AT the Asean Summit in Bangkok recently, one of the issues that was discussed was a joint bid to jointly host the FIFA World Cup in 2034. This news will be welcomed by Asean citizens, where football has a passionate following. No doubt hosting the World Cup will have positive impacts socio-culturally and economically yet there are negative effects that must be considered. One argument is the creation of new infrastructure and improvement of facilities. For example, Russia had created more than 800ha of parks and green zones, and it upgraded power stations and built new hotels to cope with the demand during the World Cup last year. These are beneficial to Russian citizens as the infrastructures are in use after the World Cup. Similarly in Asean, upgraded infrastructure could provide much needed electricity and water to poorer areas. During the 2018 World Cup, visiting fans (an estimated 570,000 international fans) spent about US$5,000-8,000 each which contributed an additional US$2.5-4 … [Read more...] about Should Asean nations co-host the 2034 World Cup?
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Beijing rulers scorn law, rights, lives Gloom hangs over Hong Kong. Citizens fear the death of political and economic freedoms guaranteed in the 1997 handover from Britain. Tolerance by China’s communist rulers is ending. The island’s Beijing-picked legislature has enacted the extradition of certain lawbreakers for trial in the mainland. The Beijing-inspired law looks harmless. Yet Hong Kongers suspect it aims to quell dissent, a cherished if oft trampled right. In recent years activists have vanished then resurfaced China-side in manacles to face frivolous charges. A book publisher on communist hierarchs’ scandals was abducted in Thailand then jailed in China for a ten-year-old road infraction. As days of protests reached a million strong, the law was paused. But Hong Kong’s chief executive likened the marchers to a child whose tantrums must not prevail. Beijing belittled them as but a minority of the seven-million population, and … [Read more...] about Beijing rulers scorn law, rights, lives
PETALING JAYA: Parkson Holdings Bhd’s 54.97%-owned subsidiary Parkson Retail Group Limited (PRGL) has entered into a lease agreement as lessee in respect of a property in Beijing, China for another 2.5 years. Hong Kong-listed PRGL’s indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Parkson Retail Development Co Ltd (tenant) and China National Arts and Crafts Group Company Limited (landlord) entered into the new lease agreement in respect of the leasing of the 189 square metres property at the China National Arts and Crafts Museum in Beijing. On Feb 26, 2019, Parkson Retail and China National Arts and Crafts had entered into seven lease agreements in respect of the leasing of certain properties in Beijing. The total rental payable under the new lease agreement is 2.5 million renminbi (RM1.5 million). The rental shall be paid on a quarterly basis. Parkson Retail has been carrying out retail business at the property since 1999. The group said that its operation at the property has brought … [Read more...] about Parkson extends lease for property in Beijing
Standing in the middle of Beijing’s diplomatic area, this new hotel is linked to several historical sites and tourist attractions including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the National Museum of China and the National Grand Theatre. Its design blends modern French art de vivre with Beijing’s s resplendent imperial history, rich culture and storied traditions. “We have had a record six months since announcing our 1,000th hotel with the Pullman Tokyo Tamachi late last year and it’s incredible to think that we have added another 100 hotels since then,” said Michael Issenberg, chairman & chief executive officer, Accor Asia Pacific at the recent press conference. “Sofitel Beijing Central will be a great addition to our network in China and will become one of the premier luxury hotels in the city.” It features 345 spacious luxury rooms and suites, with Sofitel Club floors providing generous circular bathtubs and access to the … [Read more...] about New Sofitel opens in Beijing
President Halimah Yacob will arrive in Beijing today for a three-day visit, during which she will meet top Chinese leaders and speak at a high-level conference. She will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping this afternoon, and be hosted to a welcome dinner by her Chinese counterpart later in the evening. Also being hosted to dinner are other world leaders attending the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations - the summit at which Madam Halimah is slated to speak. The inaugural conference is a series of events starting tomorrow aimed at fostering cooperation among Asian countries. Madam Halimah, who is leading the Singapore delegation, will deliver a speech at the opening ceremony tomorrow. Later in the day, she will meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and be hosted to lunch by China's fifth-ranked leader Mr Wang Huning. Accompanying Madam Halimah on the visit is her husband, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee; Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu; Minister of State for Foreign … [Read more...] about President Halimah visits Beijing