Angels or demons? Political shadow hangs over Victoria’s Secret China show

By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI, Nov 20 : Victoria’s Secret’s glitzy annual fashion show hits the stage in China on Monday night for the first time, but will do so without several of its “angels” and star names who had been expected to attend, including model Gigi Hadid and pop singer Katy Perry. Hadid has confirmed […]

Philippines’ Duterte offers telecoms role to new ally China

By Karen Lema MANILA, Nov 20 : Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has offered China the “privilege” to be his country’s third telecoms operator, his spokesman said on Monday, turning to a historic rival to break a longstanding duopoly that has frustrated consumers for years. The Philippines’ data and voice services rank among the Asia-Pacific’s slowest […]

Beijing hits brakes on subway boom over debt concerns

By Brenda Goh SHANGHAI, Nov 15 : China has hit the brakes on subway projects in at least three cities and Beijing is asking others to slow down their plans, local governments and media have reported, indicating concerns over high debt from city-level infrastructure spending. China has been in the grips of a metro-building binge […]

U.S. Congress urged to require Chinese journalists to register as agents

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, Nov 15 : A report to the U.S. Congress released on Wednesday accused Chinese state media entities of involvement in spying and propaganda and said their staff in the United States should be required to register as foreign agents. The annual report of the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission […]

Hong Kong soccer fans defy Beijing by booing Chinese national anthem

By Donny Kwok HONG KONG, Nov 14 : Hundreds of Hong Kong soccer fans booed and jeered the Chinese national anthem at an Asia Cup qualifier match on Tuesday in defiance of Communist Party rulers in Beijing, while others turned their backs. The booing of the anthem, “The March of the Volunteers”, has become a […]

Lotte gets approval for China property project as bilateral tensions ease

By Joyce Lee SEOUL, Nov 6 : Lotte Corp said on Monday that a major property development in China had received approval from local authorities to start a second phase of construction – the latest sign that tension between Beijing and Seoul is easing. The announcement comes one week after an unexpected detente between the […]