Month: October 2019

China says it won’t sit back if US deploys intermediate range missiles in Asia

China will not take a “laissez-faire” approach if the US deploys intermediate range missiles in Asia-Pacific, the Chinese defence ministry said on Thursday.The ministry spokesman Wu Qian expressed China’s “resolute opposition” to such plan and urged Washington to take a responsible attitude and act with caution, to “avoid wrongdoing”.“If the US forces its way through,…

China says it won’t sit back if US deploys intermediate range missiles in Asia

China will not take a “laissez-faire” approach if the US deploys intermediate range missiles in Asia-Pacific, the Chinese defence ministry said on Thursday.The ministry spokesman Wu Qian expressed China’s “resolute opposition” to such plan and urged Washington to take a responsible attitude and act with caution, to “avoid wrongdoing”.“If the US forces its way through,…

US, China working together to find new venue for trade deal, both sides confirm

The US and China are working together to find a new venue to conclude an interim trade agreement after Chile announced the cancellation of this year’s Apec leaders’ summit, where Xi Jinping and Donald Trump were aiming to sign a deal.Xi and Trump have “maintained contact”, China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday, and the US…

1MDB scandal: Malaysia to make claim for US$1 billion in assets recovered from Jho Low, Mahathir Mohamad says

Malaysia will make a claim for the US$1 billion in assets recovered by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) from fugitive financier Low Taek Jho, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday, as they were bought with money looted from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) sovereign wealth fund.“Part of the 1MDB money was used…

1MDB scandal: Malaysia to make claim for US$1 billion in assets recovered from Jho Low, Mahathir Mohamad says

Malaysia will make a claim for the US$1 billion in assets recovered by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) from fugitive financier Low Taek Jho, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday, as they were bought with money looted from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) sovereign wealth fund.“Part of the 1MDB money was used…

Mahathir Mohamad gives green light to Malaysia-Singapore metro link

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday said his country would give the green light to a delayed metro link with neighbouring Singapore to ease major traffic congestion at the border crossing, a major gripe for citizens from both nations.The veteran leader lamented, however, that a breakthrough on other bilateral issues – such as the…

What the ‘death by text’ of an Asian-American college student and Sulli’s K-pop tragedy say about toxic social media

The death of a Filipino-American Boston College student who took his own life after being subjected to repeated psychological, verbal and physical abuse by his girlfriend highlights a need to re-examine laws and attitudes towards social media and gender-based bullying, experts say.In a case that has grabbed headlines in both Asia and America, the South…

At least 71 killed in Pakistan train fire after gas cylinder used for cooking explodes

At least 71 people were killed and dozens wounded after cooking gas cylinders exploded on a train packed with religious pilgrims in central Pakistan on Thursday, a provincial minister said.Television footage showed flames pouring out of three carriages as people could be heard crying in the incident, in a rural area of central Punjab province.Some…

Singapore police investigating condo owner for abusing security guard

The police are investigating a report made against an Eight Riversuites resident for the offence of “intentionally causing harassment to a security officer”, Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement on Wednesday. The MHA statement, issued at around 11pm, identified the resident as 44-year-old Ramesh Erramalli.In a video that was posted online last Saturday morning, a…

A drunken royal sailor, a presidential killing, and a proposal for a five-day working week: headlines from 40 years ago

Prince Andrew being called a “drunken lout” and Sydney bus mechanics complaining about well-made buses grabbed the headlines 40 years ago this week.October 28, 1979● South Korean President Park Chung-hee was shot dead the night before by the head of his spy agency in a bizarre gun battle in a Seoul restaurant. Park was hit…