HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) - Historic crowds shut down central Hong Kong for a second straight weekend on Sunday (June 16), calling on embattled leader Carrie Lam to step aside. There's one problem: Nobody seems quite sure who should replace her. Many of the hundreds of thousands of protesters who turned out on Sunday - organisers put the number at around two million people - said that Mrs Lam's days were numbered even after she "paused" a Bill that would, for the first time, allow extraditions to China. Just before 9pm, Mrs Lam issued a statement apologising for causing "substantial controversies and disputes in society" - though it was accepted by few swarming downtown streets. Said Ms Ada Ku, a 38-year-old high school teacher: "She is just trying to hang onto power. I don't think her apology is sincere." The protesters are aiming to knock out Mrs Lam in a show of people power that has gripped the world, embarrassing Beijing at a time when President Xi Jinping is engaged in an … [Read more...] about Are Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s days numbered?
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BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - Pieces of an electric car hang from the ceiling of a Chinese real-estate developer's showroom, evoking an edgy installation at a modern art museum. In reality, they're a symbol of the nation's industrial ambitions. Just down the neatly manicured road, about a dozen skyscrapers rise from the fields as Shunde New Energy Vehicle Town takes shape inside the southern city of Foshan, part of China's manufacturing heartland. Local officials boast that their planned hub for EV production and research eventually could generate 100 billion yuan (S$19.9 billion) in revenue for the hometown economy. Shunde is one of at least 20 electric-centric versions of Detroit under construction as China goes all-in on a technology projected to sell in record numbers this year. President Xi Jinping wants the nation's 500 EV makers to be magnets for ancillary industries as he pushes to build a manufacturing superpower by 2025. That blueprint, meant to make China more self-sufficient and … [Read more...] about China has whole towns focused entirely on making electric cars
Singapore's diversity is its strength, one which has made it a more resilient society and moved it closer to its neighbours, President Halimah Yacob said during her visit to China yesterday. Outlining efforts Singapore has made to safeguard and promote racial and religious harmony, she said: "Our diversity helps us in understanding the differences in the world outside us. "Our effort to integrate and harmonise the different communities has made us a more resilient society." Speaking at the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations (CDAC) in Beijing, a summit to promote cooperation between Asian countries, Madam Halimah said Singapore's situation is a microcosm of a "larger challenge faced by the world in getting people of different religions, values and backgrounds to live together harmoniously". She said Singapore's diversity means it can tap cultural and language similarities and familial ties to help make friends with other Asian nations. "But we conduct our relations with other … [Read more...] about Singapore’s diversity is its strength: President Halimah Yacob
The cellphones known as 5G, or fifth generation, represent the vanguard of a wireless era rich in interconnected cars, factories and cities. Whichever nation dominates the new technology will gain a competitive edge for much of this century, according to many analysts. But a television network a few blocks from the White House has been stirring concerns about a hidden flaw. “Just a small one,” a TV reporter told her viewers recently. “It might kill you.” The Russian network RT America aired the segment, titled “A Dangerous ‘Experiment on Humanity,’” in covering what its guest experts call 5G’s dire health threats. US intelligence agencies identified the network as a principal meddler in the 2016 presidential election. Now, it is linking 5G signals to brain cancer, infertility, autism, heart tumors and Alzheimer’s disease — claims that lack scientific support. Yet even as RT America, the cat’s-paw of Russia’s … [Read more...] about News Russian network links 5G to health risks
BEIJING - Fresh from a week of intensive diplomacy, President Xi Jinping turned his attention on Tuesday (April 30) to public relations of another kind – galvanising China’s young people. For an hour at the Great Hall of the People, he commemorated the centenary of the student-led May Fourth Movement by attempting to whip up patriotic fervour among his young crowd, urging them to be loyal to the communist party and the country, and do them proud. The 1919 May Fourth uprising was a turning point in Chinese history as students, intellectuals and workers revolted against China’s feudal traditions and the treatment by imperialist powers after World War I. This unprecedented wave of nationalism contributed to, among other things, the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921. On Tuesday, Mr Xi said history has proven that patriotism runs deep among the Chinese and was a strong spiritual force to safeguard China’s … [Read more...] about Xi Jinping urges China’s young people to be patriotic and loyal ahead of 100th anniversary of May Fourth Movement