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Global preparation: how different countries planned for the second wave of Covid-19

Lockdowns brought temporary relief to some but, everywhere, test and trace is key Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first wave of coronavirus swept through a world unprepared. Authorities struggled to test for the disease, and didn’t know how to slow the spread of Covid-19.Lockdowns brought the virus under temporary control in some places, including the UK, buying a window for the revival of education and the economy, and time to prepare for future waves that epidem...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Europe, UK, China, Germany, Africa, Americas, Spain, Society, UK News, World news, Australia news, Czech Republic, Hungary, Asia Pacific


Justice and the Rohingya people are the losers in Asia's new cold war

Attacks against the Muslim minority in Myanmar have gone unchecked as regional players focus on their own interestsThe persecution, ethnic cleansing, and attempted genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is an affront to the rule of law, a well-documented atrocity and, according to a top international lawyer, a moral stain on “our collective conscience and humanity”. So why are the killings and other horrors continuing while known perpetrators go unpunished?It’s a question with s...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Human Rights, China, Religion, World news, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Islam, Refugees, War Crimes, Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, Muslim, Myanmar, Rohingya


How monopolies can leave you all at sea

The fate of wrecked Spanish trading ships in the 16th century teaches us valuable lessons for todayEconomic history is to economics what historical fiction is to literature – underappreciated, but recently returned to the limelight. Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall reinforced the idea that reimagining the past could be literature, while the first global pandemic in 100 years proved that history can be as useful to economists as spreadsheets. Economic history also teaches you things squeezed out by Brit...
Tags: Business, Americas, Economics, Spain, World news, Asia Pacific, Netherlands, Water transport, Manila, East Asia, Henry Viii, Acapulco, Hilary Mantel 's Wolf Hall


Thai protesters call for reform of monarchy and general strike

Demands for curbs on king’s wealth were unthinkable until emergence of radical grassroots movement Thousands of Thai protesters have marched near the Grand Palace in Bangkok to hand over a series of demands for democratic reforms, including changes to the country’s powerful royal family, in a direct challenge to King Maha Vajiralongkorn.Protesters, who had camped overnight in the capital following a major pro-democracy rally on Saturday, also called for a general strike. Continue reading...
Tags: Thailand, Asia Pacific, Bangkok, Grand Palace


Thai protesters demand removal of PM and call for general strike after march blocked

Radical manifesto of grassroots movement also calls for changes to curb power of the country’s revered monarchyThousands of protesters in Thailand have handed their demands for reform to royal guard police after a planned march was blocked at security barriers in the capital, Bangkok.One of the protest leaders, Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, told reporters on Sunday that the police had said the letter would be sent to police headquarters. Continue reading...
Tags: Thailand, Asia Pacific, Bangkok, Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul


Trump says he approves TikTok Oracle deal which may include Walmart

President says he will allow Chinese-owned app in US Walmart could acquire stake and seat on global boardDonald Trump has said he “approves a deal in concept” that will allow TikTok to continue to operate in the US, after . Related: China attacks US 'bullying' over ban on Tiktok and WeChat Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Media, China, US, Social Media, Walmart, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, US politics, US national security, Digital Media, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Administration, Tiktok


Thousands gather in Thailand for anti-government protest

Protesters in Bangkok call for new constitution and elections, and criticise monarchyThousands of protesters in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, demonstrated against the government of the former coup leader and prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Saturday, with many also demanding reforms to the powerful monarchy.“Down with feudalism, long live the people,” was one of the chants. Continue reading...
Tags: Protest, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Bangkok, Prayuth Chan ocha


Japan's beloved matsutake mushroom under threat

For diners with money to spare it is the taste of autumn but decline of red pine forests has left it with a precarious futureIn a country that prides itself on its seasonal cuisine, few ingredients generate as much anticipation in Japan as the delicate, unmistakably autumnal flavours of the matsutake mushroom.As the humidity of summer gives way to cooler days, it will soon appear on special display in supermarkets; upmarket ryotei restaurants will present delicate slivers in clear soups, or stea...
Tags: Food, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Conservation


Brexit: consortium of companies led by Fujitsu wins £200m Irish Sea contract

Deal is the first concrete implementation of the special arrangements for Northern IrelandA £200m contract to implement Brexit checks on goods in the Irish Sea has been won by a consortium of companies led by Japanese company Fujistu.HMRC announced on Friday that a two-year contract for the new trader support service (TSS) has been awarded to a consortium led by the tech company and its partners, the Customs Clearance Consortium, an organisation run by customs expert Robert Hardy and the Institu...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Politics, Hmrc, European Union, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Tss, Fujitsu


Australian judge steps down from Hong Kong court over new national security law

James Spigelman resigned from Hong Kong appeal court citing concerns with new law imposed by ChinaAustralian judge James Spigelman has resigned from Hong Kong’s highest court, reportedly citing concerns over the national security law imposed on the region by Beijing.His resignation comes amid a deteriorating political and judicial environment in Hong Kong, where the imposition of a national security law by the central government in Beijing has sparked concern and confusion about Hong Kong’s rule...
Tags: Hong Kong, Human Rights, Law, China, Australia news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, James Spigelman


Clues to scale of Xinjiang labour operation emerge as China defends camps

Beijing white paper says an average of 1.29 million workers a year have gone through ‘vocational training’ between 2014 and 2019The Chinese Communist party government has defended its system of internment camps for Uighur and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, in a white paper that also revealed some details of the breadth of its labour program.In the document published on Thursday, Beijing called them “vocational training centres” , saying: “Through its proactive labor and employment policies...
Tags: China, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Xinjiang, Chinese Communist


Papua New Guinea police accused of gun running and drug smuggling by own minister

Bryan Kramer takes extraordinary swipe at force for which he is responsible, saying it could take a generation to eradicate endemic corruptionPapua New Guinea’s police force is the most corrupt public agency in the country, engaged in drug-smuggling, gun-running, and land theft, and beset by “a rampant culture of police ill-discipline and brutality”, its own police minister has said, in an extraordinary condemnation of his own force.Police minister Bryan Kramer used the occasion of PNG’s indepen...
Tags: Asia Pacific, Papua New Guinea, PNG, New Guinea, Pacific Islands, David Manning, Bryan Kramer


New Zealand National party promises 'significant' tax cuts to aid Covid recovery

Opposition party unveils billions in tax cuts and focus on disciplined spending in its pre-election economic proposalsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand’s opposition National party has released its plan to restore the economy, a day after the country officially entered a recession.National said the plan would see the average worker in New Zealand be NZ$50 a week better off, with the party promising “significant tax cuts”. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, National, National party, Nz, New Zealand politics, Coronavirus outbreak, coverageNew Zealand, New Zealand National


New Zealanders want small parties at the political table, but the system is stacked against them | Claire Robinson

In an election that sorely needs alternative voices, small parties face an impossibly steep climb to be seen or heardIf you are a follower of New Zealand politics, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the 2020 general election is fundamentally a contest between New Zealand’s two major parties, Labour and National. This is the 28th election they have been in the main ring together, and every government formed since 1935 has been led by one of them.Outside these two, there are 16 other political pa...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, Claire Robinson, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand election 2020, New Zealand Electoral Commission, Greens New Zealand First


Chinese fishing armada plundered waters around Galápagos, data shows

Hundreds of vessels caught logging 73,000 hours of fishing in just one month in new analysisA vast fishing armada of Chinese vessels just off the Galápagos Islands logged an astounding 73,000 hours of fishing during just one month as it pulled up thousands of tonnes of squid and fish, a new report based on data analysis has found.The discovery of the giant flotilla off the archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution stirred controversy and outrage in Ecuador and abroad. Contin...
Tags: Food, China, Environment, Americas, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Fishing, Charles Darwin, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Galapagos


Hong Kong activist denied bail after being charged with sedition

Colonial-era penal code used as Tam Tak-chi’s alleged offences took place before new national security law was imposedAn activist who was the first person to be charged with sedition in Hong Kong since 1997 has been denied bail before his trial for “uttering seditious words” and advocating for Hong Kong independence.Prosecutors alleged that activist Tam Tak-chi used anti-police slogans as well as the common protest phrases “liberate Hong Kong” and “five demands, not one less” in January, and at ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Human Rights, Protest, Law, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Tam Tak chi


Hong Kong activist denied bail after being charge with sedition

Colonial-era penal code used as Tam Tak-chi’s alleged offences took place before new national security law was imposedAn activist who was the first person to be charged with sedition in Hong Kong since 1997 has been denied bail before his trial for “uttering seditious words” and advocating for Hong Kong independence.Prosecutors alleged that activist Tam Tak-chi used anti-police slogans as well as the common protest phrases “liberate Hong Kong” and “five demands, not one less” in January, and at ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Human Rights, Protest, Law, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Tam Tak chi


Global stocks drop after Fed's upbeat economic outlook dents chances of more stimulus

Reuters Equities and gold slide, dollar gains after Federal Reserve ups economic forecasts, suggesting less chance of stimulus. "The recovery is here, it's well along," Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said at a press conference on Wednesday. S&P 500 futures fall 1.2%, pointing to a second day of losses, dollar index rises 0.1%. "Markets always want more," Robert Carnell, regional head of Asia-Pacific research at ING, said. "But, should you keep feeding them?" Visit Business Insider's homepage ...
Tags: Nikkei, Global, US, Trends, Asia Pacific, Deutsche Bank, Federal Reserve, Fed, Shanghai Composite, Us Federal Reserve, Powell, Reid, KOSPI, Jerome Powell, Reuters Equities, ING


Global report: China locks down border city in response to two Covid cases

Checkpoints prevent anyone entering or leaving city of Ruili; WHO warns against swift reopening in Latin America; New Zealand in recessionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina has locked down a city on its border with Myanmar and launched a campaign to test the city’s entire population of more than 200,000 people.Officials in Ruili in Yunnan province said the city had entered a state of “wartime” defences against Covid-19 after two new cases emerged among travellers f...
Tags: China, Americas, World news, Colombia, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Who, Myanmar, Latin America, Yunnan, Coronavirus outbreak, Ruili


Global report: Chinese border city enters 'wartime' mode to tackle Covid outbreak

Checkpoints prevent anyone entering or leaving city of Ruili; WHO warns against swift reopening in Latin America; New Zealand in recession Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina has locked down a city on its border with Myanmar and launched a campaign to test the city’s entire population of more than 200,000 people.Officials in Ruili in Yunnan province said the city had entered a state of “wartime” defences against Covid-19 after two new cases emerged among travellers ...
Tags: China, Americas, World news, Colombia, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Who, Myanmar, Latin America, Yunnan, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Ruili


'I almost gave up': Tom of Finland exhibition to finally open in Japan

Gallery rejections suggested residual squeamishness about depictions of gay sexuality in JapanAfter a fruitless two-year search for a venue, Shai Ohayon was on the verge of abandoning his dream of bringing the art of Tom of Finland to a Japanese audience.Not a single gallery, museum or public space in Tokyo shared his enthusiasm for the artist, whose sensual and erotic depictions of the male body reside in the permanent collections of major museums around the world. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, LGBT rights, Finland, Tokyo, Tom, Shai Ohayon


Taiwan calls for global coalition against China's aggression as US official flies in

Taipei speaks of ‘real possibility’ of war as US undersecretary for economic affairs pays visit that Beijing regards as provocativeTaiwan’s foreign minister has called for the international community to help defend his country against an intensifying military threat from China, fearing “a real possibility” of war.The comments from the minister, Joseph Wu, come before the expected arrival on Thursday in Taiwan of the US undersecretary for economic affairs, Keith Krach, with a delegation for a two...
Tags: China, US, US news, Taiwan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Taipei, Joseph Wu, Keith Krach


New Zealand in Covid recession after worst quarterly GDP fall on record

Finance minister says figures don’t reflect the thousands of lives saved and reduced burden on health systemCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand has entered a recession with the economy contracting 12.2% in the June quarter – the largest drop since such records began in 1987.Paul Pascoe at Stats NZ said the GDP fall was “by far the largest on record in New Zealand” and reflected months spent in lockdown. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Economics, Asia Pacific, Global Economy, New Zealand, Stats NZ, Coronavirus outbreak, Paul Pascoe


US plans big expansion of navy fleet to challenge growing Chinese sea power

Defence secretary promises future fleet including unmanned ships that will focus on Indo-Pacific regionThe US secretary of defence, Mark Esper, has announced an ambitious plan to expand the US Navy with a range of unmanned and autonomous ships, submarines and aircraft to confront the growing maritime challenge from China.The Pentagon chief said a sweeping review of US naval power dubbed “Future Forward” had laid out a “game-changer” plan that would expand the US sea fleet to more than 355 ships,...
Tags: China, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, US military, Pentagon, Defence, US defence spending, US Navy, Mark Esper


Hitachi’s 'disappointing' exit from Wylfa nuclear deal is no great loss

Even government experts were not banging the drum for new fleets of giant power plantsThe government officially regards it as “disappointing” that Hitachi has pulled out of building a nuclear plant at Wylfa. Why? Well, the loss of potential jobs in north Wales must be acknowledged. But, from the point of view of meeting the nation’s energy needs, there is no reason to be disappointed.Hitachi had been wobbly on Wylfa for the past two years anyway, despite being offered generous-looking terms. Mor...
Tags: Business, Japan, Wales, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Technology sector, Construction industry, Barratt Developments, Hitachi, National Infrastructure Commission


Chinese Australians scared to speak out for fear family members in China will be targeted, paper says

Thirty people claim to be victims of Communist party intimidation in Australia but only three reported it to local authoritiesDozens of people including Chinese Australians have been victims of Chinese Communist party intimidation in Australia, according to a policy paper published by the China Matters thinktank.The cases include a dissident who said he received a message from a Chinese Ministry of Public Security official the day after he attended a Tiananmen memorial in Australia in 2019, warn...
Tags: Australia, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Australian politics, Tiananmen, Chinese Ministry of Public Security


The Eight Hundred review – ear-rattling, breathtaking battle for 'Chinese Alamo'

One regiment’s symbolic and often suicidal defence of a warehouse in bombed-out Shanghai is the subject of this tub-thumping war epicThe domestic release of this thunderous Chinese war epic was delayed last year for what trade magazine Variety described as “mysterious political reasons”. It is thought the film displeased Communist party academics by portraying rival Kuomintang army officers during the 1937 Sino-Japanese war in too positive a light. To an outsider, however, The Eight Hundred look...
Tags: Film, China, Culture, Asia Pacific, Shanghai, War films, Kuomintang, Variety, Period and historical films, Action and adventure films, Chinese Alamo, Shanghai Like Dunkirk


Malaysian prisoners may face 'forced labour' on palm oil plantations

Shortage of foreign workers behind plan by producers to employ inmates as a stopgap measurePrisoners are expected to be put to work on Malaysia’s giant palm oil plantations to make up for an acute labour shortage heightened by the coronavirus pandemic.But workers’ rights experts have warned that the proposal by the country’s palm oil producers may constitute “institutionalised forced labour” in an industry already accused of widespread abuse and exploitation of workers. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Palm Oil, Malaysia, Global development, Forced Labour, Coronavirus outbreak


Does loyalty matter in a disrupted hotel market?

Jurgen Ortelee, principal director of sales at Asia Pacific in IDeaS talks about the importance of loyalty in the hotel sector in the changing times and how it can act as a key differentiator in a fiercely competitive, digitally focused booking environment.
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, Jurgen Ortelee


Stepping Into The New Normal For FedEx

by Kawal Preet, President, FedEx, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) Not all change is exciting, right? After the year we’ve had so far, I think there’s no denying that. But for me, almost everything that is exciting involves change. Change into adulthood or parenthood; change of career; change of country. Even the most exciting things in nature are forever changing: stars, planets, seasons, landscapes. And the latest change, for me, means stepping into a new role of great responsibili...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Ebay, Africa, Post Office, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Bangkok, Fedex, Cape, FedEx Express, Asia Pacific Middle East, Organisational Development, Thinking Aloud, Kawal, AMEA