SINGAPORE - Details for Singaporean singer JJ Lin's upcoming concert have been revealed. The show, titled JJ Lin Sanctuary 2.0 World Tour, will be held on Dec 21 at the National Stadium. It will be the 38-year-old's first show at the iconic venue. Lin, one of Mandopop's top acts, performed four sold-out shows at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in August last year for his Sanctuary World Tour, with tickets snapped up within hours of release. The tour made its way to around 20 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney and Melbourne. Following its success, the singer-songwriter plunged straight into developing the enhanced JJ Lin Sanctuary 2.0 World Tour, which is designed for outdoor seating stadiums and kicked off in March this year in Hangzhou. The new elements include two moving extension stages which bring Lin closer to fans. In addition to his well-loved hits, such as Twilight, Those Were The Days, Little Big Us, If Only and Practice Love, the set list is also expected to include … [Read more...] about JJ Lin holding his first concert at National Stadium on Dec 21
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NEW TAIPEI CITY: Taiwan’s upcoming elections will be a “heart-pounding, soul-stirring battle” for the island’s future, Beijing-friendly candidate Han Kuo-yu said Sunday in his first speech since becoming the opposition party’s presidential candidate. Han described January’s vote as a choice between “peace or crisis” with China in a speech to a packed stadium at the Kuomintang (KMT) party’s national congress. Taiwan has been a de facto sovereign nation since the end of a civil war in 1949 but China still views the island as its territory and has vowed to seize it, by force if necessary. Han is looking to unseat President Tsai Ing-wen of the Beijing-sceptic Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in a contest that will be dominated by relations with China. “This won’t be a polite gentleman’s race, it will be a heart-pounding, soul-stirring battle for the survival of the Republic of China (ROC) and Taiwan’s next … [Read more...] about Beijing-friendly candidate says elections a ‘battle’ for Taiwan
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?
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
MANILA—Singer-actress Aicelle Santos was among the performers at the National Stadium in Beijing Wednesday night, as part of the Asian Culture Carnival. The concert, which gathered dozens of talents from the continent, was a celebration of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations. Santos performed Basil Valdez's "Nais Ko" before an audience of 30,000, according to China Daily. Photos and videos of Santos' turn on stage were shared on Instagram by her manager, Carlo Orosa. Hours before her performance, Santos wrote on Instagram: "One stage will showcase 40 different Asian cultures through music and dance. With pride and honor, we raise our flag!" … [Read more...] about News WATCH: Aicelle Santos performs at Beijing National Stadium