World Economic Forum: a calculated risk for Covid-safe Singapore

When news broke this week that the World Economic Forum was trading the snowy alps of Davos, Switzerland, for the tropics of Singapore it was widely seen as a public relations coup for the island nation and a testament to its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.But the one-off switch in location for the forum's Special Annual Meeting in May 2021 was also seen as something more: a shot in the arm for the section of Singapore's tourism industry known as “Mice”, or meetings, incentives,…

World Economic Forum: a calculated risk for Covid-safe Singapore
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Hong Kong should lock down public housing block hit by Covid-19, expert says, as city faces more than 100 new cases

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France's next-generation aircraft carrier will be nuclear-powered and replace the national fleet's flagship warship, ...

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China-Australia relations: review of trade pact with Canberra unlikely for now, Beijing source says

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Chinese trade officials are unlikely to reassess their bilateral free-trade agreement with Australia this ...

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Florida coronavirus data whistle-blower Rebekah Jones could face prison after agents raid home

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Hong Kong protests: opposition activist Agnes Chow denied bail by High Court

Hong Kong protests: opposition activist Agnes Chow denied bail by High Court
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Hong Kong opposition activist Agnes Chow Ting has been denied bail pending her appeal ...

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Japan suspicious as Chinese, South Korean companies buy land near military sites

Japan suspicious as Chinese, South Korean companies buy land near military sites
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A suspicious increase in the number of foreign companies purchasing plots of land close ...

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China's Canadian detainees Spavor and Kovrig ‘in good shape' two years on

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Canada's ambassador to Beijing has praised the resilience of two Canadians facing spying charges ...

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US sanctions on China send Taiwan tech exports to mainland, Hong Kong surging

US sanctions on China send Taiwan tech exports to mainland, Hong Kong surging
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Taiwanese exports of hi-tech goods to China have accelerated in recent months as Chinese ...

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When can Hong Kong banks freeze accounts, and should you worry?

When can Hong Kong banks freeze accounts, and should you worry?
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The freezing of bank accounts belonging to individuals and a church in Hong Kong ...

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For Indonesia's Santri Muslims, a chance to bridge gap with China on Uygurs

For Indonesia's Santri Muslims, a chance to bridge gap with China on Uygurs
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On November 3, which Indonesia commemorates as Santri Day, a virtual seminar was held ...

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China's economy reports consumer deflation for the first time in 11 years

China's economy reports consumer deflation for the first time in 11 years
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China's consumer inflation entered negative territory in November for this first time since October ...

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Singapore ‘cruise to nowhere' turns back after coronavirus case on board

Singapore ‘cruise to nowhere' turns back after coronavirus case on board
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Why Hong Kong should not give up on democratic elections despite disqualification of lawmakers

Why Hong Kong should not give up on democratic elections despite disqualification of lawmakers
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Hong Kong Covid-19 fourth wave: businesses call for aid, brace for ‘fatal blow' from tougher social-distancing measures

Hong Kong Covid-19 fourth wave: businesses call for aid, brace for ‘fatal blow' from tougher social-distancing measures
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Hong Kong businesses facing tough new social-distancing measures from Thursday are bracing for a ...

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Australia needs South Korea, but Kim Jong-un and China are in the way

Australia needs South Korea, but Kim Jong-un and China are in the way
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Think of the Korean peninsula and what comes to mind? For those in the ...

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Canadian officer says he should have spoken up about passwords on day of Meng Wanzhou's arrest

Canadian officer says he should have spoken up about passwords on day of Meng Wanzhou's arrest
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A senior Canadian police officer who overheard a colleague discussing passwords with a border ...

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Intel and Nvidia questioned over sale of tech to China used against Uygurs

Intel and Nvidia questioned over sale of tech to China used against Uygurs
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Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic congressman Jim McGovern on Tuesday sent letters to ...

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China-Africa trade falls 10 per cent on pandemic, commodities slump

China-Africa trade falls 10 per cent on pandemic, commodities slump
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Trade between China and Africa fell by 10.6 per cent in the first 11 ...

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How ByteDance's US TikTok operations ended up in limbo

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Chinese tech company ByteDance did not get another deadline extension to sell TikTok's US ...

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China's wealthiest millennials got even richer in 2020 – from Jackson Yee to Li Na, five young millionaires and billionaires and where their money comes from

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Academics ‘need freedom to speak' for China to become ideological powerhouse

Academics ‘need freedom to speak' for China to become ideological powerhouse
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A senior Chinese economist has called for more tolerance, flexibility and freedom for China's ...

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Joe Biden's incoming national security aide ‘deeply concerned' about China's crackdown in Hong Kong

Joe Biden's incoming national security aide ‘deeply concerned' about China's crackdown in Hong Kong
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US President-elect Joe Biden's incoming national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday he ...

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Coronavirus: Joe Biden vows 100 million shots in 100 days as US cases top 15 million

Coronavirus: Joe Biden vows 100 million shots in 100 days as US cases top 15 million
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US President-elect Joe Biden introduced the team to lead his administration's response to the ...

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Iran has arrested some suspects in killing of top nuclear scientist arrested Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, says official

Iran has arrested some suspects in killing of top nuclear scientist arrested Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, says official
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Some of those involved in the assassination of Iran's top nuclear scientist last month ...

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Texas asks US Supreme Court to help Donald Trump overturn election results

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The state of Texas, aiming to help President Donald Trump upend the results of ...

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Venice underwater as flood defences fail

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Floodwaters struck the Italian city of Venice on Tuesday, submerging some of its most ...

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Brazil looking for legal options to ban China's Huawei from 5G, insiders say

Brazil looking for legal options to ban China's Huawei from 5G, insiders say
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's government is looking for a legal way to exclude Chinese ...

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How ex-president Donald Trump will influence US foreign policy on North Korea and beyond

How ex-president Donald Trump will influence US foreign policy on North Korea and beyond
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Donald Trump is about to start an unprecedented post-presidential career. The loyalty of the ...

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Joe Biden won't make dramatic changes to US policies on Taiwan, says former Obama official

Joe Biden won't make dramatic changes to US policies on Taiwan, says former Obama official
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US President-elect Joe Biden's administration will not make any drastic changes in US policy ...

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Germany blocks Chinese takeover of satellite firm over national security concerns

Germany blocks Chinese takeover of satellite firm over national security concerns
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Germany has blocked the takeover of satellite and radar technology firm IMST by a ...

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Biden's pick for defence chief unlikely to change China policy, analysts say

Biden's pick for defence chief unlikely to change China policy, analysts say
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US president-elect Joe Biden's choice of Lloyd Austin, a retired four-star army general, to ...

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Will Joe Biden fix Canada's broken relations with China? It's about more than Meng Wanzhou

Will Joe Biden fix Canada's broken relations with China? It's about more than Meng Wanzhou
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Trump's parting gift to Philippines: US$29 million in defence equipment

Trump's parting gift to Philippines: US$29 million in defence equipment
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Coronavirus: US data confirms Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine is strongly protective against Covid-19

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Documents released by US regulators on Tuesday confirmed that Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine ...

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Hong Kong fourth wave: city mulls inbound traveller quota as contingency for worsening Covid-19 crisis

Hong Kong fourth wave: city mulls inbound traveller quota as contingency for worsening Covid-19 crisis
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A quota on travellers arriving by air into Hong Kong has been floated in ...

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Coronavirus: Singapore and China pledge health partnership for future pandemics

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Singapore and its largest trading partner China on Tuesday pledged to enhance cooperation on ...

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It's official: Everest grows by almost a metre after China and Nepal settle a long-running debate

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UK health minister mocked for ‘pretending to cry' on TV as he talks about first Covid-19 vaccines

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British Health Secretary Matt Hancock was accused of “pretending to cry” after footage of ...

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China dodges speeding space junk bullet after Chang'e 5 moon mission

China dodges speeding space junk bullet after Chang'e 5 moon mission
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With RISE tech conference, Malaysia aims for place on global digital map

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Four lions at Spanish zoo test positive for coronavirus

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Geopolitical tensions fuel concerns for British companies in China, survey finds
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British companies in China are increasingly worried that tensions between London and Beijing could ...

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US should establish diplomatic ties with ‘enemy' North Korea: former Singapore diplomat Kishore Mahbubani

US should establish diplomatic ties with ‘enemy' North Korea: former Singapore diplomat Kishore Mahbubani
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Lethal illegal building works in China can't be torn down fast enough

Lethal illegal building works in China can't be torn down fast enough
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With China's property market booming and its cities growing rapidly, it's common for building ...

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UK-EU Brexit trade talks: Johnson says may come a moment when it's game over

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Hong Kong man found guilty of murdering girlfriend by stabbing her 33 times with chef's knife on city bus

Hong Kong man found guilty of murdering girlfriend by stabbing her 33 times with chef's knife on city bus
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