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East Asia #8

  • Hong Kong protests
  • Uniqlo investments
  • TikTok sale
  • Aussie journalists
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Why Hong Kong’s Protests Turned Violent

On the first Saturday of October 2019, people across the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) woke to something they’re not accustomed to: nonfunctioning public transportation. As on many weekends since last June, there had been demonstrations the previous night against the Hong Kong government and the influence exerted on it by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). However, with the SAR government having just announced its intent to ban face masks — which protesters had been using to conceal their identities and prevent reprisals — the anti-government forces escalated.

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Channel News Asia

Tired staff, but pushing on: How TTSH-NCID responded to COVID-19 from day one

SINGAPORE: The team from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) has been here before.

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Rest of World

The world’s biggest-ever stock market listing is a Chinese tech company

Ant Group, a Chinese financial technology company, is looking to raise a record-breaking $30 billion dollars in an initial public offering later this year. The current IPO fundraising record is held by Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state oil company, which raised $29.4 billion by this January.

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The Diplomat

How Identity Politics Overshadowed Hong Kong

An interview with Wong Tsz Yuen, senior reporter at Phoenix TV, on the past, present, and future of Hong Kong through the lens of “identity politics.”

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Nikkei Asian Review

Uniqlo boosts investment in e-commerce in Japan and China

TOKYO — Uniqlo boss Tadashi Yanai once complained of the burden that e-commerce placed on the fast fashion chain — but now his company is shifting its logistics and boosting investment to expand online shopping in Japan, China, Southeast Asia and the U.S.

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New Zealand must be ‘proactive, not provocative’ in face of ‘delicate, dangerous’ situation with China

Winston Peters spoke recently about China and Hong Kong on Newshub Nation.

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Associated Press

TikTok Owner Picks Oracle Over Microsoft As US Tech Partner

The owner of TikTok has chosen Oracle over Microsoft as the American tech partner that could help keep the popular video-sharing app running in the U.S., according to a person familiar with the deal who was not authorized to speak publicly about it.

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Australian Financial Review

The climate is ripe for investing in Asia

But notwithstanding the escalating tensions, many investment experts believe the climate is ripe for investing abroad and especially in Asia, despite it being at the centre of the trade war and the inception of the coronavirus pandemic.

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East Asia Forum

Learning from the history of pandemics

Author: Michael Shiyung Liu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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ABC Australia

China accuses Australia of obstructing police by sheltering journalists in embassy

The Chinese Government has accused Australian officials of obstructing their law enforcement agencies when they sheltered two Australian journalists in diplomatic compounds last week.

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