China 

China’s migrant worker exodus has created demand for drone pilots to help ageing left-behind farmers

Zhu Beibei still remembers the acrid stench of rubber tyres even though it has been 10 years since he worked at a small car manufacturer in Wuhan in central China. Then 19, it was his first job out of technical school. He was paid 900 yuan (US$134) a month and there was a lot of overtime. He quit after six months.“I had to wake up at 2pm and work until at least 10am,” Zhu, now 29, said in an interview. “Every day I worked like a robot and did not…

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Vietnam 

HCM City transport authorities, firms discuss problems at dialogue – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News HCM CITY – HCM City need to keep overloaded trucks and drivers high on drugs off roads and reduce road maintenance and toll fees, transport companies told city authorities at a dialogue on Saturday. Bùi Văn Quản, chairman of the HCM City Goods Transportation Association, said authorities should help businesses with driver recruitment, identifying people using fake driving licences or guilty of violations in the past. There was a lack of parking space in Districts 2, 9 and Thủ Đức, and the Department of…

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China 

Former Chinese, US officials joust over China’s role on the world stage

Former officials from China and the United States jousted on Sunday over China’s role on the world stage and how it should get there.Veteran Chinese diplomat Fu Ying said Washington should not dictate what part China played and that the US should accept Beijing taking a more prominent role.But Fu, a former deputy foreign minister and ambassador to Britain, also said at a gathering of foreign business representatives and former government officials in Beijing that China had no intention of… Source link

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Pollution containment stepped up at site of Yancheng chemical factory blast in China

Pollution containment has been stepped up and rescue operations expanded in response to Thursday’s deadly pesticide plant explosion in the city of Yancheng, Jiangsu province, with officials reporting leakage from chemical storage tanks on site.The blast killed at least 64 people and injured 604 others, according to the latest official figures, while another 28 people were still reported missing.Yancheng mayor Cao Lubao on Sunday said the scope of the rescue efforts after the blast at the… Source link

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China 

Italy’s move to join New Silk Road may see European Union tighten coordination on China

Italy’s decision to join Beijing’s multibillion-dollar “Belt and Road Initiative” may prompt the European Union to tighten its coordination on China amid growing scrutiny of its efforts to expand its global clout, analysts say.Italy’s populist administration – resisting pressure from Brussels and Washington – on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with China agreeing to take part in Beijing’s trade and infrastructure scheme, the first G7 nation to do so.Among the 29 other agreements… Source link

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Vietnam 

Vnews launches new programme to support SMEs – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Vietnam News Agency’s Television Centre (Vnews) and the Việt Nam Association of Small and Medium Enterprises introduce a new programme to support small businesses at a ceremony on Saturday. — VNA/VNS Photo Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Vietnam News Agency’s Television Centre (Vnews), in collaboration with the Việt Nam Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (VINASME), introduced a new programme to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at a ceremony on Saturday. With the first edition airing on March 24, Doanh nghiệp Ngày nay (Today’s Enterprise) will broadcast…

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Singapore 

Singapore heiress Kim Lim recounts strange phone conversation with Seungri, says she is not involved in scandals, Singapore, Entertainment News

Last Saturday, in an interview with Korean daily Chosun Ilbo, former BigBang singer Seungri denied that he had asked his staff to procure prostitutes for foreign investors at nightclub Arena. Referring to one message in particular, he clarified that he was looking only for women to hang out with a woman named “Kimmy”. He said she was the “daughter of a Singapore-born owner of a well-known football club” and a long-time friend of his. While he did not identify who she was, speculation swirled that he was referring to socialite…

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Singapore 

SIA apologises for cancelled flight after plane ‘comes into contact’ with aerobridge at Newark in US, Singapore News

A homebound Singapore Airlines flight from Newark in the United State’s New Jersey was cancelled after it came into contact with an aerobridge on Saturday (March 23). A Singapore Airlines spokesman said on Sunday that flight SQ22, which arrived in Newark on Saturday, was parked at the airport’s designated parking bay when an aerobridge “came into contact” with its left engine. According to the spokesman, the incident occurred while the aerobridge was being connected to the aircraft door for passengers to disembark. There were 150 passengers and 17 crew on…

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Europe’s self obsession nurtured its naivety about China for the wrong reasons. It’s time for a reality check

The Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Europe tour is attracting ess media attention than usual, squeezed as it is between the long-awaited release of the Mueller Report in the United States, and the ever more bewildering twists of Britain’s exit from the European Union.That does not detract from its importance, embracing meetings with Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker… Source link

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China will buy more US goods, top official says ahead of latest trade talks

China will work to boost imports and achieve a more even balance of trade with the United States, a top Chinese official said on Sunday, just days ahead of the latest round of talks aimed at bringing an end to the two countries’ punishing tariff war.Speaking at the China Development Forum in Beijing, Vice-Premier and Politburo Standing Committee member Han Zheng told a gathering of foreign business representatives and former government officials from the US and other countries that his… Source link

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