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« Reply #300 on: May 22, 2021, 12:29:20 PM »
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal embarrasses himself and India ~ 20 May 2021

'There is no Singapore variant,' say politicians after Indian opposition leader makes false Covid claims ~ 20 May 2021
The Singapore and Indian governments berated a senior Indian opposition politician on Wednesday (May 19) for fanning a coronavirus scare between their countries, saying his comments were "irresponsible" and not based on facts.

Singapore to file case against Delhi Chief Minister? Kejriwal's Covid comments cause storm ~ 20 May 2021
Singapore envoy to India commented on Delhi Chief Minister's remarks.
The envoy hinted at a possibility of filing a case against Kejriwal.
Arvind Kejriwal's Covid comments have caused a diplomatic flutter.
Kejriwal's tweet on Covid led to objections from Singapore.
On May 18, Kejriwal cited threat of covid virus variant seen in Singapore.
Kejriwal had asked the Modi govt to stop flights to and from Singapore.
Singapore clarified that virus variant seen there was first found in India.
Subsequently, India's foreign minister said 'Delhi Chief Minister does not speak for India'.

POFMA directive issued to Facebook, Twitter, SPH Magazines over 'Singapore variant' of COVID-19 falsehood ~ 20 May 2021
A correction notice on Twitter seen on May 20, 2021, about false allegations of a "Singapore variant" of COVID-19.

Singapore Health Minister Ong Ye Kung: New B1617 coronavirus strain appears to be attacking younger children more ~ 16 May 2021

Singapore: POFMA has been gazetted – it is now the law of the land ~  27 Jun 2019
  • The introduction of POFMA triggered a shockwave of debates around the island about the need for such a law and the possibilities of how the law could be manipulated by errant government ministers to further their political agenda.
  • Overwhelmingly, the concerns revolve around the issues of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

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« Reply #301 on: May 23, 2021, 10:46:28 AM »
歐中投資協議歇菜!狠批中共「紙老虎」 歐中關係大轉向? ~ 23 May 2021

EU parliament freezes China deal ratification until Beijing lifts sanctions ~ 20 May 2021
  • The resolution to freeze ratification passed with 599 votes in favor, 30 votes against and 58 abstentions.
  • The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment aimed to put EU companies on an equal footing in China and cement Beijing’s status as a trusted trading partner.

第一观察|习主席新年前这场“云外交”,意义重大! ~ 1 Jan 2021
  • 12月30日晚,习近平同德国、法国、欧盟领导人举行视频会晤。
  • 中国和欧盟达成 [中欧投资协定] 意义重大!

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« Reply #302 on: May 24, 2021, 12:01:46 PM »
Malaysia records 6,976 new Covid-19 cases, breaching the 6,000-mark for the 5th consecutive day ~ 23 May 2021
Malaysia's total Covid-19 cases at 512,091 with death toll at 2,248 as at Sunday (May 23).
Selangor recorded the highest number of cases at 2,235, followed by Sarawak at 663 cases and Kelantan with 626.

Health Ministry to consider Kelantan, Negri Sembilan's request for field ICU ~ 23 May 2021
The Health Ministry has received numerous requests, including from Kelantan and Negri Sembilan, for the setting up of a field intensive care unit (ICU) to treat critical patients following the surge in Covid-19 cases nationwide.

MP SPEAKS | Malaysia needs new strategy to fight Covid-19 ~ 21 May 2021

◤新冠又一年◢ 钟南山:大马月增10万确诊 - 8月恐破90 (podcast) ~ 21 May 2021

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« Reply #303 on: May 25, 2021, 02:36:34 PM »
China is a Paper Dragon

U.S. policy makers should look to the future with a little more confidence and a lot more trust in trade, markets, and the superior potential of a free people.

By David Frum
Staff writer at The Atlantic
May 4, 2021

China was mentioned only four times in Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, but it shadowed almost every line of the speech. “We’re in a competition with China and other countries to win the 21st Century,” Biden said. His aides describe the president as preoccupied with the challenge from China. “It informs his approach to most major topics and the president regularly raises it in meetings, whether he is discussing foreign policy or electric bus batteries,” CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reported. “And aides say Biden believes it is a key test by which historians will judge his presidency.”

As Biden said to the nation from the well of the House of Representatives, the authoritarian President Xi Jinping is “deadly earnest” about China “becoming the most significant, consequential nation in the world. He and others—autocrats—think that democracy can’t compete in the 21st century with autocracies.”

So this might be a useful moment to hear a contrary voice. In 2018, the Tufts University professor Michael Beckley published a richly detailed study of Chinese military and economic weaknesses. The book is titled Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World’s Sole Superpower.

The book argues that China’s economic, financial, technological, and military strength is hugely exaggerated by crude and inaccurate statistics. Meanwhile, U.S. advantages are persistently underestimated. The claim that China will “overtake” the U.S. in any meaningful way is polemical and wrong—and wrong in ways that may mislead Americans into serious self-harming mistakes. Above all, Beckley pleads with readers not to focus on the headline numbers of gross domestic product. China may well surpass the United States as the largest economy on Earth by the 2030s. China was also almost certainly the largest economy on Earth in the 1830s. A big GDP did not make China a superpower then—and it will not make China a superpower now, or so Beckley contends.

Beckley is a voracious reader of specialist Chinese military journals and economic reports. And, he argues, many of the advances cited as Chinese strengths don’t hold up to close scrutiny. American analysts often publish worries about China’s growing navy, and especially its two aircraft carriers. But, Beckley writes, “Chinese pilots fly 100 to 150 fewer hours than U.S. pilots and only began training on aircraft carriers in 2012,” and he adds that “Chinese troops spend 20 to 30 percent of their time studying communist ideology.”

When Chinese forces do train, Beckley argues, the exercises bear little resemblance to the challenges the People’s Liberation Army would face in a great-power conflict:

PLA exercises remain heavily scripted (the red team almost always wins) … Most exercises involve a single service or branch, so troops lack the ability to conduct joint operations, and assessments are often nothing more than “subjective judgments based on visual observation rather than on detailed quantitative data” and are scored “based simply on whether a training program has been implemented rather than on whether the goals of the program have been achieved.”

Worried about Chinese students’ high scores on comparative math tests? You’re looking at the curated outputs of highly selective groups of students.

Whereas public school is free through high school in the United States, China’s government only covers the costs of elementary and middle school. At many Chinese high schools, families have to pay tuition and other expenses, and these outlays are among the highest in the world. Consequently, 76 percent of China’s working-age population has not completed high school.

Things don’t improve at the college level.

Many Chinese college students describe their universities as “diploma factories,” where student-teacher ratios are double the average in U.S. universities, cheating is rampant, students spend a quarter of their time studying “Mao Zedong thought,” and students and professors are denied access to basic sources of information, such as Google Scholar and certain academic journal repositories.

Surely China is winning the industries of the future? Not really.

Chinese firms’ total spending on Research and Development as a percentage of sales revenue stalled at levels four times below the average for American firms. … Chinese firms remain dependent on foreign technologies and manual labor and have a rudimentary level of automation and digitization: on average Chinese enterprises have just nineteen robots per ten thousand employees; U.S. firms, by contrast, use an average of 176 robots per ten thousand employees.

But isn’t China sprinting to overtake the United States? Yes, but it’s stumbling badly in that pursuit.

China now leads the world in retractions of scientific studies due to fraud; one-third of Chinese scientists have admitted to plagiarizing or falsifying results (versus 2 percent of U.S. scientists); and two-thirds of China’s Research and Development spending has been lost to corruption.

Undergirding these examples and dozens more like them is Beckley’s clarifying theoretical insight: Repression is expensive.

Comparing China’s military spending to that of the United States, for example, doesn’t make much sense. The Chinese military’s first and paramount mission is preserving the power of the Chinese Communist Party against China’s own people. The U.S. military can focus entirely on external threats.

The lines that plot the comparative GDP of the United States and China distort the real balance of power between the two societies, Beckley argues, because China must devote such a large share of its resources to basic subsistence needs to avert the overthrow of the state.

Beckley dramatizes this point with historical context. The concept of GDP did not exist in the 19th century, but economists have retrospectively reconstructed those figures backward into time. They have found that in the 1800s, the Chinese empire had a GDP much larger than that of Great Britain. The Chinese army of 800,000 men also enormously exceeded Britain’s troop numbers. Yet when the two states clashed in the two Opium Wars, from 1839 to 1842 and again in 1858, China was crushingly defeated. Why?

A great part of the answer, then as now, was the cost of repression.

Nineteenth-century China faced an average of 25 local uprisings a year. Most of its troops had to be deployed to suppress rebellions and control banditry, leaving few available for war-fighting.

The next part of the answer is that mass is not power.

Although China’s resources were enormous in the aggregate, most were consumed by the basics of subsistence. In the 19th-century, Britain produced only half as much as China, but it did so with one-thirteenth the population—making more wealth available for more purposes.

A final piece of the answer is that technological copycats face huge disadvantages against technological innovators. They will always lag behind the more creative rival, not only in the factory, but on the battlefield. “Repeatedly during the Opium Wars … Chinese armies of thousands were routed in minutes by a few hundred, or even a few dozen, British troops,” Beckley notes.

Beckley does not suggest that the lopsided outcome of the Opium Wars would repeat itself in the 21st century. Anyway, nuclear powers do not fight expeditionary wars on each other’s territory. Instead, Beckley seeks to highlight the immense defects of gross GDP as a measure of national strength—factoring in the costs of repression—and the strategic predicament of China’s location, barred from the open ocean by a ring of potential enemies on its eastern front, extending from Russia, through Korea, past Japan, to the Philippines, and then to Vietnam.

I spoke with Beckley shortly before Biden’s address to ask whether he had revisited any of his assessments since finishing his book early in Donald Trump’s presidency. He said that he had become more alarmed by China’s aggressive and repressive intentions, but remained as dubious as ever about Chinese capacities.

Americans need to hear this perspective of confidence. The self-doubt that afflicts so many Americans is pushing this country to wrongheaded policies, most especially trade protectionism, and even outright trade war. Biden had it closer to right back in 2019, when he dismissed overwrought fears of China: “China’s going to eat our lunch? C’mon, man.” Since then, Biden has been pushed by political necessity to a more confrontational approach—pushed not only by a Trumpified Republican Party, but also by his own party’s turn against trade and markets. One of the swiftest critics of Biden’s “C’mon, man” comment was his then-rival Bernie Sanders, who tweeted that same day:

Since the China trade deal I voted against, America has lost over 3 million manufacturing jobs. It’s wrong to pretend that China isn’t one of our major economic competitors. When we are in the White House we will win that competition by fixing our trade policies.

Sanders lost the nomination, but he won the debate within the Democratic Party over trade policy. In his address, Biden committed to extending and enlarging “Buy American” favoritism in government procurement. His administration is maintaining Trump’s anti-China tariffs and is “reviewing”—not yet removing—tariffs against the European Union and other trade partners. Biden economic advisers warned during his campaign that trade expansion would rank low on their list of priorities, and so it is proving.

You often hear the criticism that Americans terribly miscalculated when they opened the door to freer trade with China, and received in return only a richer and more dangerous enemy. Disappointment and disillusionment are then invoked to justify more aggressive policies of confrontation. The Trump administration raised the defense budget by more than $100 billion a year, and the spending increases have continued even after the campaign against ISIS came to an end. More and more of the money is being directed to preparations for a conflict with China.

China’s language and behavior is assertive and provocative, for sure. China’s power is rising, yes. Its behavior at home and abroad is becoming more oppressive and more brutal; that’s also tragically true. But as Americans muster the courage and will to face Chinese realities, that reckoning needs also to appreciate the tremendous capabilities of this country, and the very real limits besetting China: a fast-aging population, massive internal indebtedness, and a regime whose worsening repression suggests its declining popularity.

On April 28, the Financial Times reported that the suspiciously delayed Chinese census would reveal a population decline from 2010 to 2020, the first since the state-caused famines of the 1960s. The FT report was hastily disavowed by Chinese authorities, but in a strangely ambiguous way. Whatever the census ultimately claims, and regardless of whether it is believed, the story points to two deep truths about Chinese society: It’s about to be home to a lot of old people, and trust in the state is very low, and for good reason.

As China’s population ages, it will deplete its savings. Chinese people save a lot to compensate for the state’s meager social-security provision. For three decades, the savings of ordinary people financed the spectacular borrowing of China’s state-owned enterprises. How much was borrowed? Nobody knows, because everybody lies. What happens as the savings are withdrawn to finance hundreds of millions of retirements? Again—who knows?

China misallocates capital on a massive scale. More than a fifth of China’s housing stock is empty—the detritus of a frenzied construction boom that built too many apartments in the wrong places. China overcapitalizes at home because Chinese investors are prohibited from doing what they most want to do: get their money out of China. Strict and complex foreign-exchange controls block the flow of capital. More than one-third of the richest Chinese would emigrate if they could, according to research by one of the country’s leading wealth-management firms. The next best alternative: sending their children out. Pre-pandemic, almost 1 million young Chinese attended Western universities. Pre-pandemic, only about 10,000 Americans were studying in China; single thousands were from other Western countries—and almost all of them were in the country to study language, not any academic specialty.

This is merely a sample of the gathering troubles facing America’s designated strategic competitor and economic adversary. The United States is hardly trouble-free, but if you had to choose either set of troubles, you’d surely rather face the American list than the Chinese. That’s why Biden said, “C’mon, man,” and why U.S. policy makers should look to the future with a little more confidence and a lot more trust in trade, markets, and the superior potential of a free people under an elected government.

David Frum is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy (2020). In 2001 and 2002, he was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

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Re: The other side of the coin
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Biden shifts direction after shutting down Trump Wuhan lab investigation ~ 27 May 2021

GOP senator and doctor says evidence suggests "this virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan" ~ 26 May 2021

GOP lawmaker confronts Fauci over NIH funding going to Wuhan lab ~ 25 May 2021

New evidence emerges for lab leak hypothesis ~ 24 May 2021

Dr. Fauci says he's 'not convinced' Covid-19 developed naturally ~ 24 May 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Poynter Institute on May 11 that he wasn't totally convinced that Covid-19 developed naturally and that he thinks that more investigation into the origin is needed.

小針針導致病毒變種——愛滋病毒發現者、諾貝爾獎病毒學家警告打小針針前一定要知道的五件事 ~ 23 May 2021

以色列借種率(諧音)全球第一,驚人報告出爐,原來年輕人⋯⋯ ~ 18 May 2021

以色列超1.2万人接种辉瑞疫苗后新冠检测呈阳性 ~ 22 Jan 2021

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« Reply #305 on: May 28, 2021, 11:05:47 AM »
為什麼疫情之初,中國要銷毀病毒基因序列? 因為病毒不是只有一種,一但公佈原始基因,就沒辦法說明是病毒變異,而是生化武器攻擊。
"If the only information you're allowing to be weighed is provided by the very people who have everything to lose by revealing such evidence, that just doesn't come close to passing the sniff test." ~ David A. Relman, a microbiologist at Stanford

"Why did you dismiss the lab-leak theory?": Rubio grills Fauci on past statements of COVID-19 origin ~ 28 May 2021

印度海嘯式疫情後 全球的後疫情關鍵 詭譎病毒變種迅速 自然造成難? ~ 26 May 2021

中国解放军首席生化武器防御专家陈薇少将(Major General Chen Wei, China's top biodefense expert)

'Unrelenting attacks from left-wing media' to stop COVID-19 origins investigation: Sharri Markson ~ 26 May 2021
COVID-19 origins: China must be accountable.

Chinese state media is turning on Fauci amid Wuhan lab controversy ~ 26 May 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci remarks that he is no longer convinced Covid-19 pandemic originated naturally.

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« Reply #306 on: May 28, 2021, 03:35:27 PM »
賽格搖晃,原來有三大原因,哪一個都和官方解釋無關? ~ 26 May 2021

赛格大厦接连晃惊动广东官员 安民告示:“大楼结构整体性能满足要求” ~ 25 May 2021

赛格大厦被揭已连晃8天 6年前就晃过一次 ~ 22 May 2021

SEG Plaza evacuation: Shaking China skyscraper sends shoppers fleeing ~ 19 May 2021
The SEG Plaza in Shenzhen is just outside the top 100 tallest buildings in China.
People in Shenzhen reported to have fled the 73-story SEG Plaza after the building tilted on its foundations.
No earthquake recorded in the area on May 18, 2021.

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「天舟二号」货运飞船发射任务取得圆满成功 ~ 30 May 2021

Fully automatic docking of China Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft and space station ~ 30 May 2021

How China is taking advantage of its WTO Nation Status ~ 5 Sep 2020
  • That’s because giving up the self-declared status of a “developing country” means losing “special and differential treatment.”
  • China now enjoys the non-reciprocal preferential treatment, which means that developed nations are bonded to offer “special and differential treatment provisions” to China.

Time for China to accept it is no longer a 'developing country'

Graduation would have benefits for Beijing as well as other nations

By David Ahlstrom
August 26, 2020 05:00 JST

Professor David Ahlstrom is acting chairman of the Department of Management of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School.

China is clearly no longer a poor country after four decades of high and steady economic growth.

According to official data, its economy returned to growth in the April-June quarter, expanding 3.2% even as many major developed economies slowed further under the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Early this year, China's National Bureau of Statistics published figures showing annual per capita gross domestic product had surpassed $10,000 for the first time while private counts show the country has more billionaires among its populace than any other except the U.S.

China's sustained economic growth has drawn attention from other countries seeking ideas for accelerating their own development. But it has also prompted the U.S. and a number of other advanced economies to argue that China has already graduated from the "developing country" status that entitles it to preferential treatment as an emerging market under the rules of the World Trade Organization and other international agreements.

China, seeing little to gain from such a change, points to indicators such as its infant mortality and adult illiteracy rates as well as average life expectancy at birth to argue that it still should be considered a developing economy for purposes of trade and aid.

Indeed, China also falls well short of developed countries in measures such as per capita income and the stability of its institutions. But the key challenges facing China have less in common with those facing countries like Myanmar and Laos and instead are more like those of "aspirant economies" such as Malaysia and Turkey.

Such countries are confronted by the need to develop higher value-added, differentiated products which are often associated with branding or higher technology as they can no longer rely on low wages and low-cost production to drive development. Those which struggle to resolve this problem can get stuck in the middle-income trap, where growth tends to slow or even stagnate at an average income level of about $12,000 as has occurred in Egypt, South Africa, and Venezuela.

China has certainly come a long way from the early 1970s when per capita income was only around $120 a year. Income growth took off as economic reforms enabling entrepreneurship and new venture creation began in 1979 such that by 1997, the World Bank had officially recognized China as a lower-middle income economy. In 2010, the bank upgraded China to the upper-middle income level.

What has been most impressive about China's growth is not so much its magnitude, as Japan, South Korea and several other Asian economies earlier experienced comparably strong, long-term growth. But in China's case, gross domestic product growth has been exceptionally stable for over four decades with very few stumbles.

Aspirant economies' institutions can generally be labeled as mostly stable, but evolving. The legal systems of aspirant economies are often developed to a significant extent but enforcement and the application of the law in areas such as property rights can be erratic.

There is evidence from aspirant economies that the government can play a key role in encouraging innovation and other aspects of improving corporate competitiveness to facilitate the move up to high income status. In particular, government can help by removing barriers to innovation and fostering indigenous technological and brand development.

China today already has a strong focus on moving up the value chain and becoming a world technology leader. Unlike in some Western countries, state-related entities in China are taking on much of this work of acquiring and improving foreign technology to help advance the capacity of Chinese industry. As China is still playing catch-up in many sectors in terms of technology and productivity, it may be able to continue for a number of years to acquire and improve established technology product designs.

Yet as China starts to reach the middle income trap level of $12,000 to $15,000 over the next decade, incremental improvements will generate less value. Chinese companies will have to develop more indigenous technology and build brand names through improved quality and service. The government can help in this endeavor but individual enterprises will have to take the lead.

Aspirant economies that are not able to develop higher value-added, differentiated products will find it difficult to move up into the ranks of developed economies. China is confronting this very problem now but can learn from the examples of countries like Japan and South Korea in fostering indigenous technologies and brands as well as from the experience of others that have largely failed in this endeavor.

China is no longer an emerging economy and probably has not been one for nearly a decade. While the U.S. Trade Representative may have acted hastily in declaring that it would start considering China as a developed country for trade purposes last February, multilateral bodies should take a fresh look at such countries that have long ceased to be "emerging."

While China values its status as a developing economy in terms of trade privileges and obligations under climate change agreements regulations, Beijing should appreciate that being recognized as "developed" would have its own benefits.

China's success at bringing the coronavirus pandemic under control within its borders, constructing new hospitals in a matter of days and developing new testing methods as well as managing other regional geopolitical challenges have given Beijing a chance to show its leadership and build its influence. A developed China exercising responsible leadership is vital to the stability of Asia and the effort to combat poverty everywhere.

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China reports 23 new coronavirus cases on May 31 vs 27 previous day ~ 1 Jun 2021

广州昨日新增10+2,佛山这些居民今天起居家隔离 ~ 1 Jun 2021

變種毒株傳播力強 廣州31日晚「軟封城」 ~ 31 May 2021

深圳暴发疫情,打疫苗与核酸检测的人超多 ~ 30 May 2021

衝啊! 廣東爆本土疫情 人群衝破門搶疫苗.半夜排檢測 ~ 27 May 2021

中國本土疫情惡化!遼寧營口再現封樓封戶 ~ 19 May 2021

中國疫情再燃一口氣篩檢百萬人!?五一長假點火 安徽、遼寧擴散到北京!? ~ 19 May 2021

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印度、墨西哥沒有小針針病例大幅下降原因是……主流媒體不報導!福奇玩完了! ~ 2 Jun 2021

WHO scientist in dock for opposing Ivermectin’s use for Covid-19 cure ~ 2 Jun 2021
  • A 51-page legal notice was served on Geneva-based Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the World Health Organisation chief scientist by the Mumbai-based Indian Bar Association, a lawyers’ forum, for opposing use of Ivermectin for treating Covid patients.
  • It has threatened to prosecute her “under sections 302, 304 (II), 88, 120 (B) and 34 and other provisions of IPC and under Disaster Management Act, 2005, in the appropriate courts of law having jurisdiction for each death caused due to your act of commission and omission.”
World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan

Kodagu doctor writes to Health Minister suggesting use of Ivermectin to treat COVID patients ~ 1 Jun 2021
  • In her letter to the Health Minister, Dr Kavery has stated that Ivermectin, particularly in the early stages of the disease, is highly effective and very safe as it does not have any side effects.
Ivermectin obliterates 97% of Delhi cases ~ 1 Jun 2021
  • Dr. Pierre Kory told the world on December 8, 2020, that Ivermectin "obliterates" this virus.
  • Obliterate means to decimate, demolish, or annihilate. It means to eliminate or destroy all trace, indication, or significance.

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« Reply #310 on: June 05, 2021, 10:36:33 AM »
尘封的六四照片:1989年5月天安门 (podcast) ~ 3 Jun 2021

吾尔开希: 当时学生走上街头,是为了要求政府贯彻承诺 ~ 2 Jun 2019

袁木:89年64天安門解放軍清場「沒人死亡」論的爭議人物” ~ 18 Dec 2018

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« Reply #311 on: June 05, 2021, 10:41:30 AM »
纪录片: 六月的黑夜 (Black night in June)

尘封的六四照片:1989年5月天安门 (podcast) ~ 3 Jun 2021

吾尔开希: 当时学生走上街头,是为了要求政府贯彻承诺 ~ 2 Jun 2019

袁木:89年64天安門解放軍清場「沒人死亡」論的爭議人物” ~ 18 Dec 2018

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‘The Last G7’: Satirical cartoon mocking bloc’s attempt to suppress China goes viral ~ 13 Jun 2021
  • Titled The Last G7, the illustration, published by its author “Bantonglaoatang” on Sina Weibo on Saturday (Jun 12), was painted based on the renowned religious mural The Last Supper.
  • This G7 summit is widely seen as an attempt by the US to rally allies against China.

“战狼外交”深植中共 彼得·马丁(Peter Martin):中国外交官更多的是吓人,不是可爱 ~ 9 Jun 2021

習近平指示大外宣,張維為助陣,戰狼外交能變「可愛」嗎? ~ 3 Jun 2021
  • Many in Beijing realize a declining international reputation won’t help the country achieve its goals.

”战狼外交“,源于红色意识形态,文革式打砸抢基因?(podcast) ~ 10 Apr 2021
  • 中国近来在国际社会外交界的战狼风格,引入侧目。向来以礼仪之邦为荣耀的中国,如何一改以往的行为方式,转而采用强悍霸气的风范呢?
  • ”战狼外交“ 丢弃了中国前领导人邓小平的 “韬光养晦“ 国策?文革期间 ”火烧英国代办处“ 事件,是中国毛泽东时代荒诞外交的写照,也或许对人们理解当下的”战狼外交“有所启示。

中国战狼满世界咆啸 重回文革变国际孤狼?(podcast)~ 23 Mar 2021
  • 中共中央外事办主任杨洁篪说:“你们没有资格在中国的面前说你们从实力的地位出发,同中国谈话,二十、三十年前你们就没有这个地位讲这个话,因为中国人是不吃这一套的。”
  • 中国外交部长王毅指出:(美国)动辄干涉中国内政的这种霸权行径,这个老毛病该改一改。

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« Reply #313 on: June 17, 2021, 11:23:59 AM »
集裝箱「一箱難求」,中國企業狂賺?普通消費者受影響?全球海運大混亂,爲何與印度疫情有關?中國出口是否長期看好? ~ 15 Jun 2021

Ripples from Yantian port delays building to 'unprecedented' supply chain disruption ~ 14 Jun 2021
  • Shippers are facing a perfect storm as the logistics industry has entered an “an era of unprecedented disruption”, with ports crippled by acute congestion as the malaise faced by China’s Yantian spreads to others.
  • The knock-on effect from Yantian, which has been operating at just 20% of normal productivity due to an outbreak of positive Covid-19 cases, will be acutely felt in the coming weeks by retailers and consumers. Yantian port authority had successfully re-opened part of the port, moving productivity back to around 45% of normal, but this was far from sufficient.
  • “Two accurate metrics to measure disruption by are days of delay and teu; in both cases, Yantian far surpasses what happened with the Ever Given.”
Fresh Covid-19 outbreaks in Asia disrupt global shipping, chip supply chain ~ 14 Jun 2021
  • At Yantian, a container port in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, an outbreak among dockworkers has brought traffic to a virtual standstill, putting more strain on an international shipping industry that has struggled with a persistent shortage of empty containers and a weeklong blockage in the Suez Canal earlier this year. Some ships have had to wait up to two weeks to take on cargo at Yantian, with roughly 160,000 containers waiting to be loaded.
  • The price of shipping a 40-foot container to the West Coast of the U.S. has jumped to $6,341, according to the Freightos Baltic Index—up 63% since the start of the year and more than three times the price a year earlier.
  • Malaysia, home to a number of foreign-owned factories involved in chip making and producing capacitors, resistors and other key modules used in consumer electronics and cars, has also seen its production activity snarled by a wave of Covid-19 cases.

Out-of-control shipping costs fire up prices from coffee to toys ~ 13 Jun 2021
  • Transporting a 40-foot steel container of cargo by sea from Shanghai to Rotterdam now costs a record US$10,522, a whopping 547% higher than the seasonal average over the last five years, according to Drewry Shipping.
  • With upwards of 80% of all goods trade transported by sea, freight-cost surges are threatening to boost the price of everything from toys, furniture and car parts to coffee, sugar and anchovies, compounding concerns in global markets already bracing for accelerating inflation.

China port congestion snarls global supply chains ~ 11 Jun 2021
  • A cargo vessel operated by Cosco Shipping Lines Co. will skip a scheduled port stop in Singapore this month because of delays in China, according to alliance partner Ocean Network Express Holdings Ltd. One of CMA CGM’s vessels heading to China next month will also skip the Southeast Asia trans-shipment hub.
  • Delays from congestion at southern Chinese ports triggered by fresh Covid-19 outbreaks are rippling through global supply chains, threatening to inflate costs and exacerbate disruptions.

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An open letter from representatives of Chinese professionals in the UK to G7 leaders

13 Jun 2021

We are a collective of professionals of Chinese ethnic origin residing in the United Kingdom.

We wish to express the community’s hope that leaders at the 2021 G7 will take all necessary step to defuse the current hostility towards China and the Chinese people.

Many of us had lived experience in China, and extensive relationships with the country and people. We implore the leaders of the G7 to regard China as a friend and not as an enemy.

We are glad that the Covid-19 pandemic is the main agenda for the 2021 G7 conference.

However, we are anxious that this forum should not be abused as a platform to propagate anti-China Covid-19-related myths.

As the April 7 2020 Nature publication rightly warned: “Continuing to associate a virus and the disease it causes with a specific place is irresponsible and needs to stop.”

As infectious disease epidemiologist Adam Kucharski reminds us in his timely book The Rules of Contagion, history tells us that pandemics lead to communities being stigmatised, which is why we all need to exercise more care.

The international rule-based system has designated the WHO as the competent body to deal with such a pandemic.

Hence, all political accusations about the virus that are not science-based are unhelpful and a distraction to making the world safe from the pandemic.

A member of this collective, Dr Michael Ng, a community leader and a university professor in the UK, is involved in combating pandemic-related hate crimes against the Chinese community.

He wishes to remind the G7 that any attempt to politicise the Covid-19 issue against China would fan the flame of hate crimes against the community.

That would undo all the excellent efforts of the local councils, civic groups, police force and community leaders who had helped defuse the spread of hate crimes.

Dr Ping Hua, a research scientist, is concerned that the rise of hate crimes and daily demonising of China has created such a hostile environment for Chinese scientists that it could stymie the scientific and intellectual exchanges between the West and the world’s fastest-growing economy.

We note with concern the United States’ anxiety over the economic rise of China.

China’s per capita GDP is only one-fifth of the United States, with only one military base abroad compared to 800 of the United States.

It is not a threat to the West. China’s rise is complementary to Western interests.

A more prosperous China could only benefit working people in the West through higher demands for Western goods and services.

Treating China’s rise as a threat to the United States or the West is based on fiction.

China is not a utopia, but it is undoubtedly not a dystopia as Western critics and media visualise.

The Chinese people are aware of the ideological differences between the West and China.

Yet over 90 per cent support the government in Beijing. This is the finding from a 13-year long survey carried out by the Ash Centre of Harvard University.

They found that the majority of the population surveyed feels that today is better than yesterday. They expect tomorrow to be better than today.

The millions of Chinese who vote with their feet to return home after their travel and studies in the West corroborate with the Ash Centre findings.

China’s governance is different from the West. That does not necessarily mean that the Communist Party of China (CPC) can defy the wishes of its citizens. This is the conclusion of the survey.

According to Edward Cunningham, who co-authored the research from 2003-2016, the “CPC isn’t immune to shifts [in] public opinion, especially in areas like corruption, environmental degradation, health, and overall standards of living.”

When considering whether China is a friend and partner, or enemy, G7 should consider the independent findings of the Ash Centre.

We are concerned that current hostilities towards China in the West are manufactured and ratcheted up in the United States to serve the interest of the military-industrial complex and the electoral needs of both the Democrats and the Republicans.

The alleged genocide in Xinjiang and the threat of invasion of Taiwan are the two most important examples.

On genocide in Xinjiang

We believe that the claim of genocide in Xinjiang is untenable as the Uighur population has increased from five million to 13 million since the 1950s.

If China does enslave a million Uighurs, the CIA enhanced aerial surveillance technology could easily prove the allegation with video images of prisoners in the yards. They have not done so.

Critics of China have studiously ignored a World Bank statement of November 11 2019 that dealt with the allegation that skills and learning institutions associated with the bank were de facto prisons.

“In line with standard practice, immediately after receiving a series of serious allegations in August 2019 in connection with the Xinjiang Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project, the Bank launched a fact-finding review, and World Bank senior managers travelled to Xinjiang to gather information directly … the review did not substantiate the allegations.”

Mr Bitu Bhalla, a member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and international arbitrator, and Mr Wah-Piow Tan, a Balliol-educated human rights solicitor, were unimpressed by the various legal opinions supporting the claim of genocide against China.

“China and the World Bank’s $100 million education and training program in Xinjiang,” they observed, "is cast-iron evidence that China has no specific intention to kill a part or whole of the Uighur population. Without specific intention, there cannot be any genocide.

“What genocide regime would spend $100 million to educate and train the people you plan to kill?”

They are also disappointed that the issues of proportionality were not adequately addressed, or addressed at all by those barristers criticising China’s response to the threats of terrorism.

“Unlike Britain or the United States, China confronts an al-Qaida and Isis-inspired insurgency seeking to establish an Islamic caliphate in Xinjiang and central Asia.”

On the China threat to Taiwan

According to the Economist, Taiwan has become the most dangerous place globally because of the risk of military conflict between the United States and China. There is enough nuclear weaponry between them to destroy the planet.

What the United States perceives as China’s threat to Taiwan is viewed differently by the Chinese people.

At an International Affairs Fellowship forum, a US think tank, a panellist reported that 100 per cent of overseas Chinese students in the United States considered Taiwan a province of China.

“The possible validity of Chinese claims” over Taiwan, remarked historian Max Hastings in a recent opinion piece in Bloomberg, was not even considered by the China experts advising the US administration.

Hastings had raised a valid question. The overwhelming majority of countries worldwide recognise the People’s Republic of China as the legitimate government of China and pursue the one-China policy.

This is de facto recognition of China’s sovereignty over Taiwan. To China, it is an unfinished reunification process.

The United States has its own hidden agenda to embolden the Taiwanese separatists, in the same vein as encouraging Uighur or Hong Kong separatists.

We hope the G7 should advise the United States to refrain from redefining its one-China policy, thereby destroying any likelihood of an amicable arrangement for reunification.

The impending war

We are particularly concerned that Britain’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth II, the third-largest globally, is speeding towards Taiwan to flex its muscles at China.

Instead of supporting the hawkish approach of the United States towards China, the G7 should review the futility of wars launched since the September 11 2001 attack.

The wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Libya had caused 800,000 deaths, displaced 21 million people, wasted $6.4 trillion. These wars created failed states, not democracies.

The current propaganda war complementing the military adventures against China are efforts to retain US hegemony.

The flawed policy has more dire consequences than those of the last two decades.

The G7 should review the previous 20 years of war launched by the US before contemplating to support Biden’s military-led Indo Pacific Tilt, which is the code word for China-bashing in the South China Seas area.

The stakes are so high that the advice of Bruce Kent, the veteran peace campaigner, ought to be taken seriously: “We can learn to live harmoniously as neighbours … we have to learn to live as partners.”

Tan Wah Piow (Universal Common Sense) on behalf of the Collective of Chinese Professionals.

Tan Wah Piow is a Balliol-educated human rights solicitor, practising in London and director Universal Common Sense. For background to Bruce Kent’s comments watch War No More a DVD production available at

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中共大外宣CGTN招網紅 潛在共產主義陰謀 ~ 20 Jun 2021

中国官媒CGTN招募外国网红做大外宣 (podcast) ~ 17 Jun 2021

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Brazen CGTN propaganda in UK | Ban on Chinese media needed? ~ 17 Jun 2021
  • UK has banned the CGTN after investigation showed that the channel worked for the Chinese communist party and was in their direct control.
Pro CCP shills finally exposed by western media | Barrett and Jayoe finally get their recognition! ~ 9 Jan 2021
  • A recent article in British based daily newspaper the Times has exposed the shills for spreading pro CCP propaganda.
  • It really is about time that these guys got some exposure and I am glad it was a British paper that did it first!
  • These guys make around £53,000 a year from advertisements on youtube and that's not counting what the CCP are paying them.

Beijing funds British YouTubers to further its propaganda war

Saturday January 09 2021, 12.01am GMT, The Times

The Chinese government is funding British YouTube stars to produce pro-China propaganda videos, an investigation by The Times can reveal.

Sitting on a bench in a lush green park speaking to the camera in a Midlands accent, the only hint that the man in his 50s is in China are the characters on a small logo on his black hoodie.

However, the words being spoken in the YouTube video by Lee Barrett, praising the camps in Xinjiang, where Uighur Muslims are held in effect as slaves, could have been lifted straight out of the Communist Party propaganda notebook.

Regarding the inhabitants of these camps, where according to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Uighur Muslims are locked up because of their religion, he claims “when these young people come out of these camps, they see they have some sort of future for them, jobs, training, so they can do new kinds of jobs”.

The comments written by viewers below the video are unfailingly positive, including insights such as “we need these re-education camps in Hong Kong for those brain-washed young rioters”.

Lee’s son, Oli, 23, who previously had a successful following as a YouTuber making videos of him playing the computer game Call of Duty, addresses the Hong Kong protests himself in another video, called “Western media brainwashing”.

Oli, who moved to China in 2019 to live with his father, tells viewers that the “western media” is wrong to say Hong Kong protesters are “pro-democracy”.

He adds: “Police brutality is another thing pushed in the media of the Five Eye nations — that the Hong Kong police during the protests over the last year have been so brutal against their citizens . . . which is just blatantly not true.”

Amnesty International said in September that it had evidence of detained Hong Kong protesters being severely beaten in custody and suffering “other ill-treatment amounting to torture”.

The videos are one of several that push a pro-China government agenda and has led to the Barretts scoring a runaway success since they launched their channel in 2019.

Titles include “Western media lies about China” and “Camera surveillance is great in China” and several are in support of the technology company Huawei.

According to analysis by the computational propaganda project at the University of Oxford, their videos have been tweeted by members of China’s Communist Party across the world including the Minister for the Chinese Embassy in the UK, Ma Hui.

The Times has found that some of their videos were funded by Chinese Radio International, a media organisation that has been exposed as the secret owner of an international network of propaganda radio stations.

Grammarly, a writing app, has pledged to remove their adverts from the videos and JD Sports promised to investigate after The Times revealed its adverts were being shown.

The Barretts started producing videos about China and as their videos became more nationalistic, the number of subscribers increased exponentially.

Critics have claimed that pro-China YouTubers are benefiting from ad-revenues in part driven by an alleged Chinese Communist Party network of bots that promote videos supporting the state.

The Barretts have nearly 200,000 subscribers, and have produced 255 videos since the start of last year, gaining a combined 16.5 million views. Their videos are thought to earn them about £53,000 a year through advertising alone, according to analysis by Social Blade, a website that monitors social media channels such as YouTube.

In November they visited the Shaanxi district of China with several other foreign YouTubers who live in China and make videos supporting the government.

The trip was organised and funded by the Chinese Radio International and an official press release described the visit as “International Internet Celebrities Witnessing the Happiness of Shaanxi People”.

In a candid video about the visit that was subsequently removed, Lee admitted that a trip to a mountain was cancelled so they could witness “propaganda” regarding the area’s prosperity.

He said: “It wasn’t until the second day they started talking about cutting the trip short by a day, and there was no real reason given for that.” A fellow YouTuber Jayoe Nation said: “They had to fit in more propaganda.”

Lee replied: “They didn’t say that, did they, but that’s what happened.”

Various videos from the trip show the YouTubers visiting locations in the district including a farm where Oli performed a farcical dance while holding vegetables.

The Barretts are part of a growing number of foreigners who live in China making videos endorsing the government and criticising the West.

Jason Lightfoot, who went to university in Sheffield where he met his Chinese wife, has a channel, Living in China, with 35,000 subscribers.

His videos include titles such as “The World can’t compete with China’s Infrastructure!”, “The World is Hiding China’s Success”, “The Chinese Government is Doing a Great Job” and “The World Needs to Learn from China”.

In one, he walks around filming BMW cars and says: “This is one of the poorest provinces in China. China has become a beautiful utopia of this world. I’m astonished by it. Am I lying?

“Is this not a utopia? Is this not the way the world should be? People say ‘communism is bad’ Well maybe it’s not that bad. Take a look at China for example. Is it that bad? This is communism.”

Despite the praise of China, such YouTubers are not technically allowed to be posting such videos. YouTube, along with Facebook, Google, Instagram and Twitter, is banned in China. The Barretts and Mr Lightfoot rely on a virtual private network to bypass the Chinese firewall by routing traffic through a server in another country.

Gray Sergeant, research fellow at the Asian studies centre at the Henry Jackson Society, said: “This co-opting of influencers is something new and is quite clearly attempting to legitimise the regime.

“It’s probably quite wise to get in with YouTube because although it can’t be easily viewed in China without a virtual private network, it’s a way for them to get their message out to the West.

“If they were to step out of line and say something controversial then life would become very difficult for them. They clearly know that so it’s difficult to know whether you can trust anything they are saying.”

Hannah Bailey, who specialises in China’s use of state-sponsored digital disinformation, at the Oxford Internet Institute, said: “This strategy of using Westerners to project a positive image of the Chinese Communist Party is one that has been used by Chinese officials for quite some time.”

She added that such videos were not only aimed at improving its image to an international audience, but to influence thinking among Chinese citizens too.

“China is continuously aware of its need to maintain legitimacy among its domestic population. Part of this legitimacy stems from its perception among international audiences. In other words, if domestic audiences believe that the rest of the world admires China, this instils confidence by domestic audiences in Chinese Communist Party rule.”

The Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Chinese Research Group, told The Times: “Vloggers shilling for tyrants is a new version of an old idea. Dictators have always used useful idiots to whitewash their crimes and sadly the current rulers in Beijing are following the same playbook.”

The Barretts, Mr Lightfoot, Chinese Radio International and the Chinese Embassy did not respond to requests for comment.

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这个党真的气数尽了,中共外交官在媒体上居然敢这么搞,大家自己看看吧 ~ 25 Jun 2021

中国外交官:对待敌人,我们就是战狼 ~ 24 Jun 2021
台湾前外交官刘仕杰直言: “我的民主素养着实限制了我的想象。这就是中国战狼外交官的素质?这种素质也可以当外交官?

習近平指示大外宣,張維為助陣,戰狼外交能變「可愛」嗎? ~ 3 Jun 2021
  • Many in Beijing realize a declining international reputation won’t help the country achieve its goals.

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新加坡前外长杨荣文:中共百年是史上最伟大革命里程碑 ~ 30 Jun 2021
  • 在新加坡前外长杨荣文眼中,中国革命是人类历史上最伟大的革命。
George Yeo: There is concerted effort from the U.S. to put China down ~ 16 Jun 2021
  • The former statesman said that China is a "threat to American dominance in the world", just by its growth and growing influence.
Interview: 100th anniversary of CPC a milestone in China's development -- former Singaporean FM ~ 8 May 2021
  • Only CPC can lead way to bright future for China:  George Yeo, former Singapore Foreign Minister

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Substantial volatility and surging on Top Glove share prices were primarily attributed to adverse Covid-19 impact since 2020.
So after more countries rolled out Covid-19 vaccination from 2021, the reverse on Top Glove share prices had been fast and furious.

Chart Comparison: See similarity between Top Glove and the 17th-century ‘Tulip Mania’ chart

TOPGLOV @ RM22.66 (prior to 2-for-1 bonus issue) on 17 Aug 2020.

The real story behind the 17th-century ‘Tulip Mania’ financial crash

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前泰国女总理英拉:变身中国公司董事长? ~ 22 May 2021
The fugitive Thai female prime minister Yingluck turned into the chairman of a Chinese company?

Thai court voids order for ex-PM to pay US$1bil for rice losses

April 3, 2021
  • In this Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 file photo, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives at the Supreme Court to make her final statements in a trial on a charge of criminal negligence in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • On Friday, April 2, 2021, the Central Adminstrative Court annulled a 2016 order by the country’s Finance Ministry for Shinawatra to pay 35.7 billion baht (US$1.1 billion) in compensation for losses incurred by a money-losing rice farming subsidy program that her 2011-2014 administration launched.
A court in Thailand on Friday (Apr 2) annulled a 2016 order by the country’s Finance Ministry for former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to pay 35.7 billion baht (US$1.1 billion) in compensation for losses incurred by a money-losing rice farming subsidy programme that her 2011-2014 administration launched.

The country's Central Administrative Court said the 2016 payment order lacked a legal basis since Yingluck was not responsible for the alleged corruption because it was carried out operationally by other officials. The court said the Finance Ministry failed to prove Yingluck was directly responsible for the financial losses.

Yingluck, whose government was ousted in a 2014 coup, was sentenced in absentia to five years’ in prison in 2017 for negligence in instituting the subsidy program. She fled Thailand before the verdict and called the case politically motivated.

The rice subsidy program was a flagship policy that helped Yingluck’s Pheu Thai Party win the country's 2011 general election. Under the program, the government paid farmers about 50 percent more than they would have received on the global market, with the intention of driving up prices by warehousing the grain.

But other rice-producing countries captured the international rice market by selling at competitive prices. Thailand as a result lost its position as the world’s leading rice exporter and large amounts of rice sat unsold in government warehouses.

Yingluck’s critics described the overriding motive of the rice subsidy program as political - an effort to buy the loyalty of rural voters with state funds.

Yingluck and her defenders said she was persecuted in an effort by political enemies to dismantle the political machine of her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was toppled from power by a 2006 military coup after being accused of abuse of power, corruption and disrespect for the country’s monarchy.

His supporters, who delivered him unprecedented electoral victories, believe his only offense was challenging the power of the country’s traditional elite, which is led by monarchists and the military and supported by the urban middle class.

Yingluck and Thaksin remain in self-imposed exile.

泰国前总理英拉获塞尔维亚国籍,曾因渎职罪被判入狱,逃往国外 ~ 9 Aug 2019

Thai rice subsidies: damned if you do, and don’t ~ 24 Jan 2014

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« Reply #321 on: July 05, 2021, 11:28:56 AM »
  • 昨日的龙头老大,今日却面目全非: SIA, Singpost, SCI-SCM demerge, KOM-SCM merger, SPH split, OLAM, and Singtel-Intouch (formerly Shin Corp).
  • 英年早逝的超级巨星:CSM, NOL, SMRT and Hyflux.
Singapore's Hyflux to liquidate after restructuring efforts fail

Judicial manager files for court application to wind up company

KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer
June 5, 2021 11:42 JST

SINGAPORE -- Embattled Singaporean water treatment company Hyflux will go into liquidation after it failed to conclude restructuring negotiations with potential investors, putting an end to the three decade-old company that was once seen a success story for the city-state.

The judicial manager of the company on Friday filed a court application to wind up the company, according to an exchange filing, facilitating the sale of its assets.

The judicial manager, which had been trying to restructure Hyflux, received seven bids, one for a full buyout of the company and six for specific company assets. But the talks with the takeover investor were unsuccessful, leading the judicial overseer to declare: "A restructuring not possible."

"The objectives of the judicial management are no longer capable of achievement," the judicial manager said in the filing, adding that the remaining value of Hyflux is "best realized in a liquidation."

Founded in 1989 by Olivia Lum, Hyflux was once seen as a star. Its water treatment and desalination technologies were considered crucial to resource-poor Singapore as it pursued self sufficiency in water.

But the company collapsed borrowing heavily to grow and a failed foray into power generation in 2016. Hyflux's debt amounted to about 2.8 billion Singapore dollars ($2.1 billion) when it filed for court protection in May 2018. The company was put under judicial management last November after the former management failed to find sponsors for a restructuring.

The Hyflux saga became a nationwide topic of discussion because the company had thousands of small investors who lost money when the company went belly-up. Many investors gathered for a rare public protest in March 2019 against a proposed bailout deal that required a huge haircut for Hyflux investors.

Friday's filing did not mention how much the retail investors and banks would get through the sales of the remaining assets.

Trading of Hyflux's shares on the Singapore Exchange has been halted since May 2018.

S&P: Hyflux’s capital structure “hardly sustainable” when it issued perpetual securities in 2016 ~ 11 Apr 2019
  • S&P commented, “Following some erratic operating performance in the previous years, Hyflux still managed to issue perpetual securities in May 2016.”
  • “Numbers at that time already suggested that the company’s capital structure was hardly sustainable, with a ratio of net debt to Ebitda above 10 times in 2015, and negative Ebitda in 2014, driven by performance issues at the company’s Tuaspring desalination and power plant,” it added.
  • After a rebound in 2016 with Ebitda of $179 million, Hyflux went downhill all the way. It posted a negative Ebitda of $68 million in 2017, and deepened its operating losses to $256 million in the first 9 months of 2018.
  • As at Sept 30, 2018, short-term debt was $508 million and cash $194 million, making a capital structure revamp inevitable in the light of the earnings momentum, S&P pointed out.
Hyflux says perpetual and preference shareholders will lose everything in liquidation ~ 21 Jan 2019
"Many of you have been asking what I am personally giving to this company. But with SM Investments coming into the company, this is effectively a takeover and I no longer own much shares. In fact, almost no shares so I will no longer be in the driving seat." Still, she stressed that she plans to stay on for as long as possible to ensure a smooth transition.

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Singapore 2020 census: More singles in all age groups; slowest decade of population growth since 1970 ~ 18 Jun 2021
About 3 out of every 20 residents in Singapore were aged 65 and above in 2020.

Singtel combo 2 @ S$49.90/mth

TPG Seniors plan @ S$5/30 days
20GB for S$5: S'pore telco TPG extends its mobile plan for seniors to November 2024.
The mobile plan was scheduled to last until 31 July 2021, but TPG has extended it to November 2024 following strong demand in Singapore.

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时势造英雄: A hero is nothing but a product of his time

Billionaires making ‘boatloads of money’ from once-cheap medical gloves ~ 11 Feb 2021

China's lethal milk scandal reverberates a decade later ~ 22 Jan 2019
  • The deadly milk scandal of 2008 was a watershed moment for China's consumers.
  • Some 300,000 children were poisoned after Chinese suppliers added melamine, a chemical used to make plastic, to powdered milk to artificially boost protein levels.
毒奶事件十週年 受害者飽受折磨 ~ 30 Jul 2018

Dutch firm tables S$1.45b takeover bid for Super Group ~ 4 Nov 2016
  • Analysts said the all-cash offer of S$1.30 a share, which is 34% more than Super’s share price on Oct 31 before it was halted from trading, is a “rich premium” that speaks well of Super’s standing in the market and which could ignite similar interest in other F&B companies.
David Teo and family have made Singapore's Super Group into a food and beverage force ~ 31 Jul 2013
  • “A lot of big brands saw what happened to [Chinese dairy products company] Sanlu, which collapsed overnight,” says Darren, 30. “They didn’t mind paying a slight premium for reliability and safety.”
  • Demand for its ingredients, including a bottled nondairy creamer that David developed and marketed to milk-tea makers in Taiwan and China, quickly outstripped supply, and it took time for Super to ramp up capacity.

2008 Chinese milk scandal (2008年中国奶制品污染事件)
  • The 2008 Chinese milk scandal was a significant food safety incident in China.
  • The scandal involved milk and infant formula along with other food materials and components being adulterated with melamine.

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500多名研究生赴美签证被拒,外交部严正抗议 ~ 7 Jul 2021

赵立坚:中方回应500多名留学生赴美签证被拒 ~ 6 Jul 2021

五百多中国留学生赴美签证被拒 均学敏感专业 ~ 6 Jul 2021

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新加坡內部安全局: Internal Security Department (Singapore)
  • The Internal Security Department is a domestic intelligence agency of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Singapore.
  • It has the utmost right to detain without trial individuals suspected to be a threat to national security.
ISD detains Singaporean Dickson Yeo, who spied for China, for acting as paid agent of foreign state ~ 16 Jun 2021
  • A Singaporean man who had worked for China's intelligence services since 2015 has been detained for two years under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for being a threat to Singapore.
  • Dickson Yeo, 40, had acted as a paid agent of a foreign state, said the Internal Security Department (ISD) on Tuesday (June 15).
  • He was arrested by the ISD on Dec 30 last year, after he was deported to Singapore from the United States upon completion of a 14-month jail term for spying for China in the US.
  • Yeo was issued an order of detention under the ISA on Jan 29.
曾为中国从事间谍活动 新加坡男子返新后被捕 ~ 30 Dec 2020

Ex-diplomat Bilahari Kausikan rebuts Huang Jing's denial that he recruited Singaporean Dickson Yeo as spy ~ 29 Jul 2020
  • In response to academic asking what proof he has, retired diplomat says that the denial is 'unsurprising'.
  • While he acknowledged that his claim that Dr Huang had recruited Yeo was speculation, Mr Bilahari said he does not believe in coincidences.
  • "That Huang Jing was expelled as an agent of influence has absolutely no connection with his former student arrested for working for Chinese intelligence is far too much of a coincidence," he said.
Chinese-American academic Huang Jing ‘glad’ Singaporean Dickson Yeo was caught spying for China ~ 27 Jul 2020
  • Yeo’s case has led to renewed interest in Huang’s 2017 expulsion from Singapore, where he had been a visiting professor at the prestigious policy school.
  • Singapore authorities revoked Huang’s permanent residency after accusing him of using his position to covertly advance the agenda of an unnamed foreign country at Singapore’s expense – a charge Huang denies.
How a Chinese agent used LinkedIn to hunt for targets ~ 26 Jul 2020
  • Jun Wei Yeo, an ambitious and freshly enrolled Singaporean PhD student, was no doubt delighted when he was invited to give a presentation to Chinese academics in Beijing in 2015.
  • His doctorate research was about Chinese foreign policy and he was about to discover firsthand how the rising superpower seeks to attain influence.
  • Yeo's PhD supervisor had been Huang Jing, a high-profile Chinese-American professor who was expelled from Singapore in 2017 for being an "agent of influence of a foreign country" that was not identified.
  • Huang Jing always denied those allegations. After leaving Singapore, he first worked in Washington DC, and now Beijing.
新加坡公民在美国认罪 承认为中国收集情报 ~ 25 Jul 2020
  • 这位名叫杨俊伟(译音,Jun Wei Yeo,英文名Dickson Yeo)的新加坡人在事实陈述中承认,他在2015年到2019年期间为中国情报部门 “发现并评估能够获得有价值的非公开信息的美国人,包括拥有高级别安全许可的美国军方和政府雇员”。

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Covid: What do we know about China's coronavirus vaccines? ~ 14 Jul 2021
But what do we know about China's vaccines and how do they compare to those being developed elsewhere?

中国科兴与国药新冠疫苗有效性究竟多高? ~ 13 Jul 2021

Thai medical workers infected despite Sinovac jabs ~ 13 Jul 2021
Thailand's health ministry said on Sunday (Jul 11) more than 600 medical workers who received two doses of China's Sinovac vaccine have been infected with Covid-19, as authorities weigh giving booster doses to raise immunity.

Covid-19 infections imperil Indonesia's vaccinated health workers, hospitals ~ 7 Jul 2021
  • More than 350 Indonesian doctors and healthcare workers have contracted COVID-19 despite being vaccinated with Sinovac and dozens have been hospitalised, officials said, as concerns rise about the efficacy of some vaccines against more virulent virus strains.
  • According to independent data group Lapor Covid-19, 131 healthcare workers have died since June, including 50 in July.
Indonesia suffers as Chinese Vaccines fail ~ 29 Jun 2021
About 95% of Indonesian health workers have been fully vaccinated, mostly with China's Sinovac shot.

“任重道远!”香港缩短海外游客隔离期,低接种率仍引专家担忧 ~ 24 Jun 2021

中国疫苗开启“加速模式”!科兴董事长喊话:“接种第三针后抗体可提升十倍”! ~ 6 Jun 2021

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From Uyghurs to COVID: How China has roped in vloggers and influencers to spread disinformation and propagate CCP agenda ~ 12 Jul 2021
Since official Chinese government mouthpiece get flagged by YouTube and Twitter as government channels, China has come up with an innovative way to spread propaganda.

中国虚假信息驱动下的外籍网红 ~ 11 Jul 2021
傳假訊息并利用自己的平台评论西方所谓的 “谎言” 和 “夸大CCP政策与实力” 的外籍红网有:父子团队李·巴雷特和奥利·巴雷特(Lee and Oli Barrett),巴里·琼斯(Barrie Jones),杰森·莱特福特(Jason Lightfoot),Gweilo 60, Nathan Rich, Cyrus Janssen, Daniel Dum-brill, the JaYeo Nation, Living in China......

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« Reply #328 on: July 20, 2021, 11:42:38 AM »
中国多地公务员停发绩效,究竟是教师举报,还是另有原因? ~ 16 Jul 2021

開割公務員韭菜,大陸各地公務員停發、退發資金補助,中共鬧「錢荒」?都是「自己人」,爲甚麼中共給軍人大漲福利? ~ 15 Jul 2021

傳說中的財政危機?中國多地停發公務員獎金、追討已發部份!王朝末年「標配」模式啟動? ~ 13 Jul 2021

地方财政再告急 多地公务员及教师被追讨已发奖金 (podcast) ~ 12 Jul 2021

“五毛”已经out 中国现靠两千多万 (20 million) 的“网络志愿者” (podcast) ~ 14 Apr 2021
中国每年用 “100亿美元(US$10 billion)推动外宣攻势”。

晒晒共军加薪后工资表,习近平要学朝鲜搞先军政治?低估美国,中共重演当年日本的愚蠢 ~ 25 Jan 2021

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German floods leave fears of public-health catastrophe in their wake ~ 23 Jul 2021
Authorities in western Germany are rushing to clear mountains of debris and restore vital services after devastating floods last week.
Many areas were left without access to drinking water after the floodwaters damaged waste water treatment plants.
And concerns are now mounting over an environmental and public health catastrophe as sewage flows into rivers.
More rain is forecast, complicating the clean-up.
Meanwhile, social media has played a key role in connecting people affected by the flooding with volunteers who want to offer support.

More than 150 people still missing in German floods unlikely to be found, officials fear ~ 22 Jul 2021

A man stands in front of a destroyed house after floods caused major damage in Schuld near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, on July 17, 2021.

Germany approves €400 million relief package for flood recovery ~ 21 Jul 2021
The federal government will make half the funds available, with the rest coming from the hard-hit states, including North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday (July 21). The funds will be financed from the current budget, and the money will be made available to the people affected as quickly as possible, he said.

全球连线 | 新华社记者直击欧洲罕见洪灾现场:千人失踪 救援继续 ~ 20 Jul 2021

综述:欧洲洪灾死亡人数升至188人 德总理默克尔惊呼“可怕” ~ 19 Jul 2021

2米宽河道暴涨至200米,“百年一遇”洪灾让德国多地变废墟 ~ 18 Jul 2021


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大陸洪災,這一次港人卻不會再伸出援手 ~ 24 Jul 2021

前政协委员:香港人"哀莫大于心死" 无心顾及中国灾情 (podcast) ~ 21 Jul 2021

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「新冠肺炎」浮罗交怡 “外劳村” 爆发感染群 累计139人确诊 ~ 26 Jul 2021
被浮罗交怡人称为 “罗兴亚人外劳村” 的浮罗交怡甘榜武吉玛鲁(Kampung Bukit Malut),将从7月27日到8月9日落实强化行动管制令(EMCO)。

Covid-19: Malaysia reports 17,045 new cases, total at 1,013,438 with death toll at 7,994 ~ 25 Jul 2021

「新冠肺炎」119员工检测20确诊 甲州鸡蛋农场关闭2周 ~ 24 Jul 2021

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China is pushing its own coronavirus lab leak theory in latest battle of narratives

By Eduardo Baptista and Cyril Ip
20 Jul, 2021

Call it a tale of two laboratories: the Fort Detrick Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in the US, the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, and a competing narrative about the origins of Covid-19.

Odds are that most Americans have never heard of Fort Detrick, about an hour’s drive from Washington and the original home of the US biological weapons programme.

But hundreds of millions of Chinese netizens are familiar with the Detrick name and its supposed links to Covid-19, mostly thanks to China’s so-called Wolf Warrior diplomats.

They have said dozens of times in social media posts and press conferences that Fort Detrick, half a world away from China in the state of Maryland, needs to be investigated as a potential source of the virus.

“Mysterious EVALI [e-cigarette or vaping-use associated lung injury] broke out in Wisconsin in July 2019 with symptoms almost identical to those of Covid-19. The place of outbreak is within 1-hour drive from fortdetrick,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Twitter on June 22.

Hua and two of her colleagues at the ministry – Zhao Lijian and Wang Wenbin – have called for investigations into Fort Detrick a total of 33 times at official press conferences. The last 27 mentions have come since US President Joe Biden took office in January, according to foreign ministry transcripts reviewed by the South China Morning Post.

The focus on Fort Detrick is a counter to the hypothesis raised outside China that the pandemic may have been caused by a virus escape or accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, one of the world’s leading research labs into bat coronaviruses, the same family of pathogens that caused Covid-19.

It’s not something that will be very credible outside of China, but within China, nationalists are going to be happy with it

Jean-Pierre Cabestan, a professor of politics at Hong Kong Baptist University, said the intensity of China’s counter-narrative was a sign of how aggressive its diplomats had become in recent years.

“Before, China was more passive, it would just keep a high degree of opacity but not react in that way, with disinformation and accusations without any evidence,” he said.

Which lab?

When the Covid-19 disease caused by the Sars-CoV-2 virus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019, the majority assumption was it had jumped from animals, like its predecessor in the coronavirus family, Sars, in 2003.

Now, however, as a growing number of scientists and politicians call for a more robust independent investigation into the origins of Covid-19, including the Wuhan lab leak hypothesis, China argues Fort Detrick needs to be part of that probe.

Fort Detrick once powered the US bioweapons programme that ran from 1943 to when it was shut down in 1969. The US Army installation is now home to the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the country’s biodefence agency.

In August 2019, Fort Detrick’s BSL-4, or top security, lab was shut down by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention for safety violations related to the disposal of dangerous materials. It was reopened in April 2020, but the closure became grist for the mill in China’s tightly controlled domestic information environment.

The hashtag for Fort Detrick’s Chinese name has over 270 million hits on Weibo, a Twitter-like platform, usually on themes of the US hiding bioweapons and researching deadly viruses.

Chinese media outlets have followed this line during the pandemic. Global Times, People’s Daily and China Daily have published over 100 articles on Fort Detrick, according to a Post analysis of their English-language archives.

“It’s a new kind of ti t-for-tat. Maybe they believe this will satisfy their own public opinion, because it’s not something that will be very credible outside of China, but within China, nationalists are going to be happy with it,” said politics professor Cabestan.

Pointing fingers

Beijing’s first mention of Fort Detrick came in March 2020, soon after then-US president Donald Trump claimed without evidence that the new coronavirus originated from a lab leak in Wuhan.

While Trump lost the election, concerns about the lab have not gone away, despite a report on March 30 by the World Health Organization that said a lab leak in Wuhan was “extremely unlikely”.

The day after that WHO report was released, 14 countries – including the US, Britain, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Canada – issued a statement stating concerns about a lack of access to original Wuhan laboratory data for the investigation.

China spokesman Zhao responded by bringing up Fort Detrick.

“What activities has the US military been conducting in these labs and the base at Fort Detrick?” Zhao said. “We once again call on the US to adopt a responsible attitude, earnestly respond to international concerns, and offer a full clarification on its bio-military activities at home and abroad.”

Milton Leitenberg, a biochemist and senior research associate with the Centre for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland, said the suspicions China raises about Fort Detrick ignore the base’s past transparency.

Leitenberg said the US terminated its offensive biological weapons programme in 1969 and then invited officials from the Soviet Union to inspect Fort Detrick.

Then in 1991, Washington agreed to allow a Soviet team to visit any facilities of their choosing in the US to check the Americans complied with the Biological Weapons Convention of 1973 to destroy offensive biological weaponry, he said.

Also in the 1990s, several Chinese scientists spent extended periods working at Fort Detrick, according to Leitenberg, who has researched arms control for over 50 years and authored several books on the subject, including biological weapons.

In contrast, he said: “The Chinese government has never permitted any Western expert, scientist or international team to visit any of its allegedly defensive military biological weapons facilities.”

China’s foreign and defence ministries did not respond to requests for comment.

Conspiracy virus

Beijing’s focus on Fort Detrick was a response to an aggressive propaganda campaign from the American right, kicked off by Trump, according to some experts.

In September 2020, Dr Li-Meng Yan, a former postdoctoral researcher in virology at the University of Hong Kong, spoke on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, the highest rated cable show in the US.

She claimed to have written a paper that showed Covid-19 was engineered by the Chinese military, a claim no virologist has endorsed.

Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, who fled the country after falling out of favour with the Communist Party, has repeatedly accused Beijing of manufacturing Covid-19 in a lab as a bioweapon, claiming that more attacks were on the way.

Gregory Koblentz, director of the biodefence graduate programme at George Mason University in Virginia, called the theory that China engineered Covid-19 as a biological weapon “bizarre and ridiculous”.

Covid-19 was politicised early on, creating fertile ground for conspiracy theories, he said. “It’s hard to have that level of nuance when you’re dealing with Fox News or China’s Global Times, who blamed Fort Detrick,” he said.

But China’s targeting of Fort Detrick was a “classic authoritarian tactic” and comes out of Russia’s disinformation playbook, said Koblentz, who briefed the UN Security Council in 2016 on the threat of bioterrorism.

“The Russians, directly and then through different proxies, constantly create new stories that the [US] Department of Defence is building biological weapons in Georgia and Ukraine to use against ethnic Russians,” he said.

Fort Detrick figured in Soviet disinformation campaigns in the 1980s, when the KGB secret service launched Operation Infektion on the Aids outbreak, according to declassified cables held at the Wilson Centre think tank in Washington.

Infektion said the US defence department and Central Intelligence Agency had developed and intentionally spread Aids to suppress black and third-world populations.

Leitenberg also recalls how Fort Detrick was accused of manufacturing the virus that causes Aids. The parallels with Beijing’s current campaign were evident, he said.

“The Chinese did not play that game until March 2020. And when they started it, they went full hawk.”

What’s next?

In May, Biden said he had given the country’s intelligence community 90 days to collect evidence that would allow Washington to make a “definitive conclusion” on whether the pandemic originated from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.

That conclusion, according to Biden’s deadline, will be reached around August 24, but it is unlikely to end the laboratory ti t-for-tat as China forges ahead with its Fort Detrick narrative.

On Saturday, China’s nationalist tabloid Global Times published what it called an open letter and petition calling on the WHO to investigate Fort Detrick. The petition has so far received more than 3 million signatures, according to the website.

It also shared a poll that asked respondents where the next investigation into Covid-19’s origins should take place. The four options specified were the US and Fort Detrick, India, Italy, and “other countries” – 94.4 per cent of respondents chose the US.

Spokesman Zhao brought this up on Monday (Jul 19) during a press conference, stating: “These spontaneous actions by the people and the media actually ask questions that the international community has not been able to answer for a long time and some people in the United States have always kept secret.”

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First person charged under new HK national security law found guilty ~ 28 Jul 2021
  • 24 year old Tong Ying-kit was arrested after driving his motorbike towards police with a flag declaring "liberate Hong Kong", and now faces a maximum sentence of life behind bars.
  • Amnesty International condemned the verdict, calling it the "beginning of the end for freedom of expression in Hong Kong".
《反制裁法》料納入《基本法》附件三 人大常委會下月中開會議決 ~ 28 Jul 2021

China’s top legislature mulls new laws for Hong Kong, Macau ~ 28 Jul 2021
The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will review proposals to add national laws to the annexes of the territories’ Basic Laws -- their de facto constitutions -- at its upcoming session from Aug. 17 to 20.

为什么受伤的总是港股? ~ 27 Jul 2021

China stock rout spreads amid fears of foreign investor exodus ~ 27 Jul 2021
  • A rout in Chinese shares in the crosshairs of Beijing’s regulatory crackdown extended into the bond and currency markets Tuesday (Jul 27) as unverified rumors swirled that US funds are offloading China and Hong Kong assets.
  • The speculation, which included talk that the US may restrict investments in China and Hong Kong, circulated among traders in late afternoon in Asia, spurring a renewed bout of selling.
  • The Hang Seng Tech Index, a gauge of many Hong Kong-listed Chinese stocks, plunged as much as 10%, while the yuan slid to its weakest since April against the dollar and even Chinese bonds were dumped.
  • Turnover on Hong Kong’s main equity board reached a record high of HK$361 billion (US$46 billion). The Hang Seng Index slid 4.2%, taking its two-day loss to 8.2%, the most since the global financial crisis.

Hang Seng Index (HSI) plummets further on China technology clampdown ~ 27 Jul 2021
  • Hang Seng slumps to levels last seen in November 2020.
  • Chinese regulators continue to squeeze technology companies.

Analysis: U.S., China positions ossify at entrenched Tianjin talks ~ 26 Jul 2021
  • With no indication of a U.S.-China leaders' summit in the works, nor any outcomes announced from high-level diplomatic talks on Monday, relations between Beijing and Washington appear to be at a standstill as both sides insist the other must make concessions for ties to improve.
  • While Tianjin did not expose the same degree of outward hostility that was on display in Alaska, the two sides appeared to stop short of actually negotiating anything, sticking instead to lists of established demands.

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河南大水,为何大家一毛钱都不捐?看完之后可能你也不想捐了 ~ 26 Jul 2021

大陸洪災捐款 臺灣香港人回應了! ~ 26 Jul 2021

警惕!有人大發災難財!逼捐風潮來襲,拒絕道德綁架,不捐不是中國人?臺灣人:正合我意 ~ 25 Jul 2021

同胞的祝福來了!香港群星為河南打氣加油 ~ 25 Jul 2021

中央拨款6000万救灾,河南人均6毛钱,郑州人均6块钱 ~ 23 Jul 2021

大陸洪災,這一次港人卻不會再伸出援手。別怪他們,港人心已寒 ~ 22 Jul 2021

豫澳同心 守望相助——澳门各界牵挂河南灾情 ~ 22 Jul 2021
  • 继21日紧急拨款30万元人民币支援灾区后,澳门红十字会22日再将5000个存放在中国红十字总会湖北孝感区域备灾库的家庭包(价值150万元人民币),紧急调拨河南灾区。
  • 澳门红十字会中央委员会主席黄如楷表示,将继续与中国红十字总会、河南省红十字会保持联系,持续关注灾区情况,并将适时作出相应援助措施,以助灾民解困。
  • 澳门胡氏集团主席胡顺谦22日通过澳门红十字会向灾区捐款100万澳门元。胡顺谦说:“澳门与内地唇齿相依,当内地有灾难时,作为爱国的澳门人理应伸出援手,有钱出钱,有力出力。”

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« Reply #335 on: July 29, 2021, 11:50:58 AM »
Open letter to our Manpower Minister Tan See Leng

July 29th, 2021

Dear Minister Tan See Leng,

This is an open letter as a handful of citizens may be interested in the matter of “employment disconnect” as seen from the eyes of a real citizen. From your ministerial statement made on 6th July 2021, you declared:

1) “Today we still have about 22,000 PME jobs that are not filled. Companies are desperate to fill these jobs, and would love to take in Singaporeans if they could, because they would be more productive. So why are these jobs not filled till now?”, and
2) “The citizen unemployment rate over the past decade has been consistently low at around 3%”.

Minister Sir, then it is time for all of us to celebrate and smell the roses………. if the above statements are true. That SG is actually experiencing full employment status as defined by textbook economists.

If you would take the effort to leave his Ivory tower and spend some money to support our Grab and private hire drivers and chat with them about why they are driving instead of being driven, then the Minister would tear up his stacks of data and bin them.

You will find your trip well spent and highly educational. Most of us speak good English. Able to talk about social, political, and diversified matters that come with our world-class education system. If you close your eyes, you could have sworn that you are actually speaking with a PMET. Imagine that. Like the CECA Indians, we the PMET drivers are everywhere!

The next question as a competent Minister of Manpower would ask ” why are you risking your life by driving for 8 to 12 hours a day without rest when there are 22,000 PMET jobs sitting around?”

Why indeed. As a humble PMET driver, I can only postulate that it is because there is a Blockage that is stopping these jobs from being filled by SG. This also applies to the thousands of delivery drivers, food Pandas, security officers, supervisors and those who simply give up and slip through the cracks and out of the system.

Your 3% unemployment rate would look rather untenable if you factor in the thousands that are not working in the appropriate jobs as commensurate with their experiences and educational level. A term that MOM should start adopting in your statistics – Underemployment. Indeed you have an Army of Underemployed citizens to add to your data!

By now, your senses must be chiming with a small alarm bell that not all is rosy at the grassroots level. Either the vacancies data you are provided with are false, thus permitting the hordes of PRs and new citizens continued and unrestricted entry into SG or a blockage that is undermining our ability to access these 22,000 PMET jobs. Or both.

I, like many others, have applied repeatedly for jobs that are in line with our expertise and experiences. Yet, over the 8 years of applications, I received less than 10 calls and 2 interviews. I assure you that I am not alone in this matter. I assure you that it has nothing to do with lack of skills upgrading too. This is some diversionary tactic to detract us from the grim fact that our jobs are simply taken over regardless of skills, salaries, and experiences. For many of us, this exercise is actually skills “downgrading”.

As a responsible Minister, I urge you to be more proactive in this matter by:

1. Check and confirm that there are actually 22,000 PMET jobs available. Not just a number that has not been refreshed and gathering dust.
2. Deploy some manpower and speak with Real people on the ground driving, delivering, guarding, cleaning, and other jobs…….why they are doing what they are doing. Is this to keep fit, hobby, list of things to do before dying or lack of proper jobs?
3. Include in your database, the status of “Underemployed” citizens for this group is not insignificant. This will provide a more realistic reflection on our state of employment.
4. Set up a “Sting” operation to flush out why these vacancies are blocked or even “gamed” and still not filled despite your so-called best efforts.


Use actual CVs of unemployed PMETs to test the usual routes to potential employers and monitor what happens with the applications. Keep in close communication with the applicants.

If nothing happens after 1 month (no calls at all), then pay a friendly visit to the employer and enquire about the status of these unfilled jobs without giving their HR knowledge that the MOM has been monitoring the application.

I am sure that along with the thousands of unemployed PMETs, we will be very interested in learning why these jobs remain unfilled and what gems the MOM may uncover on the proviso that you are willing to reveal them.

We, the people of our beloved red dot, are mostly not smelling roses but the pong of Titan Arum aka “smelliest flower in the world”. I urge you along with our esteemed Ministers to cast off your suits and really start looking with fresh eyes instead of burying yourselves in statistics for you are losing touch with your own people – I mean Singaporeans who have served the Army, reservists and wives and mothers that bore them.

Your humble GRAB driver,
Philip Wen

Dr Tan See Leng responds to PSP Leong Mun Wai’s CECA concerns with facts and reasons ~ 10 Jul 2021

Manpower Minister Tan See Leng addresses misconceptions on foreign worker policies in Singapore ~ 6 Jul 2021

Tan See Leng's ministerial statement: Balancing need for foreign manpower and opportunities for locals ~ 6 Jul 2021
Dr Tan See Leng was appointed as the Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry on 15 May 2021. Prior to this, Dr Tan was the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Trade and Industry and Second Minister for Manpower from 27 July 2020.

IHH is in talks with Fortis shareholders: Tan See Leng ~ 15 May 2018
Interview with MD & CEO of IHH

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北京上海迎来教育改革,快乐童年确保长大搬砖 ~ 29 Jul 2021

河南烟厂招聘一线工人 研究生占30% ~ 17 Jul 2021
  • 河南中烟此次一共招聘149人,其中,专业管理岗位、技术研发岗位、市场营销岗位共录用14人,学历均为硕士研究生,且近一半来自英国格拉斯哥大学、澳大利亚悉尼大学、英国诺丁汉大学、英国杜伦大学等国外高校。其余的135人均被河南中烟下辖的黄金叶生产制造中心、许昌、安阳、南阳、驻马店、漯河、洛阳等7家卷烟厂 “一线生产操作岗位” 录取。
  • 其中,除了中国人民大学、武汉大学、郑州大学、河南大学等“双一流”高校,还包括英国、美国以及中国农业科学院研究生院等国内外高校、科研院所的硕士研究生。135人中,有硕士研究生学历的41人,约占30.37%。

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"People who do bad things prohibit freedom of speech" ~ George Washington

郑州不明身份者围攻记者 掩盖什么? ~ 27 Jul 2021
  • 河南郑州暴雨洪灾后,大批军车和军人封锁了京广线 “死亡隧道”,同时官方宣称,隧道里只有4人死亡。一些记者去郑州灾区报道,遭身份不明者围攻阻拦,此举更加深人们的怀疑。
  • 同时,媒体记者赶到郑州灾区做实地报道,其中包括德国之声(Deutsche Welle),美国有线电视新闻网(CNN)、英国广播公司(BBC)、澳洲广播公司(ABC)等外媒记者。
  • 他们在郑州街头,被一些身份不明的人围堵,更让人产生怀疑,要掩盖什么呢?

“就应该打死他”!外国记者郑州街头报道灾情遭围攻 ~ 25 Jul 2021
灾区群众勇敢捍卫 “我们” 党和政府。

全球连线 | 新华社记者直击欧洲罕见洪灾现场:千人失踪 救援继续 ~ 20 Jul 2021

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日议员揭中共活摘器官的残酷罪行 ~ 29 Jul 2021

「直播」CPDC:制止中共活摘器官及种族灭绝 ~ 29 Jul 2021
Forced Organ Harvesting in China & Actions to Stop this Cold Genocide.

活摘器官你真了解?来龙去脉图解一次看懂 ~ 13 Jun 2021

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王毅在天津與阿富汗塔利班政治委員會負責人巴拉達爾會見,中國準備在阿富汗扮演的角色引入矚目 ~ 1 Aug 2021

UN compound in Herat, Afghanistan attacked by ‘anti-government elements’ ~ 30 Jul 2021

中国官员与塔利班会晤标志着关系升温 ~ 29 Jul 2021
  • 塔利班领导人近几个月加强了他们的国际外交,在他们希望重新掌权时寻求全球认可。
  • 塔利班发言人穆罕默德·纳伊姆表示,应中国当局邀请,周三 (七月25日)在中国天津市举行了会晤,此举被普遍认为是北京对其合法性送出的礼物。

Can India make a play in Afghanistan? ~ 29 Jul 2021
  • Antony Blinken’s visit to New Delhi underscores a new regional “Great Game.”
  • U.S. and Indian interests align on many levels, but they differ on Afghanistan. Biden’s decision to fully withdraw will ultimately strengthen the Taliban, which have attacked Indian interests and nationals.
  • The fragile U.S.-sponsored intra-Afghan dialogue also intends to produce a political settlement that gives the Taliban a share of the power. That outcome would advantage Pakistan, the Taliban’s ally and India’s rival.

Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar holds talks with Chinese FM Wang Yi ~ 28 Jul 2021
  • A Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar held talks in China with foreign minister Wang Yi on Wednesday (Jul 25) against the backdrop of growing concerns in Beijing over the activities of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM).
  • This is the first time a senior Taliban leader has visited China since the group launched a massive offensive to capture territory across Afghanistan, coinciding with the rapid drawdown of US and NATO forces.
阿富汗政府宣布在该国北部击毙塔利班成员与塔利班高级代表团访华 ~ 28 Jul 2021
  • 阿富汗国防部宣布,塔利班位于该国北部乔兹詹省村庄附近的据点遭遇袭击,造成16 名塔利班武装人员丧生,并造成13人受伤,与此同时,塔利班没有对这一消息发表评论。
  • 塔利班政治局发言人穆罕默德·纳伊姆宣布,应北京正式邀请,塔利班分管政治事务的领导人阿卜杜勒·加尼·巴拉达尔率领高级代表团访问中国。

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Woman says expats contribute as much as, if not more, to the economy than Singaporeans, asks why expats’ vaccination is not priority

Singapore has “means, status and money required to get vaccines, get the registration open and see where we go from there” but, it has chosen to prioritise a 12-year-old over a “39yo diabetic patient”, she wrote.

By theindependent
3 Aug 2021

Singapore — A woman’s Tweets where she claims that Singapore is discriminatory and has not done enough to get expatriates vaccinated has gone viral.

A series of Tweets – that has since been taken down – from one Neha has gone viral as she compares Singapore to Somalia.

In her Tweets, she wrote that expatriates contribute to the local economy as much as Singaporeans do, “if not more”, yet they were being discriminated against when Singapore did not make it its priority to vaccinate expatriates.

“This is utter nonsense”, Neha wrote, tagging the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Home Affairs in her Tweet.

Her second Tweet said that the government has opened vaccination slots for Singaporeans aged 12 to 39, yet a 39-year-old expatriate (presumably herself) did not take precedence over a 13-year-old Singaporean “even though (they were) carrying bigger risks”, she wrote.

“This is not somalia (sic) we are talking about, this is SINGAPORE”, she added.

Replying to a netizen in one of her Tweets, she added that Singapore has “means, status and money required to get vaccines, get the registration open and see where we go from there” but, it has chosen to prioritise a 12-year-old over a “39yo diabetic patient”.

Screenshots of her Tweets were shared on social media, they were also posted on the forum pages of

Neha has declined to comment on the matter.

The priority window for Singapore citizens aged 12-39 years old to get vaccinated was extended by one week till 1 Jul 2021.

Allow fully vaccinated Malaysians returning from S'pore to quarantine at home, says Johor health official ~ 2 Aug 2021
  • The Johor government wants returning Malaysians who have been fully vaccinated in Singapore to be allowed to do their 14-day compulsory quarantine at home.

Singapore: Accelerating our National Vaccination Programme ~ ~ 24 Jun 2021
  • As of 23 June 2021, over 5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Singapore, with 3 million individuals receiving at least their first dose.
  • From 26 June 2021, up to 80,000 daily doses of the vaccine will be administered - an increase from 47,000 in mid-June 2021 and 40,000 in May 2021. Another 500,000 new first dose appointments will be available for registration, with additional slots opening up in subsequent weeks.
  • If supplies continue to arrive as planned, 2/3 of Singapore’s population will be fully vaccinated by National Day (9 August). MOH is also looking to reduce the current dose interval of between six to eight weeks, to four weeks. This will allow more of the population to complete their vaccination of two doses sooner.
  • From 2 July 2021, the national vaccination programme will be extended to the rest of the population, including Permanent Residents and long-term pass holders aged 12 to 39.
Singapore to expand its vaccination campaign to everyone 12 and older on July 2 ~ 24 Jun 2021
  • Singapore will expand its Covid vaccination program to all residents 12 and older starting early next month.
  • The government said Thursday that some permanent residents and long-term pass holders can begin booking appointments on July 2.
  • The country will also be able to accelerate its vaccination campaign and increase the number of daily doses to 80,000, up from 40,000 doses in May, authorities said.
73,000 people in 12-39 age group have made appointments for Covid-19 vaccination ~ 11 Jun 2021

1.5m Singaporeans aged 12 to 39 can register for COVID vaccinations from Friday (Jun 11) ~ 10 Jun 2021

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「方菲訪談」:Delta變種病毒在中國驟然升溫 為何多地同時爆發?變種病毒有什麼特徵?疫苗是否起作用?中共嚴防死守模式能奏效嗎? ~ 4 Aug 2021

Dr. Scott Gottlieb sees Covid vaccine boosters for vulnerable people in U.S. as early as September ~ 2 Aug 2021
  • Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday he believes booster shots for the coronavirus vaccine will be given to older and immunocompromised people by September or October.
  • The former FDA chief said the U.S. government has purchased enough vaccines to give booster shots to its entire population, stockpiling the vaccines as a “national security matter.”
  • Gottlieb warned that the wave of delta infections currently sweeping the South will soon be seen in Northern states, coinciding with schools reopening.
UK scientists believe it is 'almost certain' a coronavirus variant will emerge that beats current vaccines ~ 1 Aug 2021
  • An analysis by British academics, published by the UK Government's official scientific advisory group, says that they believe it is "almost certain" that a SARS-Cov-2 variant will emerge that "leads to current vaccine failure."
  • SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes Covid-19.
Israel says Pfizer Covid vaccine is just 39% effective as delta spreads, but still prevents severe illness ~ 23 Jul 2021
  • Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine is just 39% effective in Israel where the delta variant is the dominant strain, according to a new report from the country’s Health Ministry.
  • The two-dose vaccine still works very well in preventing people from getting seriously sick, demonstrating 88% effectiveness against hospitalization and 91% effectiveness against severe illness, according to the Israeli data.
The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 has mutated more than 6,600 times ~ 10 May 2021
  • The Sars-CoV-2 virus that sparked the Covid-19 pandemic has undergone more than 6,600 unique spike protein mutations, said Dr Sebastian Maurer-Stroh, executive director of the Bioinformatics Institute at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).
  • Viruses mutate whenever there is a "mistake" in the replication process. This could result from an addition, a deletion or a change to its genetic code.
  • If that mistake increases its survival prospects, more copies of that "wrong" replication will survive, and sometimes overwhelm the original version.

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German warship ‘Bayern’ heads to the Indo-Pacific ~ 3 Aug 2021

德国护卫舰启程前往太平洋 将在南中国海自由航行 ~ 3 Aug 2021

India to deploy naval task force into South China Sea and beyond ~ 3 Aug 2021

Australian warships encounter Chinese navy in contested South China Sea ~ 23 Jul 2021
  • Last year, the Royal Australian Navy was closely followed by the Chinese military during a similar transit of the South China Sea.
  • US Defence Secretary Mark Esper this week signalled the American military would conduct more freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS) to challenge Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Battleship diplomacy: Britain's new aircraft carrier joins NATO, has message for China ~ 28 May 2021
  • First eight-month voyage will cross South China Sea.
  • Carrier is "a hugely powerful statement," says captain.
  • Brexit vote had raised questions about UK's global role.

Japan sends destroyer to track China's Liaoning aircraft | Okinawa islands ~ 6 Apr 2021
  • China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier was spotted passing between Okinawa and Miyako Island and heading towards the Pacific on Saturday (Apr 4) morning.
  • Japan is monitoring the group.

德国为何欲向印太地区派遣军舰? ~ 5 Apr 2021
  • 3月初,德国宣布将于今年8月向印太地区派遣护卫舰,引发各方关注。
  • 如今,德国防长克兰普 - 卡伦鲍尔再次阐明了此举的目的。

German warship to cross South China Sea for first time since 2002 ~ 4 Mar 2021
  • US hails plan by NATO ally calling it welcome support for a ‘rules-based international order’ amid tensions in resource-rich waters.

France sends warships to South China Sea, ahead of maritime exercise with US ~ 21 Feb 2021
  • France deployed a nuclear attack submarine in the South China Sea, in line with US President Joe Biden's call to mount a multilateral challenge to China.

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Eyes on China as British Aircraft Carrier Group heads to south sea for military drill ~ 4 Aug 2021

Singapore's Lee urges China, US to stem deteriorating ties ~ 3 Aug 2021

No good outcome can arise from US-China conflict, says PM Lee ~ 3 Aug 2021

英航母编队已经离开南海 通过吕宋海峡进入菲律宾海 ~ 2 Aug 2021
  • 中国官媒发表充满街头打架语言的评论文章,警告航母编队“离中国岛礁12海里领海远一点”。一些中国专家甚至建议中国要准备好“打狗棒”。
  • 分析认为,中国对这个多国航母编队可能采取的行动,关键要看它是否会跨越中方所说的 “红线”,即它是否会进入北京宣称拥有主权的岛礁12海里的范围。
China warns UK as carrier strike group approaches ~ 31 Jul 2021

Britain returns to Asia, to China’s dismay

The U.K.’s naval presence in East Asia has provoked an angry response from China.

By Bonnie Girard
July 30, 2021

On July 1, 1997, the government of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II handed over its colony of Hong Kong to sovereign Chinese control. Twenty-four years later, the similarly-named aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has arrived in Asia – this time not to hand over a piece of its former empire, but to make a statement of Britain’s intent to support the countries and territories of Southeast Asia, and the world’s shipping, from increasing Chinese aggression, under the U.S.-championed slogan of the free and open Indo-Pacific (FOIP).

HMS Queen Elizabeth is “the largest vessel ever built for the Royal Navy” and can carry up to 40 aircraft. Leading a flotilla into the South China Sea on July 26, it has been engaging in naval exercises throughout its journey since setting sail from Portsmouth in the United Kingdom on May 22.

The mission of HMS Queen Elizabeth in her maiden deployment is not solely focused on showing strength to China. As the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21), the task group will have visited “40 nations including India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore in a deployment covering 26,000 nautical miles” by the time its seven-month journey is over.

But the very fact that 40 nations will have come out to welcome the British carrier, with many of them participating in joint military exercises as well, is a projection of power and continuing influence from Western nations that is not lost on China. Countries such as India and Singapore have also conducted joint naval exercises with China, but given that they are regional neighbors of China, the need for such cooperation is common sense.

But Britain’s naval foray back into Asia isn’t stopping at a sail around the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. After its visit to Japan in September, Britain will permanently deploy two warships in Asian waters.

As The Diplomat’s Steven Stashwick noted, “It is not clear what type of ships the Royal Navy will keep in the region or what the permanent deployment’s basing arrangements will be, but will appear to include offshore patrol vessels (OPV) supported by bases in Australia and Singapore.”

China’s response, in both tone and substance, has been predictable.

The Global Times, an English-language publication owned by the Chinese Communist Party, published an opinion piece describing the move as Britain’s attempt to still live “in colonial days.”

The structure of the article is familiar to any China watcher: First, belittle the offending target, then threaten them.

The article says that the U.K.’s motive is “obvious,” and goes on to say that Britain “wants to provoke China, engage in the so-called freedom of navigation like the US does and demonstrate its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.”

However, Britain can’t face “its own decline,” and is “still living in the ‘auld lang syne.’”

The U.K. should worry, Global Times opines, that “China will make it clear to the US that London will be punished by acting like Washington’s running dog in provoking Beijing.”

This is something that hostage takers and extortionists say. And yet, this is the language approved by the Chinese Communist Party and employed internationally by its spokespeople.

It is also interesting that the author suggests that Britain’s passage through the South China Sea, and its planned permanent deployment of two warships, is “provoking” to Beijing. Why would it be, under normal circumstances? The use of the word is in itself provocative, as it signals that at least part of Britain’s unspoken mission – to get under the skin of the Chinese government – has worked.

Wu Shicun, president of China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies, in an article commenting on the ship’s arrival, pulled no punches.

The South China Morning Post reports that Wu said, “If the ship entered within 12 nautical miles of Chinese-controlled islands, Beijing ‘must conduct countermeasures to let them pay the price, and prevent other countries from doing the same in the South China Sea.’”

Of course, it is to be expected that international naval and maritime movements will continue to test even that 12-nautical mile line, which denotes the legal limit of a maritime feature’s territorial sea under international law. An international arbitral tribunal has already rejected China’s claims to control over the vast majority of the South China Sea, and even ruled that none of the features in question are capable of generating a territorial sea at all, regardless of who claims them. In a 2016 ruling that firmly denied China’s assertions of historical rights in a waterway in which many other nations also have claims, the tribunal sided with the Philippines, which had brought the case. The tribunal also made a declaration that China is obliged to comply with UNCLOS (the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) and that the award is legally binding on China.

Britain’s naval response to China’s escalating disdain for international norms is a reassuring and welcome move to most Asian countries. To China – the one nation that feels threatened by Britain’s move – it should be a catalyst that invites impartial analysis of its own behavior, if not actual introspection. Neither is likely.

A previous version of this article implied the HMS Queen Elizabeth was named after the current British monarch; it was named for Queen Elizabeth I, not Queen Elizabeth II.

英航母编队穿行南中国海 中国会做何反应? ~ 30 Jul 2021

UK carrier strike group conducts exercise with Republic of Singapore navy ~ 27 Jul 2021

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In terms of overall military strength, who is more powerful, China or the United States of America?

U.S. Vs. China: Southeast Asia Survey, now (2021) and then (2020)

Southeast Asia would choose the U.S. over China if forced to pick sides, survey shows ~ 16 Feb 2021
  • An annual survey by ISEAS Yusof-Ishak Institute found that 61.5% of respondents in Southeast Asia favor aligning with the U.S. over China if the region was forced to pick sides.
  • “The region’s support for Washington may have increased as a result of the prospects of the new Biden Administration,” read the report of the Singaporean think tank.
  • Southeast Asia, home to more than 650 million people and some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, has been caught in the middle of U.S.-China competition in the last few years.

7 of 10 ASEAN members favor China over US: survey

73% feel the region is becoming a staging ground for a major power struggle

By Kentaro Iwamoto
January 16, 2020 10:31 JST

SINGAPORE -- As the rivalry between the U.S. and China continues to heat up, Southeast Asians are split between the two superpowers, according to a Singaporean think tank, posing a challenge for a region that has sought unity to speed economic growth.

Southeast Asia is not just a roaring economic powerhouse. Its location linking the Pacific and the Indian oceans makes it a strategically vital region for the two rivals.

In the State of Southeast Asia 2020 survey by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, 73% of 1,308 pun-dits from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said the region is becoming a staging ground for a major power struggle, and that ASEAN members may become proxies for one side or the other. This figure was up from 62% in previous year's poll.

The survey illustrated the U.S.-China standoff and how it is affecting allegiances in the region, with respondents fairly evenly split over which side ASEAN should choose if forced to align with one of the two countries: 54% opted for the U.S. while 46% preferred China.

China was given the nod by the majority of respondents from seven of the 10 ASEAN countries, with 69% from Brunei favoring the country, 58% from Cambodia, 52% from Indonesia, 74% from Laos, 61% from Malaysia, 62% from Myanmar and 52% from Thailand.

The U.S. was the overwhelming choice among respondents from the Philippines and Vietnam at 83% and 86%, respectively, followed by 61% from Singapore. The strong support shown by the Filipino and Vietnamese respondents appears partly due to ongoing maritime squabbles their countries have with Beijing over the South China Sea.

"The take-away from this split response is clear: ASEAN must do all it can to avoid making a binary choice between the U.S. and China, or even putting that choice on the table," said Hoang Thi Ha, researcher at the think tank, in an email interview with the Nikkei Asian Review.

"An ASEAN taking sides would find its space to maneuver contracted and its bargaining power weakened," she added. "It is through ASEAN's [middle-of-the-road approach] with the major powers that its member states exercise their agency, secure their autonomy and promote their national interests."

The latest report comes amid prolonged trade tensions between the U.S. and China. According to the survey, 64% said the trade war would have negative effects for the Southeast Asian economy. In fact, export-dependent countries like Singapore and Thailand already face sluggish economies.

While economic powers like the U.S., European Union and Japan have a solid presence in the region, the survey highlights China's growing footprint, with 79% saying that Beijing is the most influential economic power there, up from last year's 73%.

However, 72% of those who cited Beijing's clout expressed wariness. "China's economic influence is deeply felt but not very well received in the region," the report said.

Notably, the survey revealed that the majority of Southeast Asians are not confident in the Belt and Road Initiative, with 64% of respondents saying they have little or no confidence in China's approach to project loans.

China pledged last year to make BRI more transparent, green and clean. But it appears the region has not bought into the new pledges, and confidence in the initiative remains low, the report pointed out.

The survey was conducted between Nov. 12 and Dec. 1. Of the respondents, 40% were from the public sector, 36% from academia, think tanks and research institutions, and the remaining 24% from business, nongovernmental organizations and the media.

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李显龙:“东升西降”的想法是错的 ~ 4 Aug 2021
  • 新加坡总理李显龙星期二(8月3日)在阿斯彭安全会议上同时告诫中国人“东升西降”的看法是错的。
  • 他又告诉美国人,中国不是苏联,是不会消失的。他还警告说,美中冲突对世界来说是个灾难。
Admonitions and aspirations: Lee Hsien Loong on China-U.S. relations ~ 4 Aug 2021

ASEAN appoints Brunei's Erywan Yusof as envoy to Myanmar ~ 4 Aug 2021

Myanmar military leader declares self PM, pushes back elections ~ 2 Aug 2021
  • Southeast Asia's top diplomats are meeting to discuss the ongoing violence in Myanmar. The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are also hoping to finalize an emergency plan to help control the pandemic there.
  • On Sunday (Aug 1) Myanmar's military leader declared himself prime minister and extended military rule until August 2023.  As we report, some protesters are determined to keep fighting back despite the risks.
The Myanmar crisis and the contradictions of ‘non-interference’ ~ 29 Mar 2021
  • China, a global superpower and a next-door neighbor that has significant economic and strategic ties to Myanmar, has similarly taken shelter under the non-interference principle.
  • It has made it clear that the current crisis is an internal matter and that the people of Myanmar should find a resolution through dialogue under the constitution.
Is China using Myanmar coup to ramp up influence in Southeast Asia? ~ 12 Mar 2021
  • It may be premature to assume China’s outreach efforts to Myanmar and Southeast Asia will increase its influence in the region, says a researcher.

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陈淑桦 - 《滚滚红尘》 [歌词]

Nationalist collapse and the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (1949)
  • The two-decade struggle for China between the Nationalists and the Communists reached its conclusion in 1949. The year began with a Nationalist appeal to the “Big Four” (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and the Soviet Union) to mediate a settlement with the Communists. The United States, which had for so long supported the Nationalist cause, immediately replied that such an effort would not serve any useful purpose.
  • On January 14 Mao declared his willingness to negotiate on the following terms: (1) punishment of “war criminals,” (2) abrogation of the 1946 constitution, (3) abolition of the existing form of government, (4) reorganization of Nationalist armies, (5) confiscation of “bureaucratic” capital from Nationalist Party elites and functionaries, (6) land reform, (7) abrogation of “treasonous” treaties, and (8.) establishment of a democratic coalition government without the participation of “reactionary” (Nationalist) elements. Meanwhile, the Communist advance continued, and Tientsin (Tianjin) fell on January 15, 1949.
1949年前後 中國慘烈的七波大逃港
  • 「大逃港」指的是中國公民大規模向香港逃亡的歷史事件。
  • 從中共1949年奪取政權前夕,直到1997年香港主權回歸中國,每天都有逃港事件發生。
  • 其中發生了七波大規模逃往香港的高潮。香港偷渡潮在世界史中,是冷戰的一部分,國際社會稱深圳河為中國的柏林牆。每次逃亡高潮,都發生在中國政治和經濟出現重大問題的時期。

Last British Airways flight to U.K. before LOTR ends to take off at 1.15pm today ~ 19 Jul 2021
  • Hong Kong BN(O) passport holders and their family members need to enter the United Kingdom under “Leave Outside the Rules” (LOTR) before midnight today (19th July 2021).

BNO|LOTR最後1日 數周前才宣布移民 送機親友淚別:點會捨得啊 ~ 19 Jul 2021

港人BNO赴英特许入境期限将至 香港机场现人潮 ~ 19 Jul 2021
  • 7月19日是香港人能透过英国的“特许入境许可”(LOTR) 持BNO护照移民英国的最后期限。
  • 英国政府之前宣布更新 “英国海外国民” (BNO) 签证指引,其中使用 “特许入境许可” (LOTR) 入境英国的期限在7月19日到期,这也使18日香港机场出现大批准备飞往英国的旅客。

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China reports 143 new coronavirus cases vs 125 the day before ~ 10 Aug 2021

New US Covid-19 cases reach six-month high even as vaccinations rise ~ 8 Aug 2021
  • New Covid-19 cases in the US have rebounded to more than 100,000 a day on average, returning to the levels of the winter surge 6 months ago.
  • Weekly cases on Friday (Aug 6) passed 750,000, the most since early February, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg.
  • Almost 135,000 weekly cases were reported in Florida on Friday (Aug 6), a record for a state that makes up about 1 in 5 US cases.
  • Louisiana said 1% of its entire population had been infected in the past 2 weeks as the Delta variant spreads, particularly among the unvaccinated.
Delta肆虐!美國日增10萬例 莫德納最新數據93%有效 ~ 6 Aug 2021

China’s Delta outbreak tests Beijing’s faith in its homegrown COVID vaccines ​~ 5 Aug 2021
  • China is now battling its largest and most widespread outbreak of COVID-19 since the virus first emerged in the country in late 2019, with an outbreak of the Delta variant testing one of the world’s most airtight pandemic-response systems.
  • As of Wednesday (Aug 4), China has recorded nearly 500 cases in the past 2 weeks across 18 different provinces stemming from an outbreak in the southern Chinese city of Nanjing.
  • The outbreak started after airport workers contracted the Delta variant of COVID-19 while cleaning an airplane arriving from Russia on July 20.
Global Covid-19 cases surpass 200 million as Delta variant spreads ~ 5 Aug 2021
  • The WHO on Wednesday (Aug 4) called for a moratorium on Covid-19 vaccine boosters until at least 10% of the population in every country is vaccinated.
  • It took over a year for Covid-19 cases to hit 100 million mark, while the next 100 million were reported in just over 6 months, according to the analysis.
  • The pandemic has left close to 4.4 million people dead.
Over 4 million new Covid-19 cases reported globally last week, says WHO ~ 5 Aug 2021
  • Over four million new Covid-19 cases were reported globally in the last week, driven mostly by a surge in the Middle East and Asia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday (Aug 4)

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11入院船员均为新冠确诊病例 ~ 11 Aug 2021
  • 记者10日从浙江省舟山市新冠肺炎疫情防控工作新闻发布会上获悉,此前滞留舟山海域载有20名中国籍船员的 “弘进”轮上 ,已有16名船员新冠病毒核酸检测阳性,转运至定点医疗机构救治的11名船员均为新冠确诊病例,截至目前舟山市累计230余名工作人员参与 “弘进” 轮救助。
眾中國船員染疫哭求救命,當局嚴令不許救 ~ 10 Aug 2021

貨輪疑爆疫情逾半華籍船員發燒 蘇浙兩地拒救援任由貨輪漂浮怒海 (podcast) ~ 9 Aug 2021
  • MV GRAND PROGRESS “宏进轮” 共20名船员,全部是中国籍船员。
  • 7月30号凌晨从菲律宾SEMIRARA装完煤后开往中国南通如皋卸货。
  • 13名中国海员感染新冠变异病毒,已经进入舟山,但是不能下船得到救治。

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« Reply #349 on: August 11, 2021, 03:07:06 PM »
" 我在中国长大,那是个遍地谎言的国家,我感觉好像永远走不出去。有很多我在小时候吸收的信息,最后发现都是假的,从此养成我叛逆的性格。" ~ 赵婷▪2013年 美国电影杂志 《电影制作人》

鎖國了,中國全面停辦因私護照!沒說的問題有多嚴重?掃蕩校外補習,逼出「新倭寇」 ~ 3 Aug 2021[/quote]

“戰狼”:中國護照帶你回家 | 中領館:別回來 ~ 23 Jan 2021

11入院船员均为新冠确诊病例 ~ 11 Aug 2021
  • 记者10日从浙江省舟山市新冠肺炎疫情防控工作新闻发布会上获悉,此前滞留舟山海域载有20名中国籍船员的 “弘进”轮上 ,已有16名船员新冠病毒核酸检测阳性,转运至定点医疗机构救治的11名船员均为新冠确诊病例,截至目前舟山市累计230余名工作人员参与 “弘进” 轮救助。
眾中國船員染疫哭求救命,當局嚴令不許救 ~ 10 Aug 2021

貨輪疑爆疫情逾半華籍船員發燒 蘇浙兩地拒救援任由貨輪漂浮怒海 (podcast) ~ 9 Aug 2021
  • MV GRAND PROGRESS “宏进轮” 共20名船员,全部是中国籍船员。
  • 7月30号凌晨从菲律宾SEMIRARA装完煤后开往中国南通如皋卸货。
  • 13名中国海员感染新冠变异病毒,已经进入舟山,但是不能下船得到救治。