These fast-growing medical device companies could outperform the S&P; 500 over the next several years.
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’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.
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.
Har kaw, siew mai, lor bak gou, dim sum so good you just can’t say no! Little morsels of deliciousness, carefully wrapped in paper-thin dough, topped with chives and cooked to perfection, dim sum (点心: dian xin) holds a special place in our hearts (and […]The post 10 Dim Sum Promotions And Deals appeared first on SingSaver Blog - We Compare, You Save.
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.
When you want protection that goes beyond just covering your medical costs, critical illness insurance is the logical choice. But with so many options out there, which ones are best for you? We investigate in this article. In a nutshell, critical illness insurance is insurance […]The post Best Critical Illness Insurance Plans In Singapore (2020) appeared first on SingSaver Blog - We Compare, You Save.
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.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Muhyiddin Yassin discussed the High Speed Rail in view of the 31 December final deadline.
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.
Beijing’s former top trade negotiator has dismissed as “groundless” claims that China would not meet strict criteria to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in the long term.President Xi Jinping said two weeks ago the country was “actively considering” joining the formerly American-backed trade pact, setting off debate as to whether China would meet its terms of entry, including on state-owned enterprises (SOEs), labour rights and e-commerce.Long Yongtu, who helped negotiate China’s entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO), pointed to the strong state sectors of current member nations to suggest China, should it “accelerate SOE reform”, could also become eligible for the Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned by Donald Trump in his first week in office.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Vietnam and Singapore, they also have very strong state-owned industries, if they can meet the terms of CPTPP, why not China?Long Yongtu“People say that China cannot meet the terms of CPTPP, but I think this is groundless,” said Long, speaking exclusively via video link at the South China Morning Post’s China Conference on Wednesday.“Vietnam and Singapore, they also have very strong state-owned industries, if they can meet the terms of CPTPP, why not China?” Long asked, saying there was already “very strong” reform under way in China.Long spent 11 years as director general of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation, a precursor to the Ministry of Commerce, working on China’s entry to the WTO. He is described as one of the more reform-minded figures advising the Chinese government and is a long-time advocate of China joining the CPTPP.Long hoped a push to meet the terms of the CPTPP could have a similarly transformative effect on the Chinese economy as its WTO accession did.“By participating in CPTPP, we can get some new ideas, even put some pressure on participation to accelerate China’s SOE reform,” Long said. “That’s a good thing for China, just like we did in accession to WTO. It exerted a lot of pressure in China to accelerate economic reform.”The CPTPP is seen as the highest class of multilateral trade deals, covering modern issues such as digital trade and e-commerce, as well as social issues such as the environment and labour rights.Originally known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it was negotiated under the Obama administration and subject to intense domestic debate in the run up to the 2016 US presidential election, before Trump withdrew in January 2017.It was subsequently tweaked and signed by 11 members: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.China’s renewed interest in the pact comes after it joined 14 other Asian countries to sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in November.RCEP deals mainly with tariff reduction and is viewed as a lower-calibre agreement than the CPTPP, membership of which would bar China from offering its SOEs preferential treatment over companies from other member states.Long said Xi’s statement signified that China considered the CPTPP “a serious initiative” because it was a “high standard trade agreement”.John Gong, a professor of economics at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, said that “China has been having internal discussions on joining the deal over the last few years, there are voices calling for CPTPP as a means to opening up and reforming” the economy.Jayant Menon, a senior fellow at Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, said that because the original TPP text had been “diluted substantially to accommodate several original members, especially Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore”, the SOE issue would “not be a stumbling block for China’s accession” in the long term. However, others remain sceptical both as to whether China would meet the criteria, and of comparisons with Vietnam and Singapore, the economies of which were 479 per cent and 285 per cent smaller than China’s last year, respectively, according to the Post’s calculations.Wendy Cutler, who helped lead the US negotiating team on the original TPP, said that “unlike China, Vietnam was on a path of privatising many of its SOEs during the original TPP negotiations, a development which paved the way for it to take on bold obligations”.An Asia Society Policy Institute study from September polled opinions from a dozen CPTPP nation trade officials, finding that many were “unsure what to make of Beijing’s interest”, particularly its compatibility and mixed messaging on multilateralism.While Xi’s speeches have consistently supported open markets and free trade, a push to strengthen state firms has happened in tandem.Beijing has also adopted a more aggressive stance against trading partners, including CPTPP members Australia and Canada, both of which would have to assent before China could even start negotiating to join the deal.“If you read major party documents, they include messages both ways,” said Henry Gao, a professor in trade law at Singapore Management University. “On the one hand, they say we need to further open up and push for trade liberalisation.“On the other, they say we need to strengthen the role of SOEs. All these self-contradicting messages mean that you cannot look at words alone, you have to look at actions.”Asked about the incoming Joe Biden administration, Long hoped it would improve bilateral ties between the world’s two biggest economies. But he said his experience told him policymakers in Beijing would not be looking too closely at who Biden appointed to senior trade roles.“During my term as the chief negotiator I survived three, or four, or five US Trade Representatives (USTR). And it didn’t make much difference to me whether they change the USTR, because they basically are consistent in their trade interest,” said Long, whose involvement in WTO talks ran from 1992 until China joined the WTO in December 2001, during which there were four USTRs.“Of course, there is some difference in style, some difference in emphasis, but I do not think it will change the USTR, it will play a fundamental part in changing the whole trade policy.”More from South China Morning Post: * China’s trade pivot from US could be a boon for South Korea, Japan and Taiwan * China’s interest in Pacific trade deal sets stage for new US showdown after Xi Jinping ups the ante * US-China relations: Joe Biden says trade war tariffs to remain in place for now as alliance building comes first * China tightens export rules for sensitive tech, boosts power to retaliate against foreign sanctions * China to overtake US to become world’s top consumer goods market ‘very soon’This article China’s former trade chief hits out at ‘groundless’ claims country cannot join CPTPP first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and the biotech firm Regeneron are investigating whether technology developed for gene therapy can be used to make a nasal spray that will prevent infection with the new coronavirus.
The Kopitiam and Heavenly Wang outlets at Changi Airport Terminal 3 are among the new locations added to public places recently visited by COVID-19 cases.
Former Mediacorp actor Huang Yi Liang, charged with hurting a Bangladeshi worker, claims his worker was waiting for an opportunity to leave his contract.
One of Hong Kong’s most prominent young political activists, Joshua Wong Chi-fung, was jailed for more than 13 months on Wednesday for organising and inciting others to join a 15-hour siege of police headquarters at the start of last year’s anti-government protests.Wong’s high-profile comrade, Agnes Chow Ting, was sentenced to 10 months behind bars for her role in the same illegal protest, while their associate, Ivan Lam Long-ying, received a seven-month term.In passing sentence, West Kowloon Magistrate Wong Sze-lai sharply criticised Wong, for challenging the authority of the police force in a premeditated plot, and called him “selfish” for obstructing traffic at the massive rally in Wan Chai on June 21 last year.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.She said they had committed their offences at a time of “social unrest and large-scale public protests”, which “makes this case more serious”.Wong, 24, was given a 13½-month prison term after pleading guilty to a charge of organising an unauthorised assembly and another charge of inciting others to take part in the event. Prosecutors dropped a charge of knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly.Lam, 26, had pleaded guilty to a charge of incitement, while Chow, 23, had admitted to charges of incitement and taking part in an unauthorised assembly.Chow, the only one of the trio without a previous criminal record, burst into tears in the dock as she learned that the community service order her lawyers were seeking had been rejected.“Keep holding on,” Joshua Wong yelled at the public gallery filled with his supporters before being escorted away.The three were immediately taken away by police officers after the magistrate rejected Chow’s application for bail pending an appeal of her sentence.The magistrate argued, in effect, that Chow’s initial sentence was long enough that even if it were shortened on appeal in a few months’ time, it was unlikely to matter.Lawyers for the other two activists said they would study the ruling before considering further action.The jailing prompted immediate international criticism on Wednesday, triggering in turn a rare and strongly-worded response from the Department of Justice, which has a long-established convention of refraining from commenting on ongoing cases.Calls for the defendants’ release, a spokesman said, demonstrated disrespect for the city’s judiciary, and amounted to a “blatant denial of the fact that the defendants themselves pleaded guilty”.Citing past judgments, the spokesman added that freedom and human rights, while protected by the city’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, were not absolute.“It is unbecoming and irrational for people making sweeping attacks and baseless accusations against our judicial and legal systems without reference to the fact and circumstances of the case. Such statements, if made with a view to exert undue influence on our judicial and legal systems will be futile,” it said.The activists’ case centred on one of the most striking scenes from the early days of the citywide protest movement triggered by opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill, one that saw a large crowd of demonstrators pour into Wan Chai to swamp the area outside the police headquarters.Demonstrators at the time were calling for the withdrawal of the bill, which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, while also voicing their concerns about the excessive force they said police had used against participants in previous protests.Explaining her reasons for sentencing on Wednesday, Magistrate Wong said the number of protesters had swollen from the initial 400 to more than 9,000 as the siege of police headquarters wore on.The protest ran from 11am on June 21 to 3.45am the following day, with demonstrators pelting the police station with eggs and soft drink cans, and daubing graffiti on its walls.The gathering also led to a police vehicle being trapped for three hours at one point, and caused a traffic obstruction that left police unable to respond to 61 emergency calls.Prosecutors had painted Wong as the leader of the protest that night, showing videos of him telling people at the scene through a loudhailer that they should get more people to come and “completely besiege police headquarters”.“The first defendant was very selfish,” the magistrate said, referring to Joshua Wong, whom she said played the most active role in giving instructions to protesters around him. Lam and Chow also helped direct the protest at times, the court found.The magistrate said phone messages showed Wong had planned the event a day ahead, proving premeditation.She also noted that the target of the demonstration, the police station, was a “symbolic edifice” representing the force’s authority, and that the protest featured slogans denigrating its officers.“The series of acts committed by [Wong] was to charge the police, challenging the police’s authority,” she said.Following the sentencing, Wong posted a message to Facebook through his lawyers, saying: “I know this is tough. But I will carry on.”In addition to the jail time, the ruling means that the trio – former leaders of the now-defunct opposition group Demosisto, which disbanded in June when Beijing imposed its sweeping national security law on Hong Kong – will be barred from running in any local elections for five years, unless they manage to overturn their sentences on appeal. Hong Kong law bars any candidate who has been jailed for more than three months from running in the Legislative Council or District Council elections for five years.Wong has been jailed before, including briefly in 2016 for storming the forecourt of the Central Government Office in Admiralty on September 26, 2014, two days before the Occupy protests broke out that year. He was later released after winning an appeal.In 2017, he was sentenced to three months in jail after pleading guilty to contempt of court for failing to leave an Occupy protest site contrary to a court order, but his term was reduced to two months by the appeal court.That reduction enabled him to narrowly dodge the election restriction, only for his candidacy to be invalidated in the District Council elections last year by a government returning officer.Chow was also previously barred from running in a 2018 Legislative Council by-election because of Demosisto’s advocacy for self-determination, the same reason cited for Wong’s disqualification.Returning officers argued the position amounted to advocating independence, but Chow’s invalidation was later overturned by a court that found the election official had erred in failing to allow her to explain her stance.Observers and foreign politicians, meanwhile, were swift to criticise Wednesday’s sentencing.One of the trio’s closest allies, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, a former Demosisto member who moved to Britain in the wake of the passage of the national security law, called their sentences “absurd”.“It’s devastating to see the sentencing,” he said.He noted that Chow had also been facing an investigation under the national security law, while the other two could also face fresh prosecution at any time.“To be honest, I have no idea when the trio could step out of the prison,” he said, urging the international community to join him in calling for the activists’ release. 155 lawmakers demand Carrie Lam fight for return of Hongkongers detained in ShenzhenBritish Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, meanwhile, urged the authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing to bring an end to what he characterised as their campaign to stifle opposition.“Prosecution decisions must be fair and impartial, and the rights and freedoms of people in Hong Kong must be upheld,” he said.The last colonial governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, also weighed in, called the activists’ jailing “another grim example of China’s determination to put Hong Kong in handcuffs”.He urged foreign states to follow the example of 155 parliamentarians from 18 countries – who issued an open letter to the city’s chief executive on Tuesday calling for the return of the 12 Hong Kong fugitives detained on the mainland – and present a unified front in standing up for the city.Samuel Chu, a US-based activist who runs the Hong Kong Democracy Council, said he was “heartbroken and indignant” over the sentencing.“Make no mistake, Wong, Chow and Lam are political prisoners,” he said.More from South China Morning Post: * Hong Kong opposition activist Joshua Wong put in solitary confinement with lights on 24 hours a day, after X-ray reveals ‘a shadow’ in his stomach * Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip says Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow cases may determine if more national security legislation is needed * Hong Kong opposition trio Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam, and Agnes Chow face jail after pleading guilty to charges over police headquarters siegeThis article Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam, Agnes Chow jailed over 2019 Wan Chai police HQ siege first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
The United States on Tuesday sharply criticized China for not enforcing sanctions on North Korea and vowed to step up its own efforts, as hopes fade for a last-minute breakthrough under outgoing President Donald Trump.
Dozens of companies, from biotech start-ups to Big Pharma, are in the race to develop a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine, both to meet urgent medical need and for the potential payday.
Australia's economy grew by 3.3% in the third quarter, rebounding from its first recession in nearly three decades as it recovered from pandemic-related shocks, according to figures released Wednesday. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told reporters the country still has a lot of ground to make up from the coronavirus downturn. “Australia’s recession may be over, but Australia’s economic recovery is not,” he said.