Hong Kong China

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 16:40:26 +0800
Moody's downgrades China's credit-rating outlook
Ratings agency Moody's on Tuesday cut its outlook on China's government credit ratings to negative from stable, citing lower medium-term economic growth and ongoing downsizing of the property sector. Moody's affirmed China's A1 long-term local and f...

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 13:17:14 +0800
China's services activity picks up in Nov: Caixin PMI
China’s services business activity growth picked up in November, as a private-sector survey showed on Tuesday. The Caixin/S&P Global services purchasing managers’ index (PMI), an economic indicator gauging China’s private sector services acti...

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 12:13:09 +0800
China, EU ready to boost ties at upcoming summit
China hopes to boost relations with the European Union (EU) at an upcoming summit, with a firm focus on pragmatic cooperation in the face of complex situations and severe challenges, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. In a meeting on Monday with EU dipl...

Mon, 04 Dec 2023 13:45:55 +0800
PLA accuses US ship of intrusion in South China Sea
The Chinese military said an American naval ship “illegally intruded” on Monday into waters near a disputed South China Sea atoll that has recently seen several maritime confrontations. A Chinese naval force was mobilised to track the USS Gabrie...

Mon, 04 Dec 2023 13:20:16 +0800
Evergrande debt-restructuring hearing postponed again
The High Court has postponed until January 29 a court hearing scheduled for Monday on troubled Chinese property developer Evergrande’s winding-up petition. Evergrande is trying to win support from its creditors for a plan to restructure more than ...

Hong Kong Local

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 17:49:44 +0800
Thank-you card and photo spot to promote voting: govt
The government said on Tuesday that those who cast a ballot in Sunday’s district council elections will be given a thank-you card, as part of a slew of “thoughtful arrangements” to encourage people to vote. In a statement, the government said...

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 16:54:52 +0800
Rules on referral letters for therapy may be eased
The Health Bureau on Tuesday proposed allowing physiotherapists and occupational therapists to provide services to patients without the need for a doctor’s referral in certain circumstances. These include if a patient has proof of a relevant diagn...

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 15:40:32 +0800
Shuttle services for elderly not a problem: EAC chief
The chairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC), David Lok, on Tuesday reminded care homes to refrain from influencing their elderly residents in the upcoming district council elections. Lok’s comment follows an earlier announcement by the...

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 15:32:50 +0800
New bins cause more work for us: cleaners
Street cleaners say they are worried that the introduction of newly designed rubbish bins will mean more work for them, as they seem to have smaller holes and people may end up discarding their trash next to the bins. The Environmental Protection De...

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 15:01:02 +0800
Man charged, another wanted over 'poll boycott calls'
One man has appeared in court and an arrest warrant has been issued for another over a social media post which allegedly encouraged people not to vote in this Sunday's district council elections. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) ...

South China Morning Post

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 18:00:15 +0800
‘Are they possessed?’: ritual duo pour foodstuff cocktail into China river for ‘good karma’ triggering online eco-backlash
Two women who poured cooking ingredients into a river in China as part of a “release life” tradition to bring good luck have sparked anger online.

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 17:30:09 +0800
Australian man kicked off Scoot flight for slapping passenger, challenging others to fight on Singapore to Manila trip
A passenger was denied entry into the Philippines and was returned to Australia after being restrained and escorted off a Scoot flight for displaying “disruptive behaviour”.

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 17:10:21 +0800
Japan increasingly ‘out of sync’ with global market as people shun speaking English
Even as Japan is ‘rapidly globalising’, many people are reluctant to speak English, a move one observer says is ‘self-defeating’ for the world’s third-largest economy.

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 17:02:12 +0800
Hong Kong court issues arrest warrant for man over alleged election boycott calls, charges another in connection with social media reposts
Political commentator, 45, is facing three counts of inciting others to skip Sunday’s district council election, while analyst programmer is charged over sharing anti-voting post.

Tue, 05 Dec 2023 16:30:09 +0800
How HKeToll can make Hong Kong a better city at the street level
When time-varying tolls are introduced at the three cross-harbour tunnels, Hong Kong will have a form of congestion charging for the first time. The charging system could be extended to congested roads which are not tunnels, and free up road space fo...

Xinhua China News

China Focus: Beijing firms bring tech to Belt and Road countries
"Borrow a boat to sail in the sea -- we will find more ways to use the opportunities brought by the Belt and Road Initiative," he said.

Xi, Trump discuss ties, Korean Peninsula situation over phone
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Monday discussed bilateral ties and the situation on the Korean Peninsula on phone, pledging close contact by various means to promptly exchange views on major issues of common con...

Feature: A Thai student dreams of selling rice to China
Agricultural products have been exempted duty by the FTA , but most Thai rice sold in China ' s supermarkets is imported through regular channels , without taking advantage of the FTA , she said .

Hebei promises dedication in building Xiongan New Area
Public services including employment , education , healthcare and social security will be improved in the area , he said .

Xi, Trump pledge to expand mutually beneficial cooperation, manage differences
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, pledged on Friday to expand mutually beneficial cooperation and to manage their differences based on mutual respect.

Xinhua World News

Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers after protest against Pence visit
Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes after a protest against the visit of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Jerusalem, in the West Bank city of Hebron, on Jan. 23, 2018.

U.S. failure to appoint Australian ambassador "diplomatic insult": former deputy PM
Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer has accused the U.S. of hitting Australia with a "diplomatic insult."

Speaker of Hungarian Parliament addresses in Budapest
Laszlo Kover (1st L), Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament, speaks at a conference of the parliament speakers of the Western Balkans in Budapest, Hungary on Oct. 27, 2017.

Typhoon Lan lashes central Japan, killing 2 and disrupting transport systems
Two people were killed and transportation systems and businesses severely disrupted as Typhoon Lan lashed central Japan's Pacific coast after making landfall early Monday.

Spotlight: U.S. decision to withdraw from UNESCO triggers calls for multilateralism
The U.S. decision to withdraw from UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, has triggered worldwide calls for supporting multilateralism amid world challenges.