Geopolitics

US Consulate In China Prepares For Closure

Workers removed the United States (US) insignia from the consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu on Saturday, a day after Beijing ordered its closure as relations deteriorated in a Cold War-style standoff.The Chengdu mission was told to shut in retaliation for the forced closure of Beijing's consulate in Houston, Texas, with both sides alleging the other had endangered national security.The deadline for the Americans to exit Chengdu remains unclear, but reporters saw a worker on a small

26 July 2020
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Malaysia In US$3.9B 1MDB Settlement With Goldman

Malaysia reached a US$3.9 billion settlement with Goldman Sachs on Friday over the Wall Street titan's role in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal in exchange for the country ending all criminal proceedings against the bank. Billions of dollars were looted from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB in a fraud that allegedly involved former prime minister Najib Razak and his cronies. The cash plundered from state coffers bankrolled a global spending spree, and was spent

25 July 2020
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Virus-Hit Sectors In Myanmar

To date, ASEAN has over 200,000 coronavirus infections across all 10 member states, with more than 6,000 fatalities as a result of the deadly disease.

24 July 2020
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Will Hong Kong Become Like Singapore?

Limited democracy but high living standards and stability form a trade-off that most Singaporeans seem willing to live with - and some now suggest rival Asian finance hub Hong Kong can emulate the model as China tightens control.The two trading centres have long been compared but recent events have brought the issue into sharper contrast as Hong Kong faces a new era of curtailed civil liberties following China's imposition of a wide-ranging national security law.Supporters argue that aft

24 July 2020
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Global Coronavirus Infections Exceed 15 Million

The number of coronavirus infections around the world passed 15 million on Wednesday with more than a quarter of those cases in the United States (US), where President Donald Trump warned that the pandemic was likely to get worse before it gets better.The US data makes grim reading with more than 140,000 fatalities and regular daily death tolls of more than 1,000, yet Trump repeated his claim late on Tuesday that the pandemic would somehow "disappear".Trump has been a critic of lock

23 July 2020
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A Plethora Of US-China Disputes

The United States (US) and China are at loggerheads over a long list of issues, from the cause of the novel coronavirus to Hong Kong, and trade.An overview, after Washington ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston within 72 hours, accusing it of being a centre for spies.CoronavirusWashington and Beijing have been engaged in a war of words over who is to blame for the novel coronavirus, since Trump described it as a "Chinese" virus in March.China's Foreign minist

23 July 2020
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US Says Chinese Hackers Targeted COVID-19 Research

Two Chinese nationals have been indicted for seeking to steal COVID-19 vaccine research and hacking hundreds of companies in the United States (US) and abroad, including defense contractors, the US Justice Department said Tuesday.Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 33, also targeted human rights activists in the US, China and Hong Kong, Assistant Attorney General John Demers said.The indictment comes amid rising tensions between the global superpowers fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic which Pre

22 July 2020
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Thai Premier 'Worried' As Student Protests Grow

Thailand's premier said Tuesday he was "worried" about a burgeoning student movement calling for the dissolution of his government, as pro-democracy protesters plot rallies and other creative displays of dissent across the kingdom.His comments come days after thousands of mostly young, black-clad protesters amassed at Bangkok's Democracy Monument in one of the city's largest shows of defiance in years, shouting vitriolic chants directed at the pro-military establishme

22 July 2020
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Kanye West's Presidential Run: Real Or For Show?

United States (US) rapper Kanye West's chaotic launch of his unlikely campaign to oust Donald Trump in November's presidential election has sparked anger, concern for his mental health and questions about whether he is seriously running.Wearing a bullet-proof jacket marked "security," West broke down in tears during a rambling speech in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday that was supposed to kickstart his White House bid.Instead, controversial comments about renowned Ame

21 July 2020
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Two COVID-19 Vaccines 'Produce Immune Response'

Two COVID-19 vaccine candidates have proven safe for humans and produced strong immune reactions among patients involved in two separate clinical trials, doctors said Monday.The first trial among more than a thousand adults in Britain found that the vaccine induced "strong antibody and T cell immune responses" against the novel coronavirus. A separate trial in China involving more than 500 people showed most had developed widespread antibody immune response. The st

21 July 2020
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Stranded On Ships: Seafarers In Virus Limbo

Indian ship worker Tejasvi Duseja is desperate to go home after months stranded offshore by coronavirus border closures and lockdowns that have left more than 200,000 seafarers in limbo.From engineers on cargo ships to waiters on luxury cruise liners, ocean-based workers around the world have been caught up in what the United Nations (UN) warns is a growing humanitarian crisis that has been blamed for several suicides. Many have been trapped on vessels for months after their tours we

20 July 2020
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