Thursday, April 19, 2018

Living in subdivided flats that nobody wants – the grim struggle...

As the phone line went silent, Ms Kaur had a sinking feeling. She had just revealed to the property agent on the other end that her family were Indian. After a pause of a few seconds, the agent said: “I’m sorry, the landlord doesn’t want to rent to non-Chinese … as they would make the…

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Business

The Chinese county where graves for the living is dead serious business – even for children

The Chinese county where graves for the living is dead serious business – even...

One county in central China is home to tens of thousands of empty, elaborate graves built for people still alive, including many children under the age of 10, Chinese state media reported on Sunday. More than 80,000 of the graves are scattered across Tongcheng county in Hubei province, ready to eventually house the corpses of…
China, US should put aside trade dispute and work together so both can be great, business leader says

China, US should put aside trade dispute and work together so both can be...

The head of a New York City-based organisation that seeks to boost cooperation between China and the United States said Washington and Beijing should focus on making their countries “great” rather than engaging in a trade war. Speaking at a seminar hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai on Tuesday, Stephen Orlins, president…
Inno-tech committee members named

Inno-tech committee members named

Rex Sham and Gavin Poon have been appointed to the Committee on Innovation, Technology & Re-industrialisation through the Pilot Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth, the Government announced today.   Their appointment will run until April 12, 2019, when the current term of existing members expires.   The committee is among the first batch of government…
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Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com elevates the art of retailing with AI research centre

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com elevates the art of retailing with AI research centre

JD.com, one of China’s major online retailers, said on Friday that it has signed an agreement with Hong Kong’s Fung Retailing, which oversees over 3,000 stores in both Hong Kong and overseas, to develop artificial intelligence-driven retail solutions and build an AI retail centre. The centre will oversee and manage cooperative research and development projects…
Benny Tai’s incredible lightness of meaning

Benny Tai’s incredible lightness of meaning

No one would deliberately keep saying something they didn’t believe in just for the sake of upholding free speech or testing its boundaries. This is an astute observation, made by disqualified lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung during a recent online podcast. He and his co-hosts were commenting on Benny Tai Yiu-ting’s controversial take at an…
Hong Kong is again Asia’s most expensive city for business travellers, edging out Tokyo

Hong Kong is again Asia’s most expensive city for business travellers, edging out Tokyo

Hong Kong regained the top spot last year as Asia’s most expensive city for business travellers, who faced daily expenses of HK$3,971 (US$506) on accommodation, transport, meals and incidentals. The city overtook Tokyo in the regional rankings, with Singapore and Seoul tied for third, while Shanghai – at number nine – was the only mainland…
Hong Kong government ‘shocked’ by Occupy leader Benny Tai’s independence comments at Taiwan seminar

Hong Kong government ‘shocked’ by Occupy leader Benny Tai’s independence comments at Taiwan seminar

A liberal academic who was a key leader of the 2014 Occupy protests has earned an unusually strong public rebuke from the Hong Kong government for suggesting in Taiwan that the city could “consider becoming an independent state”. “The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is shocked by the remarks made by a university teaching…

Diplomacy & Defence

Chinese troops ordered to shape up and project a ‘first-class image’

Chinese troops ordered to shape up and project a ‘first-class image’

China has ordered its troops to improve their physical fitness and make sure they project a “first-class image” in a set of new regulations that also impose more stringent rules on their behaviour. The new rules, which even include instructions on the correct use of umbrellas, will also increase the rewards on offer to troops…
Emptiness of US rhetoric has been exposed by China bringing Vietnam to heel 

Emptiness of US rhetoric has been exposed by China bringing Vietnam to heel 

In the first quarter of 2018, China successfully coerced a South China Sea claimant state and got away with it. The implications are serious and undermine ongoing efforts by the United States and its democratic partners to build a “free and open” Indo-Pacific. In March, Vietnam’s state petroleum firm PetroVietnam withdrew its consent for Spanish…
Japan and China try to reset relations in shadow of Trump’s trade war threat

Japan and China try to reset relations in shadow of Trump’s trade war threat

China and Japan have promised to reset their often frosty bilateral relationship as they kicked off their first high-level economic talks in eight years on Monday. The two nations also warned of the impact of a trade war on the global economy and agreed that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would visit China, with President…