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China’s Regulatory Crackdown: No Sector Is Safe
China, Politics, World

China’s Regulatory Crackdown: No Sector Is Safe

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding this year, is moving aggressively to solidify popular support for continued Communist Party rule in the country. In the name of promoting social equality and reasserting control over the economy and private life, President Xi Jinping is cracking the whip on every sphere from the tech industry to the education sector and from culture to lifestyle. The pace of the regulatory crackdown is such that no sector is safe. The Communist regime is going after some of the country’s largest private enterprises in a bid to clock back what it perceives as the capitalist excesses of a previous era. Now, the party is making it increasingly clear that it intends to insert itself into the private lives of Chine
Manny Pacquiao for president?
Politics, World

Manny Pacquiao for president?

In the twilight of the twilight, Manny Pacquiao is doing the same things in the same place. The autograph hunters still gather outside Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles, crowding into the shopping plaza at the corner of Santa Monica and Vine. The workouts inside resemble those from 10 years ago, right down to the bamboo stick that’s jabbed into his abdomen. The differences now, though, are striking and important. They speak both to why he’s still fighting and why that choice is dangerous—even more than usual, in the most dangerous of sports. They illuminate the boxer’s future plans, on horizons near and far. And they point to grand political ambitions, even beyond the senatorial office he’s held since 2016. In fact, it’s not an exaggeration to say that when he meets Yordenis Ugas for a
Jacques Rogge, IOC president for 12 years, dies at 79
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Jacques Rogge, IOC president for 12 years, dies at 79

LONDON (AP) — Jacques Rogge approached the job of running the Olympics the same way he approached his work as a physician: Listen, analyze and consult. Before taking over as president of the International Olympic Committee, Rogge, whose death was announced Sunday, was an orthopedic surgeon who saw 5,000 patients and performed 800 operations a year at his medical practice in Ghent, Belgium. Rogge’s medical background heavily influenced his leadership style during his 12-year reign in the most powerful post in international sports, bringing stability and a steady hand to the IOC after its worst ethics scandal. He also pursued a hard line against doping as IOC president. While his predecessor, Spaniard Juan Antonio Samaranch, operated in an autocratic and secretive fashion, Rogge embraced
Biden picks Burns for China ambassador; Emanuel for Japan
China, Politics, World

Biden picks Burns for China ambassador; Emanuel for Japan

President Joe Biden is nominating longtime former senior State Department official Nicholas Burns to serve as his ambassador to China and former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as his envoy to Japan. The White House formally announced the much-anticipated nominations Friday. Emanuel was also a former three-term congressman who served as President Barack Obama’s first White House chief of staff and was a senior adviser in President Bill Clinton’s administration. If confirmed by the Senate, Emanuel will be dispatched to Tokyo at a critical point in the U.S.-Japan relationship as Biden has made strengthening relations with partners in the Pacific a priority as he increases focus on China. Biden with his pick of Burns turns to a seasoned career foreign service officer to serve as his e
China pushes adoption of language, cultural symbols in Tibet
China, Politics, World

China pushes adoption of language, cultural symbols in Tibet

BEIJING (AP) — A top Chinese official said Thursday that “all-round efforts” are needed to ensure Tibetans speak standard spoken and written Chinese and share the “cultural symbols and images of the Chinese nation.” Wang Yang made the remarks before a handpicked audience in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the home of Tibet’s traditional Buddhist leaders, at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese invasion of the vast Himalayan region. China’s ruling Communist Party says it “peacefully liberated“ Tibetan peasants from an oppressive theocracy and restored Chinese rule over a region under threat from outside powers. Critics say such moves toward cultural assimilation spell the demise of Tibet’s traditional Buddhist culture and that Tibet was effectively independent for
Asean too late for Myanmar?
China, Conflict, Politics, Singapore, World

Asean too late for Myanmar?

Asean too late for Myanmar? The appointment of Brunei's Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof as Asean special envoy to Myanmar last week is better late than never. The special envoy's appointment is part of a five-point consensus that was agreed upon by Asean leaders during an April 24 meeting searching for a solution to the Myanmar crisis following the Feb 1 coup that ousted the elected civilian government under Aung San Suu Kyi who has been detained together with other civilian officials. The delay in the envoy's appointment is described by the international media as due to internal wrangling within the group; with Indonesia and Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines opting for a proactive approach; while the rest, including Thailand, preferring quiet diplomacy which is almost synony...
WHO experts say urgent search for Covid origins ‘stalled’
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WHO experts say urgent search for Covid origins ‘stalled’

WHO experts say urgent search for Covid origins 'stalled' Tracing Covid's biological trail to the earliest pockets of the disease becomes more difficult as evidence disappears or becomes corrupted. PARIS: The search for the origins of the Covid pandemic that has killed millions and crippled economies is at a standstill even as time is running out, scientists charged with the task by the UN warned Wednesday. An initial report by the team of independent, international experts sent to China by the World Health Organization in January concluded that it was most likely that the SARS-CoV-2 virus jumped from bats to humans via an intermediate animal. A competing hypothesis that the virus somehow leaked from a lab, like the specialised virology laboratory in Wuhan, was deemed "extremely unlike...
54 years on, Asean needs new modality
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54 years on, Asean needs new modality

54 years on, Asean needs new modality Flags of Asean countries are displayed in front of the Asean head office in Jakarta, Indonesia. The bloc celebrated its 54th anniversary on Sunday. Asean faces an unprecedented challenge in dealing with the political crisis in Myanmar. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ASEAN) After 54 years of being together, Asean is at the end of its tether. It has never been more divided than now, split within member states and across all 10 of them, dominated once again by divisive superpower rivalry and competition. In practice, this means Asean will appear increasingly ineffectual and inert. There will be much bureaucratic motion but few substantive organisational and policy outcomes amid unresolved challenges from within and from outside the region. Asean's best way forward ...
Timeless love
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Timeless love

Kim Bo-young is one of the most prolific science fiction writers of East Asia. At home in South Korea, where she is currently based, she won the best novella award in the first round of the Korean Science & Technology Creative Writing Award with The Experience Of Touch, her first published book. She has also won the annual South Korea SF novel award twice. Kim has a forthcoming English translated short story and novellas in the United States. I'm Waiting For You And Other Stories is her first English translation work published in the UK. Composed of two novellas which contain a collection of four short stories, I'm Waiting For You tells the story of two separated lovers who have promised to meet each other in order to get married. Opening "his story" is a nameless man who recounts the de...
Ripe time to give ICT education for girls a boost
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Ripe time to give ICT education for girls a boost

Ripe time to give ICT education for girls a boost Arisa, 17, a student of Unesco's Learning Coin initiative, works with a tablet provided through the initiative. (Photo: UNESCO) Supakarn Jantawang has a plan. Inspired by design thinking, she wants to work with her school's student council committee in Chumphon, a province in the south of Thailand, to manage food waste in collaboration with nearby vendors. For her, education about information and communications technologies (ICTs) is more than facts and figures -- design thinking has given her a critical-thinking approach to solve problems systematically step by step, which she thinks will help in her future career as a doctor. For an increasing number of people, in Thailand and worldwide, the knowledge and skills associated with ICTs ar...