US Treasury’s Janet Yellen says Congress needs to fund debt relief programmes for poor countries

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told politicians on Thursday that debt relief for poor and developing countries would be hampered without new funding, while US$2.7 billion in current unmet US commitments to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and other institutions would grow.Yellen, in prepared remarks to a US House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee, said that the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative for poor countries and a new debt restructuring “Common Framework”…

US Treasury’s Janet Yellen says Congress needs to fund debt relief programmes for poor countries
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China’s nuclear threat to US grows, mainly in the risk of a mishap, experts say

China’s nuclear threat to US grows, mainly in the risk of a mishap, experts say
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China’s nuclear arsenal is a growing threat to US security, less in its absolute ...

  • Fri, 11 Jun 2021 05:28:56 +0800

UK’s health minister Matt Hancock denies Dominic Cummings’ claim he lied during coronavirus pandemic

UK’s health minister Matt Hancock denies Dominic Cummings’ claim he lied during coronavirus pandemic
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British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic following ...

  • Fri, 11 Jun 2021 05:15:25 +0800

Communist Party is not China’s only political party – there are eight others

Communist Party is not China’s only political party – there are eight others
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This is the tenth in the South China Morning Post’s series of explainers about China’s Communist ...

  • Fri, 11 Jun 2021 05:00:00 +0800

At G7 summit, Joe Biden urges world leaders to join US in sharing coronavirus vaccines with struggling nations

At G7 summit, Joe Biden urges world leaders to join US in sharing coronavirus vaccines with struggling nations
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President Joe Biden called on global leaders on Thursday to join him in sharing ...

  • Fri, 11 Jun 2021 04:12:47 +0800

Hungary’s Viktor Orban will support referendum on plan to host Chinese university campus

Hungary’s Viktor Orban will support referendum on plan to host Chinese university campus
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Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday said he would support holding a ...

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Man accused of killing members of Muslim family in apparent hate crime appears before judge in Canada

Man accused of killing members of Muslim family in apparent hate crime appears before judge in Canada
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The man accused of killing members of a Muslim family with his vehicle in ...

  • Fri, 11 Jun 2021 02:31:28 +0800

Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou wants HSBC evidence kept secret in Canadian extradition battle

Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou wants HSBC evidence kept secret in Canadian extradition battle
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Lawyers for Huawei Technologies Co. executive Meng Wanzhou are seeking a publication ban on ...

  • Fri, 11 Jun 2021 02:22:45 +0800

Olympic Games: Brisbane wins IOC board’s approval, moving closer to landing 2032 Games

Olympic Games: Brisbane wins IOC board’s approval, moving closer to landing 2032 Games
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The Australian city of Brisbane moved closer to landing the 2032 Olympics on Thursday ...

  • Fri, 11 Jun 2021 01:49:11 +0800

Wife of Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ pleads guilty to helping her husband run drugs cartel

Wife of Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ pleads guilty to helping her husband run drugs cartel
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The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Emma Coronel Aispuro, on ...

  • Fri, 11 Jun 2021 01:23:01 +0800

Afghan retreat: why Pakistan must not agree to a US military base in Balochistan

Afghan retreat: why Pakistan must not agree to a US military base in Balochistan
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As the US withdraws from Afghanistan, its demand for a military base in Pakistan to ...

  • Fri, 11 Jun 2021 01:00:00 +0800

G7 leaders discuss plans to push for green, electric cars and away from petrol by end of decade

G7 leaders discuss plans to push for green, electric cars and away from petrol by end of decade
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Group of Seven (G7) leaders are discussing ambitious plans to shift the balance of ...

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US’ reputation rebounds with Joe Biden instead of Donald Trump at the helm, Pew survey finds

US’ reputation rebounds with Joe Biden instead of Donald Trump at the helm, Pew survey finds
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The United States’ international image has undergone a dramatic rehabilitation with the election of ...

  • Fri, 11 Jun 2021 00:17:58 +0800

Man gets 4-month jail for slapping France’s Emmanuel Macron

Man gets 4-month jail for slapping France’s Emmanuel Macron
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A French court ordered the man who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron across the ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 23:48:57 +0800

Hong Kong electoral changes: government hits back at ‘unfounded’ accusations by EU that Beijing breaching treaty commitments

Hong Kong electoral changes: government hits back at ‘unfounded’ accusations by EU that Beijing breaching treaty commitments
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Hong Kong has rejected the European Union’s “unfounded” allegations that Beijing has breached the ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 23:46:03 +0800

Man who took two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine dies from Covid-19 in Seychelles

Man who took two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine dies from Covid-19 in Seychelles
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A man who had received two doses of a version of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 23:28:04 +0800

Hong Kong panel backs grade one heritage status for three century-old service reservoirs

Hong Kong panel backs grade one heritage status for three century-old service reservoirs
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A panel of experts has unanimously backed a move to accord the highest historical ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 23:21:15 +0800

Beijing’s blockchain supremacy plan gives shot in arm to start-ups, although dampers remain on bitcoin 

Beijing’s blockchain supremacy plan gives shot in arm to start-ups, although dampers remain on bitcoin 
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Beijing’s latest plan to build China into a world leader in blockchain technology has ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 23:00:00 +0800

Senior Taiwan and US officials move to resume trade talks

Senior Taiwan and US officials move to resume trade talks
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Senior trade officials from Taiwan and the United States have discussed the resumption of ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 23:00:00 +0800

Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai cannot challenge legality of search warrant used in Apple Daily raid, court rules

Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai cannot challenge legality of search warrant used in Apple Daily raid, court rules
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A Hong Kong court has barred media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and his companies ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 22:21:09 +0800

China introduces new law to ban ‘slander’ of members of armed forces

China introduces new law to ban ‘slander’ of members of armed forces
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China’s top lawmaking body has passed new legislation banning the defamation of military personnel ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 22:18:33 +0800

Are formal interactions with China helping legitimise Myanmar’s junta in the eyes of the world?

Are formal interactions with China helping legitimise Myanmar’s junta in the eyes of the world?
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Recent formal interactions between Myanmar’s junta and officials from China have raised questions about ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 22:02:44 +0800

Where China went wrong in Central and Eastern Europe

Where China went wrong in Central and Eastern Europe
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China’s 17+1 mechanism with Central and Eastern European countries was always perceived as a ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 22:00:00 +0800

Sexual harassment plagues UK schools as boys pressure girls to send ‘nudes’

Sexual harassment plagues UK schools as boys pressure girls to send ‘nudes’
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Sexual harassment and online sexual abuse has become “normalised” in English schools, inspectors said ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 21:37:54 +0800

EU leaders call for ‘complete access’ from China for full Covid-19 origins investigation

EU leaders call for ‘complete access’ from China for full Covid-19 origins investigation
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In the countdown to the G7 Summit in England, European Union leaders have urged ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 21:00:00 +0800

US city bans casinos in apparent bid to stop Donald Trump building one there

US city bans casinos in apparent bid to stop Donald Trump building one there
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The South Florida city of Doral has voted to ban gambling in an apparent ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 20:53:22 +0800

US-China trade talks leave ‘much room for cooperation’ despite few details and no response from Washington

US-China trade talks leave ‘much room for cooperation’ despite few details and no response from Washington
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While exact details surrounding the latest trade talks between China and the United States ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 20:30:00 +0800

Hong Kong protests: police to deploy 2,000 officers as key anniversary looms

Hong Kong protests: police to deploy 2,000 officers as key anniversary looms
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Hong Kong police are planning to deploy more than 2,000 officers around the city, ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 20:28:38 +0800

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga angers China after he describes Taiwan as a country

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga angers China after he describes Taiwan as a country
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga referred to Taiwan as a country on Thursday immediately ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 20:09:37 +0800

As trade with China grows despite tensions, Modi’s ‘self-reliant India’ dream fades

As trade with China grows despite tensions, Modi’s ‘self-reliant India’ dream fades
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Calls in New Delhi to boycott Chinese imports, a campaign to boost India’s self-reliance ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 20:04:15 +0800

Coronavirus: India deaths hit daily record after data revision; Mahathir wants new body to fight pandemic

Coronavirus: India deaths hit daily record after data revision; Mahathir wants new body to fight pandemic
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An Indian state has raised its Covid-19 death toll sharply higher after the discovery ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 19:40:49 +0800

China’s rocket force tests ‘carrier killer’ DF-26 ballistic missiles

China’s rocket force tests ‘carrier killer’ DF-26 ballistic missiles
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China’s rocket force has conducted firing exercises involving “carrier killer” DF-26 ballistic missiles.A missile ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 19:30:00 +0800

South Korea should resist being led astray by US Indo-Pacific strategy, says Beijing

South Korea should resist being led astray by US Indo-Pacific strategy, says Beijing
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China has warned South Korea against joining the Indo-Pacific strategy pushed by the United ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:50:53 +0800

Hong Kong to update air-quality plan, with city’s power companies facing lower emissions targets from 2026

Hong Kong to update air-quality plan, with city’s power companies facing lower emissions targets from 2026
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Hong Kong’s two power companies will have to further reduce emissions of key air ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:44:39 +0800

South Korean MP earns wrath of BTS fans for using Jungkook’s tattoo pictures in campaign

South Korean MP earns wrath of BTS fans for using Jungkook’s tattoo pictures in campaign
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South Korea’s youngest MP apologised on Thursday after she provoked fury among BTS fans ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:36:22 +0800

The media circus around China’s famous wandering elephants ignores the habitat loss driving the animals, say critics

The media circus around China’s famous wandering elephants ignores the habitat loss driving the animals, say critics
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Everyday a small army of 14 drones, more than 100 trucks, and hundreds of ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:30:00 +0800

Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble: early July review set for quarantine-free scheme amid coronavirus pandemic

Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble: early July review set for quarantine-free scheme amid coronavirus pandemic
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The highly-anticipated travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore will be reviewed in early ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:10:12 +0800

Singapore to vaccinate 12-year-olds and allow groups of 5 as Covid-19 restrictions ease

Singapore to vaccinate 12-year-olds and allow groups of 5 as Covid-19 restrictions ease
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Singapore will on Friday widen its vaccination policy to include people aged 12 and ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 16:05:06 +0800

Coronavirus: Hong Kong children aged 12 to 15 can begin booking vaccination slots from Friday, get jabs on Monday

Coronavirus: Hong Kong children aged 12 to 15 can begin booking vaccination slots from Friday, get jabs on Monday
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Hong Kong children as young as 12 can begin booking Covid-19 vaccination slots from ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 15:46:51 +0800

China passes anti-sanctions law, providing means to counter foreign measures

China passes anti-sanctions law, providing means to counter foreign measures
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China’s top legislative body has passed an anti-sanctions law, providing legal backing for Beijing’s ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 15:34:24 +0800

Coronavirus: Taiwan vaccine maker poised to release phase 2 clinical trial data

Coronavirus: Taiwan vaccine maker poised to release phase 2 clinical trial data
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A Taiwanese vaccine developer is expected to release phase 2 clinical trial data on ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 14:31:30 +0800

Coronavirus: Guangzhou puts power of city and science resources behind massive testing programme

Coronavirus: Guangzhou puts power of city and science resources behind massive testing programme
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Guangzhou in southern China has turned to its top laboratories and biological companies to ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 14:29:17 +0800

US plans new sanctions against the ‘North Korea of Europe’

US plans new sanctions against the ‘North Korea of Europe’
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This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 14:17:47 +0800

Coronavirus: Hong Kong explores using finger pricks to draw blood for airport antibody tests

Coronavirus: Hong Kong explores using finger pricks to draw blood for airport antibody tests
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Hong Kong health authorities are exploring different methods of drawing blood via finger pricks ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 13:36:48 +0800

China’s millennials bet on cryptocurrencies in hopes of reaching upper middle class

China’s millennials bet on cryptocurrencies in hopes of reaching upper middle class
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In the past few months, Wendy Li, a 32-year-old independent online content producer in ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0800

Mongolia’s new president earned his nickname ‘Fist’ after punching a member of parliament

Mongolia’s new president earned his nickname ‘Fist’ after punching a member of parliament
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Mongolia’s new president-elect Khurelsukh Ukhnaa is a macho character who has been photographed topless ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 12:57:34 +0800

Coronavirus: G7 plans 1 billion extra vaccine shots to end pandemic in 2022

Coronavirus: G7 plans 1 billion extra vaccine shots to end pandemic in 2022
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The US planned to buy 500 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to share ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 12:53:44 +0800

Myanmar junta charges deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption

Myanmar junta charges deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption
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The Myanmar junta has hit deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 12:30:50 +0800

Meatpacking giant JBS paid US$11 million ransom to hackers

Meatpacking giant JBS paid US$11 million ransom to hackers
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The world’s largest meat processing company says it paid the equivalent of US$11 million ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 12:19:13 +0800

G7 to roll out green rival to belt and road with US rallying support to confront China

G7 to roll out green rival to belt and road with US rallying support to confront China
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The Group of Seven is set to roll out a green initiative to rival ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0800

Tokyo Olympics: Sapporo struggling to stage marathon as coronavirus cases surge

Tokyo Olympics: Sapporo struggling to stage marathon as coronavirus cases surge
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When Olympics organisers shifted the marathon event from Tokyo to the northern city of ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 11:56:36 +0800

Coronavirus: lack of travel bubble, Thailand’s high-risk status spoil tourism overtures to Hong Kong visitors, experts say

Coronavirus: lack of travel bubble, Thailand’s high-risk status spoil tourism overtures to Hong Kong visitors, experts say
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Hongkongers vaccinated against Covid-19 can travel to Phuket from July 2 without having to ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 10:15:00 +0800

Hong Kong housing: NGOs find enough previously unidentified brownfield sites to build 95,000 homes

Hong Kong housing: NGOs find enough previously unidentified brownfield sites to build 95,000 homes
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The government has underestimated the amount of degraded rural land available for redevelopment into ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 09:45:00 +0800

US, China hold third trade talk in 2 weeks with ‘candid, pragmatic exchange of views’

US, China hold third trade talk in 2 weeks with ‘candid, pragmatic exchange of views’
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A further “candid and pragmatic exchange of views” has taken place between China and ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 09:44:58 +0800

Japan, South Korea join growing backlash against China’s Confucius Institutes

Japan, South Korea join growing backlash against China’s Confucius Institutes
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A growing backlash against China’s Confucius Institutes, which offer a form of cultural outreach ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 09:30:00 +0800

Chinese woman claiming to be Manchurian royalty shocks Beijing bus after demanding ‘beggars’ give up their seats for her

Chinese woman claiming to be Manchurian royalty shocks Beijing bus after demanding ‘beggars’ give up their seats for her
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A 63-year-old Beijing woman who claimed to be Manchurian royalty has been detained for ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 09:00:00 +0800

Shun Tak makes a splash in its Singapore property debut, selling a duplex penthouse at Park Nova for a record US$26 million

Shun Tak makes a splash in its Singapore property debut, selling a duplex penthouse at Park Nova for a record US$26 million
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Shun Tak Holdings, one of the flagship companies controlled by the clan that dominates ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 08:30:00 +0800

Across China, AI ‘city brains’ are changing how the government runs

Across China, AI ‘city brains’ are changing how the government runs
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At the Linshu county headquarters in eastern China, a huge screen covering an entire ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 08:00:00 +0800

Hong Kong’s quarantine hotels are almost full, as overseas students vie for rooms in summer rush

Hong Kong’s quarantine hotels are almost full, as overseas students vie for rooms in summer rush
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Droves of overseas students returning to Hong Kong have driven up occupancy rates at ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 07:30:00 +0800

Russian court brands Alexei Navalny’s political organisations ‘extremist’

Russian court brands Alexei Navalny’s political organisations ‘extremist’
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A court in Moscow on Wednesday branded the political organisations of jailed Kremlin critic ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 07:19:13 +0800

Joe Biden and Boris Johnson to sign new ‘Atlantic Charter’ to boost ties and lead coronavirus recovery

Joe Biden and Boris Johnson to sign new ‘Atlantic Charter’ to boost ties and lead coronavirus recovery
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden will on Thursday agree ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 06:46:28 +0800

What Hong Kong can learn from Singapore and Britain on welcoming overseas doctors

What Hong Kong can learn from Singapore and Britain on welcoming overseas doctors
South China Morning Post

Following the initial reading of the Medical Registration Amendment Bill in the Legislative Council, ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 06:45:00 +0800

China hurried work on anti-sanctions law ‘after Joe Biden disappointed Beijing by continuing to take a tough stance’

China hurried work on anti-sanctions law ‘after Joe Biden disappointed Beijing by continuing to take a tough stance’
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China speeded up plans for an anti-sanctions law after Joe Biden dashed Beijing’s hopes ...

  • Thu, 10 Jun 2021 06:00:00 +0800