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Leo Lewis and Don Weinland December 2, 2019
Given ongoing protests in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore are trying to persuade the financial center's hedge fund managers to relocate. Smaller in terms of employee numbers than international banks, hedge funds have greater mobility. The Tokyo government sent a delegation to Hong Kong and organized a series of meetings for fund executives, report Leo Lewis and Don Weinland for the Financial...
Kelly McCarthy November 27, 2019
Koalas are an iconic symbol of Australia. Bushfires and droughts are decimating their numbers and the eucalyptus groves from which they feed. “The chairman of the Australian Koala Foundation estimated that more than 1,000 koalas have been killed and nearly 80% of their habitat has been destroyed by the record-breaking fires and drought,” reports Kelly McCarthy for Good Morning America. A video of...
November 27, 2019
China has placed hundreds of thousands of Muslims in prison camps for reeducation. “China is eradicating the language, traditions and religion of Uighur, Kazakh and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang in China’s far northwest, corralling them into concentration camps and bombarding them with indoctrination by the Communist Party,” notes a Washington Post editorial. “The student guide was revealed by...
Jeffie Lam, Sum Lok-kei and Ng Kang-chung November 25, 2019
More than 70 percent of Hong Kong’s registered voters turned out for district council elections, firmly rejecting unchecked control from China. “The tsunami of disaffection among voters was clear across the board, as pan-democrats rode the wave to win big in poor and rich neighbourhoods, in both protest-prone and non-protest-afflicted districts and, in downtown areas as well as the suburbs,”...
Simon Denyer November 21, 2019
The United States and South Korea have postponed military drills planned for late November. This action was not a concession, but “a good-faith effort” to promote peace in Korea Peninsula, according to Mark Esper, US defense secretary. Since the Singapore summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2018, joint military drills have been scaled back, though smaller...
Do Je-hae November 20, 2019
South Korea hosts US bases and more than 25,000 troops, contributing to the costs. The Trump administration wants the country to pay $5 billion for maintaining that presence. South Korea suggests that the request lacks specifics, showing a lack of respect for allies. “Such concerns were greatly magnified by a recent meeting between U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris and a high-profile Korean lawmaker,...
Sum Lok-kei, Karen Zhang, Gary Cheung, Chris Lau and Danny Mok November 19, 2019
Hong Kong’s peaceful protests over one law, allowing extradition of those charged with crimes to China, began in June and has since disintegrated into use of force, violence and resentment over any Chinese control at all. Riot police have surrounded Polytechnic University, trapping protesters and other occupants inside, using teargas. Police warn all will face punishment. Parents urge a peaceful...