MANILA, Sept. 27 (Xinhua): The Philippines and China on Monday lauded their "robust" bilateral cooperation amid the Covid-19 pandemic. During an online reception celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin thanked China for its assistance, saying China "has not kept its economic progress to itself." China's National Day falls on Oct 1. "In Chinese fashion, it believes that wealth is not gained by impoverishing others, but in helping to make the bridge, and therefore mutually profitable partners in progress," Locsin said in his remarks. "The Philippines knows this well," Locsin added. "China is consistently one of our top trading and investment partners" and a "trusted supporter" of the Philippine government's "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure program, he said. "In the darkness brought on by Covid-19, China lit the first light of hope by being the first to help. It gave crucial medical ... » Learn More about Philippines and China laud “robust” cooperation amid Covid-19 pandemic
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[Editor's note on Nov. 27 at 11am: This article previously indicated that the writer's bill was S$31.40 with 1.02kg of ingredients. Yang Guo Fu has clarified that the weight of the items was actually 670g, and thus the price of the writer's meal should be S$20.65 instead, as the weight of the bowl was not deducted. Yang Guo Fu says that the error, which did not affect its other outlet at Singpost Centre, has been corrected before the restaurant opened to the public on Nov. 27.] The craze surrounding m ala xiang guo , or mala stir-fry has simmered down somewhat, but its pick-your-own-ingredient-stir-fry format has become commonplace at many hawker centres and foodcourts. Enter Yang Guo Fu (YGF), a brand that was founded in China in 2003 and grew to a "fiery empire" of over 6,000 branches in countries like Japan, Canada, and Australia. Its signature offering is mala in the form of soup (or broth, as the brand calls it), rather than stir-fry. While ... » Learn More about Yang Guo Fu, China’s largest mala tang chain, opening in Bugis on Nov. 27 with 1-for-1 deal
North Korea is floating a trial balloon to see if it can resume dialogue with the United States through South Korea, analysts say, with inter-Korean reconciliation talks and a summit also involving China potentially happening as soon as the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. They based their assessment on comments made on Saturday (Sept 25) by Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, when she made clear her support for a formal end to the Korean war and a fresh inter-Korean summit if Seoul treated Pyongyang with "impartiality" and mutual respect. She made the statement a day after she praised South Korean President Moon Jae-in 's recent call for a declaration of an end to the 1950-53 conflict - technically ongoing, as the fighting ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty - as an "admirable idea", and said Pyongyang was also willing to discuss mending fences with Seoul. Moon had earlier suggested the two Koreas - along with the US, which ... » Learn More about Will Kim Yo-jong’s olive branch to Seoul herald Winter Olympics peace talks?
HANOI (Vietnam News/Asia News Network): The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) is collecting comments on a draft circular regarding the Rules of Origin regulations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). According to the MoIT, after eight years of negotiations on the RCEP agreement, 10 Asean countries and five partner countries (Australia, China, Japan, Korea and New Zealand) officially signed the agreement in October 2020. When the agreement comes into force Vietnam will be part of the largest free trade area in the world, with 2.2 billion consumers, and account for about 30 per cent of global GDP. The RCEP will eliminate about 92 per cent of import tax between the signatory countries within 20 years, and establish common rules for e-commerce, commerce and intellectual property rights. In particular, RCEP is designed to cut both costs and time for traders by allowing them to export goods to any of the signatory countries, without having to meet the ... » Learn More about Ministry helps Viet businesses prepare for RCEP
Some 1.6 million imitation guns have been sold in Colombia in the last 12 years BOGOTA - One can buy them on street corners, legally, for the price of a toy -- so-called non-lethal guns that nevertheless maim, and which proliferate in Colombia's crime-plagued cities. Imitation guns are sought after by criminals and citizens alike, for attack and self-defense -- a symptom, observers say, of creeping lawlessness in a country still traumatized by decades of civil war. The guns' "impact on public security is lethal," Colombian security expert Orlando Carillo told AFP. According to the FIP peace-building think tank, some 1.6 million imitation guns have been sold in Colombia in the 12 years since imports were legalized. They look like the real thing and shoot projectiles from a 9 mm or 7.65 mm cartridge. The only real difference is that the bullets are rubber. Still, up to a distance of 15 meters (49 feet), a rubber bullet "can cause serious injuries to a bone or muscle. To the ... » Learn More about ‘Non-lethal’ guns — a deadly scourge in Bogota