China certifies C919 passenger jet to compete with Airbus and Boeing

BEIJING – China held a ceremony on Thursday to certify its C919 narrowbody passenger jet, photos on social media showed, representing a major milestone in the country’s ambitions to challenge Airbus and Boeing in commercial aerospace. The plane, produced by state-owned manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (Comac), had been widely expected to be certified […]

To tackle a kimchi crisis, South Korea banks on massive cabbage warehouses

SEOUL – South Korea’s kimchi makers are in serious pain: a climate change-induced shortage of cabbages sent prices rocketing this year, exacerbating damage inflicted by cheaper offerings from Chinese competitors. Such is the sense of crisis surrounding the spicy pickled side dish eaten daily by many Koreans and central to Korean identity, that the government […]

Senior Indonesian officials ‘targeted by spyware last year’

JAKARTA – More than a dozen senior Indonesian government and military officials were targeted last year with spy software designed by an Israeli surveillance firm, according to nine people with knowledge of the matter. Six of the individuals themselves told Reuters they were targeted. The targets included Chief Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, senior military personnel, […]

US, Pacific island nations vow to strengthen partnership in summit declaration

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden, with his administration pledging to help stave off China’s “economic coercion”, promised Pacific island leaders on Thursday to work harder with allies and partners to address their needs. After a two-day Washington summit, the United States and leaders and representatives from 14 Pacific island states issued a joint declaration […]

UN survey: Online govt services improve, digital divides remain

UNITED NATIONS – Despite the many crises of the past two years, e-government strategies have been advanced although many countries and municipalities have fallen short in providing adequate online services, according to a new UN survey whose results were released on Wednesday. The 2022 edition of the E-Government Survey shows that Denmark, Finland and South Korea […]