Tropical Storm Zeta brought strong winds and heavy rainfall to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on October 26.
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Tropical Storm Zeta brought strong winds and heavy rainfall to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on October 26.
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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.
When US 5G chip leader Qualcomm introduced its latest flagship offering for next-generation smartphones on Tuesday, one customer was conspicuous by its absence.Qualcomm, whose chips are used in smartphones from the likes of Apple and Samsung Electronics, as well as Chinese vendors led by Huawei Technologies, Oppo and Xiaomi, launched the new Snapdragon 888 chip during a virtual event hosted by the US firm on Tuesday.Senior executives at Chinese companies Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme said via videos played at the virtual event that they would soon launch smartphone products featuring the Snapdragon 888.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“I’m glad that our new flagship smartphone Mi 11 will be one of the first devices with the Snapdragon 888,” Lei Jun, founder and CEO of Xiaomi, said.Huawei, China’s No 1 smartphone vendor, was not among the Chinese Android smartphone vendors that showed support for Qualcomm’s new 5G chip. Under sanctions imposed by Washington, US chip suppliers are banned from selling products to Huawei without a licence. Huawei leads the world in wireless communication patents in 2020, report revealsHowever, Qualcomm has confirmed that it was granted a licence to sell a number of products to Huawei, including some 4G products. The chip supplier did not say if it has received a licence to sell 5G products to the Chinese company.At the virtual event, Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said the company expects to work with Honor – the former Huawei sub-brand which was sold to a consortium of over 30 Huawei channel sellers on November 17 – and that cooperation is dependent on “future development”, according to a report by Chinese news outlet Paper.cn.Qualcomm’s flagship 5G chip comes as more than 1 billion people globally, or 15 per cent of the world’s population, are projected to live in an area that will have 5G coverage by the end of the year, as adoption of the next-generation mobile system accelerates despite uncertainties amid the Covid-19 pandemic.Qualcomm said the new chip will not only power smartphones, but also other 5G-connected devices like personal computers and cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) products, providing users with a more immersive and interactive experience when using gadgets such as mixed reality glasses.The Snapdragon 888, which integrates Qualcomm’s third-generation 5G modem and Snapdragon X60 radio frequency system, supports major global millimetre wave and sub-6GHz frequency bands, and works with stand-alone (SA) and non-stand-alone (NSA) networking modes.The chip is also optimised for photography and videos taken by smartphones, enabling users to capture videos at 120 frames per second, with each frame containing up to 12 million pixels.Compared with previous-generation platforms, the new sixth-generation Qualcomm AI engine embedded in the 5G chipset delivers significant improvements in performance and energy efficiency, operating at 26 trillion operations per second, according to information provided by Qualcomm.More from South China Morning Post: * Qualcomm receives US government permission to sell 4G chips to Huawei in exception to trade ban * Xiaomi raises US$4 billion selling bonds and more shares, in Hong Kong’s biggest top-up fundraising to replenish its financial war chestThis article Qualcomm’s new flagship 5G chip embraced by major Chinese smartphone makers – except Huawei first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Attorney General Bill Barr said Tuesday that the Justice Department has found no evidence of voter fraud significant enough to reverse Democrat Joe Biden's defeat of President Donald Trump in the November 3 election.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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China is expecting the United States to ease some restrictions on exchanges between the two countries when US president-elect Joe Biden takes office as part of efforts to repair the relationship, according to a Chinese military adviser.That could include issuing more student visas for Chinese in the US and reopening consulates closed under President Donald Trump, said Yao Yunzhu, a senior adviser with the official China Association of Military Science.Speaking on the sidelines of the Beijing Xiangshan Forum on Tuesday, Yao said the new US administration may also end moves like recent raids on Chinese ships and planes arriving in the US where crew have reportedly been questioned about their Communist Party membership.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“We hope the new US government will remove restrictions on people-to-people exchanges ... restrictions on such exchanges damage the foundations of China-US relations,” she said.A Biden presidency could be an opportunity to improve relations, Yao said.“He has a much more professional foreign policy and defence team, which means it will be easier to communicate and reach consensus,” Yao said. “Biden values multilateralism – China has also been advocating multilateralism. We could therefore expand cooperation under a multilateral framework, such as on climate change, the pandemic, and North Korea.”Biden’s election victory has given hope to observers that the damaged ties of the world’s two biggest economies could at least be partially rebuilt, with the incoming US administration expected to be more predictable and possibly more accommodating of China than it has been under Trump.Biden has already begun announcing his cabinet picks, including Antony Blinken as US secretary of state – his long-time adviser who is seen by analysts as a moderate and someone Beijing could work with.Jia Qingguo, an international relations professor at Peking University, said earlier that Blinken was also likely to bring Washington back to its post-war international strategy of advancing American interests by maintaining a world order that is favourable to the US – which would mean a more predictable China policy than under Trump.Addressing the two-day security forum in Beijing on Tuesday, Ezra Vogel, professor emeritus at Harvard University, said the two countries should seize the opportunity to resume dialogue, from the top leaders to the working level, and that the new US administration should show more goodwill to China.“We should give more recognition to Chinese constructive efforts around the world,” he said, citing Beijing’s efforts on climate change, infrastructure projects in Africa, and to set up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.Vogel also called on Beijing to provide equal treatment to foreign companies as a way to improve American perceptions of China.This is a relationship that should not be divided into two solid blocs like during the Cold War. We are going to have to cooperateJoseph NyeHis views were shared by Joseph Nye, former dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.Nye said a Biden administration was likely to take a different approach from Trump, with more focus on issues like human rights, but the two countries could still cooperate despite their rivalry.“This is a relationship that should not be divided into two solid blocs like during the Cold War. We are going to have to cooperate,” he said at the forum on Wednesday. “I would suggest they [Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping] set up a procedure for constant high-level contacts – frequent summits. Because I think if they are going to manage this relationship, it’s going to take much better communication at the top level than we’ve seen in the recent years.” US lawmakers urged to put ‘reciprocity’ at heart of China relationshipChina should also show more initiative to improve relations with the US under Biden, according to Alexander Lukin, an international relations expert at the MGIMO University in Moscow.“President Biden may be more accommodating,” he told the forum. “It’s very important for China because a lot will depend on China’s policy and approach.”More from South China Morning Post: * US accuses China of violating North Korea sanctions, undermining denuclearisation efforts * Joe Biden should repair US alliances before meeting with Xi Jinping, China analysts say * Nato report says China could pose military threat to Europe and USThis article China expects US to ease some restrictions on exchanges under Joe Biden, military adviser says first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
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Leading Hong Kong dissident Joshua Wong was jailed alongside two other young activists on Wednesday for taking part in last year's huge democracy protests as the crackdown on Beijing's critics gathers pace.