We got our hands on some early review units of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X & Ryzen 7 5800X. We tested the Ryzen processors against their Intel counterparts, the 10600K & the 10700K to see how they perform in games & Esports titles.
We got our hands on some early review units of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X & Ryzen 7 5800X. We tested the Ryzen processors against their Intel counterparts, the 10600K & the 10700K to see how they perform in games & Esports titles.
President Emmanuel Macron faces a major challenge to retain France's influence over resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, needing to take account of the large Armenian minority in his country and accused by Azerbaijan of bias.
A Canadian police officer whose notes suggest that information about Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou’s electronic devices was sent to US law enforcement agents testified on Wednesday that she later concluded the transfer never occurred.Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Janice Vander Graaf said that she was initially concerned when first told about the supposed handover by her subordinate Constable Gurvinder Dhaliwal after Meng’s arrest on a US warrant at Vancouver’s airport almost two years ago – but that after reviewing an email from another officer she believed the “inconsistency” had been resolved.“After reading the email, I realised that it didn’t say exactly what Constable Dhaliwal had told me,” Vander Graaf testified in Meng’s extradition case in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Canadian government lawyers representing US interests have repeatedly denied that the information – including the electronic serial numbers of Meng’s devices – was ever sent to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.Meng’s two phones, iPad, laptop and a memory stick were seized by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers in the hours before Meng was arrested by the RCMP at Vancouver’s airport on December 1, 2018, outraging China and sending Beijing’s relations with Ottawa plummeting. The devices were then given to the RCMP.Meng’s lawyers contend that the handling of the devices’ information is important because, they say, she is the victim of covert evidence-gathering by the border security agency and RCMP that was orchestrated by the FBI to aid a US fraud prosecution.Meng’s treatment was an abuse of process, they say, because she was questioned and handed over her devices without first being informed she was about to be arrested. As a result, they argue, the extradition request by the US should be tossed out.Vander Graaf’s notes from December 12, 2018, indicate Dhaliwal told her that Staff Sergeant Ben Chang of the RCMP’s financial integrity unit had sent the serial numbers to an FBI official.This concerned Vander Graaf, since evidence handovers are governed by a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) with the US. She testified that she wrote up the conversation with Dhaliwal because she believed she might need to recall the evidence. Canada feared for safety of Meng witness in Macau who refuses to testifyBut Dhaliwal later forwarded Vander Graaf an email from Chang dated December 4. The email “clarified to me what Constable Dhaliwal was saying”, Vander Graaf said.“It didn’t say that Ben Chang had provided security numbers” to the FBI, she explained. “It said Staff Sergeant Chang would work under the MLAT process and obtain proper authorisation [in] a sending order.”The email “was inconsistent a bit with what Constable Dhaliwal had said about sharing directly of serial numbers”. But it resolved Vander Graaf’s concerns and she concluded that Dhaliwal had been mistaken in their December 12 conversation.Chang, who has retired from the RCMP and now works for a casino in the Chinese territory of Macau, said in an affidavit that he did not send the information. But he is refusing to testify in the extradition case; Canada’s Department of Justice said in a filing that it feared for Chang’s safety.Meng’s lawyers have also questioned other aspects of her treatment at the airport, including CBSA officer Scott Kirkland’s obtaining the passcodes to her devices.Vander Graaf said that neither she nor, to her knowledge, any RCMP colleagues asked the CBSA to obtain the passcodes. But Kirkland would later give the passcodes to the RCMP in what he last month testified was a “heart-wrenching” blunder that breached Canada’s privacy laws.Vander Graaf testified that once she found out Dhaliwal had received the passcodes, they couldn’t simply be returned to the CBSA. They had to be logged because they couldn’t be “unseized”, she told government lawyer John Gibb-Carsley.In cross-examination, Meng’s lawyer Scott Fenton pressed Vander Graaf on why a suggestion from a senior officer, Superintendent Peter Lea, that Meng be arrested on the plane was not followed. Under that sequence of events, Meng would likely have been cautioned before any immigration procedures, if they took place, instead of afterwards. Canadian officer says he took Meng’s device passwords without thinking“Arrests are always unpredictable,” said Vander Graaf, as she said safety risks influenced the decision not to arrest Meng on the plane.“You had no reasonable concerns [that] Ms Meng was carrying a weapon,” said Fenton, as he went on to reject Vander Graaf’s professed safety concerns.“I’m suggesting you’re making this up, into a much bigger thing than it was in your mind at the time,” he said.Vander Graaf denied this.Fenton suggested Vander Graaf was more concerned that Meng should not be alerted about the arrest warrant until after her immigration procedures, because this might have resulted in her seeking legal counsel. He also suggested Meng had been “deceived” to think she was undergoing a “bona fide immigration exam”.Vander Graaf again denied the suggestions.The claim that safety weighed on the decision not to arrest Meng on the plane has previously been made by Constables Dhaliwal and Winston Yep, who ultimately arrested Meng about three hours later.The US seeks to put Meng on trial in New York on charges that she defrauded HSBC by lying about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran and thus putting the bank at risk of breaching US sanctions.Meng, who denies the charges, is living under partial house arrest in one of the two houses she owns in Vancouver while she fights the extradition bid.Soon after her detention, Beijing arrested Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and accused them of spying. Ottawa considers the arrests retaliatory and both men to be victims of hostage-taking.More from South China Morning Post: * Canadian police officer denies trying to keep arrest warrant secret from Meng Wanzhou * Meng Wanzhou: Canada border agent ‘falsified account of questioning’, defence lawyer claims in court * Canada feared for safety of Macau-based witness who refuses to testify in Meng Wanzhou extradition case * Retired Canadian police officer refuses to testify at Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearingThis article Canadian Mountie ‘concluded FBI never got Meng Wanzhou’s phone information’, but her notes say otherwise first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
China on Friday said it would impose anti-dumping tariffs on Australian wine, the latest salvo in an increasingly terse standoff between the two that has worsened since Canberra called for an inquiry into the origins of Covid-19.
Hong Kong prison staff were wrong to cut off the locks of veteran dissident "Long Hair", the city's top court said Friday, in the second significant ruling against authorities this month.
The Ministry of Health confirmed five new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Thursday (26 November), taking the country’s total case count to 58,195.
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President Xi Jinping has called on China’s top military brass to push forward the PLA’s modernisation by making “comprehensive and overall improvements” to training amid growing security challenges at home and abroad.Analysts said it was the latest indication that China’s military focus was shifting to training and command, integrating advanced weapons and equipment, as it seeks to turn the People’s Liberation Army into a modern fighting force.“There have been changes happening in China in national security, military struggles, missions, modern warfare patterns, as well as in the goals of defence and military modernisation,” Xi, also chairman of the Central Military Commission, told senior commanders at a conference in Beijing on Wednesday.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“Military training has entered a new stage of all-around change, and it needs comprehensive and overall improvements. Strategic planning and design from the top level needs to be enhanced to push forward and transform military training,” he said.Xi’s speech came after the CMC issued new training guidelines that took effect on November 7. State news agency Xinhua said they were aimed at improving integration and joint operations across the PLA, and also highlighted the use of cutting-edge weapon systems.Defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang told a regular press briefing on Thursday the guidelines were aimed at “responding to major changes … including global hegemony, power politics and unilateralism” and developments in modern warfare.Details were not released, but according to a military insider more than 70 per cent of the new guidelines were based on those used by the United States military for its joint operations.China’s ruling Communist Party wants the PLA to be a modernised force by 2027, and a world-class military by 2050.Beijing-based military expert Zhou Chenming said Xi’s remarks aimed to push PLA commanders to strengthen combat training and get troops used to hi-tech weapons and equipment including advanced tanks, aircraft and warships.“China is facing a number of challenges both at home and overseas – for example, the situation in the Taiwan Strait, the South China Sea, the border with India,” Zhou said. “These situations have been changing in recent years, and China’s top commanders need to come up with forward-looking, strategic training plans so the troops are combat-ready.”He also said that more than 30 per cent of frontline personnel were university educated and had better hi-tech knowledge than many of the senior PLA commanders.“This has pushed the top leadership to upgrade their own modern warfare strategies,” he said.Increasing US military activity near Taiwan had also put pressure on the PLA to improve training, according to Zhou. US bombers enter Chinese air defence zone as Beijing’s navy mounts massive exercisesThat view was echoed by Hong Kong-based military expert Liang Guoliang, who said escalating China-US tensions over the South China Sea, which had seen the US stepping up surveillance operations, posed a threat to the PLA.“As well as the US challenge, the recent border skirmishes between Azerbaijan and Armenia where drones have been deployed will be a lesson for the PLA on what modern warfare looks like,” Liang said.“It’s well-known that the PLA has a lot of new weapons, including the new-generation J-20 stealth fighter jets and drones, but it’s still not clear whether these ‘new toys’ have already been integrated with the military’s routine training.”More from South China Morning Post: * China’s H-20 stealth bomber will give PLA ‘truly intercontinental’ strike capacity, says report * US actions could raise risk of war over Taiwan, warns Chinese leading military researcher * Chinese military testing home-made engines for Y-20 transport planes that will allow them to carry most advanced 99A tanks to battlefieldThis article China’s military: Xi Jinping tells top brass to ‘transform’ training amid security challenges first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Hong Kong has once again slid down a ranking of the world’s best places for expats to live, falling into the bottom 10 overall and coming second to last among the Asian cities included after being rated worst in the world for both political stability and cost of living.The annual report by the networking site InterNations ranked Hong Kong 57th out of 66 cities around the world, with the findings based on a survey of 15,000 expats.The city was trounced by regional rival Singapore, which placed fifth, also coming behind Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh, Shanghai, Bangkok, Beijing and Tokyo. Seoul was the only Asian city on the list to score lower.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Globally, Valencia in Spain was ranked the top destination for expats.Last year, Hong Kong was ranked 52nd, behind Singapore, Shanghai and Taipei, but that report had included 82 cities in total. Six years ago, Hong Kong was ranked 10th. Why are Hong Kong’s expats still down in the dumps about living in the city?“While Hong Kong has an average performance in the Quality of Urban Living Index (45th) in general, safety and security seem to be a real concern: The city is rated worst in the world for political stability, with 69 per cent of expats being worried about this factor compared to 17 per cent globally,” the report said.In contrast, 90 per cent of expats living in Singapore rated the political stability of the city state positively.InterNations had already noted last year that views on safety and security were to change among expats living in Hong Kong following the anti-government protests in 2019.Since then, a controversial national security law imposed by Beijing in June has prompted further questions among foreign residents as to the future of the city.John Hu, the founder and principal consultant of John Hu Migration Consulting, said he had already received inquiries from British, Indian and Irish citizens living in Hong Kong about leaving the city for English-speaking countries such as Canada and Australia.He added that some expats from places other than mainland China had also been forced to leave due to cost-cutting measures by their companies brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.“Hong Kong has lost its competitiveness in the region as compared with its neighbouring cities which [have] higher GDP growth and innovative high technology industry which attract more talents and foreign direct investments,” Wu said in an email.He said Hong Kong’s “brain drain’’ of foreign talent would continue unless the government undertook proactive and focused initiatives to retain it.Meanwhile, other complaints about Hong Kong remained much the same as in past years, with the astronomical costs of living and housing being the main sore point among foreigners living in the city, according to the report.InterNations bases its report on five factors – quality of urban living, getting settled, urban work life, finance and housing, and local cost of living. It conducted the surveys for this year’s report in March, it noted, so it remained to be seen how the coronavirus pandemic might change expats’ preferences.In addition to perennial high achiever Singapore, other up-and-coming Southeast Asian cities also performed well, with Kuala Lumpur coming in eighth and Ho Chi Minh ranking 19th. Hong Kong falls two places to become sixth-most expensive city for expatsKuala Lumpur was ranked among the easiest places to settle into, with seven in 10 people who moved there saying housing was affordable, according to the report. More than 70 per cent said the general cost of living was affordable, compared to a global average of 46 per cent.While respondents said Bangkok, ranked 30th overall, had the worst urban environment of all the cities ranked, its expats were still among the happiest with the cost of living there.People living in Shanghai and Beijing were generally the happiest with their finances, while Tokyo was considered the safest city for expats.Seoul, however, fared even worse than Hong Kong, with expats finding it hard to make friends and fit in with the local culture, although it performed well on the urban living index with its public transport and health care systems.More from South China Morning Post: * Amid coronavirus pandemic Hong Kong remains most expensive city in the world, Paris and Zurich join first place according to Worldwide Cost of Living’s annual report * Hong Kong falls two places to become sixth-most expensive city for expatsThis article Hong Kong second-worst city in Asia for expats to live due to soaring costs and declining stability, survey finds first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Wedding dinners in Singapore can sometimes be a mercenary affair. Even if you never spend more than $5 on meals and always make a beeline for the cai png stall, you’re expected to shell out a 3-figure sum in your wedding ang bao whenever someone you know gets married.
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The Land Transport Authority has awarded a $932 million civil contract for the Johor Bahru–Singapore Rapid Transit System Link to Penta-Ocean Construction.
China offered to cooperate with the United States’ incoming Biden administration regarding Afghanistan on Wednesday, extending an olive branch to the president-elect that came just ahead of formal congratulations by Chinese President Xi Jinping.“We are willing to work together with the new US administration, on the basis of non-confrontation, mutual respect, and the spirit of win-win cooperation to build a Sino-US relationship that is balanced, cooperative and stable,” the Chinese embassy in Afghanistan said in a statement.China sought “to jointly promote the peaceful and stable development of Afghanistan and contribute to the Afghanistan people’s aspiration of a beautiful life”, the statement added.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.It was issued by the embassy in response to a recorded message by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference, which was held online on Tuesday, in which Pompeo blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic. The embassy assailed Pompeo for spreading “malicious lies”.The statement came just ahead of Xi’s congratulatory message to President-elect Joe Biden, also on Wednesday, in which Xi said he hoped that China and the US might “join hands with other countries and the international community to promote the noble cause of world peace and development”.China’s foreign ministry had congratulated Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris on November 13, 10 days after Election Day, but stopped short of calling Biden the president-elect. Xi’s statement on Wednesday came after the US General Services Administration on Tuesday notified the Biden campaign it could begin the formal transition process to take power on January 20.Also speaking positively of China-US relationship in recent days, China’s former vice-foreign minister Fu Ying wrote in an opinion piece in The New York Times that Beijing and Washington could be friends and not foes.“Both governments have heavy domestic agendas to attend to, and so even if competition between China and the United States is unavoidable, it needs to be managed well, cooperatively. It is possible for the two countries to develop a relationship of “coopetition” (cooperation + competition) by addressing each other’s concerns,” Fu wrote. Xi Jinping sends congratulations to US president-elect Joe BidenThe Afghanistan conference, hosted by Finland and the United Nations, was attended virtually by nearly 100 countries and international groups.Donors pledged a total of US$12 billion of aid to the war-torn country in the next four year, less than the US$15 billion at the last such conference in 2016, and is contingent on the Afghan government’s handling of political reform, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, gender equality and other conditions.David Hale, the US undersecretary of State for political affairs also spoke at the conference, saying that Washington had originally planned for US$600 million in aid in 2021, but cut it by half “with the remaining US$300 million available as we review progress in the peace process”.Wang Yu, China’s ambassador to Kabul, told the conference that China called on the international community to “help the Afghans to become self-sufficient and prosper”.Beijing has provided at least 3.5 billion yuan (US$480 million) in aid to Afghanistan since 2001, with additional emergency humanitarian donations for disaster relief each year, according to Wang. The real reason China wants peace in AfghanistanThe conference followed an US announcement on November 17 that it would reduce its troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq by mid-January. The drawdowns, which would leave about 2,500 troops in each country, prompted calls both at home and among its allies that the withdrawal might bring instability to the regions.China was also angered early this month when the US State Department dropped the East Turkestan Islamic Movement - a loosely organised group blamed by Beijing for perpetuating violence attacks in the northwest Xinjiang region - from its list of “terrorist organisations”.A State Department official said that for years, there had not been any evidence the group was still active.More from South China Morning Post: * Xi Jinping sends congratulations to US president-elect Joe Biden * Republicans livid over Donald Trump’s plan to reduce troops in Afghanistan * China’s next border friction may be with Afghanistan, the ‘graveyard of empires’This article China offers cooperation with ‘new US administration’ after Afghanistan conference first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
An opposition district councillor in Hong Kong has been arrested for allegedly wasting police time after claiming in an online post that he had earlier been detained and denied the chance to meet his lawyer.Cary Lo Chun-yu, 38, of the Democratic Party, was held on Wednesday after investigators found that he had never been held or taken to any police station, contrary to his claims.Lo, who was elected to Tuen Mun District Council in November last year, had said on his Facebook page on Saturday night that he had been detained by police earlier in the day when he went to the vicinity of a park on Fung Yau Street North in Yuen Long after learning that officers had surrounded two male protesters there.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.The councillor, a former bank compliance officer who studied law at the University of Hong Kong, also said he had been surrounded and subdued, with his hands held tightly behind his back while he was taken to a cordoned area.He also alleged that officers had intimidated him with vulgar language, before he was taken to Yuen Long Police Station where his requests to contact a lawyer were refused.Lo said he and two protesters were later released unconditionally.But Lo apologised to the public on Wednesday for causing doubts and misunderstanding. He said part of the Facebook message did not reflect the actual situation and was the result of a “serious discrepancy” during a telephone conversation with his assistant. He said he had withdrawn the post on Monday.“I will reflect on myself profoundly and be more careful in handling information delivered online in the future. ” Two Hong Kong district councillors among trio arrested over election expensesThe police force responded to his comments on Tuesday, saying there had been no such incident as claimed and that it was “utterly shocked” by the fabrication and smearing by a district councillor.Officers escorted Lo to his office in Tuen Mun’s Melody Garden estate for a search on Wednesday night, before the handcuffed councillor was taken to Yuen Long Police Station. He was released on bail in the early hours of Thursday and told to report back to police next month.Chief Inspector Law Like-him from the New Territories North region said the force had deployed a certain degree of manpower to investigate Lo’s allegations and that he had been detained on the grounds of “wasteful employment of police officers.”Lo is not the first district councillor to have been arrested recently. They swept Hong Kong’s district council polls last year. How have they fared?On Sunday, Henry Wong Pak-yu, who sits on Yuen Long District Council, and Kowloon City’s Timothy Lee Hin-long were among three men arrested by commercial crime police over suspicious election expenses claims. One of the suspects was also held for an imitation-firearms offence.On November 17, Sha Tin district councillor Raymond Li Chi-wang was arrested over a rally against the national security law in Causeway Bay months ago. He had previously been arrested soon after the event but refused bail and was later released by police.Pan-democrat candidates enjoyed a sweeping victory over pro-establishments incumbents in the district council elections last year, with Lo unseating controversial figure Junius Ho Kwan-yiu in the Lok Tsui constituency of Tuen Mun.More from South China Morning Post: * Two Hong Kong district councillors among trio arrested by commercial crime police over election expenses * After Legco disqualifications, Hong Kong’s opposition district councillors fear they’ll be next in government’s crosshairsThis article Hong Kong district councillor arrested over claims he had earlier been detained and denied access to lawyer first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Dressed in impeccable camouflage fatigues with Kalashnikovs slung over their shoulders, Russian peacekeepers stand guard along the last road linking Armenia with the restive region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Meng Wanzhou's defence lawyers leveled new allegations Thursday of a "cover up" by the most senior Canadian law enforcement official to testify so far in the Huawei executive's extradition hearing.
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Malaysia has proposed some changes to the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High-Speed Rail project, a Ministry of Transport spokesperson said on 26 November.
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