Late Prince Philip's three sons, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, attend a memorial service at Windsor castle and say that the loss of their father, "a remarkable man", was "a dreadful shock."
Late Prince Philip's three sons, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, attend a memorial service at Windsor castle and say that the loss of their father, "a remarkable man", was "a dreadful shock."
American warplanes were backing Afghan forces against a major Taliban offensive in the south of the country even as the US military pressed on with a troop withdrawal, officials said Wednesday, but insurgents still captured a northern district.
Blue Aqua International will partner dnata, an air and travel services provider, to convert organic waste from its catering and ground handling operations at Singapore’s Changi Airport into insect protein for aquacultural use.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday dismissed an advisory panel of doctors' ranking of Covid vaccines according to safety, saying Canadians should take whichever jab is offered to them first.
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The Group of Seven wealthy democracies on Tuesday discussed how to form a common front towards an increasingly assertive China in the foreign ministers' first in-person talks in two years.
Cao Daweng, the Chinese billionaire founder of Fuyao Glass Industry Group made famous by the Oscar-winning 2019 documentary American Factory, is planning to invest 10 billion yuan (US$1.54 billion) to build a technology university in China, as the country pushes for self-reliance amid a protracted tech war with the US. “Fuyao University of Science and Technology is being established to cultivate applied and technical talent for the country’s economy and advanced manufacturing industry,” said Cao-founded Heren Charity Foundation, which will lead the project, in a statement on Sunday. Located in Fuzhou, the capital city of China’s southeastern Fujian province and home to Fuyao’s headquarters, the new university plans to enrol 3,000 to 5,000 students from across the country, focusing on bridging the skills gap between the laboratory and the real world, according to local media Fuzhou News.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. Billing itself as a “cradle of engineers”, Fuyao University of Science and Technology intends to adopt educational best practices from Europe, the US, Japan and South Korea, and will seek to cooperate with top-tier global universities. The Chinese government has repeatedly stressed the importance of technological self-reliance, as the US and China, the world’s two largest economies, battle to lay claim on the key technologies of the future. “The tech war is likely to evolve into one that controls technology categories more than particular companies,” wrote Dan Wang, technology analyst at consultancy Gavekal Dragonomics, in a report published on Tuesday. During China’s key annual political meetings in March, known as the “two sessions”, the national legislature said it would increase spending on basic research by 10.6 per cent this year. Investment in research and development would grow at an annual rate of at least 7 per cent over the next five years, according to Beijing’s policy blueprint. Calls for self-sufficiency have become increasingly urgent after more Chinese tech companies came under US sanctions, including telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co, world-leading drone maker DJI, home-grown chip champion Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, as well as artificial intelligence start-ups SenseTime and Megvii. Fuyao’s business has also been adversely affected by the US-China trade war. The Hong Kong-listed car window manufacturer had paid more than US$11 million in extra duties after the US imposed punitive tariffs on vehicle parts, according to the company’s 2019 annual report.More from South China Morning Post:US-China tech war: software maker Kingdee sees opportunity in shift to domestic cloud services marketUS legislation for US$112 billion tech research funding to counter China will be delayed, lawmakers sayChina encourages its universities to take initiative in international science and techUS-China tech war: Beijing’s main policy lender pledges US$62 billion to fund tech innovationUS-China tech war: US chip innovation is hurt by Beijing’s ‘mercantilist’ strategies, Washington think tank saysThis article US-China tech war: Fuyao Glass owner Cao Dewang of American Factory fame to build a science and technology university first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
A group seeking election to the student union of Hong Kong’s oldest university has revealed it plans to adopt a more discreet approach to political issues under the shadow of the national security law, striking a balance between staying true to its values and avoiding the legislation’s pitfalls. “Defiance”, the sole contenders to run the University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) student union, also pledged on Tuesday to be more cooperative following management’s decision last week to cut off services to the body, which came two weeks after Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily described it as a “malignant tumour”. HKU on Friday said the intervention was necessary as it accused the student union in recent years of using the campus to spread “propaganda” and make “inflammatory and potentially unlawful public statements and unfounded allegations against the university”.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 university’s sidelining of the union – which is independently registered under the Societies Ordinance – includes reasserting control over the body’s facilities, cutting off its access to financial services and stopping the collection of dues on its behalf. The management’s approach sparked fury among some students and alumni, who organised petitions against the decision. Grilled by fellow students on Tuesday ahead of the by-election being held between May 24 and 28, the proposed student cabinet Defiance said it wanted to “strike a balance between freedom of speech and legal risks”. The four-member group was asked about its stance on HKU management’s moves last week, as well as its take on sensitive political issues. They earlier described the HKU intervention as “drawing a clear line of demarcation with the [student] union”, but told the consultation session they hoped at this stage to show “goodwill” to the administration. University of Hong Kong cuts off services to student union over ‘propaganda’ “That does not mean we are backing down on our values,” said presidential hopeful Kwok Wing-ho, adding it would still “exhaust every way to protect [and ensure] that the student union can still manage the [facilities it previously controlled]”. The union’s 68-page campaign booklet referred to “dwindling freedom of speech and imminent suppression” faced by HKU’s student union. The manifesto added the risks surrounding students taking part in union activities were unprecedented, with the body “facing the grimmest challenges it has ever seen”. The candidates also said they planned to handle political issues more discreetly, although they pledged to “speak out against injustice” in their campaign booklet. “We will [for instance] issue statements on important issues,” Kwok said. As examples, he pointed to HKU severing ties with the union last week and Beijing’s sweeping overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system, which include cutting the number of directly elected seats in the legislature. One student asked the group if it would arrange a screening of Inside the Red Brick Wall – a documentary featuring a 13-day stand-off between protesters and police at Polytechnic University at the height of the 2019 anti-government protests – even if HKU management disapproved of such an event. The aspirant cabinet said would consider doing so in venues outside the university, but would also consider the legal risks. “We will not actively hold [activities] that would risk breaching the law. We would also seek legal advice,” he said. “We have to strike a balance between legal risks and freedom of speech, such that students’ safety [as participants] can be eventually protected.” Kwok added: “We are neither lawyers, judges nor national security officers, so we cannot know for sure what may or may not break the law. But we have to resign [to the fact] that authorities have already declared certain phrases and slogans as unlawful.” Most of Hong Kong’s eight public universities have been left without popularly elected student unions this year, with some young people deterred from putting themselves forward for election for fear of falling foul of the national security law. Only PolyU’s student union is still operating after being elected by their peers in February. In March, Chinese University’s popularly elected student union cabinet resigned on the same day as taking office, shortly after school management severed ties with the student body over concerns its pre-election manifesto could be in violation of the national security law, which was imposed last June and bans acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. University management also accused the union of “exploiting” the campus for their political agenda.More from South China Morning Post:Hong Kong protests: Civil Human Rights Front refuses to cooperate with police investigation into its activitiesHong Kong protests: students say lifetime ban on teacher over ‘biased’ materials unfair and disproportionateThis article National security law: University of Hong Kong student union hopefuls plan cautious approach to avoid flouting Beijing-decreed legislation first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (5 May) confirmed 16 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 61,268.
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Hong Kong’s retail rebound lost steam in March, posting a 20.1 per cent year-on-year increase that was significantly lower than February’s figure, despite the easing of Covid-19 social-distancing rules. Provisional figures released by the Census and Statistics Department on Tuesday showed retail sales in March had risen to HK$27.6 billion (US$3.5 billion). But that mark has slid back to last October’s level, and is eclipsed by the 30 per cent year-on-year figure in February, the highest climb on record.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. A government spokesman said the latest performance was still far below pre-pandemic levels. “While local consumption sentiment saw some improvement following the gradual relaxation of social-distancing measures since mid-February, the near-term outlook for the retail trade is still challenging as inbound tourism remains in the doldrums,” he said. He called for the community to get vaccinated to reboot consumption. About 7.7 per cent of the sales in March were online transactions, a 43.3 per cent jump to HK$2.1 billion from the same period last year. The latest figure compares with the 42.1 per cent contraction from the same month last year, which was recorded during the first wave of Hong Kong’s coronavirus crisis. Retail is among the hardest-hit industries after tourism ground to a standstill in the city following the closure of all but three border checkpoints for more than a year. There is no indication of when borders will reopen again, with the picture particularly uncertain regarding mainland China. Shoppers appeared more active in March after social-distancing rules were relaxed in mid-February. In 2021’s first quarter, the value of retail sales expanded 7.5 per cent year on year. Over that period, Hong Kong’s economy bounced back by posting growth of 7.8 per cent, an 11-year high that followed an all-time low registered a year ago. Jewellery, watches, clocks and other valuables were March‘s top performers, jumping 81 per cent year on year. Sales of apparel were up 77.4 per cent, while electrical goods and consumer valuables were 44.8 per cent higher. Hong Kong economy rebounds sharply, posting 7.8 per cent growth Annie Tse Yau On-yee, chairwoman of Hong Kong Retail Management Association, was not impressed by the March figures, saying the growth stemmed from a very low base of comparison in the same period last year. She said breakthroughs for consumption woes hinged on improvement in the city’s unemployment rate and when borders would be reopened. “We don’t expect any major recovery in the industry to pre-Covid-19 levels soon. Consumers are refraining from spending until they receive the [government’s] HK$5,000 digital vouchers, and there is uncertainty on whether the travel bubble with Singapore will really take off on May 26,” she said. “These initiatives will have limited impact on retailers.” Tse was referring to the HK$36 billion voucher scheme authorities planned to launch in the summer to boost local spending. The Hong Kong-Singapore air travel bubble is due to take off on May 26 after it was derailed at the eleventh hour last November by a local outbreak.More from South China Morning Post:Coronavirus: Hong Kong economy rebounds sharply, posting 7.8 per cent growth in first quarter for 11-year highHong Kong’s total property sales surged to US$10.6 billion in April, highest in 23 months, Centaline predictsThis article Coronavirus: Hong Kong retail sales rise 20 per cent in March, but sector’s recovery is losing steam first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
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An information war over the Indo-Pacific region is expected to intensify with the US military’s decision to set up a task force aimed at stifling China’s influence and information operations. Military and security analysts said the creation of the task force meant the United States was integrating military and non-military instruments of warfare to counter China. The creation of the task force in the Pacific region was revealed by General Richard Clarke, commander of Special Operations Command, in a House Armed Services Committee meeting in March when he said the US needed to tamp down disinformation by China.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 task force would work with “like-minded partners” in the region, he said. “By working closely with those partners to ensure that our adversaries, our competitors are not getting that free pass and to recognise what is truth from fiction and continue to highlight that, to using our intel communities, is critical,” Clarke was quoted by US-based military website C4ISRNET as saying. At an earlier committee meeting that month, Christopher Maier, acting assistant secretary of defence for special operations/low-intensity conflict, said the US military would step up countering propaganda, disinformation and deception, force protection and disrupting adversarial influence capabilities. “Adversary use of disinformation, misinformation and propaganda poses one of today’s greatest challenges to the United States, not just to the Department of Defence,” he said. “With first-mover advantage and by flooding the information environment with deliberated and manipulated information that is mostly truthful with carefully crafted deceptive elements, these actors can gain leverage to threaten our interest.” Song Zhongping, a former PLA instructor and Hong Kong-based military affairs commentator, said the new task force would also be aimed at gaining military intelligence about the capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army. “The US is looking to know more about the PLA, including the PLA’s ability to engage in combat and the development of Chinese military industry,” he said. “So from China’s perspective, it is necessary to strengthen the security of various military installations and prevent infiltration.” Song also said the task force could spread disinformation about China’s military, stirring up trouble for Beijing. Everything you need to know about the US-China tech war Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst in defence strategy and capability at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said the setting up of the special task force reflected US concerns over Chinese media and information operations in relation to public opinion. “Information war will intensify as part of China’s efforts to weaken US and allied resolve, particularly over Taiwan and in the South China Sea. For the US not to respond would be to hand the operational initiative to China, putting it in a much stronger position to shape the battle space before the use of kinetic force,” Davis said. He said the US would highlight Chinese operations, both in traditional media and social media, promoting an alternative perception of events from that being disseminated by Beijing. “So this is part intelligence gathering, and part media operations on the US side, identifying where China’s information strategy is focused, and developing counter responses to blunt its effectiveness,” Davis said. The US has deemed China its rival. Former commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command Phil Davidson said last month that China was using regular media and social media to undermine American and other democratic systems, dividing Washington and its Asian allies. US lawmakers are also scrutinising a bill laying out an approach towards competing with Beijing, covering facets from diplomatic strategy, military deployment and competing values, to curbing China’s “predatory international economic behaviour”. Kissinger warns China and US against escalating to all-out AI conflict Michael Raska, an assistant professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said the US decision to set up the task force came as China was projecting its power and influence in areas such as Taiwan. The US is rethinking the integration of military and non-military instruments of warfare – including cyber and information operations in multiple domains – to influence an opponent’s strategic choices and options, he said. “The use of cyber means as political instruments of warfare is increasingly reflected in Taiwan as well as the ongoing territorial disputes over the South China Sea,” he said. “Potential conflict zones in East Asia therefore reflect greater complexity through the strategic interactions and interdependencies between the cyber, information, cognitive and physical domains of warfare, which present new challenges for both US and China’s traditional conceptions of deterrence and defence.”More from South China Morning Post:US welcomes China’s peacekeepers in Africa but wary of Beijing’s military inroadsA more accessible Arctic becomes proving ground for US-China military jockeyingThis article US-China infowar escalates as America deploys task force in battle for power and influence 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, South Korea and Japan pledged Wednesday to cooperate on North Korea as their top diplomats met in London, coming together despite renewed tensions between the Asian nations.
Robin Zeng Yuqun, the founder of Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), has overtaken Li Ka-shing as the wealthiest person in Hong Kong, according to Forbes. Zeng’s real-time net worth, which stood at US$34.5 billion as of Wednesday, has surpassed that of Li’s by US$0.2 billion. They were ranked 41st and 42nd respectively, in the magazine’s real-time global rich list. The Forbes real-time billionaires’ rankings track the net worth of each of the world’s richest people and are updated in real time. This is not the magazine’s annual rich list. As of Wednesday, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos topped the list with a net worth of US$193.2 billion, followed by LVMH’s Bernard Arnault and family.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. Car component suppliers have benefited from a strong demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in recent years. It is estimated that the EV market could rise to 45 per cent globally by 2040, according to Fitch Ratings. This boom in EVs has helped Zeng’s net worth grow more than 2.5 times since March 2020. He owns a 25 per cent stake in CATL, whose clients include carmakers Tesla, BMW and NIO. Its battery packs are, in fact, used by most new EV brands. Li, 92, on the other hand, has been Hong Kong’s richest man for decades. He founded the conglomerate Cheung Kong Holdings. In 2018, he stood down with son Victor Li Tzar-kuoi succeeding him at the helm of the conglomerate. In recent years, the shares of Li’s property development flagship CK Asset Holdings have fallen from a high of HK$72 a share to HK$49. Last year, he was briefly overtaken by Henderson Land Development’s Lee Shau-kee as Hong Kong’s wealthiest individual. Zeng, 53, was born in China’s Fujian province and acquired Hong Kong residency through a government scheme in 2005. He founded CATL, the world’s largest manufacturer of batteries for EVs in 2011. The company, which had a market capitalisation of 904 billion yuan (US$139.6 billion) as of Wednesday, was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2017. Its share price has surged by more than twofold since last year. The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme, under which Zeng got his residency, was launched by the Hong Kong government in 2006 to attract highly-skilled persons to the city. A total of 7,127 applicants had been accepted under the programme as of January, according to government data.More from South China Morning Post:China’s largest battery maker CATL plans to build a US$5 billion Indonesia plant as Widodo extends overture to Elon MuskChinese EV battery firm CATL to shore up cobalt supply with US$137.5 million stake in China Moly mineThis article Founder of Tesla supplier CATL topples Li Ka-shing as Hong Kong’s richest man first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
A police constable used a baton to smash the window of a car and arrest its driver, who refused to leave the vehicle after being intercepted during an anti-narcotics operation in a Hong Kong public housing estate on Tuesday. The 27-year-old man was spotted driving his white Toyota around Wah Fu Estate in Pok Fu Lam and circling two of the housing blocks under surveillance by officers from the Western special duty squad at about 12.30am. When the car pulled over outside Wah On House minutes later, officers approached and asked him to get out.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. After the driver refused to comply, a police constable pulled out his baton and warned him verbally. HK$2.25 million in liquid cocaine labelled ‘health food’ latest airport drug bust “When the man ignored the warnings and tried to flee, the officer used his baton to smash the car window and subdue the suspect,” a police source said. No illegal drugs were found in the car, but a plastic bag carrying six grams of suspected ketamine was lying on the ground near the vehicle. There were no passengers. The man, a warehouse worker, was arrested on suspicion of possession of illegal drugs. As of midday, he was still being held for questioning and had not been charged. Police seize HK$900 million worth of cocaine in biggest such bust in nearly a decade In a separate operation, police arrested a suspected drug trafficker and seized HK$250,000 (US$32,000) worth of illegal drugs along with packaging equipment in Cheung Sha Wan on Monday. Officers intercepted the man, 25, at the lift lobby of a residential block on Lai Chi Kok Road around 1pm. About 300 grams of suspected ketamine was found on him. In a follow-up raid on his flat in the same building, officers seized 37 grams of suspected crack cocaine along with some packaging equipment. The man was arrested for trafficking in a dangerous drug – an offence that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of up to HK$5 million.More from South China Morning Post:Hong Kong police seize HK$900 million worth of cocaine in biggest such bust in nearly a decadeHK$2.25 million in liquid cocaine labelled ‘health food’ latest Hong Kong airport drug bust; two men arrestedThis article Hong Kong police officer smashes car window, arrests driver during anti-narcotics operation in Pok Fu Lam first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
A Malian woman gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco on Tuesday and all nine babies are "doing well", her government said, although Moroccan authorities had yet to confirm what would be an extremely rare case.