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93 feed US issues subpoena to Chinese firm as part of supply chain review - about 3 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3129422/us-issues-subpoena-chinese-firm-part-supply-chain
The US Commerce Department said on Tuesday it had issued a subpoena to an unnamed Chinese company as part of the Biden administration’s review of its supply chain for any risks posed to US national security.The administration of President Joe Biden has taken a relatively hard line on Chinese companies, similar to that of the previous Trump White House, citing US national security and underscoring the president’s view that China is America’s most serious competitor. “The…
93 feed Joe Biden suggests summit meeting on call with Russia’s Vladimir Putin - about 3 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3129421/joe-biden-suggests-summit-meeting-call-russias
This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Nick Niedzwiadek on politico.com on April 13, 2021.US President Joe Biden suggested a potential meeting “in the coming months” with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a call between the two leaders on Tuesday.Biden suggested a summit meeting “in a third country,” according to a summary of the call released by the White House. It did not include Putin’s reaction to the offer.It was one of several…
93 feed Hong Kong electoral overhaul: who are the biggest winners? Traditional pro-Beijing groups and unions - about 3 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3129420/hong-kong-electoral-overhaul-who-are-biggest-winners
Traditional Beijing-friendly organisations and unionists in Hong Kong with a track record of mobilising pro-establishment supporters in polls have emerged to be big winners in an all-powerful committee that controls all key elections under proposed legislation unveiled on Tuesday.A key amendment that raised eyebrows was the composition of a newly created 60-seat sector for grass-roots associations in the Election Committee. The members include the Hong Kong Island Federation, Kowloon Federation…
93 feed Egypt impounds Ever Given until owners pay compensation for blocking Suez Canal - about 4 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/middle-east/article/3129419/egypt-impounds-ever-given-until-owners-pay-compensation
The megaship which blocked Egypt’s Suez Canal and crippled world trade for nearly a week has been “seized” on court orders until the vessel’s owners pay US$900 million, canal authorities said on Tuesday.The 200,000-tonne MV Ever Given got diagonally stuck in the narrow but crucial global trade artery in a sandstorm on March 23, triggering a mammoth six-day effort by Egyptian personnel and international salvage specialists to dislodge it.Maritime data company Lloyd’s List said the blockage by…
93 feed Former microbiologist with Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection faces misconduct, fraud charges for allegedly abusing official capacity to gain over HK$4 million - about 4 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3129417/former-microbiologist-hong-kongs-centre-health
A former consultant microbiologist at the Centre of Health Protection (CHP) has been charged by Hong Kong’s corruption-buster with misconduct in public office and fraud for allegedly abusing his official capacity for personal gain involving more than HK$4.2 million (US$540,000).Joseph Kam Kai-man, 63, faces a total of seven charges covering a period between 1992 and 2014 – four of misconduct in public office, two of fraud and one of using a false instrument. He was released on bail pending an…
93 feed Former Hong Kong opposition lawmaker Dennis Kwok reveals he has quit Civic Party that he co-founded - about 4 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3129416/former-hong-kong-opposition-lawmaker-dennis-kwok-reveals-he
Prominent opposition figure and former Hong Kong lawmaker Dennis Kwok, who has moved to Canada while under police investigation, has announced he is quitting the Civic Party which he had co-founded. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Kwok, who used to represent the legal sector, said he had formally applied to resign from the party.“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Civic Party, especially to Audrey Eu, Alan Leong, and Margaret Ng, for the cultivation, opportunities, support and…
93 feed Calls for US, China to work together and ‘set example’ on climate change - about 4 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3129415/calls-us-china-work-together-and-set-example-climate-change
China and the United States should work together in areas like climate, energy and green finance for the benefit of everyone, even as their rift deepens in other areas, academics from the two countries say.Speaking at virtual round-table talks on China-US cooperation last week, Liu Yuanchun, vice-president of Renmin University in Beijing, asked: “The relationship between China and the US is at a critical juncture. Will it be possible to start a new development path in the post-Trump era for the…
93 feed Beijing shows it’s ‘not taking its foot off the gas’ with latest incursion into Taiwan airspace - about 5 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3129398/beijing-shows-its-not-taking-its-foot-gas-latest-incursion
Beijing’s move to send 25 warplanes into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Monday aimed to heap more pressure on the island and send a message to Washington, according to analysts.Taiwan’s defence ministry said 14 J-16 fighter jets, four J-10 fighter jets, four H-6K bombers, two Y-8 anti-submarine warfare planes and one KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft were sent into the southwest of the ADIZ.It was the biggest ever incursion by People’s Liberation Army warplanes…
93 feed Why is Japan going to dump radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear plant in the sea? What are the risks and is there an alternative? - about 5 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3129412/why-japan-going-dump-radioactive-water-fukushima-nuclear-plant
Japan’s decision on Tuesday to release treated radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea was met with fierce opposition from its neighbours, including China, as well as the local fishing industry. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said ocean release was the most realistic option for Fukushima’s recovery, a decade after a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear meltdown in March 2011. Here we examine some of the biggest questions raised by the decision.What…
93 feed Coronavirus: China’s first mRNA vaccine ready for final stage trials overseas - about 5 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3129411/chinas-first-mrna-vaccine-ready-final-stage-trials-overseas
China’s first domestically developed mRNA vaccine is ready to start its final stage trials overseas next month, its developer has told state media.The vaccine – which uses the same advanced revolutionary techniques as the drugs developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna – is at the end of phase 2 human trials and will start large-scale phase 3 trials next month, Ying Bo, founder and chief executive of Suzhou Abogen Biosciences, told China National Radio.The vaccine, known as ARCoV, has been…
93 feed Whitsun Reef row: could the Philippines lose another South China Sea feature to Beijing? - about 6 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3129409/whitsun-reef-row-could-philippines-lose-another-south-china-sea
The Philippines on Tuesday said it had summoned Beijing’s top envoy in Manila to press for Chinese ships to immediately leave the Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea, describing the escalating row as a “source of regional tension”.Officials from the two countries have traded acrimonious remarks since some 200 Chinese vessels, including some believed to be maritime militia, moored around the reef in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) last month, an incident Beijing insists was…
93 feed EU social media campaign featuring Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing lawmaker Regina Ip ‘failed to illustrate our values’, bloc’s top diplomat says - about 6 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3129407/eu-social-media-campaign-featuring-hong-kongs-pro-beijing
A social media campaign by the European Union to mark International Women’s Day that featured Hong Kong pro-establishment lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee “failed to properly illustrate our values”, according to the bloc’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell. Borrell was responding to a letter of complaint by members of the European Parliament about Ip’s inclusion in the campaign, which also featured members of the city’s pan-democratic camp. A now-deleted post, published on March 8, featured a quote…
93 feed Coronavirus: India to fast track vaccine approvals; Indonesia satisfied with Sinovac - about 6 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3129406/coronavirus-india-fast-track-vaccine-approvals-indonesia
India is to fast track emergency approvals for Covid-19 vaccines that have been authorised by Western countries and Japan, paving the way for possible imports of Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna shots.The move, which will drop the need for companies to do small, local safety trials for their vaccines before seeking emergency approval, follows the world’s biggest surge in cases in the country this month.Vaccines authorised by the World Health Organization or authorities in the United States…
93 feed China’s imports from US set record in first quarter, but their trade imbalance grows on strong Chinese exports - about 7 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3129401/chinas-imports-us-set-record-first-quarter-their-trade
Against the backdrop of a transpacific rivalry and amid uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus, China’s imports are on the rise, with its purchases from the United States setting record highs in both March and the first quarter of the year. Meanwhile, China’s export engine continues to fire on all cylinders.Regarded as the world’s factory and categorised as a developing economy, China has long faced overseas scepticism about its trade practice of selling more to other nations than it is…
93 feed US-China tech war: supercomputer sanctions on China begin to bite as Taiwan’s TSMC said to suspend chip orders - about 7 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/tech/tech-war/article/3129362/us-china-tech-war-supercomputer-sanctions-china-begin-bite-taiwans
Washington’s new supercomputer sanctions on China are already beginning to bite, as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has suspended new orders from Phytium Information Technology Co, one of seven Chinese organisations related to supercomputing that was put on the US Entity List last week, according to a person familiar with the matter.TSMC will complete orders placed before the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security added the entities to the trade blacklist on…
93 feed Coronavirus: WHO calls for halt to sale of live wild mammals in food markets to limit disease risk - about 7 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3129402/coronavirus-who-calls-halt-sale-live-wild-mammals-food-markets
The World Health Organization on Tuesday called on countries to impose emergency regulations to stop the sale of live wild mammals in food markets to limit the risk of new diseases emerging.“Traditional markets, where live animals are held, slaughtered and dressed, pose a particular risk for pathogen transmission to workers and customers alike,” the global health body said, while recognising their central role in providing food and livelihoods for large populations around the world.The WHO said…
93 feed US recommends pause in Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine after reports of blood clots - about 8 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3129400/us-recommends-pause-johnson-johnson-coronavirus
The United States is recommending a “pause” in the administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.In a joint statement on Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating clots in six women that occurred in the days after vaccination. The clots were observed along with reduced platelet counts – making the usual treatment for blood clots, the…
93 feed Sixteen Hongkongers arrested in police swoop on bookmaking syndicate that laundered over HK$180 million in 10 months - about 8 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3129396/sixteen-hongkongers-arrested-police-swoop-bookmaking
Hong Kong police have arrested 16 people in a clampdown on a bookmaking syndicate which pocketed and laundered more than HK$180 million (US$23 million) in crime proceeds over 10 months.During the operation, officers froze bank accounts containing HK$6.8 million they suspected the gang bagged through illegal gambling business.According to police, the ring used an overseas website that offered a variety of online gambling games, such as baccarat and poker as well as mahjong.Hong Kong police crack…
93 feed UN fears Myanmar heading into ‘full-blown conflict’, as protesters cancel new year festivities - about 8 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3129394/un-fears-myanmar-heading-full-blown-conflict-protesters
The United Nations rights chief warned on Tuesday of possible crimes against humanity in Myanmar and said it seemed to be heading towards a massive conflict like the one ravaging Syria.In a statement, the UN rights office urged countries to take immediate and decisive action to push the military leaders behind a February 1 coup in Myanmar to stop their “campaign of repression and slaughter of its people”. “I fear the situation in Myanmar is heading towards a full-blown conflict,” said Michelle…
93 feed Is India planning to spy on Chinese submarines from the Andamans, with a little help from Japan? - about 8 hours ago
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3129389/india-planning-spy-chinese-submarines-andamans-little-help-japan
India’s move, with a little help from Japan, to develop a strategically located island chain near the mouth of Southeast Asia’s main shipping lane is part of a broader plan by New Delhi to keep a closer watch on China’s naval assets, say analysts and former Indian officials – especially its submarines.The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago of 524 islands, only 38 of which are inhabited, stretches across some 1,000km (620 miles) of Indian Ocean by the western entrance to the Malacca Strait, through…