The late Lee Kuan Yew’s lawyer Kwa Kim Li appeared in court on 3 December)to testify in the libel suit involving TOC chief editor Terry Xu.
The female director of City Funeral Singapore, 38-year-old Alverna Cher, has been charged with culpable homicide over the death of her ex-boyfriend.
China has tried to calm the dispute about dam-building and water resources management along the Mekong with a number of conciliatory gestures, but observers say it faces an uphill struggle to win over its neighbours.The move follows efforts by the US to build a strategic partnership with other countries that share the waterway, an intervention that highlights the challenges China faces in winning over the five Southeast Nations after serious droughts, according to one diplomatic observer.On Monday, Luo Zhaohui, the foreign vice-minister responsible for Asian affairs, accused external powers of interfering in China’s dispute with the countries and instead appealed to Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia to side with Beijing to “build and safeguard our common home”.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“Some countries outside the region have used the Mekong’s water resources repeatedly for political purposes to spread rumours and exaggerate China’s threats, in a bid to sow discord and undermine cooperation between countries in the region,” he said, without naming the United States and its allies. China promises Mekong neighbours access to Chinese Covid-19 vaccineAround 60 million people rely on the waterway, but last year saw devastating droughts that had a devastating impact on farmers and fishermen downriver.Luo was speaking as China launched a website to share year-round hydrological data about the upstream Mekong – known as the Lancang in China – and said the Mekong should be “a stage for common development, not a battlefield for geopolitics”.The countries downstream have been asking China to provide data for years, and it has now started sharing information from two hydrological stations on the Lancang.Beijing’s lack of transparency and series of dams built along the river in Yunnan province since the 1990s have long been a source of tension in the other countries that share the river, especially Thailand and Vietnam.Tensions resurfaced early this year after a Washington-funded study by the research and consulting firm Eyes on Earth accused China of causing serious droughts along the lower Mekong by holding back large quantities of water.Although the intergovernmental Mekong River Commission rejected the allegations amid concerns about alienating China, the most important trading partner for Southeast Asian countries, the spat quickly escalated into a war of words between Beijing and Washington and its regional allies.In an apparent bid to curb Beijing’s expanding influence in the region, Washington launched a new Mekong-US partnership in September, pledging investment of over US$150 million and greater support to ensure water and environmental security. Are Chinese dams on the Mekong the next US-China battleground?Zhang Mingliang, a Southeast Asian affairs specialist at Jinan University in Guangzhou, said Luo‘s remarks underlined Beijing’s growing wariness about the controversies being politicised.“It is not surprising that China and the US have intensified their competition in the region and turned a cross-border water management issue into a geopolitical battle. China is clearly aware of its vulnerabilities over the construction of those big dams, which has constantly put China at odds with its downstream neighbours, environmentalists and international media and fuelled anti-China sentiments,” he said.Zhang said the renewed tensions over Mekong also underlined the challenges China faced in managing its already strained relations with Vietnam, which is one of the countries worst hit by droughts and is also engaged in a prolonged territorial dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea.“While Beijing can boast of its ties with other Mekong countries, Vietnam is an exception and its strategic mistrust and hostility poses the biggest headaches for China among Southeast Asian countries,” Zhang said.While steps such as water data sharing were commendable, Zhang cautioned, “it is quite unrealistic to expect regional countries to edge closer to China considering the glaring trust deficit and misperceptions.”Xu Liping, a specialist in Southeast Asia at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, also said that it would be hard for Beijing to stop other countries from seeking external support.For instance, Vietnam may want to benefit from tensions over the Mekong to gain an advantage in the South China Sea dispute with the help of the US, Japan and other external powers.“The move to share water data is a step in the right direction, which hopefully will help ease concerns among the downstream countries. But it’s going to be a long and difficult journey to win support from our neighbours in the US-China rivalry,” he said.More from South China Morning Post: * ‘Let’s build a digital Silk Road’: Xi Jinping looks to cement China’s ties with Asean * China starts diplomatic drive to win over Southeast Asian countries * China’s dams did not cause our drought, Mekong nations say – but they ask for transparencyThis article China faces uphill struggle to win over Mekong neighbours first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
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Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a men's Champions League game on Wednesday as Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 750th career goal in a 3-0 win for Juventus over Dynamo Kiev.
When US 5G chip leader Qualcomm introduced its latest flagship offering for next-generation smartphones on Tuesday, one customer was conspicuous by its absence.Qualcomm, whose chips are used in smartphones from the likes of Apple and Samsung Electronics, as well as Chinese vendors led by Huawei Technologies, Oppo and Xiaomi, launched the new Snapdragon 888 chip during a virtual event hosted by the US firm on Tuesday.Senior executives at Chinese companies Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme said via videos played at the virtual event that they would soon launch smartphone products featuring the Snapdragon 888.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“I’m glad that our new flagship smartphone Mi 11 will be one of the first devices with the Snapdragon 888,” Lei Jun, founder and CEO of Xiaomi, said.Huawei, China’s No 1 smartphone vendor, was not among the Chinese Android smartphone vendors that showed support for Qualcomm’s new 5G chip. Under sanctions imposed by Washington, US chip suppliers are banned from selling products to Huawei without a licence. Huawei leads the world in wireless communication patents in 2020, report revealsHowever, Qualcomm has confirmed that it was granted a licence to sell a number of products to Huawei, including some 4G products. The chip supplier did not say if it has received a licence to sell 5G products to the Chinese company.At the virtual event, Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said the company expects to work with Honor – the former Huawei sub-brand which was sold to a consortium of over 30 Huawei channel sellers on November 17 – and that cooperation is dependent on “future development”, according to a report by Chinese news outlet Paper.cn.Qualcomm’s flagship 5G chip comes as more than 1 billion people globally, or 15 per cent of the world’s population, are projected to live in an area that will have 5G coverage by the end of the year, as adoption of the next-generation mobile system accelerates despite uncertainties amid the Covid-19 pandemic.Qualcomm said the new chip will not only power smartphones, but also other 5G-connected devices like personal computers and cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) products, providing users with a more immersive and interactive experience when using gadgets such as mixed reality glasses.The Snapdragon 888, which integrates Qualcomm’s third-generation 5G modem and Snapdragon X60 radio frequency system, supports major global millimetre wave and sub-6GHz frequency bands, and works with stand-alone (SA) and non-stand-alone (NSA) networking modes.The chip is also optimised for photography and videos taken by smartphones, enabling users to capture videos at 120 frames per second, with each frame containing up to 12 million pixels.Compared with previous-generation platforms, the new sixth-generation Qualcomm AI engine embedded in the 5G chipset delivers significant improvements in performance and energy efficiency, operating at 26 trillion operations per second, according to information provided by Qualcomm.More from South China Morning Post: * Qualcomm receives US government permission to sell 4G chips to Huawei in exception to trade ban * Xiaomi raises US$4 billion selling bonds and more shares, in Hong Kong’s biggest top-up fundraising to replenish its financial war chestThis article Qualcomm’s new flagship 5G chip embraced by major Chinese smartphone makers – except Huawei first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Terry Xu had decided not to subpoena Lee Hsien Yang as a witness because his allegations against PM Lee were unfounded, PM's lawyer said.
US President-elect Joe Biden should avoid any summit meetings with Chinese leader Xi Jinping until Beijing tones down its behaviour and Washington repairs its own alliances first, a group of China experts in the US warned on Tuesday.Speaking at the annual China conference, organised by the South China Morning Post and held virtually this year, long-time China watchers said that while the two countries might not fully cut ties with each other after Biden takes office next month, they seem almost certain to be headed toward a more serious competition.I believe the United States should not engage in summitry very early with China, in part because the Chinese view the United States as weak and in declineBonnie GlaserThe analysts cited China’s trade violations, its subsidies to corporate national champions, its refusal to consider criticism and its provocative actions around the world as impediments to the kind of environment that would accommodate high-level meetings.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“I believe the United States should not engage in summitry very early with China, in part because the Chinese view the United States as weak and in decline,” said Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.“We have to first fix our own country, reinvigorate our alliances and restore our reputation.”Biden, who will be taking office next month, has emphasised the importance of America’s military alliances during the transition period, but he is also expected to be more open to negotiation with Beijing even if anti-China sentiment in both US political parties prevents him from reversing the aggressive posture that US President Donald Trump has taken.Biden, who had been vice-president in the Obama administration, has named two of his closest foreign policy advisers from that time, Antony Blinken and Jake Sullivan, as his respective picks for secretary of state and national security adviser.Both are regarded in Washington as officials who may be open to negotiating with the Chinese government, though they have also made comments since leaving government suggesting that they now view China as more of a threat to US interests than they did before.Panellist Daniel Russel, who served as a top East Asia adviser to president Barack Obama, said that both Washington and Beijing seem to have hardened their positions in recent years.“Somebody like me, who was a pretty tough opponent at the negotiating table with the Chinese … suddenly went from being considered a hardliner to being on the sort of extreme conciliatory end of the spectrum in US policymaking, without moving a muscle,” Russel said.Even so, he said, the ultimate responsibility for US distrust toward China is Beijing’s.Russel said that Beijing needed to develop “the capacity to actually hear what other parties and countries are actually trying to communicate, trying to tell it”.“It’s not the echo chamber of the Chinese Communist Party system,” he added.Using a nickname for China’s combative foreign ministry officials, Russel said that “China’s ‘wolf warriors’ have done far more to win an adversary status for China than the most toxic denunciation by Mike Pompeo”, the US secretary of state.David Shambaugh, director of the China Policy Programme at George Washington University, stressed that “the only country that can make China a pariah on the world stage is China itself”.Saying that China was “overreaching and overstepping” around the world, he added: “It’s producing pushbacks, criticism, anxiety, discomfort and resistance.” he added.The experts said that despite the growing US-China tensions, it was still difficult to imagine the two countries would stop talking altogether.Glaser suggested the US offer “working-level talks” first, perhaps over trade.“We can identify where progress can be made,” she said.“They should begin with a serious trade negotiation where many of the issues that the US is concerned about, that it insisted for many years but weren’t addressed in the Trump administration – Chinese subsidies for state-owned enterprises, continuance of stealing of intellectual property – these issues have to be addressed.”Russel added that it was “unconscionable” that there would be no more functioning channels for dialogue at the end of the Trump administration. Ex-Australia PM Rudd sees US-China re-engagement but no return to ‘status quo ante’“I think it’s dangerous and it virtually guarantees that problems are going to multiply and get worse,” he said.Cheng Li, director of the John L. Thornton China Centre at the Brookings Institution in Washington, agreed that a Biden-Xi summit soon after the president-elect’s inauguration would be premature, although he cited reasons other than China’s actions and work to shore up America’s traditional alliances.Biden avoiding a meeting with Xi early in his tenure would provide a contrast with Trump’s own decision to meet the Chinese leader in Florida in April 2017, only a few months after he was sworn into office.Such an approach would carry little risk because “the political atmosphere in the US ... is still quite negative about China.”“We probably won’t see this kind of meeting as early,” Li said.More from South China Morning Post: * US-China relations: virtual conference features stellar speaker line-up * Xi Jinping sends congratulations to US president-elect Joe Biden * Ex-leader Tung Chee-hwa warns that Hong Kong has become a sticking point preventing better China-US relations * US-China relations: ex-Australia PM Rudd sees re-engagement but no return to ‘status quo ante’This article Joe Biden should repair US alliances before meeting with Xi Jinping, China analysts say first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly criticised Turkey at a NATO ministerial meeting, participants told AFP on Wednesday, raising the hopes of some allies pushing for sanctions against Ankara.
A woman accused of mixing her urine and menstrual blood into food meant for the consumption of others in a flat has denied the offence in court.
Three prominent Hong Kong activists were jailed on Wednesday after pleading guilty to inciting an "illegal assembly" outside the city's main police station during last year's huge pro-democracy protests.
More countries are weighing in on the public rift between China and Australia over a controversial tweet as tensions – which were already high because of trade bans by Beijing – continue to escalate.Cale Brown, deputy spokesman for the US State Department, said the tweet by Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian featuring a digital illustration of an Australian soldier appearing to murder a child in Afghanistan, was “another example of its unchecked use of disinformation and coercive diplomacy”.“This is a new low, even for the Chinese Communist Party,” Brown posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday morning. “Its hypocrisy is obvious to all. While it doctors images on @Twitter to attack other nations, the CCP prevents its own citizens from reading their posts.”Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Brown said the US stood with its Australian ally.“As the CCP spreads disinformation, it covers up its horrendous human rights abuses, including the detention of more than a million Muslims in Xinjiang,” Brown tweeted.The comments by Brown came as more countries stepped in to the latest diplomatic row between China and Australia, which had already been locked in a bitter feud over the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s trade restrictions on a number of Australian exports before Zhao’s tweet on Monday. There are no signs of the diplomatic conflict easing. As China and Australia exchange blows, what can stop the fight?The French foreign ministry also commented on Zhao’s tweet and the attached digital illustration, saying it was unworthy of diplomatic methods and an insult to all countries whose armed forces had been engaged in Afghanistan.But the Chinese embassy in France dismissed those criticisms with a statement saying the tweet, which has been pinned to the top of Zhao’s Twitter account, contained “objective comments made based on facts, and the image he cited is a satirical digital illustration by a Chinese folk artist based on the facts”.“Rather than condemning the war atrocities of torturing and killing civilians, the French side blamed those who denounced the atrocities of being ‘prejudiced’, ‘offensive’ and ‘insulting’,” the embassy said. “Such a statement is so offensive that one cannot help but question whether those who made such comments are on the side of the war criminals or of international justice and human conscience. US-China ties will stabilise but remain competitive: ex-Australia PM“How can it be that a country that firmly defends the ‘right to caricature’ cannot tolerate the ‘right to caricature’ [by] young Chinese artists? What about the promised freedom of speech?” the statement said. “In the final analysis, it is a double standard that only asks what is right and not what is wrong, which is even more unconscionable.”On Tuesday Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, said her government had directly raised concerns with China over the “unfactual” image attached to Zhao’s tweet.In a statement released in Chinese on his official account on social media platform WeChat, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison emphasised that his government would handle problems revealed in a recent domestic war crimes inquiry in a “transparent and honest way”.Morrison had described Zhao’s tweet containing the image as “falsified”, “repugnant” and “utterly outrageous”.On Tuesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying assigned blame to the Australian side, which she said was seeking to “deflect international attention from the criticisms and condemnations on the killings of Afghanistan’s civilians by some Australian soldiers”.More from South China Morning Post: * To deal with China, Australia should learn from Japan and ‘put away the megaphone’: former PM Kevin Rudd * Want to be a Chinese diplomat? Developers have a program that emulates China’s ‘Wolf Warrior’ rhetoric * How an all-out trade war with China would cost Australia 6 per cent of GDP * Australia and US to take on China and Russia in game-changing hypersonic missilesThis article US and France weigh in on bitter China-Australia tweet row over Afghanistan image but Beijing holds firm first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed nine new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of noon on Thursday (3 December), taking the country’s total to 58,239.
Former Mediacorp actor Huang Yi Liang, charged with hurting a Bangladeshi worker, claims his worker was waiting for an opportunity to leave his contract.
Spectators will be allowed into a Singapore Premier League match on Saturday (5 December), for the first time since 14 March.
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China’s military has been carrying out training in the mountains of Tibet as it tries to get soldiers used to the region’s extreme conditions amid a protracted border dispute with India.Its latest exercises have been highlighted by Chinese state media, with broadcaster CCTV on Tuesday airing footage of troops on a long-distance trek in the Nyenchen Tanglha mountain range.The report showed a small group of People’s Liberation Army soldiers carrying packs and gear as they traversed a forest, crossed a river and made a steep ascent during a 30km hike.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Tian Jianmin, deputy brigade officer, told the broadcaster that they wanted troops to be better equipped to do their jobs in tough conditions.“We’ve taken advantage of the [Tibetan] plateau’s unique environment for this long-distance training session,” Tian said. “The aim is to improve the combat capabilities of reconnaissance units, train soldiers in these harsh conditions and put their combat skills to the test.”It followed another report on state television on Saturday showing an artillery brigade conducting a year-end live-fire exercise in an unfamiliar part of Tibet.Team leader Lai Bo told CCTV they had “access to every kind of howitzer” available and the drill put the unit’s combat capabilities to the test in the freezing conditions on the plateau. The China-India border dispute: its origins and impactIn addition to the high-altitude training, checkpoints along the Chinese border have also been equipped with new hi-tech surveillance gear, CCTV’s military channel reported in November.The equipment includes observation cameras mounted high up to keep watch on mountain passes and drones to help monitor the region, according to the report.Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong-based military commentator and former instructor with the PLA’s Second Artillery Corps, said the Chinese troops were preparing for all contingencies along the Tibet border.“These moves involve both physical fitness and the equipment needed in extreme cold weather – they’re preparing for possible military conflict on the plateau in the future,” Song said.China and India have been locked in a tense border stand-off in the Himalayas since early May. The dispute escalated in June when 20 Indian soldiers and an unspecified number of Chinese troops were killed in a violent brawl in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh – their most serious military clash in more than half a century.More from South China Morning Post: * China troops settle in for Himalayan winter with hotpot deliveries and oxygen on tap * China-India border dispute: are both sides breaking the deadlock in the Himalayas? * India plans Brahmaputra dam, after China unveils Tibet hydropower projectThis article China’s military trains in Tibetan plateau amid border dispute with India first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Leading Hong Kong dissident Joshua Wong was jailed alongside two other young activists on Wednesday for taking part in last year's huge democracy protests as the crackdown on Beijing's critics gathers pace.
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