Geopolitics

Geopolitics

Hong Kong Marks China’s National Day

Thousands of riot police were stationed across Hong Kong on Thursday to stamp out any large democracy rallies as the restless financial hub marked China's National Day under the shadow of a growing crackdown on dissent. The People's Republic of China celebrates its founding on 1 October with a holiday and carefully choreographed festivities. But in Hong Kong, it has become a day of grievance for those worried about authoritarian Beijing's encroachment on freedoms. Helicopters flying the Chinese and Hong Kong flags buzzed the harbour as city leader Carrie Lam and senior mainland officials

Biden Blasts Trump As 'National Embarrassment'

Democrat Joe Biden branded election rival Donald Trump a "national embarrassment" on Wednesday for failing to explicitly denounce white supremacist groups, as the president moved to quell the storm sparked by his remarks on the debate stage. The bitter adversaries returned to the campaign trail one day after their off-the-rails showdown in Cleveland made headlines less for the substance than for its unrestrained chaos. The toxic shout fest - with Trump constantly interrupting and Biden launching personal attacks - even prompted the overseeing Commission on Presidential Debates to announce

WHO Chief: Never Too Late To Fight Pandemic

The grim milestone of one million COVID-19 deaths should spur the planet into fighting back against the disease, the WHO insisted Tuesday, saying it was "never too late to turn things around". The World Health Organization's chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there were encouraging signs of hope, citing vaccine candidates in final-stage trials. And he said that while the world awaited scientific breakthroughs, the new coronavirus could be effectively contained through proven public health measures. "One million people have now been lost to COVID-19 and many more are suffering because of

Global Coronavirus Death Toll Passes One Million

More than one million people have died from coronavirus, according to an AFP toll, marking a grim milestone in the spread of the disease that has ravaged the world economy, inflamed diplomatic tensions and upended lives from Indian slums to New York City. In the nine months since the virus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, schools, businesses, live entertainment, and international travel have been upended by strict stay-at-home measures designed to curb the contagion. Drastic controls that put half of humanity - more than four billion people - under some form of lockdown by

Energy

China's Coal Addiction Erodes Climate Goals

China's surprise pledge to slash its carbon footprint to zero by 2060 was met with cautious applause, but fresh spending on coal to rev up a virus-hit economy threatens to nullify its audacious bid to lead the world…

Can China Be Carbon Neutral By 2060?

Xi Jinping's shock promise to lead the world into a safer climate future was thin on details, leaving many questions unanswered on how the world's worst polluter will meet a 2060 carbon neutral target. China is…

Renewable Energy Challenges In Southeast Asia

ASEAN has set an ambitious target of securing 23 percent of its primary energy from renewable sources by 2025 as energy demand in the region is expected to grow by 50 percent. According to the International Renewable…

The Rising Demand For Air Conditioners

Around the world, scorching heat waves are breaking records, with France reaching a sweltering 45.9 degrees Celsius and Australia hitting 49.5 degrees in 2019. This year, it was reported that Siberia experienced a…

Markets

Philippines’ Thriving Gig Economy

The gig economy refers to the hiring of independent contractors and short-term workers by businesses. Talents that make up the gig economy are usually called freelancers, gig-workers, independent contractors and free…

Is COVID-19 Fuelling Singapore’s E-Commerce Boom?

The coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted major industries, small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs), and local businesses. Traditional retailers such as multinational clothing-retail company Hennes & Mauritz (H…

Pandemic Hits Smartphone Market Hard

Smartphones are now considered a necessity to most of us in order to communicate with friends and family, for work and as a form of mobile entertainment. Today, it is estimated that over five billion people or 67…

Pandemic Is 'Kiss Of Death' For Managed Trade

The coronavirus pandemic has heaped pressure on the troubled World Trade Organization (WTO), a WTO leadership candidate said, warning the crisis could spell the end of rules-based international trade altogether. Liam…

Technology

5G Networks: Are There Health Risks?

Do 5G mobile telephones and networks pose health risks? Worries about the effect the technology has on humans and the environment have persisted as it has been deployed in various countries. What do scientists have to…

Indonesia Confident About 5G Connectivity

While Indonesia may not have the best internet connectivity in Southeast Asia, one thing it is certainly doing well compared to some other ASEAN member states is providing 4G availability to its estimated population of…

E-Wallet Adoption On The Rise In ASEAN

The number of digital consumers in Southeast Asia is growing exponentially and in a much quicker pace than expected. Just last year, Bain & Company, a global consulting firm predicted that the number of digital…

More Women Tapping On Fintech?

Southeast Asia has a growing fintech ecosystem which provides innovative services such as loans and payment platforms. Fintech fosters a financial inclusion strategy that can reduce the growing wealth gap and provide…

Environment

Our Oceans Are Too Hot

Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and about 97 percent of our planet’s water is in them. Of the tiny percentage of water that is not found in our oceans – about two percent – is frozen up in…

Vietnam’s Gen Z Prepping For The Future

According to US-based management consulting firm, McKinsey, Generation Z (Gen Z) is the cohort born between 1995 and 2010, and are currently between the ages of nine and 24-years old. Gen Z is entering the workforce…

Cambodia’s Fight Against Counterfeit Goods

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), at least 63 percent of the world’s fake goods originate from China. Nevertheless, some nations across Southeast Asia are also infamous for…

World’s Richest Fuelling Climate Crisis?

Climate change, driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), have caused devastating impacts on some parts of the world. This includes flooding, extreme rainfall patterns, increased heat and erosion in coastal…

10 Fun & Exciting Places in Singapore to Take Your Kids to

As a parent, thinking of a holiday in Singapore with your children will be equal parts fun and stressful. It’ll be fun because you get to project your own childhood dreams of visiting or experiencing a certain activity (wink wink) and also get to spend time with your little buddies.  However, it can also get...