SINGAPORE (Dec 27): This year, the international political and business scene was eventful. With characters such as US President Donald Trump dominating headlines and tweetsphere, there was no shortage of memorable one-liners. Trump took on every issue foreign and domestic. As the year drew to a close, Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, marked her full year in detention in Canada, as the company founded by her father Ren Zhengfei continues to be a prime target of the US-China trade war. Trump’s domestic political rivals, led by Nancy Pelosi, had plenty to say about this divisive commander-in-chief.

Meanwhile, the world moved ahead on other fronts. For example, hedge fund manager Ray Dalio, despite some questions over the performance of his firm’s funds, has emerged as a vocal proponent upending the basic tenet of asset owners’ motivation: that there is more to making money for shareholders. Tyson, one of the largest US meat producers, faces some new trends of its own as plant-based meat, known by other fancy names such as alternative protein, gains popularity.

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