Politics

Hong Kong pushes bill allowing extraditions to China despite biggest protest since handover

(June 11): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vowed on Monday to push ahead with amendments to laws allowing suspects to be extradited to mainland China, a day after the city’s biggest protest since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

Riot police ringed Hong Kong’s legislature and fought back a group of several hundred protesters who stayed behind early on Monday after Sunday’s peaceful march that organisers said drew more than a million people, or one in seven of the city’s people.

Hong Kong protest draws up to 1 million in rebuff to China

HONG KONG (June 10): Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed government faced new pressure to withdraw legislation easing extraditions to China after as many as 1 million people turned out to oppose the measure.

The lasting tragedy of Tiananmen Square

SINGAPORE (June 10): China’s progress towards an open society ended when the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) slaughtered at least hundreds, if not thousands, of peaceful demonstrators in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 3 to 4, 1989. The crackdown left a lasting stain on the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), despite the regime’s unrelenting efforts to whitewash history and suppress collective memory.

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Investors must prepare for various impacts of financial market wars

SINGAPORE (June 10): It’s time for investors to start thinking seriously about the impact of US President Donald Trump’s executive orders on investments on both US companies and Chinese companies that are listed in the US. This is swiftly moving from the potential outlier scenario to a very real scenario with rapid impact.

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US executive orders a threat to investors

SINGAPORE (May 27): How can you destroy a strong industry competitor in three easy steps? US President Donald Trump’s most recent executive order in relation to Huawei Technologies has shown the process, and investors need to be worried, very worried. This decision affects companies all the way along the supply chain, with adverse investment impact on companies which, at first sight, seem far removed from Huawei.

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Is Trump's trade war with China a civilisational conflict?

SINGAPORE (May 20): Late last month, at a security forum in Washington, DC, Kiron Skinner, director of policy planning for the US Department of State, described today’s US-China conflict as “a fight with a really different civilisation and a different ideology, and the United States hasn’t had that before”. As a trial balloon, this apparent attempt to define US President Donald Trump administration’s confrontation with China did not fly.

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Trump has poor grasp of how the Chinese approach deal-making

SINGAPORE (May 20): The Chinese are not alone in not understanding the vagaries of US President Donald Trump, but they do have a unique appreciation of his contribution to the Chinese economy. On the sidelines of a Belt and Road Initiative conference I spoke at, it was suggested that the two greatest contributors to China’s opening-up were Deng Xiaoping and Trump. It was said only partly in jest. The pressure exerted by Trump on China has enabled Premier Li Keqiang to advance a number of opening-up measures that had been previously blocked or slowed by hardliners.

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What went on behind the passing of Singapore's new fake news law

SINGAPORE (May 10): After the longest Parliament sitting in Singa­pore to debate legislation, the city state passed a law that gives portfolio ministers — part of the group of political office holders in Singapore — the power to decide what amounts to news that is false and against the public interest, and order that it be either corrected or taken down.

May backs Brexit delay after Parliament vetoes no-deal divorce

LONDON (Mar 14): Britain’s Parliament voted to avoid an economically disastrous no-deal split from the European Union, opening the door to delaying Brexit and radically re-writing the terms of the divorce. The pound climbed to its highest level since June.

On another chaotic day in London, Theresa May suffered a major rebellion from her own Conservatives, lost two big votes, saw a minister resign, and ended up warning that Brexit will be delayed for many months if there’s no agreement in the next week.

Trump sees no Xi summit by tariff date, stoking trade worry

WASHINGTON (Feb 8): President Donald Trump said he won’t meet Chinese President Xi Jinping before a March 1 deadline to avert higher US tariffs on Chinese goods, intensifying fears the two won’t strike a deal before the end of a 90-day truce.

Trump responded “No” and shook his head Thursday when reporters at the White House asked him if he would meet with Xi this month. Then he added, “Unlikely.” But the US president said the two would “maybe” meet later.

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