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New China-Pakistan relationship undermines U.S. in Afghanistan
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New China-Pakistan relationship undermines U.S. in Afghanistan

In an attempt to secure Beijing's influence in Afghanistan, China and Pakistan have begun an unprecedented intelligence-sharing arrangement, designed to help China exploit its economic investments in Afghanistan while also stifling outcry over its persecution of the Uighur population near China's western border with Afghanistan and Pakistan.The timing of the new relationship has become disturbing as President Donald Trump decides to pull out U.S. forces from Afghanistan. Now, American intelligence officials, who believe China will capitalize on ongoing problems in the administration's effort to secure a peace deal with the Taliban, says that Beijing will further expand its influence into other contested parts of the region."The reality is now dawning within the intelligence community," say...
Beyond exceptional
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Beyond exceptional

Piaget's latest flights of fancy are inspired by the tropics and overseen by Asiaphile Christophe Bourrié Christophe Bourrié had long been interested in luxury watches and jewellery as he did a thesis on this industry for a master's degree in corporate finance at Paris Dauphine University. The white gold Secret Cenote cuff watch is set with diamonds and sapphires that echo the blues and greens of tropical vegetation. Last summer, he eventually landed in the business at Piaget, where he's a member of its executive committee and global director for high-jewellery and exceptional creations. Bourrié's previous experiences included working for his family's wine company and private banking. He's actually very familiar with the Asian market since he was based in China, Singapore and Hong Kong
Thailand Elite Card aims to lure expats seeking virus haven
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Thailand Elite Card aims to lure expats seeking virus haven

Thailand Elite Card aims to lure expats seeking virus haven Immigration officers stand in front of an empty arrivals hall at Suvarnabhumi airport on June 3, 2020. (Reuters photo) Thailand’s “pay to stay” visa programme for wealthy foreigners is seeing an expansion opportunity, with visions of the country becoming a haven for expats thanks to its relative success in containing the coronavirus. The Thailand Elite Card is a residential-visa programme for affluent expats, investors and long-stay groups. Membership, which ranges from 500,000 baht to 2 million baht, provides for a renewable five-year visa. It also comes with perks, which at the top end include limousine transport, jet and yacht charters, medical checkups and golf at championship courses in Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya. With b
‘We felt we were swimming against the tide’: New research highlights untold story of GTA Chinese community’s proactive response to COVID-19
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‘We felt we were swimming against the tide’: New research highlights untold story of GTA Chinese community’s proactive response to COVID-19

In late January, Tina Lee was on her way to a gala in downtown Toronto when she heard the news on the car radio that would change everything. The first case of the novel coronavirus had been reported in Canada at Sunnybrook Hospital in a man who had travelled from Wuhan, China. Lee, CEO of T&T Supermarket, skipped the event that night, already suspecting that being in a crowded space shaking hands with strangers was quickly becoming dangerous. “This is it,” she remembers thinking. “It’s here.” The chain of 26 grocery stores that sell mostly Asian products in B.C., Alberta and Ontario, would by mid-March put a mandatory mask policy in place for employees and institute quarantines for staff coming back from impacted countries. By early May, amid shifting evidence from public health offic
Cambodian butcher quits dog meat trade, shuts slaughterhouse
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Cambodian butcher quits dog meat trade, shuts slaughterhouse

CHI MEAKH, Cambodia - Animal rights activists in Cambodia have gained a small victory in their effort to end the trade in dog meat, convincing a canine slaughterhouse in one village to abandon the business. Buth Pith and his wife Khath Hach this week shut down the small abattoir they had operated for about seven years after animal protection groups agreed to provide them an alternate living by building a small convenience store for them. Animal activists are taking the 15 dogs that had been caged at the slaughterhouse to an animal shelter in the capital, Phnom Penh, for rehabilitation, after which they will be offered for adoption, either in Cambodia or abroad. The closure Wednesday in Chi Meakh village in Kampong Thom province follows a bigger victory in the northwestern province of Si...
JLL urges hotels, retailers to cut costs, seek backups
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JLL urges hotels, retailers to cut costs, seek backups

JLL urges hotels, retailers to cut costs, seek backups Skyscrapers fill the Bangkok skyline. JLL Thailand says hotels and retail should brace for at least a two-year recovery period. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard) The hotel and retail sectors should prepare for stringent cost-cutting and find alternative income sources for as long as there is no coronavirus vaccine, as it will take two years for businesses to resume as usual, according to property consultant JLL Thailand. JLL managing director Suphin Mechuchep said the hotel sector has borne the brunt of the impact of the outbreak because it is reliant on the tourism industry, particularly inbound arrivals. "Covid-19 has created an extreme negative impact on the hotel business, which worsened in the second quarter as occupancy dipped to a...
AFC life ban for Lao goalkeeper for fixing Hong Kong match
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AFC life ban for Lao goalkeeper for fixing Hong Kong match

AFC life ban for Lao goalkeeper for fixing Hong Kong match Action from the friendly between Hong Kong and Laos at Mong Kok Stadium on Oct 5, 2017. Three Laos players have been banned for life over the 4-0 loss. (South China Morning Post photo) The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has banned Lao national team goalkeeper Thipphonexay Inthavongsa for life following an investigation into match-fixing. Thipphonexay was found guilty of "conspiring to manipulate the result of an international match between the Hong Kong and Laos national teams on October 5, 2017", the AFC said. He becomes the third Lao international to be banned in relation to the side's 4-0 loss to Hong Kong at Mong Kok Stadium. His teammates Khampheng Sayavutthi and Lembo Saysana were banned for life in February. As wit...
Australian leader says US-China war no longer inconceivable
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Australian leader says US-China war no longer inconceivable

CANBERRA, Australia - Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday his government held a less dramatic view of U.S.-China strategic tensions than a predecessor who warned of a potential “hot war” before U.S. presidential elections in November. Former prime minister and China scholar Kevin Rudd wrote in the Foreign Affairs journal this week that the risk of armed conflict between the United States and China in the next three months was “especially high.” Morrison said his administration had expressed similar views in a defence policy update last month when he announced 270 billion Australian dollars ($190 billion) in new warfare capability spending, including longer-range missiles. “Our defence update expresses it differently and certainly not as dramatically as Kevin,” Mo
Prayut applauds ‘crucial’ new Bangkok motorway
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Prayut applauds ‘crucial’ new Bangkok motorway

Prayut applauds 'crucial' new Bangkok motorway Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presides over the opening ceremony of a new motorway from Bangkok to Ban Chang and from Pattaya to Map Ta Phut in Rayong on Monday. It is hoped the route will serve to expand trade and investment, boost transport and logistics and benefit tourism. (Government House photo) A new motorway from Bangkok to Chon Buri and Rayong provinces was opened by the prime minister on Monday. "The route is Thailand's first-ever inter-city motorway connecting land, water and air transportation systems," said Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha. "The route also connects tourist sites, industrial estates and agricultural areas in the eastern region." Gen Prayut said the motorway would be "crucial" to the country's export sector since it lea...
Curfew in parts of Kashmir ahead of revocation anniversary
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Curfew in parts of Kashmir ahead of revocation anniversary

SRINAGAR, India - Authorities imposed a curfew in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, a civil administrator, said the security lockdown was imposed in the region’s main city of Srinagar because of information about protests planned by anti-India groups to mark Aug. 5 as “Black Day.” Police and paramilitary soldiers drove through neighbourhoods and went to people’s homes, warning them to stay indoors. Government forces, carrying assault rifles and wearing riot gear, erected steel barricades and laid razor wire across roads, bridges and intersections. They patrolled largely deserted streets in Srinagar and restricted civilian movement. Scores of y