China 

Globalisation, the ‘heartland’ and China’s New Silk Roads – an accessible primer by British historian

The New Silk Roads, by Peter Frankopan, Bloomsbury, 4 starsAt the beginning of the 20th century, when the British empire spanned a sixth of the world, the geographer Halford Mackinder gave a lecture to the Royal Geographical Society laying out a theory of global power.“The pivot region of the world’s politics” was not in Britain or its seaborne empire, he said, but “the vast area of Euro-Asia” that stretched from the River Volga to the Yangtze. He called it the “heartland”, and whoever… Source link

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Vietnam 

Bank loans not accessible for 20% of VN firms – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  Workers sort ballpoint pens at a Thiên Long Production and Trading Co Ltd factory. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam HÀ NỘI — A fifth of all Vietnamese enterprises do not have access to financial loans, according to the Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). Capital is a vital resource for a business to develop. Most local enterprises now have very high demand for capital funding in the short-, medium- and long-term, VCCI reported in a meeting on Friday. Credit lending granted by financial institutions is an important channel, VCCI said. To help local companies…

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Singapore 

Personal information of over 800,000 blood donors was accessible online for 2 months: HSA, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The personal information of more than 800,000 people who have donated or registered to donate blood in Singapore since 1986 was improperly put online by a Health Sciences Authority (HSA) vendor for more than two months, but access to the database was cut off soon after the discovery. Disclosing this in a statement on Friday (March 15), the HSA said its preliminary findings indicate that there was only one instance of external access – by a cybersecurity expert who discovered the vulnerability on Tuesday (March 12) and alerted…

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Microsoft’s Bing search engine is accessible in China again

Microsoft’s Bing appears to be available to mainland Chinese users again after being inaccessible since late Wednesday, assuaging concerns that the government was blocking the search engine. Checks by the Post showed Bing was accessible on some smartphones on the mainland since at least late Thursday afternoon. Earlier yesterday, attempts to open cn.bing.com, the company’s mainland-China hosted site, returned error messages, though Chinese users can still access Bing’s global site using a virtual private network (VPN) which circumvents China’s “Great Firewall” of censorship. China blocks access to a large number…

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