Authorities have received some reports of adverse events arising from the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, said a Singapore health official.
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Top Republicans have urged US President Joe Biden to take tougher action against China, after Beijing announced sanctions on outgoing American officials just minutes into Biden taking office.Jim Risch, head of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted on Thursday that in sanctioning 28 national security officials, China’s Communist Party was already testing the Biden administration’s “resolve to continue a tougher, competitive approach towards China”.“Together, Republicans [and] Democrats must show Beijing we will not be deterred from defending US interests,” he tweeted.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. China sanctions US lawmakers, officials over Hong Kong, Taiwan movesChina’s foreign ministry announced the sanctions against a list of US individuals and their families just 20 minutes after Biden was sworn in on Thursday, accusing those targeted of having “seriously violated China’s sovereignty” and being largely responsible for a “series of crazy moves” in US policy on China.Ten of the people on the list were former members of the Trump administration, including secretary of state Mike Pompeo, trade adviser Peter Navarro, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, health secretary Alex Azar and deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger.“China has pointed out multiple times that these anti-China politicians will pay for their crazy acts,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.“We hope the new US administration will view China and China-US relations in an objective and rational manner.”China’s action came after Pompeo said Beijing’s repression in the far western region of Xinjiang against Uygurs and members of other ethnic minorities amounted to ongoing “genocide and crimes”.Washington has imposed its own sanctions on Chinese officials and entities over the policies in Xinjiang, as well as on Hong Kong and Chinese officials over Beijing’s political crackdown in Hong Kong.Michael McCaul, the leading Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, tweeted that Beijing had showed its true colours by sanctioning US officials for telling the truth – that the Communist Party was “guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide”.“I strongly urge the Biden administration to quickly condemn these baseless, impotent sanctions and make good on its early commitments to prioritise strategic competition with the [Communist Party],” he said.Biden’s National Security Council also weighed in, calling the sanctions “unproductive and cynical”, urging Americans from both parties to criticise the move.“Imposing these sanctions on Inauguration Day is seemingly an attempt to play to partisan divides,” council spokeswoman Emily Horne told Reuters. “President Biden looks forward to working with leaders in both parties to position America to out-compete China.”Hua, from the Chinese foreign ministry, responded on Friday by accusing the Trump administration of having imposed thousands of sanctions on China.She said Beijing’s measures were “completely appropriate and necessary, fully demonstrating the Chinese government’s firm determination to safeguard national interests”.“We have long said that unilateral sanctions harm others and hurt oneself, and just like a boomerang, sooner or later it will fly back,” she said.“McCaul’s comments fully expose how some US politicians only allow the US to engage in arbitrary suppression and do not allow others to justly defend themselves against bullying, hegemony and hegemonic logic.” China sanctions US lawmakers, officials over Hong Kong, Taiwan movesBeijing has called for a reset in relations with Washington, after months of disputes over issues including trade, technology, strategic influence, ideology, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea.But analysts said the political consensus in Washington for a tougher policy on China had hardened and Beijing’s increasingly assertive foreign policy would make it difficult for an easing in the strategic rivalry.Drew Thompson, a former US Defence Department official responsible for China, Taiwan and Mongolia, said he expected Chinese President Xi Jinping would seek to reverse some of the Trump administration’s measures on China, but Biden had little incentive to compromise.While Biden would certainly seek to engage with Xi, China was deeply committed to its existing model of governance and its more aggressive and often antagonistic foreign policy, he said.“This leaves little room for Biden to explore areas of meaningful cooperation, leaving the two sides to manage differences and focus on reducing the risk of miscalculation and avoiding conflict,” he said. “There is a strong bipartisan consensus in the United States about the challenge that China presents to US interests, and the need to be more forceful and assertive to protect them,” he said.More from South China Morning Post: * Will Joe Biden meet Xi Jinping? China awaits clues to future of US relations * China says it wants to get relations with US ‘back on the right track’ * China sanctions US lawmakers, officials over Hong Kong, Taiwan moves * Pompeo among key Trump officials sanctioned by Beijing for ‘disrupting China-US relations’ * Joe Biden taps Asia expert Ely Ratner as top Pentagon adviser on ChinaThis article Hit back at China, US Republicans tell Joe Biden after American officials targeted with sanctions first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Former Mediacorp actor Ng Aik Leong, known by his Chinese name as Huang Yiliang, was found guilty of assaulting a worker in his employ with a metal scraper.
Russia and the United States drew closer Friday to extending a nuclear pact ahead of the fast approaching expiry date of the last arms control accord between the former Cold War rivals.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Friday (22 January), taking the country’s total case count to 59,250.
Pfizer on Friday committed to supply up to 40 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine this year to a World Health Organization-backed effort to get affordable shots to poor and middle-income countries. The deal is a boost to the global program known as COVAX, as wealthy nations have snapped up most of the millions of coming shots. The commitment, announced at a virtual press conference held by the Geneva-based WHO, is seen as important because Pfizer and its partner BioNTech last month won the first vaccine emergency authorizations from WHO and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
A decision to turn a chilly underground parking garage into an overnight billet for National Guard troops in Washington to protect President Joe Biden's inauguration has stirred an uproar.
Canada said its officials have met online with former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who has been held in China for more than two years in a case related to an executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Canada’s Foreign Ministry said officials led by Ambassador Dominic Barton were given “on-site virtual consular access” to Kovrig on Thursday. Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor have been confined since Dec. 10, 2018, just days after Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of the founder of the Chinese telecommunications equipment giant.
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Surveillance cameras should be installed in Hong Kong schools to monitor teachers’ speech, pro-establishment lawmakers argued on Friday as they wrapped a three-day debate of the city leader’s policy address.Discontent over the education system took centre stage during the Legislative Council session, though a motion of thanks for Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s November policy speech was approved by 40 lawmakers.Two independent members of the chamber – Cheng Chung-tai of localist party Civic Passion and medical sector representative Pierre Chan – voted no.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.While no such motion passed in 2019, last year’s mass resignation of the opposition camp in protest of Beijing’s decision to disqualify four incumbent pan-democrats means Legco is now almost solely occupied by pro-establishment lawmakers.Many of that group on Friday called on authorities to step up the monitoring and regulation of teachers. Liberal Party chairman Tommy Cheung Yu-yan, an adviser to the Executive Council, Lam’s de facto cabinet, suggested placing CCTV cameras in classrooms would reveal if teachers had made “subversive remarks”.“The recordings can help schools monitor their teaching, and can also prove some innocent if they are smeared,” Cheung argued.While not responding directly to Cheung’s suggestion, Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said the government clearly saw areas for improvement in the city’s schools following the social unrest of 2019.“If teachers are found to be incompetent in their posts, the Education Bureau will consider revoking their registration for the well-being of students, to uphold the professionalism of teachers and public confidence of the education system,” he said.Undersecretary for Education Christine Choi Yuk-lin said in July it was up to individual schools to take measures they saw fit to “prevent crime”, though monitoring efforts would have to be in line with existing privacy laws.Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Kwok Wai-keung agreed with Cheung’s suggestion that officials should do more to actively monitor teacher behaviour.Citing figures from the Education Bureau, Kwok said it was “far from enough” to simply handle the 262 complaints of alleged professional misconduct filed between June 2019 – when anti-government protests erupted over the now-withdrawn extradition bill – and last November. Carrie Lam’s policy address hails Beijing’s support, doubles down on national securityAnother Exco member, lawmaker Martin Liao Cheung-kong, said officials should be more cognisant of the adverse implications educators could have on the young.“If some teachers have ulterior political motives and hope to bring politics into schools, their untrue claims made in classrooms could deeply impact students negatively … We should take the initiative to identify horses that spoil the whole herd,” he said.As she rolled out the policy address in November, Lam said she aimed to rebuild confidence in a city beset by political turmoil, adding it was “heartbreaking” that, among the more than 10,000 people arrested over the anti-government protests, 40 per cent were students.“The social incidents also reveal that the law-abiding awareness of some young people is weak and that positive values such as mutual understanding and mutual respect are lacking,” Lam said in the policy blueprint, vowing to enhance moral and national education among youth.Since taking office in 2017, Lam has delivered four policy addresses, with lawmakers formally thanking her for the first two by way of the symbolic motion.The motion of thanks was not introduced in 2019, as opposition lawmakers held up the House Committee’s work with months of filibustering to stop a national anthem law and other bills from being approved.More from South China Morning Post: * A cause of anti-government protests or an essential tool to teach the young to think for themselves? Row over liberal studies rumbles on * A comprehensive revamp of Hong Kong’s liberal studies curriculum is long overdue * Architect of liberal studies in Hong Kong defends government plan to overhaul subjectThis article Hong Kong’s pro-establishment lawmakers push for surveillance cameras in classrooms to monitor teachers’ speech first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is promoting more secular national interests at a critical juncture for the kingdom.
Seniors in two towns can get their COVID-19 vaccines from next Wednesday under pilots, before vaccination centres are set up islandwide from mid-February.
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The leader of Canada’s most populous province said Thursday he isn’t buying the explanation given by Pfizer about why the company has deferred next week's coronavirus vaccine deliveries to Canada. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that it is unacceptable that other countries are getting doses and Canada is not. “This falls solely on Pfizer for letting us down,” said Ford, who spoke to the chief executive of Pfizer's Canadian division Tuesday.
United States sanctions imposed on China over its approach to Hong Kong will remain for the foreseeable future, even with Sino-US relations set to improve under President Joe Biden, a powerful American business group in the city has predicted.Jessica Bartlett, the new chairwoman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham), said on Friday that she expected US ties with Beijing and the local government to be less confrontational than they were under Donald Trump’s presidency.However, she suggested the series of trade and political sanctions targeting the city and the country as a whole would stay in place for some time, with any review of the punitive regimes unlikely to conclude in the coming months.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. American businesses in Hong Kong expect to be ‘more comfortable’ with Biden“The new administration has shown they share many of the same concerns on what’s happening in Hong Kong that the Trump administration had,” she said.“But we might see a reset or adjustment. This term uses the words competition and cooperation and [American diplomat] Kurt Campbell explicitly said this is not a second cold war.”US-China relations over Hong Kong hit rock bottom in July last year when Trump revoked the city’s preferential trading status as stipulated by the Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, which recognised it as a customs territory separate from mainland China.His administration has since sanctioned officials and other individuals judged to have played a role in the central government’s decision to impose the national security law on Hong Kong.Trump said the legislation – which took effect on June 30 last year banning acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces – was trampling the city’s democratic development and the “one country, two systems” principle under which it was governed.Washington also imposed export controls on sensitive technologies to Hong Kong and sanctioned companies deemed to have ties with the Chinese military.Asked specifically about those military-related sanctions, Bartlett told a Facebook Live event: “I am not anticipating any near-term relaxation of the sanctions, but I do think the administration will review and give a hard think [about] the way these sanctions currently work and whether there will be any adjustments to make sure they achieve the policy objectives.”Speaking more generally, she added: “Usually in the sanction world, sanction programmes last for a long time, it’s not like an on and off switch.”Bartlett said US Treasury Secretary-designate Janet Yellen would review the sanctions, a process which could take three to six months.A lawyer with Barclays investment bank, Bartlett specialises in tackling money laundering. She succeeded Robert Grieves as head of the chamber on January 1, and told the online event that she had not seen any evidence of American capital leaving Hong Kong because of the national security law.Bartlett said political developments over the last two years had challenged Hong Kong’s reputation as “open for business”.“We have to monitor the political and legal development closely,” she said.She called on private enterprise to continue advocating for a Hong Kong that was “globally and regionally relevant”, and that still adhered to free-trade values, the rule of law, responsible business practices and the unrestricted flow of information. Four in 10 AmCham firms mulling Hong Kong exit over security lawShe added the wider region, that included the emerging economic engine of the Greater Bay Area in southern China, would continue to drive growth and development, adding Hong Kong had an important role to play.In a recent AmCham survey polling its 1,200 corporate members, more than 40 per cent of the 181 respondents expressed pessimism over their 2021 prospects. A third said they felt the city had become less competitive as a global business hub over the past year.The study found the rapid deterioration of US-China relations remained a pressing concern, as did the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and Hong Kong’s changing political and economic climate.“Hong Kong is a resilient place,” Bartlett said. “We need to leverage the can-do spirit as we have been through a lot of hurt.”More from South China Morning Post: * Hit back at China, US Republicans tell Joe Biden after American officials targeted with sanctions * World powers hopeful for reset with US under Joe Biden * American business community in Hong Kong expects ‘more comfortable’ conditions under Biden presidencyThis article Sanctions on China to remain even with Sino-US tensions set to ease under President Joe Biden: Hong Kong’s American Chamber of Commerce 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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