South Korean actress Song Yoo-jung passed away at the tender age of 26 on 23 January.
South Korean actress Song Yoo-jung passed away at the tender age of 26 on 23 January.
China’s Mars orbiter has beamed back high-resolution images, revealing geographic features of the red planet in detail. The photos taken by Tianwen-1 come a week after the United States released a panorama of the Martian surface snapped by the rover Perseverance. They also come as China prepares to unveil a new five-year plan centred on science and hi-tech innovation, with aerospace technology expected to be a priority programme.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. Chinese mission spokesman Liu Tongjie told state television that two of the orbiter’s images were snapped at an altitude of about 330km (205 miles) and had a resolution down to 70cm (27 inches), revealing fine details of the Martian landscape. “These two pictures clearly show craters, mountain ridges and dunes,” said Liu, from the China National Space Administration. “One image shows a crater with a diameter of about 620 metres and clearly displays the lines at the bottom of the crater.” A colour photo was taken of the northern polar region at an altitude of 5,000km. Li Chunlai, a deputy chief designer of the Mars mission, told state television the observations would help scientists understand and monitor how sandstorms formed on the planet. China, the United States and the United Arab Emirates each launched Mars missions in July last year and all three arrived successfully last month. Tianwen-1 entered its parking orbit on February 24 and has started doing scientific surveys using cameras and a spectrometer. The landing module and rover will begin their descent in May or June, according to state media. The Chinese rover, which is yet to be named, is expected to operate for 90 days after touchdown. Perseverance, which landed at the Jezero Crater on February 18, has since sent images on the ground back to Nasa. Last week, Nasa released a 360-degree panorama from the rover created by stitching together 142 individual images taken by its Mastcam-Z camera system. Nasa is expected to provide updates on Perseverance on Friday. Meanwhile, the China Manned Space Engineering Office said on Thursday that it would launch several missions this year to build China’s space station, which is expected to be completed around 2022 and include an on-board laboratory. The office said the core module of the space station and its carrier Long March 5B (Y2) heavy-lift rocket were scheduled to launch in the first half of this year from Wenchang, Hainan province, according to military and state media. There would be four manned space station construction missions and all mission crew members were undergoing training. It said China was committed to making the space station an open platform for international science and technological exchange. A first batch of experiments to be conducted at the station had already been shortlisted jointly with the United Nations.More from South China Morning Post:China space programme: Tianwen-1 enters Mars’ parking orbit ahead of touchdown in MayNasa set to land Perseverance rover and helicopter on MarsFirst photo of Mars from UAE’s ‘Hope’ space probeThis article China’s Tianwen-1 zooms in on Mars surface on cusp of new tech era 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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China has released footage of its military conducting joint landing drills in the disputed South China Sea, days after US reconnaissance operations and a Taiwanese exercise simulating a mainland Chinese attack on its reefs. Mainland China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) sent navy, army and marine corps and air force troops to take part in a war game around Triton Island, in the Paracel Islands, “to explore the tactics and methods of joint warfare”, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Wednesday. The Paracel Islands are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. The United States Navy’s vessels have conducted frequent “freedom of navigation” operations in the region, most recently last month.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. The CCTV report showed several Type 726 “Wild Horse” air-cushioned landing craft sailing off a Type 071 amphibious transport dock and rushing onto a beach, each with a Type 96A main battle tank and fully armed marine corps soldiers on board. A Type 052D guided-missile destroyer, a Type 054A guided-missile frigate and a support ship kept guard off the coast, while an Su-30MKK fighter and an H-6K bomber provided air cover. In the scenario for the assault exercise, PLA marine corps troops landed from vessels and helicopters, then faced strong fire resistance before the army tank team sent vehicles forward and destroyed enemy bunkers. The report did not specify the time of the exercise, but said that it was conducted in recent days. It was broadcast after the PLA kicked off a month-long military exercise in the South China Sea on Monday, at a time when the United States has stepped up reconnaissance operations. The naval flotilla also practised training objectives including air defence, anti-missile operations, and helicopter take-off and landing at night, according to the TV report and PLA statements. South China Sea: the dispute that could start a military conflict According to monitoring data released by the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative, a Beijing-based think tank, the US sent reconnaissance aircraft – including an MQ-4C maritime reconnaissance drone, an EP-3E spy plane and an RC-135U strategic reconnaissance aircraft – to the South China Sea last week. It also sent the USNS Impeccable ocean surveillance ship to the region. The PLA video also came as Taiwanese armed forces carried out live-fire shooting exercises from the Pratas Islands (also known as the Dongsha Islands in Chinese) into its surrounding waters on Monday. Further such events are scheduled for next week and the end of this month, on Taiping Island. Both the Pratas Islands and Taiping are Taiwanese-controlled, with the former located in the north of the South China Sea, between Taiwan and the mainland island province of Hainan, and the latter further south, the largest of the naturally occurring Spratly Islands. Taiwan’s exercises were planned annual training, according to the Taiwanese coastguard, “mainly to simulate the handling of intrusion by the PLA and Vietnamese ships”. As the relationship between Beijing and Taipei has become more tense, the PLA has stepped up its warnings to the self-ruled island, which the mainland government views as part of its territory.More from South China Morning Post:Beijing to Berlin: respect South China Sea sovereignty during frigate visitSouth China Sea: how the French navy is charting its own course between China and the USSouth China Sea: how the US Navy aims to better home in on targetsThis article Chinese military in South China Sea landing drill as Taiwan tension persists first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
A personal trainer claimed trial on Wednesday (3 March) to molesting a female client whom he was training at a gym at Singapore Island Country Club.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed 23 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Wednesday (3 March), taking the country's total case count to 59,979.
An award-winning Chinese schoolteacher has been discharged from duties after discriminating against students based on the incomes and positions of their parents. The middle school teacher surnamed Xiao, from China’s eastern Tianjin municipality, was voted the “most beautiful” teacher by the school in 2014 for her outstanding performance in teaching mathematics, but had her working licence revoked last week when an audio recording of her demeaning students was released online, prompting a social media outcry. In the clip, recorded by one of the students, Xiao can be heard saying: “Don’t blame me for looking down upon you. If I told you that the annual income of [the student] Zhao Ting’s mother is equal to what your mother earns in 50 years, do you think your qualities can be the same [as hers]? They can’t be!”Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. The discriminatory comments were made after the teacher had initially criticised her class for talking during an exam. ‘With deep malice’: Chinese man who killed his mum to buy a flat is executed Xiao blamed this “bad behaviour” of the students on their families, who had lower incomes than previous students of hers. She said her previous students were better behaved because they came from families of high-ranking officials and wealthy businesspeople. She said the families of previous students attached great importance to their children’s studies because they had “high qualities”. “Those students all listened to teachers’ instructions and behaved well. But look at you. This class has all the students from ordinary families, with parents doing various kinds of jobs,” Xiao said. “You should think about what high qualities your parents have. [Because of the low qualities of your parents], you chat wilfully in class.” In a statement released on Saturday, the Education Bureau of Tianjin’s Jinnan District said the teacher and leaders at the Xianshuigu No 2 Middle School were all accountable for the incident, which violated teaching ethics and negatively affected the community. Xiao has been removed from teaching duties but remains at the school where she has been allocated other duties. She apparently discriminated against students from different family backgrounds, instead of educating children with the mindset that everyone is equal Chu Zhaohui,senior researcher, China’s National Institute of Education Sciences The teacher’s comments in the clip, which went viral online, attracted a barrage of criticism from netizens. “Judging from what she said, I don’t think she deserves to be a teacher,” one commentator wrote on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform. “Whatever you talk about among adults is fine. But it’s wrong to speak of that to children,” another wrote. “Maybe she is temporarily muddle-headed and her intention was not to discriminate against students and parents,” a more sympathetic internet user said. News portal Rednet.cn said in an editorial: “We should ask what happened here [for the teacher] to go from the ‘most beautiful’ to now the ugliest. What was the criteria for the most beautiful teacher at that time?” Chu Zhaohui, a senior researcher with China’s National Institute of Education Sciences, said that it was against the rules for a teacher to speak in that way regardless of the intention behind Xiao’s comments, the China National Radio reported. “She apparently discriminated against students from different family backgrounds, instead of educating children with the mindset that everyone is equal,” Chu was quoted as saying. “Her teaching method is also a problem. She should not simply reprimand her students.” Last year, China’s Ministry of Education issued a circular to highlight the importance of teacher’s ethics. Chu commented on the circular, saying: “We must let teachers take the initiative to be good teachers because this is the only way we will be assured of high ethics. It doesn’t work for the government to release administrative orders.” ‘Chinese virus, get out!’: lecturer beaten in UK amid spike in hate crimes In July 2020, a teacher at a primary school in Shuozhou, in the central Shanxi province, had her teaching licence revoked and was discharged from her position for scolding students and spitting on them. She was angry that one student’s parents sent flowers to another teacher to express their gratitude while not sending any to her, the Chutian Metropolis News reported. In 2019, the Shanxi Metropolis News reported that a teacher from a junior middle school in the city of Shangluo, also in Shanxi province, lost his teaching licence and received a demerit in his file after a girl complained that he called her a “b****” because of her poor academic scores. More from South China Morning Post:Homework ban for Chinese pupils sparks backlash onlineChina’s bookworm students suffer from myopia epidemic, yet there’s a simple solution staring parents in the faceThis article ‘Most beautiful’ Chinese teacher who discriminated against students by demeaning their parents forced to step down first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
A transgender South Korean soldier who was forcibly discharged from the army after gender-reassignment surgery has been found dead, police said, prompting anger Thursday and calls for legal reforms.
Lithuania will open an “enterprise office” in Taiwan by the end of the year, its Ministry of Economy and Innovation said on Wednesday, a move that risks irking Beijing at a troubled time for the European country’s relations with China. The office will be aimed at “strengthening and diversifying of economic diplomacy in the Asian region”, a department spokesperson said, confirming an earlier Reuters report. The move by Lithuania is just the latest sign of discontent by a member state in the “17+1”, an informal trade group of China and 17 Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries founded in 2012.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. Also on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis told the local news outlet LRT.lt that Lithuania gets “almost no benefits” from the group. “I am not saying that we are leaving and it’s the end, but we should really consider what is the useful way of building a relationship with China,” Landsbergis said. Though Landsbergis held off endorsing a departure, analysts said it might be imminent: “I believe it could be next week but it might come earlier,” said Konstantinas Andrijauskas, an associate professor in Asian Studies at Vilnius University. “It is rather apparent that the parliament, the government, they are settled. So the big question is about coordination among the Baltic states and the big question is whether the Estonian-Latvian Alliance will move together,” he said. A disillusionment with the “lack of tangible outcomes” of engagement in both the 17+1 and China’s Belt and Road Initiative, combined with the changing perception of China’s security risk and human rights records, has led some member nations to reassess the bloc’s viability, said Alicja Bachulska, an analyst at the Asia Research Centre of the War Studies University in Poland. China eyes ‘17+1’ summit as gateway to European vaccine market “As the economic results of cooperation are minimal and the political costs are increasingly higher, CEE states are reassessing their attitude towards Beijing,” she said. The most recent 17+1 summit – held in February and attended online by Chinese President Xi Jinping – was snubbed by the leaders of six member states: the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia. Xi’s offer to double imports over the next five years appears to have done little to endear the Baltic nations. Since the event, the Estonian foreign intelligence service issued a scathing report on alleged Chinese attempts at influence in the country. Earlier, Lithuania drew criticism from Beijing for banning Nuctech, a Chinese state-owned maker of security-screening equipment, from providing equipment to three airports in the country. The Chinese embassy in Vilnius did not respond to a request for comment. Richard Bush, a Brookings Institution senior fellow specialising in Taiwan, said that should Vilnius open a representative trade office there, it could expect repercussions from China. Beijing considers Taiwan a wayward province that must be reunited with the mainland, by force if necessary. “I think there will be blowback, Lithuania‘s leaders will need to be prepared for that. They will need to work out in advance what their response is going to be,” he said, adding that while many other countries have similar presences in Taiwan, those were mostly established in calmer times. China warns against travel to Czech Republic as tensions rise over Taiwan Of the 17+1 grouping, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have trade missions in Taiwan, along with a handful of other European states. Other countries that have fallen foul of China due to diplomatic spats – including Australia, Norway and Canada – have often faced economic consequences because of significant reliance on China for trade and investment. Lithuania, though, has less exposure, analysts said, and is thus more emboldened to work with Taiwan without fear of major economic reprisals from Beijing. Chinese customs data indicate that Lithuania sold less than US$500 million worth of goods to China last year, and Bank of Lithuania statistics show that in the first three quarters of 2020, just €8.76 million (US$10.58 million) in Chinese investment flowed into Lithuania. “The fear of possible Chinese retaliation will always be part of the calculation. However, recent events show that China lacks proper leverage vis-à-vis Central and Eastern European countries,” said Matej Šimalčík, executive director of the Central European Institute of Asian Studies in Slovakia. He noted that when the president of the Czech senate, Milos Vystrcil, visited Taiwan last year and when then-Slovak President Andrej Kiska met the Dalai Lama in 2016, China’s reaction was mostly rhetorical. Other CEE nations are keen to retain strong ties with Beijing, including Hungary, Serbia and other in the Balkan nations that are not members of the European Union. For this reason, there is unlikely to be a total dissolution of the format. “China is still seen as a valuable partner for the vast majority of 17+1 members, and while the format might not get them much, they probably also see maintaining any sort of ties with China as in their interests,” said Austin Doehler, an independent analyst of Europe-China affairs.More from South China Morning Post:Coronavirus: Xi Jinping offers Poland access to China’s vaccines and a bigger market for farm goodsGenocide claim ‘lie of the century’ says China in double serve for EuropeThis article Lithuania to open Taiwan trade office, the latest sign of discontent with China by a ‘17+1’ member 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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The Ministry of Health has confirmed 19 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Thursday (4 March), taking the country's total case count to 59,998.
Three in five businesses in the China-Australia education sector say Chinese appetites for Australian education are deteriorating, with the tense bilateral relationship between the two countries the main reason, according to a new survey by the Australian Chamber of Commerce (Austcham) in Beijing. In a survey of 112 education-related businesses – including Australian schools, universities and education support services – conducted in November and December last year, 62 per cent of the respondents said attitudes towards Australian education in China “have deteriorated” and more than half said that confidence in the Chinese market has decreased. Conflict between the two countries was the prime reason for the worsening situation, with more than 80 per cent of businesses saying “changes in the Australia-China relationship have had an overall negative impact on business over the past year”.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. Since the spat started in April last year, following Canberra’s call for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic without consulting Beijing, the Chinese government has twice warned its students about serious threats to their safety in Australia due to discrimination and racist attacks. ‘You Chinese virus spreader’: after coronavirus, Australia has an anti-Asian racism outbreak to deal with On Wednesday, the Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank, revealed in a new study that after the Covid-19 outbreak about four in 10 Chinese-Australians said they were treated less favourably due to their heritage. About one in five had been physically threatened or attacked. Earlier in the week, police were called after a local councillor in Sydney received hate mail blaming him and Chinese people for the pandemic. So far, the absence of international students in Australia has been largely caused by Australia’s Covid-related travel restrictions, with no clear indication yet about when students can return. Education businesses told Austcham Beijing they wanted to see an easing of bilateral tensions and more support for Australian-China education companies from the Australian media. The importance of the education sector to the Australian economy, its dedicated workforce and the hundreds of thousands of students and their families, cannot be understated Nick Coyle Respondents also urged the two governments to increase dialogue to reduce tensions and ease travel restrictions, particularly to repatriate staff and international students. “Rebuilding the bilateral trade relationship is the key and opening business travel is second,” one survey respondent said. Austcham Beijing chief executive Nick Coyle said it was an anxious time for the A$40 billion (US$31.5 billion) Australian international student sector, of which Chinese students make up more than a third. “The importance of the education sector to the Australian economy, its dedicated workforce and the hundreds of thousands of students and their families, cannot be understated,” Coyle said. The Austcham survey also revealed China-Australia businesses were having a tough time diversifying their business away from Chinese students, which contributed a substantial part of the sector’s fees and revenues. More than half of the respondents said it was difficult to redirect Chinese student business to other countries with universities having the greatest difficulty. The crunch in the Australian university sector is starting to show. Last week, the University of Melbourne’s preliminary financial results for 2020 showed the institution’s operating surplus, or profit, had fallen 89 per cent from the year before to A$8 million. Its international student enrolments have fallen 10 per cent compared to a year ago, and 22 per cent compared to pre-Covid estimates. The University of Melbourne was not the only higher education provider struggling, with most universities flagging a decline in earnings in the past year. But it has one of the highest levels of international student enrolments – including Chinese – in Australia, according to the Department of Education. More than 30 per cent of the Melbourne university’s revenue comes from international student fees, higher than the national average of 24 per cent. Eleven other universities fall in the same category. This concentration means restrictions on international students caused by the pandemic could potentially send Australian universities into financial turmoil, Omer Yezdani, director of the Australian Catholic University’s Office of Planning and Strategic Management, said in research published last month. If one in five international students do not re-enrol, 22 Australian universities will see a big fall in profits, Yezdani said. The Australian government has continued to welcome international students, although it has not released plans to repatriate those stuck overseas. In a speech to the University of Melbourne last week, Australian education minister Alan Tudge said while international students were important to the economy, universities must focus on educating Australians. “For more than a decade, the focus on international rankings has led to a relentless drive for international students to fund the larger research volumes that are required to drive up the rankings,” he said. “To be clear, we want and need international students in Australia. They have been great for our society, our economy, our diplomacy, and thousands have stayed and become outstanding citizens. “But Covid presents us with an opportunity to reassess the impact our universities can have, and to refocus on the main purpose of public universities: to educate Australians and produce knowledge that contributes to our country and humanity.”More from South China Morning Post:Most Chinese-Australians feel they belong, but discrimination remains a factor: surveyUS-China relations: companies in South China have no appetite for decoupling, but expect tensions to grow, says AmChamEU-China relations: services sector seen as untapped potential for growth in relationship after goods trade overtakes USChina-Australia relations: Africa’s winemakers, miners toast ‘potential’ of trade disputeChina-Australia relations: Beijing warns overseas students in Australia, saying ‘vicious incidents’ threaten their safetyThis article China-Australia relations: lucrative international education sector takes hit amid trade row, survey shows first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Hong Kong health authorities on Tuesday night revealed that they were investigating the death of a chronically ill man two days after he received China’s Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, but cautioned that no connection had been ascertained yet. The Department of Health said the 63-year-old man had received the shot on February 26 at Kwun Chung Sports Centre in Jordan, one of the government’s designated vaccination sites. He was sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on February 28 after suffering shortness of breath.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. A source said the man had suffered a cardiac arrest soon after he was admitted, and died on the same day after failed resuscitation attempts. “At the moment, the causal relationship with the vaccination cannot be ascertained,” the department said in a late-night statement, adding that it was seeking more information from the Hospital Authority. The source said that when the man was admitted to hospital, clinicians were notified that he had been vaccinated with the Sinovac jab, but at that time they thought the conditions were unrelated, as the patient suffered from chronic illnesses. The department, meanwhile, said it would also pass the case details to a new expert committee for assessing clinical events to establish the causal links and publish a report in due course. A hospital spokesman said the man, who also had a record of respiratory tract diseases, was admitted at about 1.30am on Sunday. He was transferred to medical ward at about 3am but his condition deteriorated rapidly and he died at around 6am. The Coroner’s Court would follow up on the death, the spokesman said. In a press briefing at about 12.30am on Wednesday, hospital deputy chief executive Dr Johnny Chan Wai-man said the patient told emergency unit staff he had received a jab, but personnel in the medical ward were not aware of the vaccination as they focused on his rapidly deteriorating condition. Chan said no signs of allergic reactions were detected during resuscitation attempts and staff believed from clinical judgments the patient had chronic bronchitis, for which he was treated. None of the patient’s conditions that day could be associated with inoculation, he said. The hospital alerted the health department the following day after reviewing his record and realising he had been vaccinated. Dr Ronald Lam Man-kin, controller of the Centre for Health Protection, stressed that it was too early to conclude there was a causal relationship and the expert committee would examine the incident. The vaccine was still recommended as the benefits outweighed the risks, he said, adding that the department’s monitoring mechanism was in line with international standards. “A vaccination programme cannot be arbitrarily stopped before a causal relationship is established,” Lam said. Chan, however, admitted that communications could be improved. Professor David Hui Shu-cheong, a respiratory medicine expert at Chinese University and a government adviser on the pandemic, said whether the man’s death was related to the vaccination had yet to be concluded by a postmortem examination. He said the man had suffered from four risk factors of a coronary artery disease, including his smoking habit, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and high blood glucose levels, which could pose threats to his health even without the vaccine. The diabetic man had been seeking treatment from a government outpatient clinic and was taking two kinds of medicine. His blood glucose levels were normal when he was admitted to the hospital emergency unit. “If the [diabetes] is well controlled, there is no problem in getting the vaccine,” Hui said. Experts had said adverse reactions reported by several people after receiving shots of the mainland-made Sinovac vaccine were unlikely to be linked to the jab. Some 40,000 people have received the jab so far. Meanwhile, bookings for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was jointly developed by German and US firms, will open on Wednesday at 9am. With 140,000 slots available for priority residents, the jabs will be offered from March 10 to 30 at seven vaccination centres operated by the Hospital Authority. With another vaccine option available, Hui said earlier, one of the factors in choosing which jab to go for would be the recipient’s travel habits. The BioNTech vaccine could neutralise the mutated strains that emerged in Britain and South Africa. The coverage of protection could be wider Professor David Hui, Chinese University He said people who needed to travel overseas frequently could benefit from the potentially greater protection offered by the BioNTech vaccine. Sinovac shots, he added, would be adequate for those who usually stayed in Hong Kong or only travelled to the mainland, where mutated strains of the virus were not yet prevalent. “The BioNTech vaccine could neutralise the mutated strains that emerged in Britain and South Africa,” Hui said. “The coverage of protection could be wider.” At least seven people had been sent to hospital after they developed complications – such as a rapid heartbeat, dizziness and high blood pressure – following Sinovac shots over the past few days. The University of Hong Kong’s Professor Ivan Hung Fan-ngai, co-convenor of the expert committee on adverse reactions to vaccines, said the conditions reported by the patients were also common in other situations. “Dizziness is a common response among some people who get injected for vaccinations or blood-drawing. Many people also have palpitations,” he said, referring to the condition of a fast-beating or fluttering heart. He said the committee would meet on Wednesday to look into the adverse events. Hui also said those reactions were likely to have been caused by unconscious responses in the nervous system, such as rising heart rates due to a fear of needles or blood. “If you are afraid of needles, maybe don’t look at the needle,” he told a radio programme. “There’s no need to worry, the needle is there to help you develop immunity.” Hong Kong mall to boot tenant after outbreak; city logs 13 Covid-19 cases For the administration of the BioNTech shots, which must be kept long-term at minus 70 degrees Celsius and thawed and diluted before injection, each inoculation centre will be equipped with two pharmaceutical fridges to store the vials at temperatures between 2 and 8 degrees for no more than five days. To prevent spoilage, the jabs would be prepared in batches throughout the day, depending on the booking demand, said Angela Liu Hor-ki from the Hospital Authority’s Hong Kong East cluster, which manages the vaccination centre at Sai Wan Ho Sports Centre. “We will prepare the vaccines according to the bookings, we won’t [dilute] the vaccines all in one go,” she said. Each vial contains five doses, and the shot in each syringe can be kept at room temperature no higher than 30 degrees and must be administered within six hours. With four to six pharmacists allocated at each vaccination centre, a maximum of 200 syringes could be prepared per hour, Liu added. Dr Luk Che-chung, chief executive of the authority’s Hong Kong East cluster, said health workers were confident about delivering a smooth vaccination programme even though many technical issues were involved in handling the BioNTech jabs.More from South China Morning Post:First batch of Hongkongers get Covid-19 vaccine shots amid hopes of travel resumption and ensuring safety of loved onesCoronavirus: bookings for Hong Kong’s first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations to open on Wednesday, with jabs starting next weekThis article Hong Kong authorities looking into death of chronically ill man two days after receiving Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Taiwan will stage six rounds of missile tests this month along with other military drills to step up its defence capabilities, as the People’s Liberation Army conducts a month-long exercise in the South China Sea. From Wednesday, the government-funded National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology plans to test-fire missiles off the eastern and southern coasts, with five more rounds planned between March 10 and March 19, according to a notice made public by the Taiwan Fisheries Agency. It said they would test the power of missiles launched from the Jiupeng military base in the island’s southernmost county of Pingtung and the eastern county of Taitung.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. The notice also said there was “no ceiling” on the height of the missile tests on March 10-11 and March 18-19, meaning they will stretch 300km into the Pacific, encompassing the waters off the counties of Hualien and Taitung, including Orchid Island. There was no mention of which missiles would be tested, but the semi-official Central News Agency quoted an unnamed retired institute official as saying they would likely be Hsiung Feng-2E (Brave Wind-2E) cruise missiles and the extended-range version of the Thunderbolt-2000 tactical missiles. The Hsiung Feng-2E has a firing range of 600km, capable of reaching China, while the extended version of the Thunderbolt-2000 is said to have a firing range of 200-300km, meaning it could reach the mainland coast. Meanwhile, the Taiwanese air force will conduct at least five rounds of live-fire drills between Wednesday and March 25 at waters near Chialutang in southwestern Taiwan. The drills will be near the island’s southwest air defence identification zone (ADIZ) that PLA warplanes have reportedly frequently flown into and been seen off by the Taiwanese air force. Taiwan’s navy will also stage two exercises on March 8 and 11 near Chialutang to improve combat readiness, according to another notice published by the fisheries agency. China’s ban on Taiwanese pineapples sours sentiment towards Beijing The Taiwanese coastguard will also hold a live-fire drill at the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on March 23, after it staged a live-fire exercise on Monday at the Pratas Islands – controlled by Taiwan and claimed by Beijing – amid rising tensions in the region, according to the agency. Taiwan’s drills come as the PLA conducts a month-long exercise, which started on Monday, in a zone with a radius of 5km (3.1 miles) west of the Leizhou Peninsula in Guangdong province. Analysts said although Taiwan’s missile tests and military drills would have been scheduled well ahead of time, publicising the schedule also served as a warning to Beijing over its growing military intimidation against the self-ruled island. “In the face of continuous threats from China, the flurry of missile tests and military drills by the Taiwanese forces are meant to tell Beijing that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself,” said Su Tzu-yun, a senior analyst at the Institute for National Defence and Security Research, a government-funded think tank. Beijing considers Taiwan part of its territory that must be brought under mainland control, by force if necessary. It has suspended official exchanges with the island, staged a series of war games and poached seven of Taiwan’s allies since Tsai Ing-wen, from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, was elected president in 2016 and refused to accept the one-China principle. More than 1,000 PLA warplanes have entered Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ since last year as part of the pressure campaign, fuelling tensions in the region, with military experts warning of the risk of unintended incidents that could spark a cross-strait conflict. Why France is flexing its muscles in the South China Sea Su said Taiwan was aware of the risks and had been prudent in its military moves. “These tests and drills are … homeland security measures aimed at safeguarding Taiwan while improving the armed forces’ skills and the technological levels of Taiwan’s home-grown weapons,” Su said. Chieh Chung, a senior national security researcher at the National Policy Foundation, an opposition Kuomintang party think tank, said Taiwan had developed its own weapons mainly because of the rapid rise in the mainland’s military power. “In developing our own weapons, we seek to maintain a military balance between the two sides, or at least not to fall sharply behind,” he said.More from South China Morning Post:South China Sea: Vietnam builds up defences against Beijing in Spratly Islands, report saysBeijing keeps up military pressure on Taiwan as island reshuffles security and mainland affairs chiefsTensions rise across the Taiwan Strait as Taipei test-fires missilesChina military may face tough year ahead as Beijing tightens purse stringsThis article South China Sea: Taiwan fires up missile tests to coincide with Beijing’s month of military drills first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
A reading specialist who molested a three-year-old female student attending his class was jailed for 18 months and given three strokes of the cane.
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Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying has said Hong Kong’s residents have to recognise it is not an independent country like Singapore, and must respect Beijing’s authority. Leung, in his second video speech in a week, also said while the opposition camp emphasised that “power comes from the people”, he argued Hongkongers could only give limited power to the city’s government. “In Hong Kong the extra autonomous power that we enjoy actually comes from Beijing, and Beijing has to account to all the 1.4 billion people in the whole of China,” he said. “Ignoring the sentiments of the mainland people is self-deception on the part of Hong Kong.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. “We are not another Singapore. In Hong Kong, by pushing on the democracy envelope too far, and by attempting to chip away the authority of Beijing in, for example, appointing the chief executive, many of the so-called democrats have become, in practice, separatists.” Leung was speaking as Hong Kong’s deputies to the National People’s Congress (NPC), as well as delegates to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country’s top advisory body, travelled to the mainland on Tuesday in preparation for the two bodies’ plenary sessions, which start on Friday and Thursday respectively. The political events – known as the “two sessions” – are a window to the central government’s priorities and plans for the coming year. Politicians headed to Shenzhen on Tuesday for Covid-19 tests, and were set to fly to Beijing the following day. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will travel to the capital via Shenzhen on Thursday for the NPC’s opening ceremony the following day, returning to Hong Kong through the Guangdong city on Sunday. Fall of Hong Kong’s ‘kingmakers’? Beijing may end tycoons’ election influence Apart from endorsing China’s next five-year plan, sources previously told the Post that the NPC and CPPCC would scrutinise Beijing plans to shake up the city’s electoral systems based on the “patriots governing Hong Kong” principle. In his first eight-minute video speech last week, Leung warned that people could not expect the city’s leader to enjoy the high degree of autonomy granted by the central government, but disregard Beijing’s role in selecting a candidate, pointing out that “we cannot have our cake and eat it”. In the latest five-minute episode, Leung said a Shanghai official once told him in the late 1980s that Beijing had consulted the mainland city’s government on the draft of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution. Leung said the Shanghai official told him: “Lucky you, come 1997, unlike Shanghai and many other cities on the mainland, Hong Kong doesn’t need to contribute anything to the Central government coffers. “You can also save the hundreds of millions of dollars that you are now paying every year to the British for having the British garrison in Hong Kong. After 1997, he said, the People’s Liberation Army will be free of charge.” Leung lamented that nowadays, many mainland people’s view of Hong Kong had changed. Rather than admiring it, some people, such as taxi drivers, were upset about how activists threatened national security. “Mainland taxi drivers believe that Hong Kong has been ungrateful; we are biting the hand that feeds us; we want our cake and eat it,” he said. ‘Two sessions’ set to reflect China’s post-Covid economic confidence “[The taxi drivers said] the so-called democrats who collude with foreign governments should be locked up forever … the rioters in 2019 who trashed the national flag in Hong Kong are treasonous; and more recently they said ‘enough is enough’.” Leung said if the mainland people knew that these anti-China acts were going to happen, they would not have been as supportive of Hong Kong, as they were before 1997. “If the people on the mainland had a crystal ball when they were consulted on the Basic Law draft and saw the so-called democrats calling on the US government to sanction China, would they have agreed to give Hong Kong the special treatments that we have today under the Basic Law?” he said.More from South China Morning Post:Top Hong Kong civil servants should be barred from holding right of abode overseas, says city deputy to National People’s Congress‘Stop meddling’: Beijing accuses Taiwan of hypocrisy over Hong Kong arrestsChina’s ‘two sessions’: Beijing set to signal post-coronavirus economic confidenceThis article Hong Kong is not independent like Singapore and those who challenge Beijing’s authority are separatists, says CY Leung first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.