Just bread and noodles: China’s Covid-19 lockdown distress hits Xinjiang

BEIJING – This summer, Yining, a city in the Xinjiang region of far-western China, celebrated a boom in Chinese tourists seeking a sunny respite from Covid-19 worries in their home towns. Now Yining is under its own gruelling, weeks-long pandemic lockdown, with residents calling for help over limited food, difficulty getting medicine and drastic shortages of sanitary […]

Japan to coordinate with Sri Lanka creditors to resolve debt crisis

TOKYO (REUTERS) – Japan will coordinate with other creditors to resolve Sri Lanka’s deepening financial crisis, Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said on Tuesday (Aug 30), urging all creditor nations to gather and discuss the South Asian nation’s debt at the same table. “We are concerned about Sri Lanka’s severe socio-economic situation,” Suzuki told reporters. Sri […]

Taiwan official says China bullying spurs foreign interest in visits to island

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – China’s aggressive military response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has increased interest from other countries’ parliaments in similar trips, the island’s top representative in the United States said on Wednesday (Aug 17). China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, carried out its largest-ever military exercises around the island […]

BlueCity Announces Completion of Merger

BEIJING, Aug. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via SEAPRWire.com) — BlueCity Holdings Limited (“BlueCity” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: BLCT), a leading online LGBTQ platform, today announced that completion of the merger (the “Merger”) with Diversefuture Limited (the “Merger Sub”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Multelements Limited (the “Parent”), pursuant to the previously announced Agreement and Plan of […]

Japan’s new male minister for birthrate tried ‘pregnancy belly’

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida replaced the female minister in charge of tackling the country’s falling birthrate and installed a man who sought to deepen his understanding of the issue by trying out a “pregnancy belly”. Kishida reshuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday (Aug 10) and named former Bank of Japan official Masanobu […]

Swang Chai Chuan Limited Announces Details of Proposed Listing on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited

HONG KONG, Aug 8, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Swang Chai Chuan Limited (“Swang Chai Chuan” or the “Group”), an established distributor of Food & Beverage (“F&B”) and other products for recognised international and domestic third-party brands and own brands in Malaysia, today announced the details of its proposed listing on the Main […]

Eight candidates make cut in race to succeed UK PM Johnson

British Conservative Party Member of Parliament Rishi Sunak launches his campaign for the Conservative Party leadership, in London on July 12, 2022. (ALBERTO PEZZALI / AP PHOTO) LONDON, July 12 (Reuters) – Eight Conservatives will fight it out to succeed Boris Johnson as party leader and British prime minister after winning enough nominations from their […]

China slams Nasa chief Nelson as race to the moon gets heated

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) – The competition between the US and China to explore outer space turned prickly after Chinese diplomats blasted the head of Nasa and encouraged neighbouring countries to support Beijing’s plan for exploring the moon. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian on Monday (July 4) accused Nasa Administrator Bill Nelson of lying […]

Taiwan donates $1.4m for Afghan quake relief efforts in response to UN call for aid

TAIPEI (REUTERS) – Taiwan will donate US$1 million (S$1.4 million) to Afghan earthquake relief efforts in response to a call from the United Nations and others for humanitarian assistance, the government said late on Thursday (June 23). Taiwan is not a UN member due to pressure from China which considers the democratically-governed island part of […]