Archive for January, 2021

HK fourth wave: Carrie Lam defends Covid-19 lockdown after no infections found, city faces over 50 new cases

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:48 AM

Hong Kong’s leader has defended the lockdown of four North Point tenement buildings as a necessary intervention to stop Covid-19 spreading in the area, after a district [...] » More

Beijing expands liaison office in HK as it seeks to tighten supervision, sources say

Beijing expands liaison office in HK as it seeks to tighten supervision, sources say

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:48 AM

Beijing is sending new blood to its liaison office in Hong Kong as it seeks to tighten supervision and policy implementation in the city, according to sources with knowledge [...] » More

Head of HK’s Centre for Health Protection moved aside, stripped of coronavirus-related duties in ‘unusual’ mid-pandemic personnel change

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:48 AM

Hong Kong’s top health official overseeing the fight against Covid-19 has been replaced in an “unusual” lateral move and stripped of his anti-pandemic [...] » More

Polls shows HK residents’ distrust of Chinese vaccines

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:48 AM

Hong Kong people are less trusting of Chinese novel coronavirus vaccines than those made in Europe and the United States, with fewer than 30 percent of people questioned in a [...] » More

HK domestic helpers on maternity leave should be allowed to live apart from employers, lawyers argue in second legal bid

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:48 AM

Domestic helpers on maternity leave should not be forced to stay with their employers, according to lawyers mounting a second judicial challenge against the Hong Kong [...] » More

Taiwan’s economic growth surged to 4.94pct in final quarter of 2020

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:48 AM

Taiwan’s Gross Domestic Product expanded by 4.94 percent during the final quarter of 2020, far better than the 3.28 percent predicted in November, the government said [...] » More

US congressional commission hears China may force Taiwan crisis in 2021

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Aspistrategist | 6:48 AM

ASPI’s executive director, Peter Jennings, has warned a United States congressional inquiry that China may trigger a major military crisis over Taiwan in the coming [...] » More

Taiwan’s economy in 2020 outgrew China for 1st time in 30 years

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:48 AM

Thanks to its exceptional handling of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan’s economy grew at a higher rate than China in 2020 for the first time in 30 years and there [...] » More

Arms sales to Taiwan not affected by American review: Officials

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:48 AM

Taiwan said on Thursday (January 28) that its arms sale deals previously approved by the Trump administration are proceeding as scheduled. President Joe Biden has paused some [...] » More

Taiwan sets bail for DPP lawmaker accused of accepting Sogo bribes

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:48 AM

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Su Chen-ching will go free after he pays bail set at NT$10 million (US$360,000), the Taipei District Court announced Friday [...] » More

Taiwan central bank minutes show no rush to alter rates

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:48 AM

Taiwanese central bank policymakers are in no rush to alter interest rates, but they did note the possible effects of persistent low rates on the economy’s [...] » More

Taiwan in talks with Germany over chips, vaccines

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:48 AM

Taiwan is calling on Germany to help it procure COVID-19 vaccines after the German government turned to Taiwan for automotive chips. Due to a global shortage, government [...] » More

Ractopamine: China ‘will tighten ban on Taiwanese meat’ over US pork imports

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:48 AM

China will step up inspections to enforce its ban on meat imports from Taiwan, after the self-ruled island’s decision to allow imports of US pork containing ractopamine [...] » More

Second Taiwanese COVID-19 vaccine developer approved for phase 2 trial

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:48 AM

United Biomedical Inc. became the second Taiwanese COVID-19 vaccine developer to receive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to begin a phase 2 clinical trial, the [...] » More

Doctor involved in ex-Taiwan president’s money laundering scandal dies

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:48 AM

Shin Kong Wu Ho Su Memorial Hospital’s former vice President Huang Fang-yen, who was involved in ex-President Chen Shui-bian’s corruption and money laundering [...] » More