Trump, in praising Xi, links Hong Kong protests to trade war

(Aug 15): President Donald Trump made what seemed to be an overture to the Chinese leader Xi Jinping in a series of tweets on Wednesday night that linked the protests in Hong Kong to the continuing trade conflict between the US and China.

Trump praised Xi as “a great leader” who wants to “quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem.” The president ended that post with “Personal meeting?" without clarifying whether he was suggesting a summit with Xi.

Tweets, tariffs damage market sentiment; tread cautiously, says Phillip Futures analyst

SINGAPORE (June 10): The outlook for 2H2019 is downbeat, as analysts see slowing growth — as a result of US protectionism — and shifting supply chains affecting markets. The Straits Times Index — which started 2019 at 3,068 — is still in positive territory. Although valuations are undemanding — Bloomberg has STI’s price-to-earnings ratio at 12.6 times and its price-to-book at 1.05 times — sentiment is fragile. For instance, the STI’s downward drift has taken it below its key 200-day moving average.


Singapore set to tackle spread of fake news with new laws

(Sept 20): Singapore will likely adopt strong laws empowering the government to swiftly disrupt the spread of fake news following the release of a parliamentary report today.

Among the 22 recommendations contained in the nearly 300-page report was a call for legislation to halt the viral spread of fake news “in a matter of hours".

The committee also asked the government to consider legislation to disrupt the flows of digital advertising revenue to publishers of online falsehoods, as well as criminal sanctions for perpetrators of deliberate online falsehoods.

Singapore panel recommends regulation of tech firms over fake news

SINGAPORE (Sept 20): A Singapore parliamentary committee said on Thursday the government should consider legislation to ensure technology companies rein in online fake news and that perpetrators are punished.

The committee, set up to make recommendations on fighting "deliberate online falsehoods", said measures were needed as companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter "have a policy of generally not acting against" content known to be false.

Make social media players root out fake accounts rather than fake news

SINGAPORE (Apr 2): Is it time for Facebook, Twitter and Google to be held responsible for the news and information that they carry on their platforms? Media companies that have watched these platforms eat their lunch over the past decade might be inclined to argue that it is, of course. Yet, governments are beginning to recognise the risk posed by false information and fake news on their economies and societies too.

Japan traders swarm to this mysterious Twitter user

(Jan 15): On a day when billions in profits and losses would be determined by split-second trades, the salaried professionals of Japan’s financial markets were glued to their news terminals. Another group was staring at the feed of an anonymous Twitter account.

It was shortly after noon on Jan 29, 2016, and people with money at stake were waiting for the Bank of Japan to announce its monetary policy. While the decision’s date is set in advance, nobody knows its timing.

Xi buys time with Trump as tensions loom over North Korea threat

HONG KONG (April 10): After predicting a “very difficult” encounter with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Donald Trump emerged from their first meeting hailing “an outstanding relationship” between chiefs of the world’s biggest economies.

Xi was similarly upbeat about his US counterpart after the 18-hour summit in Florida that ended on Friday, saying they “got deeply acquainted, established a kind of trust and built an initial working relationship and friendship."

UK tells WhatsApp to open up to intelligence services

LONDON (March 27): UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging system should open its encryption to security services and urged online companies to be more aggressive in shutting down sites exploited by terrorists.

After newspapers disclosed that Khalid Masood, who killed four people in London last week, had used WhatsApp shortly before he began his attack, Rudd identified the company as needing to do more to help fight terrorism.

How Middle Eastern airlines have responded to the laptop ban

DUBAI/ATLANTA (March 24): Middle East airlines scrambled to find ways to respond to a ban on electronics introduced this week.

The ban targets direct flights headed to the United States and United Kingdom. Some, like Royal Jordanian Airlines, tried to calm or even attract customers through humor, while others, such as Turkish Airlines, boasted about their in-flight entertainment.

Trump takes on China in tweets on currency, South China Sea

(Dec 5): Donald Trump took on the Chinese government via social media on Sunday, rejecting criticism of his decision to take a phone call from Taiwan’s president at the risk of triggering a backlash from Beijing.

The US president-elect told his 16.6 million Twitter followers that he wouldn’t be told by China who he should or shouldn’t talk to, and reiterated some of the grievances about China used in his winning presidential campaign. The yuan reacted by declining for the first time in three days.

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