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China’s door will ‘only open wider’, Xi Jinping tells Qingdao Multinationals Summit

Just a day after China reported its slowest quarterly economic growth on record, President Xi Jinping repeated his promise to keep opening up the nation’s markets to companies and investors from around the world.“The door of China’s opening up will only open wider and wider, the business environment will only get better and better, and…

Are the MTR’s early closures necessary for repairs or a ‘de facto curfew’? Either way, Hong Kong commuters are in for more delays

Hong Kong commuters can expect to be affected by sharply reduced MTR services for the rest of October as the city’s rail operator grapples with extensive damage caused by anti-government protesters at several stations.Some critics have accused the MTR Corporation of helping the government to impose a “de facto curfew” on the city by ending…

Are the MTR’s early closures necessary for repairs or a ‘de facto curfew’? Either way, Hong Kong commuters are in for more delays

Hong Kong commuters can expect to be affected by sharply reduced MTR services for the rest of October as the city’s rail operator grapples with extensive damage caused by anti-government protesters at several stations.Some critics have accused the MTR Corporation of helping the government to impose a “de facto curfew” on the city by ending…

Chaos in Santiago as Chileans riot over hikes to public transport fares

Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera declared a state of emergency in the capital Santiago early on Saturday, as the city of 6 million descended into chaos after protesters began rioting over rising cost-of-living pressures.Black-hooded protesters, enraged by recent fare hikes on public transport, lit fires at several metro stations, looted shops, burned a public bus and…

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam ‘relieved’ that murder suspect in extradition saga which sparked protest crisis to turn himself in to Taiwan

Hong Kong’s leader said on Saturday it was a relief that a murder suspect who helped spark the political crisis over the government’s now-withdrawn extradition bill has offered to turn himself in to ­Taiwan authorities.Meanwhile, investigators on the self-ruled island said they would work with their Hong Kong counterparts on getting Chan Tong-Kai to head…

Amid Hong Kong protesters’ attacks, 500 ATMs out of service for the weekend

About 500 ATMs across Hong Kong will be out of service over the weekend, because of damage by radical protesters or because of “safety considerations”, the city’s de facto central bank warned on Saturday.The Monetary Authority said about 15 per cent of the city’s 3,300 ATMs were down, citing reports from banks. It urged customers…