• N Korea’s Kim stresses economic policies at a politburo meeting-KCNA

    N Korea’s Kim stresses economic policies at a politburo meeting-KCNA

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed the need to carry out economic policies with responsibility, as he presided over a meeting of the politburo of the ruling Workers Party, state news agency KCNA reported on Monday. The meeting comes during a tough year for North Korea as the coronavirus pandemic has put more pressure […]

    30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 9:50 AM
  • Joe Biden presidency could reopen a window of opportunity for China: analysts

    Joe Biden presidency could reopen a window of opportunity for China: analysts

    Twenty years ago, Chinese leaders and strategists determined that the first decades of the new millennium would give China a “period of strategic opportunity” that would allow the country to grow its economy in a relatively benign external security environment. America’s focus on the “war on terror” and China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation […]

    30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 9:30 AM
  • Thai protesters move to Bangkok suburbs

    Thai protesters move to Bangkok suburbs

    Thai anti-government protesters demonstrated in Bangkok’s outskirts on Saturday with a duck parade and speeches demanding the removal of prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a new constitution and reforms to the monarchy. Protests have been stepped up this week despite threats by Prayuth, a former junta ruler, to use all available laws against protesters who break […]

    30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:50 AM
  • Malaysia election after pandemic ends: PM

    Malaysia election after pandemic ends: PM

    Malaysia will go to the polls when the coronavirus pandemic is over, the prime minister said Saturday, two days after winning lawmakers’ backing for his government’s 2021 budget. Muhyiddin Yassin took power in March after pulling his party from Anwar Ibrahim’s ruling coalition to ally with the scandal-tainted United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and others. […]

    30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:50 AM
  • How to stop China winning without war

    How to stop China winning without war

    Many of the strongest American voices warning about the threats the People’s Republic of China (PRC) pose to the world are current and former US military officers. They have also been among the most stalwart supporters of Taiwan. Many years of military exposure to the very real dangers Taiwan, the United States, and other countries […]

    30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Taiwan News | 6:50 AM
  • China-US animosity frustrates Beijing’s ‘Fox Hunt’ for overseas fugitives

    China-US animosity frustrates Beijing’s ‘Fox Hunt’ for overseas fugitives

    China’s Operation Fox Hunt, a state-sanctioned chase around the world for fugitive suspects, relies as much on goodwill between international law enforcement agencies as legalities. As there is currently little love between Beijing and Washington, China is now having a frustrating time trying to get its hands on citizens that fled the country, often under […]

    30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:50 AM
  • China’s military: Xi Jinping tells top brass to ‘transform’ training amid security challenges

    China’s military: Xi Jinping tells top brass to ‘transform’ training amid security challenges

    President Xi Jinping has called on China’s top military brass to push forward the PLA’s modernisation by making “comprehensive and overall improvements” to training amid growing security challenges at home and abroad. Analysts said it was the latest indication that China’s military focus was shifting to training and command, integrating advanced weapons and equipment, as […]

    30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:50 AM
  • Joe Biden’s UN pick signals ‘diplomacy is back’, but does this mean a new approach to China?

    Joe Biden’s UN pick signals ‘diplomacy is back’, but does this mean a new approach to China?

    Joe Biden’s choice of Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the United Nations is the latest signal that he will seek to re-engage with international bodies but while this may herald a change of tone towards China, many observers believe the administration will seek to keep up the pressure over issues such as human rights, Xinjiang […]

    30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:50 AM
  • US general describes ‘China threat’ in space as Chang’e-5 lunar mission heats up rivalry

    US general describes ‘China threat’ in space as Chang’e-5 lunar mission heats up rivalry

    Rivalry between China and the United States in space exploration has reached new heights, with a US general saying China was a threat that could block American access to space. Just days after the launch of Beijing’s first lunar mission to bring samples back to Earth, US Space Force general John Raymond said the United […]

    30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:50 AM
  • WHO says would be ‘highly speculative’ to say COVID did not emerge in China

    WHO says would be ‘highly speculative’ to say COVID did not emerge in China

    The World Health Organization’s top emergency expert said on Friday it would be “highly speculative” for the WHO to say the coronavirus did not emerge in China, where it was first identified in a food market in December last year. China is pushing a narrative via state media that the virus existed abroad before it […]

    30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:50 AM
  • HK leader Carrie Lam declares ‘return of peace’ to Legco, restored faith in political system after Beijing’s lawmakers ruling

    HK leader Carrie Lam declares ‘return of peace’ to Legco, restored faith in political system after Beijing’s lawmakers ruling

    Hong Kong’s beleaguered leader has declared she now holds great confidence in the relationship between the government and legislature following a Beijing ruling which resulted in the mass resignation of local opposition lawmakers. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Thursday also revealed that she would not have forged ahead with scrapping double stamp duty on commercial […]

    30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:50 AM
  • HK leader Carrie Lam has plans to fix public housing shortage, but will they work?

    HK leader Carrie Lam has plans to fix public housing shortage, but will they work?

    When Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced in her policy speech on Wednesday that enough land had been found to tackle the public housing shortage for the next decade, she lauded it as an achievement, saying the government’s efforts had started to pay off. Elaborating on the plan on Thursday, development minister Michael […]

    30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:50 AM

Society

Type O blood linked to lower COVID risk, taking Vitamin D unlikely to help

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Certain blood groups less likely to get COVID-19 A large study adds to evidence that people with type O or Rh-negative blood may be […]

AstraZeneca says its COVID-19 vaccine needs ‘additional study’

AstraZeneca says its COVID-19 vaccine needs ‘additional study’

UK drug company says that while further research is needed, it did not expect it to delay regulatory approval in Europe. AstraZeneca might have to run an additional global trial to assess the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine, after concerns were raised about the effectiveness of its jab. The British company’s chief executive Pascal Soriot […]

Analysis: Questions over AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine data risk delaying approval

Days after grabbing headlines with its COVID-19 “vaccine for the world”, AstraZeneca is facing tricky questions about its success rate that some experts say could hinder its chances of getting speedy US and EU regulatory approval. Several scientists have raised doubts about the robustness of results showing the shot was 90 percent effective in a […]

Health

Type O blood linked to lower COVID risk, taking Vitamin D unlikely to help

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Certain blood groups less likely to get COVID-19 A large study adds to evidence that people with type O or Rh-negative blood may be […]

AstraZeneca says its COVID-19 vaccine needs ‘additional study’

AstraZeneca says its COVID-19 vaccine needs ‘additional study’

UK drug company says that while further research is needed, it did not expect it to delay regulatory approval in Europe. AstraZeneca might have to run an additional global trial to assess the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine, after concerns were raised about the effectiveness of its jab. The British company’s chief executive Pascal Soriot […]

Analysis: Questions over AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine data risk delaying approval

Days after grabbing headlines with its COVID-19 “vaccine for the world”, AstraZeneca is facing tricky questions about its success rate that some experts say could hinder its chances of getting speedy US and EU regulatory approval. Several scientists have raised doubts about the robustness of results showing the shot was 90 percent effective in a […]

FinanceAsia

Lion Introduces MT5 Trading System to Enhance Client Experience in the Global Financial Market

HONG KONG, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Lion Group Holding Ltd. ("Lion" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: LGHL), operator of an all-in-one trading platform that offers a wide spectrum of products and…

Quectel selects Qualcomm 212 LTE IoT Modem for integration into BC660K-GL Module

SHANGHAI, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Quectel Wireless Solutions today announced the integration of the Qualcomm® 212 LTE IoT Modem from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. into Quectel’s BC660K-GL high-performance LTE C…

Fang Holdings Limited Announces Receipt of Non-Binding “Going Private” Proposal

BEIJING, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Fang Holdings Limited (NYSE: SFUN) ("Fang" or the "Company"), a leading real estate Internet portal in China, today announced that its board of directors (the …

Regional

Asia Today: Cambodia tracks contacts after family infected

Cambodian officials say a family of six and another man tested positive for the coronavirus in a rare case of local infection, and prime minister Hun Sen expressed concern that the woman believed to be the source had traveled extensively in the country, including the capital. The 56-year-old woman’s husband works at the Interior Ministry […]

Asia Today: Speed of viral spread causes concern in S. Korea

South Korea reported more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the third straight day on Saturday, the fastest spread of infections the country has seen since the early days of the pandemic. The 504 cases reported by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention brought the total number of infections since the pandemic began to 33,375, […]

JABIL COMPLIES WITH ALL NECESSARY PROTECTION MEASURES

Jabil is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and doing everything in our power to keep our people safe. Following an assessment from Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) on 25 November, we have temporarily suspended operations in Plant 1. All other Jabil sites in Penang continue to operate. The company’s commitment to employees’ health, safety, and […]

China

Donald Trump’s mooted China sanctions to throw spanner in the works of C919 passenger jet plans, sources say

Donald Trump’s mooted China sanctions to throw spanner in the works of C919 passenger jet plans, sources say

China’s plans to roll out the home-grown C919 passenger jet next year could be severely disrupted if the Trump administration restricts US companies from doing business with the state-owned conglomerate developing the plane due to its alleged links with the Chinese military. The Trump administration is expected to soon announce export controls on a list […]

China halts operation at Korean chip plant after worker tests positive for coronavirus

A Chinese factory owned by South Korean semiconductor giant SK Hynix Inc halted operations on Sunday after a plant worker was found to have an asymptomatic infection of the novel coronavirus, the official news agency Xinhua reported. The Korean worker based at the plant in Chongqing city since February had departed on Thursday for South […]

China’s Chang’e 5 overcomes first major hurdle after entering moon’s orbit

China’s latest lunar mission has got off to a solid start as the spacecraft Chang’e 5 successfully entered the moon’s orbit, overcoming a hurdle that has foiled several space expeditions in the past. The test for Chang’e 5 came on Saturday night, after it had been flying for 112 hours. At that point it was […]

Malaysia

Windfall tax on glove makers will send wrong signal to investors, says Tengku Zafrul

The implementation of a windfall tax on glove companies that have benefited from the pandemic is a non-consistent policy which will a send a wrong signal to investors and shoo them away from investing in the country, said Finance minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz. He said should the windfall tax be imposed, it […]

Malaysia election after pandemic ends: PM

Malaysia election after pandemic ends: PM

Malaysia will go to the polls when the coronavirus pandemic is over, the prime minister said Saturday, two days after winning lawmakers’ backing for his government’s 2021 budget. Muhyiddin Yassin took power in March after pulling his party from Anwar Ibrahim’s ruling coalition to ally with the scandal-tainted United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and others. […]

Putrajaya withdraws guarantee to finance Penang LRT

The Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government is not going to provide a guarantee for a RM2.04 billion loan application by the Penang state government for its light rail transit (LRT) project. According to a report by The Edge Markets, Putrajaya has decided not to grant a government guarantee for the loan, which is to partly […]

Indonesia

Indonesia reports record daily rise in coronavirus infections

Indonesia reported its record daily rise in coronavirus infections on Sunday with 6,267 cases, bringing the total to 534,266, data from the country’s COVID-19 task force showed. This was the third record high in a week for the Southeast Asian country. The data showed 169 new coronavirus deaths, taking the total fatalities to 16,815. Indonesia […]

Indonesian volcano erupts, forcing residents to flee

Indonesian volcano erupts, forcing residents to flee

A volcano in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province erupted on Sunday, spewing ash and smoke as high as four kilometers into the sky and forcing more than 2,700 residents to seek refuge, the country’s disaster mitigation agency said. Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country, and while many show high levels […]

IS-linked militants kill four Christians in Indonesia: police

IS-linked militants kill four Christians in Indonesia: police

Islamic State-linked extremists killed four people in a remote Christian community on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, authorities said Saturday, with one victim beheaded and another burned to death. The group of sword-and-gun wielding attackers ambushed Lembantongoa village in Central Sulawesi province Friday morning, killing several residents and torching half a dozen homes, including one […]

Singapore

Hedge fund billionaire Dalio to open office in Singapore

Ray Dalio, founder of hedge fund Bridgewater Associates LP, is opening an office in Singapore to run his investments and philanthropy in the region. Dalio has been building relationships in Singapore and China for the past three decades and he and his family believe it is “high time” they have a physical presence there, a […]

Singapore PM’s defamation suit against The Online Citizen’s editor goes to trial next week

Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is suing the chief editor of socio-political website The Online Citizen (TOC) for defamation over an article, is set to testify next week when the trial opens in the High Court. Justice Audrey Lim will preside over the civil trial, scheduled to take place from Monday (November 30) to […]

IN FOCUS: Singapore wants fewer people to smoke. How can it make this happen?

In 1986, the government launched the National Smoking Control Programme with theme, Towards a Nation of Non-Smokers. More than three decades and many anti-smoking measures later, the goal remains to convince fewer people to light up. About a year ago, Muhammad Adli Jumat, 27, tried quitting smoking for the third time. His previous attempts had […]

Thailand

Thai protesters march to barracks against king’s military power

Thousands of anti-government Thai protesters marched to an army barracks on Sunday to challenge King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s personal control over some army units. It was the latest act of defiance against the king by protesters who have broken taboos by criticising the monarchy. The Thai constitution says the monarchy must be revered and laws ban […]

Thai protesters target royal guards unit in latest rally

Thai protesters target royal guards unit in latest rally

Hundreds of protesters marched on a barracks of Thailand’s royal guards unit on Sunday hoisting inflatable rubber ducks high above their heads, a whimsical show of force by a pro-democracy movement calling for curbs to the power of the monarchy. The yellow toy has been harnessed as a symbol by the protesters, whose leaders have […]

Thailand logs 11 new Covid imports Sunday

The government recorded eleven new imported cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday for an accumulated total in Thailand of 3,977. No new deaths were reported. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2027231/thailand-logs-11-new-covid-imports-sunday

Philippines

MAP backs easing of age restrictions

Business group Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) is backing the easing of age restrictions of individuals allowed to go out of their homes to spur consumer spending this Christmas season. “We support the proposal of DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) Secretary Ramon Lopez to further reopen the economy this Christmas season through, among […]

Financial sector sets up online platform vs fraud

Scam Proof The rapid shift of Filipinos to online transactions has also resulted in the increase of online scams and fraudulent activities. This accelerated further with the onset of the pandemic as more fraudsters tried to take advantage of the situation. To create a safer online environment for Filipinos, Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. (Metrobank) […]

Amid clamor from workers, PGH vows to settle delay in hazard pay release

The Philippine general Hospital is looking for funds to settle the months-long delay in the release of coronavirus-related allowances to its workers, a senior health official has said. UP-PGH personnel had been up in protest and calling on the hospital administration for their hazard pay and special risk allowance, months since the facility was designated […]

Japan

1 dies, 11 injured as angler boat, cargo ship collide in east Japan

All 12 people from the fishing vessel were rescued from the sea but five passengers were taken to hospital, including the 46-year-old man from Tokyo later confirmed dead, according to the coast guard. The seven others, including the captain and a crew, also suffered slight injuries. The coast guard received an emergency call around 5:35 […]

Japan to extend coronavirus furlough subsidy until end of February

The labour ministry said Friday it has decided to extend again a special measure under the government’s employment adjustment subsidy scheme, by two months until the end of February 2021, as the nation’s employment situation remains severe due to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. When the ministry decided in late August on a three-month extension […]

Suga adviser says Japan needs another JPY 40 trillion in stimulus

A new adviser to prime minister Yoshihide Suga says a stimulus plan being drafted now should be more than double the size expected by investors if it is to prevent mass job losses and thousands of suicides. Yoichi Takahashi, one of Suga’s six new economic advisers, says the government needs to spend JPY 40 trillion […]

Korea

China halts operation at Korean chip plant after worker tests positive for coronavirus

A Chinese factory owned by South Korean semiconductor giant SK Hynix Inc halted operations on Sunday after a plant worker was found to have an asymptomatic infection of the novel coronavirus, the official news agency Xinhua reported. The Korean worker based at the plant in Chongqing city since February had departed on Thursday for South […]

N Korea’s Kim stresses economic policies at a politburo meeting-KCNA

N Korea’s Kim stresses economic policies at a politburo meeting-KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed the need to carry out economic policies with responsibility, as he presided over a meeting of the politburo of the ruling Workers Party, state news agency KCNA reported on Monday. The meeting comes during a tough year for North Korea as the coronavirus pandemic has put more pressure […]

Can China, Japan and Korea follow RCEP with their own free-trade deal?

China’s attempt to further consolidate regional economic power by pushing forward a trilateral free-trade agreement with Japan and South Korea has been met with both political and industrial complications, despite the conclusion this month of the RCEP, the first region-wide free-trade deal. Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi this week completed a three-day trip to Japan […]

Hong Kong

How do I relax? I don’t. HK leader Carrie Lam’s life has no room for hobbies, only work

What does Hong Kong’s leader do to de-stress after a hard day’s work? Read books or watch movies? The answer is, nothing. It looks like Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor does not take a break. “I do nothing except work,” she tells the Post. “I don’t even spend time talking to my husband these […]

HK’s top leader piles up cash at home after US sanctions

HK’s top leader piles up cash at home after US sanctions

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she has to pile up cash at home as she has been unable to open a bank account in the global financial centre since Washington sanctioned her shortly after Beijing imposed a national security law on the city. Beijing circumvented Hong Kong’s legislature and imposed a national security law […]

Measures cooling HK’s residential property market should remain with homes so expensive and sector’s resilience, finance chief says

Measures cooling Hong Kong’s residential property market should stay in place given it remains strong and prices continue to leave home ownership beyond the reach of many, according to the city’s finance minister. Paul Chan Mo-po on Sunday made the case not to cut the stamp duties on buying and selling homes after the city […]

Taiwan

Taiwan office to test all staff, family members for COIVD-19

All remaining staff at Taiwan’s representative office in the United States and their family members will undergo COVID-19 tests by November 30, after nine more confirmed cases have been reported in the office in D.C. earlier this week, the office said Saturday. The tests are scheduled to be completed by that day in an attempt […]

Taiwanese-American shoe tycoon Tony Hsieh dies at 46

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has died at the age of 46 after a house fire, reports said Friday (November 27). Both of his parents were Taiwanese, but Hsieh was born in the state of Illinois. He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in computer science before joining tech giant Oracle. After just five months, […]

How to stop China winning without war

How to stop China winning without war

Many of the strongest American voices warning about the threats the People’s Republic of China (PRC) pose to the world are current and former US military officers. They have also been among the most stalwart supporters of Taiwan. Many years of military exposure to the very real dangers Taiwan, the United States, and other countries […]

Vietnam

WINCOLAW sues local company for infringing its trademark, seeks compensation of US$1.5 million

Trade deals, and most recently the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), offer significant opportunities for Vietnam, but more disadvantages, disputes and violations will also emerge, especially those relating to trademark infringement. Vietnamese companies have been warned to be more cautious about intellectual property rights to ensure their operation in an integrated economy. The recent intellectual […]

Generali Vietnam launches VND6.5 billion emergency relief plan to support flood-hit families

Generali Vietnam has launched the “Sat Canh Ben Mien Trung” (Standing Side By Side With Central Vietnam) emergency relief programme with a total fund of VND6.5 billion (US$281,000). The comprehensive disaster relief plan aims to provide immediate and sustainable support to thousands of disadvantaged families seriously impacted by the recent flooding in 35 districts of […]

First turbine of Song Hau 1 Thermal Power Plant synchronised with national grid

The first turbine of the Song Hau 1 Thermal Power Plant in Chau Thanh District, Hau Giang Province was successfully synchronised with the national 500kV grid for the first time on November 26. According to Le Manh Hung, General Director of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PVN) — the main investor in the […]