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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Bigger is better when it comes to picking Chinese stocks, says analyst who’s got it right so far

Bigger is better when it comes to picking Chinese stocks. That is the tip from an analyst whose forecasts for equities at the start of the year have proved spot on.After beating the benchmark index and growth stocks so far this year, the nation’s largest firms will continue to outperform amid industry consolidations and an expanding base of foreign investors, according to Chen Li, chief economist at Soochow Securities.Growth stocks typically refer to companies with a small market capitalisation… Source link

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Singapore 

What she’s truly thinking: A serial first-dater at 29 who’s seeking her happily ever after, Lifestyle, Women, Singapore News

In the 2016 rom-com How to Be Single, Alice Kepley (played by Dakota Johnson) mused, “The time we have to be single, is really the time we have to get good at being alone. But how good at being alone do we really want to be? Isn’t there a danger that you’ll get so good at being single, so set in your ways that you’ll miss out on the chance to be with somebody great?” I won’t lie. That moment hit me hard. I’m an incorrigible first-dater who hasn’t gone…

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Money 

Who’s really behind that Vancouver mountain? A boss at troubled Chinese investment giant CMIG

When Kenny Zou appeared before Canadian media in 2017, he was adamant about the new buyer of Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain, the iconic ski hill that looms over the city, its floodlit slopes a gleaming beacon at night: CM (Canada) Asset Management was a “completely Canadian company through and through”.Yes, Chinese investment giant China Mingsheng Investment Group (CMIG) was a 40 per cent minority shareholder – but it would be a “silent” investor, he pledged, stamping down on reports that Grouse… Source link

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Who’s afraid of Huawei? Where Asia stands on China’s 5G tech giant

While much of Southeast Asia has embraced Huawei as the preferred provider of 5G communications equipment, Japan and South Korea seem to be hedging their bets, and India’s implementation of the technology is still a long way off.JAPANJapan has found itself at odds with its larger neighbour in recent months over whose equipment will lay the groundwork for the country’s roll-out of 5G – the fifth generation of mobile communications technology that has been lauded for its potential to reshape… Source link

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Woman who’s never owned a smartphone is juror in multibillion-dollar Apple-Qualcomm patent trial

A woman who has never owned a smartphone is among the nine jurors selected on Monday to decide a multibillion-dollar dispute between Apple and Qualcomm over the technology used in iPhones.The panel also includes a former Major League Baseball player turned air traffic controller, a retired psychologist and an environmental consultant.Opening statements will start on Tuesday at a trial in San Diego, California, over Apple’s claims that Qualcomm used its monopoly power as a supplier of modem… Source link

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Singapore 

Meet the young Singaporean man who’s a voluntary toilet inspector, Singapore News

Derek Cheung, 23, spends his free time at shopping malls and food courts. But not to shop or eat. Cheung is a volunteer with the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS) and conducts random spot checks at toilets to ensure the standards of cleanliness are maintained.  The Restroom Association of Singapore is a non-profit organisation founded by a man proudly known as ‘Mr Toilet’, Jack Sim, in 1998. A video published by the Singapore Kindness Movement on Monday (March 25) follows Cheung as he takes time after work to conduct his checks.…

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Guangzhou becomes latest mainland China city to ease curbs on apartment sales. Who’s next?

Guangzhou, one of mainland China’s largest cities, ended a 21-month ban on the sale of apartments to individuals late on Wednesday, but analysts were quick to point out the move was more of a policy recalibration, rather than an all-out loosening. In a statement released on Wednesday evening, the city’s Land and Urban-rural Development Commission said apartment projects acquired before March 30, 2017, when the sales ban was imposed, could be sold to individuals starting Thursday. Projects acquired after that date can, however, still only be sold to companies. Heze…

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Who’s the best of them all: how China’s stocks perform during tenures of CSRC chiefs

China’s stock market regulator has finally begun to listen to investors as the world-beating decline of Chinese equities shows no sign of abating. The chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission Liu Shiyu met 15 representatives from the nation’s 134 million investors at a brokerage house in Beijing over the weekend. While investor representatives called for more strategic status of the stock market and better quality of listed companies to lure long-term funds, Liu made his commitment to protect the interests of investors, particularly the retail ones, without indicating what…

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