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Doctors warn China coronavirus carriers may show no symptoms of illness

New research on the Wuhan coronavirus has found the virus may be present in the lungs of individuals with no obvious symptoms, making strict quarantine and contact-tracing regimes crucial to preventing the number of cases from reaching the scale of the 2003 Sars outbreak.Without close surveillance, these patients – described by researchers as “cryptic cases…

Lunar New Year: tradition fades for South Korea’s ageing Chinese community, but red envelopes will never die

As Chinese residents of South Korea celebrate the Lunar New Year, it’s hard for some to escape the feeling that this may be a tradition that’s dying out.The population of huaqiao, as the overseas Chinese community is known, is dwindling and the younger generation appears less in tune with their cultural heritage.Ageing huaqiao are nostalgic…

Hong Kong feng shui masters say worst is over for Carrie Lam, unrest will continue but weaken in Year of the Rat

Hong Kong’s feng shui practitioners are predicting another uneasy 12 months for the city with the arrival of the Year of the Rat.But they offer a glimmer of hope, saying the Rat will not prove as savage as the Pig, who arrived this time last year to deliver anti-government protests, chaos, and a sharp downturn…

Chinese tech giants bid to be among Singapore’s new wave of digital banks

Made in China but hoping to leave their mark in Singapore, technology giants from the mainland are hoping their digital prowess will make them key players in the city state’s plans to reinvent its digital banking space.The Lion City’s central bank is issuing as many as five digital banking licences by June, with interested parties…

Explained: The economic importance of China’s Lunar New Year as the Year of the Rat begins

Families across China celebrated the beginning of its new year on Friday, which began with one of the planet’s greatest migrations, and will continue with a month of nationwide factory closures along with a spending spree that has the potential to have a big seasonal impact on the economy.Known as the Spring Festival or Lunar…

Top US official on Iran says China’s oil purchases are ‘funding Iran’s terrorism’

Washington’s top official for Iran accused China on Friday of financing terrorism by continuing to buy Iranian crude oil and urged Beijing to take the “long view” by siding with the Iranian people rather than the government in Tehran.Speaking the day after the Trump administration sanctioned several Chinese entities over their purchases of Iranian petroleum…