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UN is failing the Uighurs in China
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UN is failing the Uighurs in China

UN is failing the Uighurs in China In file photo dated October 1 last year, Ethnic Uighur demonstrators take part in a protest against China, in Istanbul. REUTERS/Murad Sezer Of the 11 million Uighur Muslims living in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, up to two million of them, including ethnic Uzbeks and Kazakhs have been detained inside camps, while those remaining on the outside facing a crackdown for a number of years. Human rights organizations and many foreign governments have described the many human rights abuses inflicted on the Uighur people as genocide. A recent report by a US think tank -- New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy -- claimed the Chinese government has violated the 1948 United Nations Convention for the Punishment and Prevention of the Crime of Genoc...
General: China’s Africa outreach poses threat from Atlantic
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General: China’s Africa outreach poses threat from Atlantic

WASHINGTON - The top U.S general for Africa is warning that a growing threat from China may come not just from the waters of the Pacific but from the Atlantic as well. U.S. Gen. Stephen Townsend, in an interview with The Associated Press, said Beijing is looking to establish a large navy port capable of hosting submarines or aircraft carriers on Africa’s western coast. Townsend said China has approached countries stretching from Mauritania to south of Namibia, intent on establishing a naval facility. If realized, that prospect would enable China to base warships in its expanding Navy in the Atlantic as well as Pacific oceans. “They’re looking for a place where they can rearm and repair warships. That becomes militarily useful in conflict,” said Townsend, who heads U.S. Africa Command. “T
Netflix series criticized online in China over Taiwan flag
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Netflix series criticized online in China over Taiwan flag

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese nationalism on the internet has a new target: The popular Thai drama “Girl from Nowhere“ distributed by Netflix. Comments online Wednesday complained the series’ Facebook page showed the flags of Taiwan, the island democracy claimed by the ruling Communist Party as part of its territory, and of Hong Kong, where the party is trying to crush pro-democracy activism. “Girl from Nowhere” joins a growing list of foreign retailers, airlines, hotels and other brands that have been attacked online in China over Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, human rights and other politically charged issues. Some comments complained the flags show support for “splitting China,” or promoting formal independence for self-ruled Taiwan. The flags, with those of Singapore and other markets, appeared
Virus strain behind deadly India outbreak detected in 44 Nations
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Virus strain behind deadly India outbreak detected in 44 Nations

Virus strain behind deadly India outbreak detected in 44 Nations Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell (blue) heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (red), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland, USA. (Image: NIAID) NEW YORK: The more infectious coronavirus driving a catastrophic Covid-19 epidemic in India was detected in 44 countries, according to the World Health Organization, which urged more studies to understand its severity and propensity to cause reinfections. The strain, identified in October, spawned three versions -- B.1.617.1, B.1.617.2 and B.1.617.3 -- amid an unprecedented spike in Covid-19 cases that made the South Asian country the site of world’s worst coronavirus crisi
Expats fear jabs are not for them
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Expats fear jabs are not for them

Expats fear jabs are not for them As Covid cases and the death toll in Thailand steeply climbs, Dr Opas Kankawinpong, head of the Disease Control Department, on Thursday came out to pacify fears of the foreign community in Thailand -- at last. "Anyone living in Thailand, be they Thai or foreign, will be able to get the vaccine if they want it," he said. The statement nevertheless has done little to calm the expat community -- of about three million -- of fears they would be sidelined in the government's rush to administer limited supplies to a frenzied citizenry whose Covid-free bubble has now been truly burst. The government's message about how the authority will provide the foreign community much needed Covid vaccinations has been mixed. Only two days prior, the Ministry of Public H...
Singapore broker up 544% in a year eyes China for more gains
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Singapore broker up 544% in a year eyes China for more gains

Singapore broker up 544% in a year eyes China for more gains Lightning strikes during a thunderstorm over Shanghai on May 14, 2021. (AFP photo) iFast Corp, an online brokerage that’s been Singapore’s best-performing stock over the past year, is betting on China and a retail-trading frenzy to help it grow assets by more than fivefold by 2028. Although the firm’s Chinese operations are loss-making, Chief Executive Officer Lim Chung Chun said the nation is poised to become the wealth-management platform’s fastest-growing market and is key to the group’s goal of reaching S$100 billion (2.4 trillion baht) of assets under administration by 2028. Investors have bought into that vision, with iFast shares soaring more than 500% in the past 12 months -- beating all members of the FTSE ST All-Shar
Big Pharma, Big Heart
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Big Pharma, Big Heart

Recognised as a “HR Asia’s Best Companies to Work for 2020” by HR Asia, biopharmaceutical company Takeda Thailand has garnered a respected reputation for its company culture and management style, complemented with Takeda’s global standing as one of the top 10 biopharmaceutical companies in the world. Keen to find out more about how this 240-year-old pharma company transformed from a traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine merchant to a global biopharmaceutical leader, I spoke to Peter Streibl, General Manager of Takeda Thailand, to speak about the company’s management style and philosophy, its contribution to the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic and more. How did Takeda get started and how has it changed? Takeda is a company that was founded over two centuries ago in Japan, and we
Myanmar: From diplomacy to force
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Myanmar: From diplomacy to force

Myanmar: From diplomacy to force Ahead of the special Asean Summit in Jakarta last Saturday, a woman prepares a placard out of crossed-out portraits of Myanmar's junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during a protest against the military coup. (Photo: Reuters) At its recent "special" summit in Jakarta on Myanmar's crisis, Asean reached its diplomatic maximum by coming up with a "five-point consensus" that will likely prove too little and too slow. Constrained by consensus and its non-interference principle where any of its 10 members has a virtual veto, Asean's overdue response to Myanmar's fast-escalating violence on the ground is likely to prove ineffective. As Asean's diplomacy faces limitations, more of Myanmar's outcomes are likely to be decided by the use of force in an intens...
China has invaded Sri Lanka, says a reputed TV Journalist
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China has invaded Sri Lanka, says a reputed TV Journalist

China has already invaded Sri Lanka sans bloodshed. The subtle strategies of China to invade developing and under-developed countries in the world and taking them under its control are intelligible to the majority of Sri Lankans and they strongly oppose the crafty entry of China into Sri Lanka. Majority of Sri Lankans are aware that China is aiming for a cultural genocide in Sri Lanka. While China has occupied Sri Lanka without bleeding, the majority of Sri Lankans are now understanding and opposing it, we can see a group of Sri Lankans still betraying the country by inviting China. Don't be surprised, foreign invaders in the past caught Sri Lanka with the help of a minority of betrayers. The personnel from the generation of those betrayers are the ones who support China today. (Yo...
Pandemic pauses the housing trade in northeast China.
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Pandemic pauses the housing trade in northeast China.

Beijing, China: Covid-19 pandemic has paused the fastest growing project between North Korea and China in the district of Dandong.The latest Chinese government numbers showed Dandong's house prices in March recorded a mere four per cent increase on last year.A new three-bedroom flat with a river view in New District today costs 7,000 yuan per square metre (USD100 per square foot) - not much higher than it would have been worth when speculation stalled in 2019, South China Sea.According to the report, the demand has dropped since the hopes for roaring trade with North Korea were dashed by the outbreak of the pandemic last year which prompted Pyongyang to seal off the country. Travel was banned and trade by road, rail and sea almost entirely suspended.However, three years back New District ...