Demonstrators celebrate as Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez's brother was sentenced to life in prison by a New York judge for large-scale drug trafficking after a trial that implicated the leader of the Central American country.
Demonstrators celebrate as Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez's brother was sentenced to life in prison by a New York judge for large-scale drug trafficking after a trial that implicated the leader of the Central American country.
A 90-year-old Hong Kong woman has been conned out of US$32million by fraudsters posing as Chinese officials, police said, in the city's biggest recorded phone scam.
China's President Xi Jinping will attend US President Joe Biden's virtual climate summit this week, Beijing said Wednesday, as the world's top polluting nations seek rare common ground despite wider political tensions.
The South African COVID-19 variant has been detected in Singapore based on unofficial sources but the information has yet to be verified by authorities here, according to the WHO.
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A couple have been sentenced to life in prison for murdering their five-year-old daughter three years ago in what a Hong Kong judge described as one of the worst cases of child abuse and a crime marked by “extreme cruelty”. The husband and wife were also on Tuesday given concurrent jail terms for two counts of child cruelty, to which they had admitted, for the ill-treatment and neglect of the girl and her then eight-year-old brother. The children were both found with about 130 injuries after the girl died of septicaemia on January 6, 2018. The 29-year-old father, a transport worker, and the 30-year-old stepmother, a housewife, each received 9½ years for child cruelty, just shy of the maximum 10 years.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. The woman’s 56-year-old mother, an accounting clerk, was jailed for five years on two counts of the same cruelty charge, for neglecting the children while the five-month-long abuse was happening in her flat. The case is believed to be the first instance of fatal child abuse that resulted in a murder conviction with a life sentence in the city. Sentencing at the High Court, Mr Justice Albert Wong Sung-hau said the case was one of “extreme cruelty” involving both physical and psychological abuse inflicted upon the children for a prolonged period, with deliberate efforts made to conceal the “extensive and some very serious injuries” that he described as dreadful. Wong said the step-grandmother was also guilty of serious neglect, noting she had failed to take the children to the doctor and had acted selfishly in a way that amounted to “acquiescence or connivance to the conducts of the other two defendants” when she might have been the siblings’ “only hope”. “What [the parents] did on [the girl] ranks as one of the worst cases of its kind,” the judge said. “If [the grandparent] had not neglected the girl, her death could have been avoided.” Child abuse in Hong Kong escalating because of pandemic: expert Wong also quoted from the Bible as he addressed the stepmother, who had identified as Christian. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness,” he read from the Book of John. But the stepmother did not react. In the public gallery, a man shouted “savages”, while another cried out: “You should be ashamed of yourselves.” Dozens of people arrived at the court building hours ahead of the afternoon hearing to queue for seats. The judiciary had earlier arranged for a bigger courtroom and after it filled up, the rest of the crowd was sent into a lobby where the proceedings were shown via live telecast. Outside court, police displayed two pink slippers, a pair of scissors and a 47cm-long rattan stick that were used in assaulting the children. A single report can protect children from further harm Chief Inspector Ko Mei-yee, case investigator The senior police officer whose unit handled the investigation welcomed the sentences, which she believed would act as a deterrent. Chief Inspector Ko Mei-yee said corporal punishment was not an acceptable way to teach or punish children and parents should seek professional help if they found themselves in need. She also urged people to step forward if they knew of child abuse. “A single report can protect children from further harm,” Ko said. The trio were convicted by a High Court jury last week following a month-long trial filled with heartbreaking testimonies revealing how the siblings were punished, assaulted and deprived of basic life necessities such as food and access to professional medical treatment, even as their wounds festered and affected daily functions such as sitting and walking. Derek Lai Kim-wah, senior assistant director of public prosecutions, said the chronic abuse was a significant cause of the girl’s death because it weakened her immune system’s ability to fight the salmonella infection that eventually killed her. That was reflected by the experts’ finding of the change in the girl’s thymus – a vital organ responsible for the production of white blood cells that fight salmonella – which had been reduced to its smallest size, despite it generally being at its largest in children her age, in response to toxic stress. The court also heard how their schools had noticed some of the signs of abuse. Their handling of the case has renewed debate on how children could be better protected and prompted the government to revise measures and guidelines, as well as to provide more social workers for schools. The judge issued a gag order barring the identification of the family members and schools involved, to protect the siblings and their then seven-year-old stepsister, who was not abused. In mitigation, lawyers for the couple had argued the abuse was “not the worst of its kind” given that it had happened in the course of disciplining the children. They said the parents did not know how to seek outside support, while noting that there had also been “moments of joy” in the family. Hong Kong child murder case began with romance, ended in nightmare But the judge countered on Tuesday: “Such episodes were just a few glimpses of consolation in the miserable period of life of the two children.” Charity Save the Children Hong Kong said it was deeply concerned about the “horrific” case and noted the sentencing served as a reminder that child abuse would not be tolerated. “We must do whatever we can as a community to ensure children’s safety and prevent future cases from occurring,” chief executive officer Carol Szeto said. She urged all parties to offer long-term, holistic care and support to the boy to help him recover from the traumatic experience. The group also called on the government to establish a mandatory reporting system for professionals who interact with children, outlaw corporal punishment and provide educational programmes on positive parenting.More from South China Morning Post:Did Hong Kong’s schools and system fail girl, 5, murdered by parents in horrific child abuse case?Girl’s murder exposes the failings of system in Hong KongFive months of ‘hell’: Hong Kong child murder case began with a romance, ended in a nightmareThis article Hong Kong couple sentenced to life in prison for murdering daughter, 5, in horrific child abuse case first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said challenging China in the South China Sea will only lead to violence, and that he will only do so if Beijing drills for oil in the disputed waters.
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Singapore prosecutors on Tuesday filed five additional charges against businessman Ng Yu Zhi in relation to a scheme that allegedly raised at least S$1 billion ($746 million) from investors to fund bogus nickel trades. The alleged fraud, which would be one of the city-state's biggest, follows a string of scandals involving Singapore trading firms that have shaken investor and banker confidence in the sector over the last year when some commodities, including nickel, have rallied strongly. The new charges of cheating against Ng were read out in Singapore's State Court.
China is not likely to shy away from retaliating against Japan over the Taiwan issue but it is expected to take security rather than economic measures, according to analysts. Tensions have escalated after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga discussed China-related issues with US President Joe Biden on Friday during talks at the White House. The two leaders called for “peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”, the first reference to Taiwan – which Beijing claims as its territory – in a joint statement in over 50 years. They also said they would counter China’s “intimidation” in the Asia-Pacific region. After accusing Japan and the US of sowing division over the weekend, Beijing on Monday said the two countries were inciting “group confrontation”.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. “The US and Japan advertise freedom and openness on the surface, but in fact they gang up to form small groups and incite group confrontation, which is the real threat to regional peace and stability,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said. “China demands that the US and Japan stop interfering in China’s internal affairs,” he said, adding that it would “take all necessary measures to defend its sovereignty, security and development interests”. Li Jiacheng, a research fellow with the Charhar Institute, a foreign policy think tank in Hebei, said any Chinese measures targeting Japan were likely to be in the area of security. “For instance, China could send military aircraft into Japan’s air defence identification zone, or send public service vessels to the Diaoyu Islands … in a bid to exert deterrent pressure on Japan,” Li said. “China may also strengthen its military deployment around Taiwan.” Relations between Beijing and Tokyo were already strained over the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, which Japan controls and calls the Senkakus. Li also said Tokyo could have taken the position on Taiwan to get a security commitment from the US on the Diaoyus. “China is unlikely to take major economic action against Japan at present as China is pushing for the RCEP to come into force – a regional trade agreement that excludes the US,” Li said. “Japan is a RCEP signatory, plus China still wants to join the CPTTP trade agreement led by Japan.” The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership was signed in November but still needs to be ratified by at least six Association of Southeast Asian Nations and three non-Asean members to take effect. China is Japan’s largest trading partner, accounting for 22 per cent of Japanese exports and 26 per cent of its imports last year, compared to the United States at 18 per cent of exports and 11 per cent of imports, respectively. Trade data from Japan’s finance ministry shows its overall exports jumped 16.1 per cent in March, thanks to a surge in exports to China worth 1.63 trillion yen (US$15 billion), the highest level since trade records began in 1979. Professor Chen Youjun, head of the regional economics department at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, said it was not unusual for Japan and the US to make a joint statement. “The key is whether there will be any substantial follow-up action,” Chen said. Song Luzheng, an international relations researcher at Fudan University in Shanghai, said Japan would only be following the US “on the surface”. “I doubt whether it inwardly wants to confront China with the US, given that China will always be in Asia, but the US presence may not. Japan has neither the guts nor the strength to confront China,” Song said. “But if Japan makes substantive moves, China will definitely take countermeasures and fight back hard.” Li said the strengthening US-Japan alliance signalled the urgency for China to unite with neighbouring countries such as Russia, South Korea and North Korea to put pressure on Japan, while Song held that China still needed to maintain good relations with Japan. Additional reporting by Catherine Wong and Sarah ZhengMore from South China Morning Post:China trade: imports help Japan’s exports post largest monthly gain since late 2017China accuses US and Japan of sowing division after Biden and Suga vow to counter ‘intimidation’Biden, Suga call for ‘peace and stability across Taiwan Strait’This article China may hit back against Japan over Taiwan issue but economic action unlikely, analysts say first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Moscow's military build-up on the border with Ukraine is even bigger than in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday, describing the deployment as "very seriously concerning."
Chinese researchers are conducting a trial to see if mixing Covid-19 vaccines that use different technologies is safe and whether it could boost immunity. A trial began earlier this month to give a first dose of the adenovirus-vectored vaccine made by CanSino Biologics, followed by a protein subunit vaccine produced by Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical, according to a clinical trials registration site run by a department under the US National Institutes of Health. The Jiangsu Centre for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting the trial, with 120 people taking part in the eastern province, and they expect preliminary results in mid-June.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Similar trials are being carried out in Britain and Russia, and one is planned for Italy, to test whether it is possible to mix vaccines as a way to provide lasting immunity and more flexibility. For now, Chinese health authorities do not recommend mixing vaccines that use different technologies, or sequential immunisation, but the guidelines state that people can be given different brands that use the same technology. Gao Fu, head of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, sparked controversy when he told a conference earlier this month that authorities were considering allowing mixing to see if it improved the efficacy rates of vaccines. Gao, also a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was involved in developing the protein subunit vaccine with Anhui Zhifei Longcom. He later backtracked, telling state tabloid Global Times that he was speaking generally about a strategy to boost immunity and his remarks should not be taken as a suggestion that Chinese vaccines had low efficacy rates. China has cheaper vaccine technologies joining the race to beat the pandemic The reported efficacy rates of Chinese inactivated vaccines are lower than for some Western jabs. A Sinopharm unit reported a 79 per cent efficacy rate for one vaccine, while another it developed was 72 per cent. A study in Chile showed a third vaccine made by Sinovac was 67 per cent effective in preventing symptomatic Covid-19 and reduced fatalities from the disease by 80 per cent. That compares to the 94 per cent efficacy reported for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, both of which use mRNA technology. Wallace Lau Chak-sing, chair of rheumatology and clinical immunology at the University of Hong Kong, said it was important to carry out trials to determine whether and how vaccines could be mixed, and he cautioned against direct comparisons of efficacy rates. “Various vaccine trials have been conducted in countries with a different Covid-19 status, at different times and on different study groups,” Lau said. “Different trials use different outcome measures for vaccine efficacy, so the safety and efficacy of various vaccines should not be casually linked.” Virologist Jin Dong-yan, from the same university’s medical school, supported research to see if mixing vaccines could improve efficacy and potentially “help to build up stronger herd immunity”. In addition to combining two vaccines, further research could include using a higher dosage of the inactivated vaccines, or giving a third dose, Jin said. China’s first mRNA vaccine ready for final stage trials overseas The Anhui Zhifei Longcom vaccine is a subunit protein vaccine, meaning it uses purified pieces of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 to trigger an immune response and booster shots are required. The authorities have said three jabs are needed for the Anhui Zhifei Longcom vaccine within six months of the first dose. It is still in phase 3 trials in Pakistan, Indonesia, Ecuador and Uzbekistan but has been authorised for emergency use in China and Uzbekistan. Anhui Zhifei Longcom has yet to report an efficacy rate or any phase 3 trial data. CanSino’s single-shot vaccine uses an adenoviral vector to deliver a virus antigen and trigger an immune response. It had an efficacy rate of 65.7 per cent for preventing symptomatic cases in its interim phase 3 results. It has been approved for emergency use in Pakistan, Chile and Hungary and for conditional launch in China. The CanSino-Anhui Zhifei Longcom trial will test the safety and immunity of healthy participants who are over 18 and have already had a CanSino shot. They will receive the Anhui Zhifei Longcom vaccine 28 or 56 days after the CanSino dose, while a placebo group will be given an influenza vaccine. Of the other trials under way, Russian researchers are mixing two vaccines using adenoviral vectors – Sputnik V, made by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, and the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford vaccine. In February, the University of Oxford began testing a combination of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech shot and the trial was recently expanded, with people given the first dose to randomly receive a shot of the same vaccine, the one made by Moderna, a mRNA vaccine, or by Novavax, a subunit protein vaccine which is awaiting approval. Meanwhile, Italian researchers are waiting for regulatory approval to begin a trial to give people who have had the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine a different second shot – either the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Sputnik V vaccines. Additional reporting by Simone McCarthyMore from South China Morning Post:China seeks to become major global vaccine player in wake of Covid-19 pandemicChile says China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine 67 per cent effective against symptomatic infectionCoronavirus vaccines: China’s CanSino distances itself from blood clot fearsThis article Chinese trial mixes Covid-19 vaccines using different technologies first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has published a personal reminiscence about his late mother, saying she taught him to live an honest, thrifty life. Whereas personal memoirs are commonplace among Western politicians, it is unusual for a retired Chinese leader to publish such a personal account because the state maintains rigid controls over all narratives relating to state affairs. In an article originally published in a newspaper in Macau, Wen presented both his mother and himself as people tested by hardship and uncorrupted by power.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Wen, 78, wrote that his mother, Yang Zhiyun, who passed away in her late 90s at the end of last year, had suffered tumultuous days of war and political purges but maintained high moral standards throughout. He said that even after he was promoted to a central government post in 1985, his mother “never asked for anything from the [Communist Party] organisation” and never used his name to seek favours for the family. Wen, whose parents were both primary schoolteachers in the northern city of Tianjin, wrote: “My mother and father dedicated their lives to the revered course of education and always lived on meagre salaries. They left no property or savings behind.” Wen, who was the head of the government between 2003 and 2013, wrote that his mother had been extremely strict and instilled a strong sense of integrity. “One day I found a one cent coin and put it in my pocket, and it was found by mother,” Wen recalled. “She started to beat me and asked where I got the cent, and she beat me so hard that the broom broke. From that moment on, I knew that I can’t take what isn’t mine, not even a cent. Her teaching during my childhood has benefited me throughout my whole life.” The article was originally published in four parts over the past month in the Macau Herald, a weekly Chinese newspaper in the Chinese special administrative region and former Portuguese colony. The full article was republished by a number of accounts on the social media platform WeChat in mainland China on Saturday night. Users have been banned from sharing the article, with the platform’s owner Tencent citing unspecified violations of the site’s rules, but it can still be read. Chinese state media outlets, including the official Xinhua news agency, People’s Daily and Chinese Central Television, did not republish or report on the article. Macau journalists brace for restrictions on press freedom Wen also mentioned an incident when a man hurled a shoe at him during a speech at Britain’s Cambridge University in 2009. He wrote that his mother, then 88, suffered a cerebral embolism while watching the incident live on television and from that time on had problems with her eyesight, speech and mobility. Wen said he had spent most of the time since his retirement in 2013 with his mother. “I retired after I worked in the Zhongnanhai compound for 28 years, including 10 years as premier,” Wen wrote, referring to the place where Chinese state leaders live and work. “For people like me [from a humble background], it is by accident that I became a senior official. I obeyed orders with the utmost prudence and caution as I walked on thin ice or stood on the edge of a cliff.” At the end of the article, Wen made a brief political statement about the country. “China, in my vision, should be a country of justice and fairness. There’s eternal respect for human hearts, human morality and humanity, and there’s always an air of youth, freedom and hard work. I cried over it and I fought for it,” Wen wrote. “This is the truth I learned from my life, and this is also the gift given by my mother.” Wen also described how his father had suffered during the Cultural Revolution, writing: “My father was detained at his school and frequently suffered from brutal interrogations, verbal insults and physical beating. Cultural Revolution was wrong: party mouthpiece breaks Chinese media silence “At one time, a Red Guard punched my father’s face and my father’s face was so swollen that he could barely open his eyes to see things. My father couldn’t withstand any more and shouted back while pointing to his own chest, ‘Lad, you can punch me here!’” Wen recalled how his mother had also suffered during the massive social upheaval during that time, sending a share of her meagre salary to the school where his father was being held to pay for his food. “She always worried that the money wouldn’t reach my father and insisted the guards give receipts as evidence,” he wrote.More from South China Morning Post:Ex China premier Wen Jiabao states innocence in letter to Hong Kong columnistWen family hits back at 'lies' on hidden fortunePremier Wen chides ChongqingThis article Former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao pays tribute to late mother who ‘taught me not to take what isn’t mine’ first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Two witnesses giving evidence against an ex-opposition lawmaker on trial for breaking pandemic social-distancing rules lied about what they saw the defendant do outside a bar in Hong Kong last year, a court heard on Monday. The lawyer for former Civic Party member Tanya Chan also further questioned the credibility of the two witnesses, a man and a woman, by saying that far from meeting Chan by chance that night, they had worked with two others to film the defendant and fabricate evidence against her. Chan was charged alongside former party colleague Gordon Lam Sui-wa with taking part in an illegal group gathering at the HANDS bar on Tai Nan Street in Sham Shui Po on April 2.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Bar manager Chan Wai-choi faces one summons of knowingly allowing a group gathering prohibited under coronavirus social-distancing measures and another of failing to comply with regulations in relation to a catering business. Who is Tanya Chan? Hong Kong opposition lawmaker’s curtain call on career shifts spotlight to her past The defendants have denied all charges before Magistrate Andy Cheng Lim-chi at Kowloon City Court. According to the prosecution, the manager had served about 40 guests, including Tanya Chan and Lam, at his bar at around 11pm despite a ban on public gatherings of more than four people. The gathering was said to have continued into the early hours of the next day, when a separate directive calling for the closure of all pubs and bars in the city took effect. The prosecution initially relied on the evidence of four witnesses, but police had failed to contact one of them, while another, surnamed Ng, refused to testify, prompting the magistrate to order Ng’s arrest. The court heard the four were friends who met up for a chat on the night in question. But they later decided to split up into two groups, with one eating at the bar and the other having dessert at a shop on the opposite side of the road. Amy Poon Mey-mey, who went for dessert, testified she noticed a large number of people entering the bar and people smoking outside. She said she was “astonished” by people “acting in complete disregard of the law”. Poon then saw Tanya Chan enter the bar but did not see what she did during her 20-minute stay. Former Hong Kong lawmaker Tanya Chan and two others charged over bar gathering prosecutors say broke social-distancing rules Lui Ho-lam, who was with Poon, said he later saw a drunken Chan walk out while being carried by two men, as she “swayed from side to side”. She later got into a taxi and left. But defence lawyer Franco Kuan Bak-on cast doubt on that claim by referring to the 10 photographs Poon took at the scene, some of which showed Chan leaving the bar alone, and which were later published by various media outlets. Kuan further questioned why Poon and Lui would decide against entering the bar with their friends if they had really had intended to meet up for a chat. The lawyer told Lui: “You and Amy were not there to chat. You were there to stalk the defendants, and you have exaggerated your evidence against them.” Lui denied the allegations. The trial continues on Tuesday.This article Prosecution witnesses lied about former lawmaker’s behaviour on night of alleged social-distancing violation, Hong Kong court hears first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
The United States should rejoin the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (CPTPP) and work with China to merge the agreement with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to create a huge free-trade area that would include the two largest economies in the world, according to China’s former chief trade negotiator, Long Yongtu. The CPTPP is an ambitious trade agreement that was created after the US withdrew from the original Trans-Pacific Partnership during the administration of former US president Donald Trump. Merging the RCEP with the CPTPP would create the largest free-trade pact in the world. With China already a member of the RCEP, and Beijing having already shown its willingness to join the CPTPP, Washington’s stance is key to economic integration in the region, said Long, the former Chinese vice-minister of international trade and the point man during the country’s years-long talks to gain access to the World Trade Organization in 2001.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. The participation of the US would definitely be good news for the Asian regional economic integration. We need to convey such a message to the US president Long Yongtu “We hope that the Biden administration can adopt a more positive attitude towards multilateralism, starting with [rejoining] the TPP, so that the entire Asia-Pacific region will be very happy,” he said at the Boao Forum for Asia on Monday. “The participation of the US would definitely be good news for the Asian regional economic integration. We need to convey such a message to the US president.” Long also said that the conditions for integrating the RCEP with the CPTPP are already very mature, given that the two free-trade agreements have several common member states – Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia. Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China is “actively considering” joining the CPTPP. His comments came as political tensions remain heated between the world’s two largest economies, which have clashed on issues ranging from Beijing’s policies in Xinjiang to Hong Kong and Taiwan, leading to calls for economic decoupling. China ‘needs’ trade pact like CPTPP to force it into domestic reform “If the US cannot become a part of the Asia-Pacific trade agreement, it will be a heavy blow to the unity and cooperation of the entire Asia-Pacific region,” Long said. US President Joe Biden has sought to present a united front with Japan to counter China in the Asia-Pacific region. “The ball is in the US’ court,” Long said. “If the US adopts a positive attitude towards regional cooperation in the entire Asia-Pacific region, the prospect of merging the RCEP and TPP will be a matter of course.” Long said that the signing of the RCEP symbolised that the weight of the global economy has already shifted to the Asia-Pacific region, but he added that there was still work to be done in terms of cultivating “regional cooperation and regional trade liberalisation”. China signed the RCEP in November with 14 other Asia-Pacific nations after eight years of negotiations, while India pulled out of the deal at the last minute. The trade agreement, initiated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2012, covers nearly one-third of the world’s population and gross domestic product. Others who spoke at the Boao Forum said that the rising confrontation between China and the US was one of the biggest challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region. “South Korea is extremely concerned” about the adversarial nature of the US-China rivalry, said Chung-in Moon, chairman of the Sejong Institute and a distinguished professor at Yonsei University. If the United States wants to compete with China in Asia, it has quite an opening, because so many of these other Asian countries are feeling so wary of Beijing Susan Shirk And Susan Shirk, chair of the 21st Century China Centre at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, pointed to China’s “wolf warrior diplomacy”. “The people in the United States and people in Asia are concerned because Beijing appears to be picking fights with many of its neighbours – with Australia, with Japan, with India, with the Philippines,” she said. “We wonder what happened to the smart, sophisticated regional strategy.” “I have to say that, regrettably, many of China’s actions are creating a backlash, not just in Asia, but in the US and other parts of the world as well. So, if the United States wants to compete with China in Asia, it has quite an opening, because so many of these other Asian countries are feeling so wary of Beijing.”More from South China Morning Post:China-Australia relations: on first anniversary of trade conflict, hay-import licences bedevil Australian exportersWhat’s China’s beef now? South American meat producers stake claim in Chinese market amid trade disruptions with AustraliaChina ratifies RCEP trade deal three months ahead of schedule, urges other members to follow suitChina’s imports from US set record in first quarter, but their trade imbalance grows on strong Chinese exportsChina trade: B2B e-commerce booms as world looks to get back outside and resume ‘normal life’This article US urged to join mega APAC trade deal by China’s former chief trade negotiator first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
The United States said Monday it was reimposing sanctions on nine state-owned companies in Belarus after strongman Alexander Lukashenko ignored warnings to release political prisoners rounded up from democracy protests.
Queen Elizabeth II turns 95 on Wednesday, just days after burying her late husband Prince Philip, in what will be her first birthday alone in more than seven decades.
Global efforts to arrest climate change and keep Earth liveable will fail without a jumbo-sized effort from India to halt emissions growth that could wipe out ambitious carbon reduction targets elsewhere.