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    Geopolitics

    Geopolitics

    US Coast Guard To Tackle China’s 'Illegal' Fishing

    The United States (US) said Friday it will deploy Coast Guard patrol ships in the western Pacific to counter "destabilising and malign" activities by China in disputed fishing grounds of the South China Sea.? The US is accusing China of "illegal" and "unregulated" fishing, as well as "harassment" of fishing boats from regional countries.? White House National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said in a statement that the US Coast Guard "is strategically homeporting significantly enhanced Fast Response Cutters...in the western Pacific." ? These Sentinel class vessels will carry out maritime

    Kazakhs Despair For Relatives Missing In Xinjiang

    When Bikamal Kaken's husband vanished during a 2017 visit to Xinjiang in north-western China, she had good reason to believe he would not be returning home to Kazakhstan anytime soon. But she did not anticipate just how dire his fate was, or that it would be revealed during a spat online between United States (US) and Chinese diplomats. Rights groups at the time of Adilgazy Muqai's disappearance were sounding the alarm over a mushrooming network of facilities for the massive incarceration of mostly Muslim minority citizens in Xinjiang. Kaken heard that her husband had fallen victim to the

    Europe, WHO Sound Alarm As Virus Crisis Worsens

    The European Union's (EU) disease control agency on Friday joined frantic health workers across Europe in sounding the alarm about the surge in coronavirus infections as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of an 'exponential' rise in cases. Several countries in Europe are reporting infection rates higher than during the first wave of the pandemic in March and April, with Spain saying it has now more than three million cases. Governments across the continent are slapping urgent new restrictions on daily life, with France extending a curfew to cover 46 million people and Ireland locked

    China Says Will Retaliate Over US-Taiwan Arms Sale

    China on Thursday threatened to make a "legitimate and necessary" retaliation over the United States (US) sale of US$1 billion worth of missiles to Taiwan as Beijing becomes increasingly strident over its claims to the self-ruled island. The US State Department said on Wednesday it had approved the sale of 135 air-to-ground missiles to Taiwan in a move Taipei's defence ministry said would build its combat capabilities. Democratic and self-ruled Taiwan lives under constant threat of invasion by authoritarian China, whose leaders view the island as part of their territory. They have vowed to

    Energy

    China's Coal Addiction Erodes Climate Goals

    China's surprise pledge to slash its carbon footprint to zero by 2060 was met with cautious applause, but fresh spending on coal to rev up a virus-hit economy threatens to nullify its audacious bid to lead the world…

    Can China Be Carbon Neutral By 2060?

    Xi Jinping's shock promise to lead the world into a safer climate future was thin on details, leaving many questions unanswered on how the world's worst polluter will meet a 2060 carbon neutral target. China is…

    Renewable Energy Challenges In Southeast Asia

    ASEAN has set an ambitious target of securing 23 percent of its primary energy from renewable sources by 2025 as energy demand in the region is expected to grow by 50 percent. According to the International Renewable…

    The Rising Demand For Air Conditioners

    Around the world, scorching heat waves are breaking records, with France reaching a sweltering 45.9 degrees Celsius and Australia hitting 49.5 degrees in 2019. This year, it was reported that Siberia experienced a…

    Markets

    ASEAN’s Digital Economy Not Growing Fast Enough

    ASEAN is set to become the world’s fourth largest economy by 2030, and it is a transition that will be championed by an increasingly tech-savvy younger population which is rapidly rising up the socio-economic ladder.?…

    The Most Powerful Passport In ASEAN

    Most industries have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with some hit more than others. When the deadly virus first broke out in Wuhan, China, one of the first sectors to feel the brunt of the coronavirus…

    Can Indonesia Up Its Game?

    Indonesia has an issue as far as meeting the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?go. The quickly evolving landscape and potential demands on the country’s workforce is shaping into a real concern. ASEAN’s…

    What SEA’s Business Leaders Are Worried About

    Every year, the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Executive Opinion Survey polls business leaders from around the world on their perceptions of top global risks. It is a study of what the world’s business community is most…

    Technology

    The Dangers Of Deepfakes

    If you have been on Facebook or Instagram lately, you would have surely seen a number of short clips of Rihanna’s music video Diamond, or any other videos for that matter – but instead of the celebrity’s face in the…

    5G Networks: Are There Health Risks?

    Do 5G mobile telephones and networks pose health risks? Worries about the effect the technology has on humans and the environment have persisted as it has been deployed in various countries. What do scientists have to…

    Indonesia Confident About 5G Connectivity

    While Indonesia may not have the best internet connectivity in Southeast Asia, one thing it is certainly doing well compared to some other ASEAN member states is providing 4G availability to its estimated population of…

    E-Wallet Adoption On The Rise In ASEAN

    The number of digital consumers in Southeast Asia is growing exponentially and in a much quicker pace than expected. Just last year, Bain & Company, a global consulting firm predicted that the number of digital…

    Environment

    'Passengers' Dine On Parked Singapore Airlines Jet

    Hundreds of travel-starved diners ate lunch and watched seat-back films aboard two parked Singapore Airlines jets turned into pop-up restaurants on Saturday. With the aviation industry in deep crisis due to the…

    Protecting Indonesia’s Children

    Indonesia’s National Commission for Child Protection (KPAI) had received 1,192 reports of violence, including physical, psychological or sexual abuse towards children in the first half of 2019. Unfortunately, as the…

    Floods Kill 111 In Central Vietnam

    More than 100 people have died and 20 others are missing in central Vietnam following weeks of severe flooding and landslides, authorities said Wednesday, as the country braced for yet another storm this weekend. About…

    Breast Cancer Amid The Pandemic

    Every year in October, pink ribbons are distributed as part of a public awareness campaign aimed at reminding women across the globe to head for a breast examination in order to combat breast cancer.? 2020’s Breast…

    10 Fun & Exciting Places in Singapore to Take Your Kids to

    As a parent, thinking of a holiday in Singapore with your children will be equal parts fun and stressful. It’ll be fun because you get to project your own childhood dreams of visiting or experiencing a certain activity (wink wink) and also get to spend time with your little buddies.? However, it can also get...
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