China 

China’s online army shows foreign brands who’s in charge

As geopolitical storm clouds gather, China’s most powerful weapon may not be tariffs or riot police, but ordinary consumers at their keyboards.Beijing is increasingly finding itself under siege as US President Donald Trump’s trade war squeezes the world’s second-largest economy and protests in Hong Kong call into question China’s hold over the territory.But as it has in the past, China is finding support from an increasingly nationalistic online community, who use the pitfalls of multinational… Source link

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China 

China’s army of migrant workers is becoming older and less mobile, new government data shows

China’s army of migrant workers, a source of cheap labour in the world’s second biggest economy, is greying and becoming less mobile, according to the latest annual survey conducted by the Chinese government.A report published by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday showed that China had 288.36 million migrant workers at the end of 2018, a rise of 0.6 per cent from a year earlier.However, these migrant workers have become less willing to travel far from home to look for work, with many… Source link

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Singapore 

Singaporean bomber among militants killed in Philippines army assault, Singapore News

MANILA – At least 20 terrorists, including two leaders of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and a Singaporean bomber, were killed in bombardment and a ground assault on a BIFF lair in the Philippine province of Maguindanao, the military said on Tuesday. Major General Cirilito Sobejana said remnants of the BIFF are still resisting government troops aiming to occupy a terrorist camp in the area. Among those reported killed were BIFF leaders Salahudin Hassan and a certain Commander Bastardo and Singaporean bomber Muhamad Ali…

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Singapore 

Aloysius Pang was ‘qualified and competent’ to do his job in exercise: Army chief, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – While on an overseas live firing exercise last week, Corporal First Class (NS) Aloysius Pang was part of a team that was called in to diagnose a suspected fault with the Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer (SSPH). Before the diagnosis could begin, the gun barrel had to be lowered to a neutral position, which left CFC (NS) Pang caught between the end of the barrel and the interior of the howitzer. This caused the serious chest and abdominal injuries that led to the Singaporean actor’s death on Wednesday (Jan 23).…

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Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei on why he joined China’s Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army

Before Huawei became the telecoms equipment giant that it is today, its founder Ren Zhengfei was part of an army crew sent to China’s frigid northeast. The mission: build a synthetic fibre factory so that every Chinese person had new clothes to wear. “I joined the military during China’s Cultural Revolution. At that time, there was chaos almost everywhere, including in agriculture and the industry,” Ren, 74, told reporters at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen this week. “The country was facing very difficult times. These difficulties were reflected in people’s diets…

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