The Online Citizen

Hong Kong’s economic woes deepen with plunging business outlook

Hong Kong’s economic woes showed no sign of easing Wednesday after a key measure of business confidence fell to its lowest level in more than a decade as the city reels from the global trade war and violent democracy protests. The Purchasing Managers Index — which measures the health of the private sector — dropped to 39.3 in October, its …

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Xi voices ‘high degree of trust’ in Hong Kong leader over unrest

by Dan Martin with Yan Zhao in Hong Kong Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed a “high degree of trust” in Hong Kong’s unpopular leader Carrie Lam as the two met after months of increasingly violent protests in the semi-autonomous city. Xi’s show of support follows speculation that Beijing was preparing to remove Lam as city authorities struggle to contain …

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In a Hong Kong tea house Beijing loyalists decry protests

by Catherine LAI Serving sweet milk tea and French toast with fermented tofu, Kate Lee’s traditional diner has become a sanctuary for Hong Kongers opposed to youth-led democracy protests sweeping the city. On a recent Saturday morning, the restaurant was packed with hungry patrons served by volunteers who have flocked to take orders and bus tables after Lee spoke out …

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US accuses Beijing of ‘intimidation’ in South China Sea

by with Shaun Tandon in Washington / Dene CHEN The United States on Monday accused China of intimidation in the South China Sea as it put forward its strongest language yet rejecting Beijing’s claims in the strategic, dispute-rife waters. The Pacific powers traded tit-for-tat barbs over the South China Sea at a regional summit in Bangkok, with Beijing accusing the …

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SE Asia leaders snub US meeting after Trump skips ASEAN summit

by Jenny VAUGHAN / Joe Freeman Several Southeast Asian leaders snubbed a meeting with US officials on Monday after President Donald Trump decided not to attend a regional summit in Bangkok. Just three leaders from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) showed up to the session, along with a host of foreign ministers. Trump has been accused of …

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Two activist journalists stabbed to death in Indonesia

Two Indonesian journalists mediating a land dispute between a palm oil company and residents have been found dead with multiple stab wounds near a plantation in Sumatra, police said. The body of Maraden Sianipar was found Wednesday in a ditch near a palm plantation in Labuhan Batu district, an eight-hour drive from the capital of North Sumatra province. Police found …

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China slams ‘terroristic’ Hong Kong attack on state media office

Chinese state-run media on Monday called for a “tougher line” on democracy protesters in Hong Kong as it denounced a “terroristic” attack on a state news agency during another weekend of violence in the semi-autonomous city. Hardcore demonstrators in the financial hub smashed the windows of the official Xinhua news agency’s regional bureau on Saturday, capping another weekend of unrest …

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Parliamentary questions for 4 November 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:00 morning on Monday, 4 November 2019, for the 113th session of the 13th Parliament. *82 oral questions and 31 written question have been scheduled to be asked. At the commencement of Public Business, 3 Government Bills will be introduced: Banking (Amendment) Bill – Prime Minister. Statutes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill – Minister for Law. …

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Five wounded as knife attack caps day of Hong Kong political chaos

by Su Xinqi and Jerome Taylor A man went on a knife rampage in Hong Kong late Sunday leaving at least five people wounded, including a local pro-democracy politician who had his ear bitten off, capping another chaotic day of political unrest in the city. Flashmob rallies erupted inside multiple shopping centers across the international finance hub over the afternoon, …

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China, US trade negotiators reach ‘consensus on principles’

Top Chinese and US trade negotiators have “reached consensus on principles”, China’s commerce ministry announced in a statement Saturday. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke by phone with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on Friday, and “conducted serious and constructive discussions on properly addressing their core concerns and reached consensus on principles,” the ministry said. Additionally, …

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