Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are returning as the infamous wedding crashers, more than 15 years since the original film.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are returning as the infamous wedding crashers, more than 15 years since the original film.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she has "piles of cash" at home as she has no bank account after the United States slapped sanctions on her in response to a draconian security law China imposed on the city.
The Ministry of Health confirmed six new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Saturday (28 November), taking the country’s total case count to 58,205.
President Emmanuel Macron faces a major challenge to retain France's influence over resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, needing to take account of the large Armenian minority in his country and accused by Azerbaijan of bias.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to further deepen cooperation and promote a “digital Silk Road” with Southeast Asia as Beijing moves to cement its influence in the Asia-Pacific.The commitment comes just as the new US administration says it wants to pivot towards the region and resume a leadership role.In a recorded message on Friday, Xi also sought to assure the Asian leaders that China gave top priority to its relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), a 10-member regional bloc, and that as the only major growing economy, China would continue its opening-up strategy to drive the global recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic – a move and that would benefit Asean.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“China will unswervingly expand its opening up to the outside world, enhancing its domestic and international economic linkages, and driving the world’s common recovery through its own recovery, from which all countries in the world, including Asean, will benefit,” Xi said via video link to participants at the China-Asean Expo in the southwestern Chinese city of Nanning.“Looking to the future, there will be even more room for cooperation between China and Asean.”Xi’s remarks came just two days after US president-elect Joe Biden announced that his foreign policy agenda would see the United States retake its global leadership role and strengthen its alliances in the Asia-Pacific.On Friday, in another sign that Beijing is stepping up engagement with its neighbours, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up his trip to key US allies, Japan and South Korea, pledging that China would join the two nations to revive their pandemic-hit economies.Xi, who is the first Chinese president to give a keynote speech since the China-Asean Expo was established in 2004, told the summit that while the world was confronted by instability and uncertainty because of the rise of unilateralism and protectionism, China had made its relationship with Asean a priority. China to assess new prospects for Japan ties as Wang Yi meets PM Suga“China regards Asean as a priority in its neighbourhood diplomacy and a key area for high-quality joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative,” Xi said referring to one of his pet projects to develop trade, investment and infrastructure along both the ancient maritime and land Silk Roads.“[China] supports Asean’s central position in East Asian cooperation, and supports Asean to play a greater role in building an open and inclusive regional architecture,” Xi said, adding that China would “actively consider” Asean’s need for Covid-19 vaccines.Xi also said China would continue to cooperate with Asean countries in the next five years on various areas, including infrastructure and public health, and would “positively consider the needs of Asean countries” when vaccines were ready. China may cut belt and road lending to ensure future of projectSpecifically, Xi said China could work with Asean countries to establish a “China-Asean digital port to promote digital connectivity, and build a ‘digital Silk Road’.”Beijing has sought closer ties with Asean, a regional grouping of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, to try to offset pressure from the protracted trade war launched by US President Donald Trump in 2018.This year, the 10-member bloc overtook the European Union as the largest trading partner to China, having also surpassed the US last year amid trade friction between the world’s largest economies.In what Beijing touted as a historic milestone in its economic integration with the region, China and the 10 countries of Asean, as well as Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia, signed up to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest free-trade bloc, earlier this month.The trade pact, which would see significant tariff cuts among member states in the next decade, could further expand China’s economic influence in the Asia-Pacific and counter pressure from the China-US economic decoupling.On Friday, Xi welcomed the signing of the RCEP – which covers about 30 per cent of the world’s population and gross domestic product – and said more measures were expected to ease regional travel and cargo transport when pandemic conditions improved.South China Sea: the dispute that could start a military conflictShi Yinhong, professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing, said the need for China to improve ties with Asean and its member states had become more urgent as political, security and ideological tensions had risen with advanced countries.However, persistent disputes over the South China Sea remained a major problem between Beijing and oceanic Asean countries, Shi said.“There is no change in their positions on the South China Sea. The US has heavy influence on some oceanic Asean countries, though they also know it’s unrealistic for a hi-tech decoupling with China,” he said.“The future of China-Asean relations will be influenced by Biden’s policy over the South China Sea.”He added that the Asean members varied in their acceptance of Beijing’s digital Silk Road proposal.Wang Huiyao, director of the Centre for China and Globalisation, said cooperation on the digital economy was an extension of the growing economic engagement between Asean and China.He also said Biden’s return to multilateralism would open more channels for dialogue between China and the United States, with bilateral relations expected to follow the path of “cooperative competition”.Additional reporting by Wendy WuMore from South China Morning Post: * US and Taiwan promote alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative * Asean braces for Trump administration’s parting shot at China * South China Sea: China asks Asean for quick resolution to code of conduct * Asean can help avert South China Sea conflict amid ‘superpower rivalry’, Philippine defence minister saysThis article ‘Let’s build a digital Silk Road’: Xi Jinping looks to cement China’s ties with Asean first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Asian stock markets declined Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney retreated while Shanghai gained. Investors have been encouraged by reports of progress toward a possible vaccine.
More than 160 diamonds worth an estimated HK$6.5 million (US$840,000) have been seized during a Hong Kong customs inspection of a truck at a new border checkpoint, the largest bust of its kind in three years.The Shenzhen-bound haul, wrapped in a plastic bag and stuffed in the driver’s trouser pocket, was to be smuggled through the Heung Yuen Wai control point to avoid stringent import restrictions and mainland Chinese taxes amounting to between 10 and 20 per cent of the precious stones’ value, according to a law enforcement source.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.The source said it followed a similar diamond-smuggling case from earlier in the year, prompting the local authorities to strengthen the inspection regime for cross-border vehicles at local control points amid fears that Covid-19 travel curbs were fuelling the illegal trade.Last month, HK$1 million worth of rough diamonds were detected when a Hong Kong-bound vehicle was stopped for inspection at Lok Ma Chau control point.The latest seizure was made at Heung Yuen Wai control point in northern Hong Kong on Thursday morning when a truck heading for Shenzhen was selected for a routine inspection. The border checkpoint opened in April.“A plastic bag, carrying 162 diamonds, was seized from the pocket of the driver’s trousers,” the source said. “Each diamond weighs around one carat and the haul is worth about HK$6.5 million.”A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempting to export unmanifested cargo – an offence carrying a maximum penalty of seven years in jail and a HK$2 million fine.In a follow-up raid of a Sham Shui Po flat on Thursday night, Customs and Excise Department officers arrested another man, also aged 33. Enormous diamond sells for HK$120 million at Sotheby’s auction in Hong KongAs of Friday afternoon, the two suspects were still being held for questioning and neither had been charged. Officers from customs’ syndicate crimes investigation bureau are handling the case.The source said he believed the diamonds were being taken to factories over the border, where they would be turned into jewellery for sale on the mainland market.He said mainland shoppers had been staying away from Hong Kong because of the mandatory quarantine orders and closure of major border checkpoints in place to counter the Covid-19 pandemic. Smuggler with 1,000 diamonds in his shoes trips up at border“But there is a high demand for luxury items such as diamonds and precious metal in mainland China and this creates a market for cross-border smugglers,” he said.He said customs officers would also enhance the exchange of intelligence with their mainland counterparts to combat cross-border, diamond-smuggling activities.Hong Kong customs foiled two diamond-running bids in 2019, seizing HK$1.17 million worth of the stones, but there were no reports of similar operations the year before.Officers took possession of HK$18 million worth of diamonds in four cases from 2017. The biggest seizure in recent years was in June that year when officers confiscated HK$11 million worth of diamonds.In March 2017, a smuggler was arrested after mainland officers found 1,000 diamonds hidden in his shoes at Luohu crossing, which links to Hong Kong’s Lo Wu control point. He was targeted for inspection because officers saw him walking on his tiptoes.More from South China Morning Post: * Smuggler from Hong Kong with 1,000 diamonds in his shoes trips up at Shenzhen border * Flawless 102-carat diamond sells for more than HK$120 million at Sotheby’s auction in Hong KongThis article Hong Kong customs seizes more than 160 diamonds worth HK$6.5 million from truck at Shenzhen border first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
A Malaysian family have cooked up a tasty solution to their economic woes during the pandemic by opening a backyard pizzeria that has proved a hit in their sleepy village.
Cathay Pacific Airways is to stop negotiating with its Flight Attendants Union (FAU) over pay and conditions, calling it an “outdated practice” no longer relevant to the modern world.In response, the union, which represents more than 80 per cent of existing staff, called the move its “greatest setback” in a decade.The airline’s management said it would engage with employees directly through digital communication platforms, adding it would no longer recognise the “old fashioned confrontational legacy practices” of the past.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“The time has come to move on from outdated practices [of union-led labour negotiations] that were designed back in the 1970s, which are simply not right or relevant for the modern world,” Jeanette Mao, the airline’s general manager of in-flight service, said in an internal video.She also accused the union of working with outside groups to the detriment of the company.“I’m afraid recently we have seen the FAU be influenced by input from outside parties who are not Cathay employees, and who do not appear to have the company’s best interest at heart,” Mao said.The union accused the airline of disrespecting its members by scrapping its annual “year-end negotiation”.The bargaining session normally allows the union to try and secure more concessions, bonuses and pay rise commitments, among other things. Cathay has already confirmed there would be no annual bonuses this year or any pay rise in 2021. Cathay wants 20 pilots to volunteer for cargo flights in anticipation of busy 2021Amber Suen, the FAU’s internal vice-chairwoman, objected to Mao’s characterisation of labour practices as outdated.“The format of negotiation is never outdated or old fashioned,” she said. “It is a way for both parties to come together to work together for harmonious labour relations, it is never confrontational, it has proved useful.“What Cathay Pacific is doing is setting very bad precedence for all enterprises by removing our collective bargaining power.”The union told its more than 6,000 members that losing year-end negotiations meant it would be permanently deprived of the right to negotiate with the company.“It will be FAU’s greatest setback throughout the past 10 years,” it said.The airline stopped recognising the more powerful and influential pilot’s union days before carrying out a sweeping overhaul of the business in October.Previously, the airline would negotiate with both unions on pay rises and changes to terms and conditions for frontline staff. The airline did not engage them before introducing new contracts enabling the company to tweak employment contracts unilaterally.The coronavirus pandemic triggered a widespread restructuring of Cathay Pacific, including cutting 5,900 jobs worldwide and closing its regional airline Cathay Dragon.As part of the overhaul, the carrier rolled out cheaper employment contracts which 7,346 cabin crew and 2,613 pilots – many reluctantly – accepted on new take-it-or-leave-it terms.“We are fully committed to listening to our crew community – we respect them and their views enormously,” an airline spokeswoman said. “We will be adopting new ways of hearing feedback and suggestions from our crew members direct and in real time, at any time throughout the year.” No more Cathay job cuts, bailouts needed for Covid-19 crisis: chairmanChris Chan King-chi, an associate professor at Chinese University who specialises in labour relations and trade unions, said Hong Kong did not have a law guaranteeing collective bargaining, but called it an “effective and practical way to balance management and labour relations”.He added: “Without collective bargaining, it is expected that workers’ grievances can be articulated in other ways, from strikes to more hidden forms of resistance, which can be harmful to productivity.”This article Cathay Pacific snubs union over pay talks and says it will contact staff directly, in move flight attendants’ group calls ‘greatest setback’ in a decade first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Commemorations for Tamil Tiger rebels killed in Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war were banned on Friday after court petitions by the government of strongman President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Meng Wanzhou's defence lawyers leveled new allegations Thursday of a "cover up" by the most senior Canadian law enforcement official to testify so far in the Huawei executive's extradition hearing.
A federal appeals court on Friday flatly dismissed President Donald Trump's claim that the election was unfair and refused to freeze Joe Biden's win in the key state of Pennsylvania.
With the news of workable vaccines for COVID-19, these three businesses could enjoy a sharp recovery in 2021.The post 3 Blue-Chip Companies That Could See a Strong Recovery in 2021 appeared first on The Smart Investor.
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Eritrea's capital came under fire from Ethiopia's breakaway Tigray region Friday, raising fears that Ethiopia's internal conflict could spread as leader Abiy Ahmed resisted calls for dialogue.
Dressed in impeccable camouflage fatigues with Kalashnikovs slung over their shoulders, Russian peacekeepers stand guard along the last road linking Armenia with the restive region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
President Donald Trump said Thursday for the first time that he would leave the White House if Joe Biden is officially confirmed the winner of the US election, even as he railed against the "rigged" vote.
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Iran said one of its most prominent nuclear scientists was assassinated Friday in an attack outside Tehran, blaming arch foe Israel and warning of "severe revenge".
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