019 11:14am
    The Brexit “Leave” campaign has been billed as an effort to “take back control” by restoring “sovereignty” to the United Kingdom’s Parliament. It is thus deeply ironic that one of the first moves of the Brexiteers...
  • Being a global villager means one has to mingle with locals and adapt to local lifestyle. Photo: Bloomberg

    What does it mean to be a global villager?

    - Sep 2, 2019 10:43am
    The internet has blurred physical national borders, and turned the globe into a huge village, it is commonly argued. While that is true, some people, however, seem to have mixed up the concept of globalization and...
  • Costco's first store in China, which opened in Shanghai last Wednesday, had to close early on its first day because there were simply too many shoppers. Photo: Reuters

    Glaring wealth disparity in China

    - Sep 2, 2019 10:40am
    There are a number of interesting economic stories about food in China. The nation’s largest producer of pickled mustard products, Chongqing Fuling Zhacai Group Co. Ltd. (002507.CN), saw its annual sales revenue increase by only 1.9 percent...
  • File picture: Solomon Islands' Manasseh Sogavare with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei in 2017. Photo: AFP

    Solomon Islands eyes shift in ties to China from Taiwan

    Sep 2, 2019 8:22am
    The Solomon Islands, one of Taiwan’s few remaining diplomatic allies, has formed a team of ministers to talk to Beijing ahead of a possible switch in ties that could be unveiled as early as this week,...