Tuesday, February 18, 2020
China topped the list of economies looking to invest in Thailand for the first time last year, overtaking Japan as its main source of foreign direct investment thanks to belt and road-linked projects, overspill from the US-China trade war and Thai government incentives. Applications from China – valued at 262...
Alibaba unveils Hong Kong secondary listing plan, in vote of confidence Alibaba Group Holding, the record holder of the largest global initial public offering, has unveiled a secondary listing plan in Hong Kong, in a vote of confidence for the local financial market as the worst political crisis in the...
The likes of Ant Financial, ByteDance and Xiaomi are looking to snag one of the licences issued by Singapore’s central bank this year. Analysts say the new players’ entrance will help innovate the Singaporean banking industry. The Monetary Authority of Singapore is issuing as many as five digital banking...
Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister-designate, said his government would be very “pro-China”, in an interview with a Hong Kong-based Chinese-language broadcaster shortly before he was chosen to succeed Theresa May on Tuesday. Speaking to Phoenix TV, Johnson backed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s infrastructure-based Belt and Road Initiative and said...
Chinese officials confirmed Wednesday that the number of people infected by a new form of coronavirus in the country has reached nearly 6,000, a total that surpassed the official cases tallied on the mainland during an outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002 and 2003. The...
Hong Kong police have arrested 420 people in connection with protests since June 9, amid escalating violence in demonstrations that have rocked the former British colony and plunged it into its worst political crisis in decades. Police have also fired 1,000 rounds of tear gas and about 160 rubber bullets...
Singapore closes borders to all Chinese travellers to stem spread of coronavirus Singapore will close its borders to all new visitors from mainland China, including foreigners who have been there within the past 14 days. It will become the first Southeast Asian country to do so in a bid to stem...
China's central government warned Hong Kong protesters today that they should not underestimate "the immense strength of the central government". At a media briefing in Beijing, Yang Guang, spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, also said "those who play with fire will perish...
Hong Kong economy shrinks for first time in a decade The Hong Kong economy's first recession in a decade deepened in the fourth quarter of 2019, weighed down by anti-government protests and the US-China trade war. Last year was the worst for Hong Kong's growth since 2009, when the financial...
Thousands of Hong Kong lawyers stage rare protest urging end to political prosecutions during anti-gov’t demos Thousands of legal sector professionals staged their second “black clothes” march in two months urging for an end to political prosecutions, for the Department of Justice to retain its independence and for the government...
China’s President Xi Jinping is enlisting the financial sector in a war against a virus outbreak that has killed more than 500, mobilising lenders, brokerages and fund managers to pump resources into stricken parts of the economy. Answering Beijing’s call, banks are rushing to offer virus-fighting loans at ultra-low rates,...
Hundreds of people have joined a mass sit-in at Hong Kong International Airport Friday evening in a fresh round of anti-government protests designed to secure international backing for the movement. Organisers were expecting thousands to show up, and hoped police would respect what they said would be a peaceful...

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