Singapore 

Singapore’s miracle man: He returns to rock climbing just 4 months after being told he’d never walk again, Singapore News

Let it be known that in life, the only obstacle is yourself. In a glorious feat of mind over matter, Chua Chee Beng got to his feet a mere two months after he was told he would be paralysed for life. Some four months later, he was back to rock climbing. This November, the 50-year-old will be taking part in a 50km charity walk organised by Raleigh Singapore. It’s a vast turnaround from just two years ago, when life took a bleak turn.   Chua, a rock climbing instructor and a sports…

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China 

Hopes high Xi Jinping can brighten China’s outlook in landmark trip to where the economic miracle began

President Xi Jinping’s highly anticipated trip to Guangdong comes at a most critical time with the Chinese economy at a new crossroads after four decades of almost uninterrupted boom. The trip has also brought up memories of the famous Southern Tour by previous Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in early 1992, when China was isolated by western countries after Beijing’s crackdown of the pro-democracy movement in 1989. There are similarities between now and then: a hostile external world, an ailing private sector at home, and a lot of confusion about the…

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China 

China ‘must recapture reformist mood’ to safeguard its economic miracle

“Reform” is a buzzword – if not the hottest word – in China in 2018, a year when its leadership has sung a hymn to late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping for his open-door policy only for overseas scepticism to skyrocket over its future direction. But Zhang Fan sees it differently. He grew up through one period of chaos after another – including the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution – before taking part in the design of some market-oriented restructuring schemes in the 1980s and closely examining institutional changes…

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