Archive for January 16th, 2021

US NTSB team arrives in Indonesia to look into jet crash

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | AP | 5:34 PM

A team from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has arrived in Indonesia’s capital to join the investigation into the crash of a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500, the [...] » More

China builds hospital in 5 days after surge in virus cases

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | AP | 5:28 PM

China on Saturday finished building a 1,500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients to fight a surge in infections the government said are harder to contain and that it blamed on [...] » More

HCM City to open five electric-bus routes for 2-year trial run

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | VNS | 5:11 PM

The HCM City Department of Transport has asked the municipal People’s Committee to approve five new subsidized electric-bus routes that will be operated by Vingroup and [...] » More

Two US military bases in Korea shelter in place as coronavirus curbs extended nationwide

Two US military bases in Korea shelter in place as coronavirus curbs extended nationwide

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 11:11 AM

The US Forces in Korea (USFK) said on Saturday it has imposed a shelter-in-place order on two of its largest basesUS Army Garrison Yongsan and Camp Humphreysuntil Tuesday [...] » More

Ant Group kicks off the overhaul of its fintech operations under the watchful eyes of China’s central bank and financial regulators

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 11:09 AM

Ant Group, controlled by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, has set up a working group to rectify the business practices of the world’s largest financial technology group, [...] » More

China urged to tap RCEP trade deal for future digital payments system as US sanctions loom

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 10:58 AM

China should consider using digital technology to develop an alternative to the SWIFT financial payments system as a way of insulating itself from being cut off from the [...] » More

China demands US lift Xinjiang cotton, tomato import ban

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | AP | 10:56 AM

China on Thursday demanded Washington drop a ban on cotton and tomato imports from its Muslim northwest over complaints they are produced by forced labour, which a spokesman [...] » More

AP Interview: Arrested US lawyer says HK courts face choice

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | AP | 10:54 AM

An American lawyer who became the first foreigner arrested under Hong Kong’s national security law said Friday that the courts now have a choice between the new law and [...] » More

China strips license of lawyer for HK activist

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | AP | 10:52 AM

A Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was stripped of his license amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the [...] » More

US announces new sanctions on six linked to HK mass arrests

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 10:46 AM

The United States announced sanctions on Friday against six Hong Kong or Chinese officials it blamed for implementing a new security law in Hong Kong, following the mass [...] » More

At least 42 dead as Indonesia quake topples homes, buildings

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | AP | 10:44 AM

A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia’s Sulawesi island just after midnight Friday, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 42 [...] » More

Damaged roads, lack of gear hinder Indonesia quake rescue

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | AP | 10:39 AM

Damaged roads and bridges, power blackouts and lack of heavy equipment on Saturday hampered Indonesia’s rescuers after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake left at least 42 dead [...] » More

Cambodia says China donates 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 10:38 AM

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen said on Friday that China will provide a million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be used for inoculating 500,000 people. After 15 new cases on [...] » More

Why the defunct South Vietnam flag was flown at the Capitol riot

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | NBC News | 10:36 AM

Ensigns bearing Confederate and neo-Nazi imagery defined the January 6 riot at the US Capitol. But for Vietnamese Americans, it’s the sight of a defunct flag [...] » More

Asia Today: China’s COVID-19 hospitalisations, cases rise

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | AP | 10:34 AM

China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. The National Health Commission on Friday [...] » More